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Workshops are also a great fit for non-profit organizations such as libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other organizations serving youth.  Costs are on sliding scale, see reservation form at the bottom of the page to book or express interest in a workshop.

Field Trip!

YMCA field trip

Day of Dance

All grade levels
Day of Dance is a field trip available to students at all grade levels. Bring up to 150 students to Colorado Ballet's studios for a rotation of introductory classes in a variety of dance styles and tour Colorado Ballet's facilities, including the costume shop. Classes may include: creative movement, ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, African, swing, square dance, Argentine tango, and folklorico. The cost is $7 per student and we ask for a minimum registration of 18 students.

Dance Makers!

Worm storiesCreative Movement

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening of the body and brain.

Choreography Basics

4th Grade through 12th Grade
This workshop focuses on elements of dance and choreography, incorporating contemporary dance styles and culminating in a performance piece created by students. 

I Like Me

6th Grade through 12th Grade
This workshop addresses individuality and self-esteem through group discussion and movement exploration. While experiencing something new and creating their own movement, youth are able to make real-world connections and take ownership of their personal strength.

Dance from around the world!

Dance around the WorldAmerican Country Folk Dances: Contra and Square Dance

2nd Grade through 12th Grade
Students will learn the basic moves of group folk dances of the United States and how to dance them with a partner and in unison with the group. They will explore spatial awareness, relating to the group including call and response, and critical timing.

Argentine Tango

4th Grade through 12th Grade
A social dance originating in Argentina - Argentine Tango. Students will learn the basic elements of tango walk, dramatic presence, and posture and body framing. They will explore using these concepts in improvisation with a partner.

Belly Dance: Basic Moves and Music

3rd Grade through 12th Grade
Students will participate in an experiential belly dance lesson, discovering how culture impacts movement, music and costuming. The session includes a hands-on demonstration of a variety of belly dance props including coin belts and veils. The hour will end with a small combo of dance moves set to music.

Blues Dance - The Essence of Rhythm and Cool

3rd Grade through 12th Grade
One of the fundamental features of Blues music is its syncopated polyrhythms, a direct result of its African roots. Students will explore embodied syncopation and improvisation using rhythm and music structure through collaborating with their peers.

Social Dances of Yesterday & Today

West African Dance

3rd through 12th Grade
This is an integrative history and movement lesson bringing the dances of the 1920/30's to life for students. Students will learn the basic steps of the Lindy hop and Charleston, and then dive into defining what social dance is in our current culture. This workshop ends with a short piece of original choreography bringing the historic and current socials together.

West African Dance

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Students will learn a variety of dances, rhythms and histories from multiple West African cultures. This workshop includes movement, singing, rhythm, and cultural attire.

Dancing Stories!

Dancing stories

Animal Exploration 

ECE- 2nd grade
Learn how to shake, shimmy, and slide like your favorite animal! We will play with exciting props, sing songs, and read fairytales all while dancing and sharing our favorite animal stories.

Movement Storytime

Toddlers, Pre-K, Early Elementary
Perfect fit for library branches, this workshop brings movement and ballet to an existing story time. Engage your families with younger students in movement games, songs and basic ballet vocabulary. Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

Words In Motion

2nd through 12th Grade
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

STE(A)M!

Balance and Motion

SteamKindergarten through 5th Grade
Balance and Motion is a field trip or in school workshop recommended for kindergarten through 5th grade.  Students will explore on and off balance and work with partners and props while developing their motor skills through fun movement activities.

Metamorphosis Moves

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.  
$200/1hr program
Visit www.butterflies.org/education/k-5-outreach.php for more information.

Moving the Moon Phases

1st through 5th Grade
Students who are currently learning about moon phases are great candidates for this integrative movement lesson. We will review the moon phases together and then apply the dance concept of size/reach to the entire cycle.

Movement, Muscles and Mechanics

6th through12th Grade
This anatomy based workshop is an introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems. Students will learn how to warm up the body properly through stretching and conditioning, in addition to producing choreographic work based on their bodies’ muscle makeup.

Whittier - African dance classAsk us!

We have many more on and off campus programs, and we're happy to create unique programs that fit your needs. Just ask: contact Jo Marie Hazelton at jomarie.hazelton@coloradoballet.org or 303-339-1632.

Book a Dance Workshop:

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 Day of Dance
 Creative Movement
 Choreography Basics
 I Like Me
 American Country Folk Dances: Contra and Square Dance
 Argentine Tango
 Belly Dance: Basic Moves and Music
 Blues Dance - the Essence of Rhythm and Cool
 Social Dances of Yesterday & Today
 West African Dance
 Animal Exploration
 Movement Storytime
 Words In Motion
 Balance and Motion
 Metamorphosis Moves
 Moving the Moon Phases
 Movement Muscles and Mechanics



  Photos: Colorado Ballet education and community engagement events, photos by Colorado Ballet staff

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