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Colorado Ballet Academy

Before the world is their stage, they train right here in Colorado.

Photo by Francisco Estevez PhotographyThe Colorado Ballet Academy provides training to students ages 1 ½ through adult, beginner through professional, utilizing the most current standards of ballet training. The Academy begins teaching students from ages 3 through 6 for creative dance and pre-ballet, two classes that lay the foundation for further study of classical ballet. Beginning at age seven, students are placed in Level 1 and advance according to age, experience, and ability.* Our academy curriculum is designed to guide students from their first introduction to the art through a full course of ballet study. During their time here, students will take classes in technique, pointe work, pas de deux, modern, jazz as well as vital conditioning classes.  The Colorado Ballet Academy’s designed method follows a structured sequence of training stages intended to increase student’s technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development.

Pre-professional DivisionColorado Ballet’s Pre-professional Division provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused, nurturing environment.  In a small and personal setting of up to 15 dancers, students participate in 29 hours of class per week, Monday-Saturday.  The audition-only program is geared toward developing the whole artist, offering classes beyond dance technique to create well-rounded dancers ready for the professional ballet world.  Housing and billeting options are available on request.  Click here for more information about the program.

Stage Experience

Colorado Ballet Academy offers the unique opportunity to gain stage experience at a young age with our acclaimed professional ballet company and through student showcase performances and outreach programs. Students learn through coaching and observation the discipline imperative to preparing for performance, stage etiquette, confidence, and decorum which are inherent in performance environments.

The Nutcracker
Each year more than 60 students are selected to dance with Colorado Ballet in its celebrated production of The Nutcracker. Participation is only open to our students committed to our ballet program for the entire academic year, students are chosen by audition only, for ages 8 and up.

Spring Performance
The Academy produces an annual student showcase, which is open to a paying public. Our students and teaching faculty present age appropriate pieces to demonstrate student progress for each level of training.

Additional Opportunities
Students may audition for other ballets that provide stage opportunities for students including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella. Our Pre-professional students may be selected to perform with the Company and the Studio Company in some of Colorado Ballet’s largest productions.

In the fall of 2015, Academy students will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and Alice (in Wonderland)Click here for more information on auditions for these productions.

Click here for upcoming Academy Events.

2015-2016 Session

Registration is open now for the 2015-2016 session.  Registration for the Ballet Program closes on September 11.

Student Evaluations 

Every student in Levels 1 through Pre-professional trainees receive written evaluations at the end of each year.  The evaluations will include information on the student’s technical proficiency and demeanor. Parent, teacher and student conferences can be scheduled through the school office.

Contact Us

(p) 303-339-1623 | (f) (303) 861-7174
Location: Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 - click here to learn more about our new home.
The main entrance to Colorado Ballet's new home is through the parking lot on the 11th Street side of the building.  
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Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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