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Important information about 2014-2015 classes:

Come take class in our new state-of-the-art Academy studios at The Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204!  Please note that the main entrance to Colorado Ballet's new home is through the parking lot on the 11th Street side of the building.  

The Colorado Ballet Academy has honed the dance skills of thousands of students, as well as started the careers of many professional dancers, providing the highest quality of dance training available in the state. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company as well as other companies worldwide. Students train in the same building alongside the professional Company dancers and have the opportunity to audition for roles in the Colorado Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker.

Level 2 thru Pre-Professional students are invited to perform in supporting dance roles with the Company in other productions such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Cinderella.

Pre-professional Trainee ProgramStudents must be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet. 

Pre-professional trainee students have the option of participating in a Colorado Ballet  Academy supervised online academic program. In the fall of 2014 we will have an affiliate academic high school program where students will receive their core curriculum academic classes as well as the option of taking AP level classes. When not in a concentrated academic environment students will attend 2 daily ballet  technique classes, augmented with pointe, pirouette and allegro, pas de deux, modern, character, pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Colorado Ballet Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Pre-professional trainees may be invited to perform with the Colorado Ballet Company when repertory permits. They may also perform in outreach programs at schools, community centers, and special events, as well as their own full evening performances. Our year-long program culminates in the entire schools Spring Showcase performance in mid May. At the end of each year, pre-professional students are given first priority for openings in the Colorado Ballet Studio Company as well as admittance to the following years program. 

Our all inclusive training program provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused nurturing environment. Housing and billeting options are available on request.  Click here for more information about the pre-professional program.

Studio Company members work directly with the Company throughout its season and perform with the corps de ballet as well as community sponsored performances.

Stage Experience

Photo by Francisco Estevez PhotographyColorado Ballet Academy offers the unique opportunity to gain stage experience at a young age with our acclaimed professional ballet company as well as 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 School produces an annual student showcase, it 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
Other ballets that provide stage opportunities for students include 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.  

Spring Performance

For Level 1 through Pre-professional
6 p.m. on May 17, 2015
(dress rehearsal will be held the morning of May 17 and the performance will be at 6 p.m.)
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets for the Spring Performance are now on sale!  Click here to purchase tickets.

Shows for Younger Dancers

Come enjoy the culmination of Colorado Ballet Academy’s 2014-2015 year. Our students in Creative Dance, Pre Ballet, Be Beautiful Be Yourself, and the open program will share their hard work with family and friends in our beautiful new Black Box Theater here at Colorado Ballet’s home.  Performances are May 4, May 5 and May 7.  Click here for the schedule of performances.  Tickets cost $10 and are general admission.  Click here to purchase tickets.

2014-2015 Session

The 2014-2015 Academy Session is closed to new enrollment, but please take a moment to look at our Summer Programs, registration is open now!

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
New location: 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 - click here to learn more about our new home.
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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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