To make your experience with Colorado Ballet more enjoyable, we’ve compiled some important facts that are good to know whether you are attending the theater or considering a purchase. Read below to learn more about how to make the best of your Colorado Ballet experience.
We typically recommend family-friendly productions including The Nutcracker for ages 5 and up. For some of our more mature productions, like Dracula, we recommend at least 6th grade and up. We expect our young patrons to be quiet and courteous during the performance. Most of our ballets include at least one intermission. For productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, booster seats are available from the ushers.
Yes! Colorado Ballet offers great options and 25% off for those interested in purchasing tickets to multiple productions. Subscription information for the 2021/2022 season coming soon.
No, cameras and recording are devices are not allowed during performance. You are welcome to take photos in the lobby or theater before the performance, during intermission and after the performance (please remember to tag us with @ColoradoBallet on Twitter and @colorado.ballet on Instagram!). However, you cannot take photos during the performance. For photos of our performances, please enjoy the images posted on our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.
Colorado Ballet will occasionally offer rush and/or senior tickets two hours before each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Box Office. Please contact the Colorado Ballet ticketing 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rush and/or senior ticket availability.
Yes, for some performances Colorado Ballet offers a discount for college and dance students. If you would like to take advantage of the student discount, please contact the ticketing office at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or email@example.com.
Yes! Bring your family, friends, co-workers or social group to the ballet and get a discount on tickets for groups of 10 or more. Group pricing is based on group size and time and date of performance.
To order group tickets call 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Ballet performs its season productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located at the Denver Performing Arts Complex (14th & Curtis).
The Light Rail is an excellent option for transportation to the theater. The Theatre District/Convention Center stop drops you off right across the street from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Theatre District - Convention Center Station:
Performance length varies depending on the ballet. Colorado Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker runs approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including the 20 minute intermission. We will e-mail out performance run times to other ballets in the Know Before You Go e-mail, which goes out several days before each performance.
Colorado Ballet sells tickets on its own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com. Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo and Goldstar. Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.
Colorado Ballet's last few seasons have been the most successful in our Company's history, but because of the popularity of many of our productions, ticket scammers have picked up on this and each season, more and more of them have been buying lower-priced tickets early in the season and reselling them at much higher prices. We have seen our $30 and $50 tickets resold on ticket scammer websites for as much as $750 a piece.
These steep price increases cause issues with patrons and affects our mission to make ballet available to all audiences. Also, if there are ticketing problems with these seats, we cannot do anything to help the patrons because they did not buy directly through Colorado Ballet. When the tickets are not sold by the scammer sites, it leaves holes in the audience for an otherwise sold-out performance, which affects our performers as well. During the 2017/2018 season, we have a way of helping our customers and cutting down on the number of scammers. When single tickets went on sale on July 15, the print-at-home option for tickets was not available.
Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers. Approximately one month before each production opens, we will turn on the print-at-home option for tickets again. We hope that this will help cut down on the number of ticket scammers and keep Colorado Ballet's ticket prices reasonable.
It is the policy of Colorado Ballet that all persons in the theater have a ticket and seat, regardless of age. Lap seating is not permitted.
We are very excited that you are joining us for your first ballet, we hope you enjoy it! During the performance, please be quiet and courteous to other patrons. Silence all cell phones and arrive on time. If you are attending a story ballet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, you will have the opportunity to follow along with the story on the Figaro seat back system. Just push the button when the system cues you to and you will be able to read along and enjoy the performance at the same time. Click here to learn more about ballet etiquette.
Please be aware that there is no assigned late seating. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of house management, but may be required to wait in the lobby until intermission. Television monitors display the performance and are located in the lobby. All patrons (all ages) attending Colorado Ballet performance require a ticket. Lap seating is not permitted.
Most people feel comfortable in business casual attire when going to the ballet, however, some do dress in more formal attire on opening night and Friday and Saturday evening performances. If the event is a special occasion, you are certainly encouraged to make the most of your outing.
Before a performance begins, please be respectful to other patrons and the performers. Please silence your cell phones, refrain from texting, and turn off tablets and other mobile devices. Also, please do not talk during the performance. The light from your mobile device and talking may distract other patrons and the performers. If you need to answer your phone, please exit the theater to the lobby.
All bags and persons entering venue are subject to search. Denver Performing Arts Complex management reserves the right to refuse any item deemed a potential safety or security risk or with the potential to be a distraction to the event being held. Prohibited items include:
During each production, Colorado Ballet will have a Pointe Information Table set up in the lobby before the performance and during each intermission. If you have a question, please ask one of our staff members at the Pointe Table, typically located across from the boutique gift shop in the lobby.
If this is your first ballet, you may be wondering what you should wear. Our performances have no dress code--some patrons take the opportunity to dress up while others dress more casually. Typically, we encourage patrons to wear business causal attire, but we just want you to be comfortable in your seat. For performances during cold weather, a coat check is available on the left side of the lobby, so please remember to bring a jacket.
Because parking and traffic in Denver can be tricky, we recommend that you plan accordingly and arrive early. For performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, outside doors into the lobby will open one hour before the production begins and inside doors into the theater will open 30 minutes before the production begins. The Ellie Box Office will open two hours before curtain time.
For performances at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the box office and lobby will open one hour before the production begins and doors into the theater will open 30 minutes before curtain time.
When parking, the suggested arrival time is one hour prior to curtain to avoid a late arrival to the performance. Because the Ellie Caulkins Opera House shares its parking garage with all users of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, parking can be difficult and we encourage you to allow for plenty of time to park.
Yes. You will receive a performance program from an usher when you enter the theater through the lobby doors. The programs are free and will have each performance's casting included inside the program.
Yes. For performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, merchandise will be available for purchase in the main lobby at the Boutique gift shop. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase at two bars in the main lobby and at the bar in the loge lobby. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the venue and you will not be allowed to bring food and drinks into the theater. If you do not want to wait in line for a beverage at one of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House bars during intermission, you may pre-order one. Simply stop by one of the Ellie bars (two in the main lobby, one in the Loge lobby) before the performance and place your order. Your beverage will be waiting for you at the bar at the start of intermission.
For performances at the Newman Center, there will not be a Boutique gift shop, but drinks and snacks will be available for purchase in the lobby bar.
Health and Safety Protocols
Colorado Ballet is actively working with Denver Arts and Venues to develop and implement policies to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, dancers and staff. These policies may or may not include proof of vaccination and/or proof of a negative COVID test to attend any or all Colorado Ballet performances. We will contact you prior to the date(s) of your attendance to inform you of these policies as necessary.