After more than two decades of leasing a space near Colorado’s Capitol Building, and a lifetime of renting dance rehearsal and training facilities, Colorado Ballet purchased a building at the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe in January 2013. For the first time in its history, Colorado Ballet owned its home. The Company renovated the space and moved into its new home, the Armstrong Center for Dance in August 2014.
The renovated 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art rehearsal and training facility now houses Colorado Ballet’s 30 professional Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 1,500 Academy students, numerous educations and community engagement programs, and its artistic and administrative staff.
The Company continues to present its large productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, but its new rehearsal and training facility encourages world-class dance to flourish in Colorado by providing state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities for its dancers.
The Armstrong Center for Dance also enhances the training of the next generation of dancers and brings dance and movement to thousands of school-kids and people with disabilities. The Company and the Academy also host small, in-house performances and events in the Black Box Theater.
The 30,000 square foot Armstrong Center for Dance has eight, state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company including locker rooms and showers as well as a physical therapy room. Colorado Ballet's home also has its own Black Box Theater performance space featuring 135 seats for a performance and up to 177 seats for a lecture-style event.
The Black Box Theater hosts the Company's popular Attitude on Santa Fe performances, featuring new works choreographed and performed by the dancers, and the Academy's Saturday Soirees, which include new works and other ballets performed by our talented students.
The Armstrong Center for Dance has safer, more convenient student drop-off and offers free parking in the neighborhood along Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street. Our home also features an Academy parent and student lounge and a retail dance boutique.
Anchoring the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, the Armstrong Center for Dance is located in a thriving cultural neighborhood close to Downtown Denver. Please stop by and take a class, watch a performance or attend an event!