Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District near downtown Denver, the Colorado Ballet is surrounded by funky galleries,
local coffee shops and all types of art makers. You’ll see budding ballerinas in the tiniest of tutus cross paths with company members in full costume rehearsing for the next production. Classical music pours down the hallways as students train, the voices of the instructors floating on top. Inside these walls, the love of ballet and the art form of dance flourishes, careers are started and dreams are realized.
Inside Colorado Ballet Academy’s eight state-of-the-art studios, students train alongside the professional Company with faculty who have lived highly successful careers with renowned
companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and
Performance opportunities are a priority for all Colorado Ballet Academy students. Level 1 through Pre-Professional Division have the unique opportunity to perform a full-length
classical production at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House each May. Productions have included Swan Lake, Giselle, and Coppelia.
One of the few ballet schools in the country to offer this type
of opportunity, CBA is thrilled to provide this opportunity for students to learn and perform core repertoire.
“Colorado Ballet Academy is a welcoming and a very supportive studio. CBA has
given me amazing opportunities such as performances like the The Nutcracker and the The Wizard of Oz. The
experience that I have had performing in them were awesome, the ballet masters, directors, and choreographers were always helpful with choreography, counts, partnering. I am grateful for all
these opportunities and many more to come!”
- Kevin Gaytan, Level 4 Student
Students in Levels 2 and up have the opportunity to audition for Colorado Ballet company productions such as The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Sleeping Beauty. Artistic Director Gil Boggs plans at least two full length ballets each season that include roles for CBA students. Students audition for the artistic leaders of the Company and are always thrilled to see Gil when he attends class and rehearsals! Dancing with the Company gives students a chance to see the caliber of dancing that they are striving for up-close-and-personal and bring that back into the classroom with fresh inspiration and perspective.
"It is incredible to get to perform in productions
like The Wizard of Oz and Nutcracker with the company! This really inspires me and makes me want to work hard when I am on the same stage as the company members. It is fun
to perform in so many shows with some of my best friends on one of the biggest stages in Denver. I get to wear amazing costumes and dance with so many amazing people!"
- Savannah Kovar, Level 4 Student
Advanced levels participate in an additional classical production during Fall Feature and perform regularly in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater during Saturday Soirees and First Friday Art Walks. Students from CBA Children’s Division are showcased each May along with Jazz, Modern, and Tap students to show off their skills during the year-end performance in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater.
“Dancing in a professional production is such a special experience because we get to watch the company to try to copy the beautiful aspects
of their technique. Watching
the principals rehearse Sugarplum and Cavalier always inspires me to work on the details of my technique. Watching the Spanish dance even motivates me to add artistry to my dancing. I cannot wait to perform again soon!”
- Catalina Long, Pre-Professional Division 1
The experience of a CBA student is grounded in strong work ethic, the desire to learn and explore and celebrate this beautiful art form that has been around for hundreds of years. Each CBA student is stepping onto the floor alongside the thousands that have danced in their place before them. Being a part of Colorado Ballet Academy is truly an extraordinary experience and one that will prepare students for life inside and outside the studio.