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 tutues 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 Colorado Ballet.
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.
CBA enrolled students in Level 2 through Pre-Professional who meet specific height requirements have the phenomenal opportunity of dancing alongside Colorado Ballet Company members in their seasonal professional productions. Students who are cast in these productions become inspired to work harder in the classroom and elevate their own skill sets.
By audition only, students cast in these magnificent productions will experience first-hand the rehearsal process of a professional dancer, work directly with the artistic leaderss of the Company, train under the high caliber work ethic of skilled artists and have the honor of performing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with a live orchestra. Students chosen to perform in Company productions will be required to attend Company rehearsals as specified.
If your student loves to perform and has a theatrical spirit, there is no better adventure than training, rehearsing and performing alongside the elite athletes of Colorado Ballet.
Performed at the Ellie
Caulkins Opera House with live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
For the first time in 15 years, Colorado Ballet will present Coppélia, a widely acclaimed ballet based on two short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Renowned for its charming blend of humor and classical sensibility, Coppélia is a whimsical story of love and mistaken identity. Colorado Ballet’s adaptation features original choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon, staged by Sandra Brown, Lorita Travaglia and Maria Mosina, set to the music of Léo Delibes.
Audition Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Audition Time: Studio 2, 11:30am-1:30pm. Registration begins at 11:00am. Students who are in class at that time will be excused to participate in the audition.
No Audition Fee
Level 4-7 and PPD1-3
Height requirement: 4'5"-5"3"
Due to the availability of costumes for the available roles in Colorado Ballet’s production of Coppelia, there are exact height and level requirements. We are unable to make exceptions. The choreography will be in flat shoes.
For the first time in 15 years, we invite all registered CBA students who meet the level and height requirements to audition to be part of Colorado Ballet's Coppélia, a widely acclaimed ballet based on two short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Renowned for its charming blend of humor and classical sensibility, Coppélia is a whimsical story of love and mistaken identity. Colorado Ballet’s adaptation features original choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon, staged by Sandra Brown, Lorita Travaglia and Maria Mosina, set to the music of Léo Delibes. The students selected will dance Walt of the Hours in the Act 3 Wedding scene. Waltz of the Hours is an all-student cast, and students will have the opportunity to dance this gorgeous waltz in its entirety within the company production.
Updated Vaccination Policy Effective August 1, 2023, Colorado Ballet strongly encourages all performers to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their fellow performers, and the community. While vaccinations are not mandatory, they are highly recommended as a means of preventing COVID-19 infections and reducing the risk of severe illness.
Masking: Masks continue to be a vital tool against COVID-19. Masks are not required at Colorado Ballet except under the infection guidelines/return-to-studio protocol after a student has tested positive. Students who have made the personal decision to wear a mask are welcome to, but masks will not be allowed onstage unless required. Please note that this could change at any time.
Testing: After exposure to COVID-19, wear a mask (KN95/N95) and symptom check for 10 days. Take a rapid antigen test on day 6 – if positive, contact Colorado Ballet Academy to be provided with the infection guidelines/return-to-studio protocol. Test if you are sick and think you might be infected with COVID-19. If there is a positive test result, please email the Colorado Ballet Academy at Academy@coloradoballet.org to be provided with the infection guidelines/return-to-studio protocol.
Friday, February 16, 2024 from 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 4:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, March 1, 2024, from 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 11:00-2:00pm AND 3:00-6:00pm
Tech Week at Ellie Caulking Opera House
March 5 -7, 2024, evening rehearsals. Time TBD.
March 8 – 17, 2024
If you are cast in Coppelia, you must adhere to the following:
Attending all scheduled rehearsals, costume fittings & performances. Your absence from any rehearsal (excepting medical illness or injury) may disqualify you from further participation. Students must be fully enrolled in CBA's ballet program to be eligible.
“Colorado Ballet Academy is a welcoming and a very supportive studio. CBA has given me amazing opportunities
such as performances like The Nutcracker and 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 on 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 had 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.