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performance opportunities at COLORADO BALLET ACADEMY

ENROLL. TRAIN. GROW. PERFORM.

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.

Colorado Ballet Company Performance Opportunities 

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.

2022 NUTCRACKER AUDITION

Presented by PNC Bank | Performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra 
 
The beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one's ever seen, featuring all new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever. 

audition information & registration

Audition Date: 
Sunday, September 11, 2022 

Audition Fee: 
$30
If auditioning for multiple roles, students will only pay the fee once. 

Students Level 2+, who are 8 years old as of September 1, 2022 and who meet certain height and age requirements are eligible to audition for The Nutcracker. Rehearsals will happen mostly on Saturdays and start in late September or early October depending on the role. 

If you are cast in The Nutcracker, you must adhere to the following:  

  • Attend 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. 
  • Students MUST be available during the week of Thanksgiving as dress rehearsals in the theater will begin this week. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Rehearsals will not be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24.  
  • Performances will begin Friday, November 26 and run through Saturday, December 24, 2022. 

Due to the availability of costumes for the available roles in Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, there are exact height and level requirements. We are unable to make exceptions. 

Sugarplum Attendants and Angels 12:00pm – 1:00pm    

  • Height Requirement: 4' - 4'6"  
  • Level 2+ and must have turned 8 years by the 1st September 2022    
       

Party Scene 1:00pm – 2:00pm  

  • Height Requirement: 4'2" - 5'2"   
  • Second year Level 2+ and must have turned 8 years by 1st September 2022  
       

Polichinelles (Mother Ginger Children) 2:30pm – 3:30pm 

  • Height Requirement: 4'2" - 5'2"  
  • Level 3+  
       

Soldiers and Cavalry 3:30pm – 4:30pm   

  • Height Requirement: 4'7" - 5'6"
  • Level 4B- PPD 
       

Mother Ginger Legs 4:30pm – 5:00pm  

  • Height Requirement: 4'11" - 5'4"  
  • Level 5 - PPD 
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2023 CINDERELLA AUDITION

Presented by MidFirst Bank | Performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra 
 
The beloved rags-to-riches tale makes its grand return to delight children—and the young at heart—of all ages. Featuring spellbinding choreography by Ben Stevenson set to Prokofiev’s iconic score, the namesake character will treat Ellie Caulkins audiences to a transformation marked by romance and magic. If the shoe fits…

audition information & registration

Audition Date:
Saturday, January 14, 2023
 

Audition Fee:
$30 
 

We invite all registered level 2 and 3 students at CBA who meet the height requirements to be part of the beloved rags-to-riches story of Cinderella. The students selected will be part of the magical transformation at the end of Act 3 as angels bringing their blessings to the newly engaged couple. 

2023 Colorado Ballet Cinderella Covid Protocols  

Vaccination 
Due to Colorado Ballet Company requirements, students who are chosen to perform in Cinderella will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by February 1, 2023. Fully vaccinated is considered two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine which would need to be administered on or by January 18th. Original Proof of vaccination will need to be provided to Suellen de Villiers at suellendevilliers@coloradoballet.org on or before January 18, 2023.  

Testing 
No testing is currently required. If at some point testing is required, students will be given a schedule to follow.  

Masks 
Masks are not currently required during company rehearsals, theater dress rehearsals or while performing on stage unless the student is following covid protocols due to a positive case exposure or testing positive themselves. Please note that this could change at any time. 

Rehearsal Schedule at CBA 
Saturday, February 18, 2023, 2:00-3:30pm 
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 2:00-3:00pm 
Friday, March 4, 2023, 12:30pm – 2:00pm and 4:30pm – 6:00pm 

Tech Week at Ellie Caulking Opera House 
Tuesday, March 7 – Thursday, March 9, 2023
Times will be finalized closer to March 2023
 

Performance Dates 
March 10-12, 2023, and March 17 –19 2023 
If you are cast in Cinderella, 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. 

Due to the availability of costumes for the available roles in Colorado Ballet’s production of Cinderella, there are exact height and level requirements.  We are unable to make exceptions. 

Angels 2:00pm – 2:30pm    

  • Students registered at CBA in level 2 and Level 3 are eligible 
  • The student must have turned 8 by January 1, 2023
  • Height requirements: 4 - 4'9”

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

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HEAR WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

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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.  

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"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.

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“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.

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