Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District near downtown Denver, Colorado Ballet Academy is surrounded by funky galleries, local coffee shops and all types of art makers. Budding students in the tiniest of tutues cross paths with Company dancers rehearsing for their next production. Music pours down the hallways as students train with the voices of ballet masters floating on top. Inside these studios, the love of ballet and the art form of dance flourishes, careers are started and dreams are realized.
On Saturdays throughout the spring and fall semesters, our Black Box Theater comes to life with short Saturday Soirée performances by Colorado Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Division students. Our talented students work with local and guest choreographers in group and solo settings each month and prepare works ranging from original choreography to classical repertoire for the community to enjoy. Each year, students take on their own choreography project and share their innovative creations during a spring semester Saturday Soirée.
Colorado Ballet Academy presents an annual full-length classical ballet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In May 2023, all students enrolled in Levels 1 through the Pre-Professional Division will perform The Sleeping Beauty for loved ones and the Denver community. This unique performance opportunity is a crucial part of our curriculum and allows students to come together as one to present a full-length production. Through this experience, students learn the unparalleled feeling of stepping out on the big stage and sharing their beautiful artistry with others.
The Santa Fe Art District comes alive on the first Friday of each month, blossoming with local artists, pop-up markets, performances and more. Colorado Ballet Academy hosts free 10 to 15-minute performances at our in-house Black Box Theater on select First Fridays for the community to enjoy. The program is announced the week of the event. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Ballet Academy’s Fall Feature showcases our advanced division students performing excerpts from the full-length spring production as well as original choreography and repertoire staged by Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders and Colorado Ballet Academy’s own distinguished faculty. This performance gives students the chance to work directly with Colorado Ballet’s artistic leaders in a professional setting.
Photo credit: Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy students by Mike Watson in The Wizard of Oz (2022)
Colorado Ballet Academy is the official school of Colorado Ballet. The close relationship between the professional company and the academy allows for unique performance opportunities for current students. Dancers enrolled in Levels 2 through the Pre-Professional Division are eligible to audition for the opportunity to perform alongside Colorado Ballet Company dancers in their seasonal professional productions if they meet certain requirements.
Students cast in Colorado Ballet productions experience firsthand the rehearsal process of a professional dancer. They are immersed in a professional environment where they work directly with artistic leaders of the company, train with skilled professional artists, and perform on stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with a live orchestra and enthusiastic audiences. Dancers who perform in these productions create cherished memories and cultivate an elevated level of artistry that follows them back to their weekly ballet routine.
Previous Colorado Ballet productions that included roles for Colorado Ballet Academy students include The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, The Sleeping Beauty, and Peter Pan.
Coming Soon! Colorado Ballet’s 2023/2024 Season.
Colorado Ballet Academy is grateful to be a partner school with YAGP, the world’s largest network of dance that provides students all around the world with educational and performance opportunities. Each year, our students audition to represent Colorado Ballet Academy at YAGP in both solo and ensemble performances. Dancers ages 9–20 build their technique and artistry and learn the importance of teamwork, morale and work ethic during their preparation for the YAGP regional and final competitions. Students who compete in the classical and contemporary solo, duet and trio categories benefit from individual coaching sessions from our distinguished artist faculty as part of this exceptional program.
March 3–5, 2023
Denver Ballet Guild works to cultivate interest in ballet and other dance forms to students of all levels, creating a wide audience base and promoting fundraising for dance-related performances, competitions, and events.
The Young Dancers Competition is for ballet students ages 10–18. Dancers work with nationally renowned ballet masters and compete for monetary awards to help further their ballet training. This competition is only open to dancers who live and train in Colorado. Denver Ballet Guild awards up to $27,500 total to competition winners across the state each year.