When it comes to holiday traditions in Colorado, none are more iconic and magical than Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker. For more than half a century, audiences have followed Clara on a magical journey as she is enchanted by dancing dolls, falls in love with her Nutcracker prince, defeats giant mice, and travels through a magical forest to the Land of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

I grew up coming to Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker every year with my family. I feel so fortunate to be able to create the same tradition with my own children now. The Nutcracker is a special part of our holiday.

– Colorado Ballet Season Ticket Subscriber

From the audience, the sets and costumes sparkle to create a magical world, but as you get closer, the magic of the 33 year-old sets and costumes transforms into strategically placed duct tape, camouflaged glue, and years of built up sweat, wear and tear. The Land of the Sweets set looks dated from decades past and the stage scrim has become brittle and fragile, requiring constant repair. Originally built in 1986 the existing sets and costumes were acquired in 2005 from the San Francisco Ballet. Despite constant updates and repairs, the sets and costumes are ready to be retired.

The choreography for Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker will remain unchanged, and the style of the new sets and costumes will remain in the classic Victorian style.

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Endowment: Ensuring Fiscal Stability

A significant endowment is a key element in sustaining Colorado Ballet’s mission of presenting nationally recognized classical ballet and contemporary dance and securing its future stability – financially, organizationally and artistically.

Colorado Ballet’s caliber of talent and quality of performances can rival any top company in the nation. This core artistic strength has driven strong ticket sales and supported the organization’s financial health, but the company has not yet achieved an appropriately sized endowment.

With an endowment goal of $5,000,000, now is the time to invest in a sustainable future and ensure Colorado Ballet remains in the top ranks of ballet companies nationally and ensure future generations will know Colorado Ballet and the joy that dance brings.

Endowment Funds will support the organization in the following areas:

Artistic Reserves
Academy Scholarships
Education and Community Engagement
General Operating Needs

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