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Sugarplums

For 30 years the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary Sugarplum program has been delighting 2nd grade girls and their families through this special holiday tradition. Sugarplums enjoy months of festivities and friendships culminating with their on-stage presentation at opening night of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

In their second year, as Sugarplum Alums, the young ladies have their moment to shine as they perform in the opening party scene of the ballet. And if that isn’t sweet enough, the proceeds of the Sugarplum program help Colorado Ballet bring world-class dance to Denver. Only girls who will be in 2nd grade in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply, so don’t let your little sugarplum miss this exclusive opportunity.

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The Sugarplum Program is a two year commitment: the rst year as a Sugarplum and the second year as a Sugarplum Alum. The fee for participation in the Sugarplum Program is $2,500 each year which includes a $1,000 charitable contribution to Colorado Ballet. Fees must be paid in full by May 1st each year. No payments are to be mailed with the Sugarplum application; payment is not requested until acceptance invitations are mailed in March.

The Sugarplum Program is secular and inclusive of all faiths and beliefs. While we would love to include every family wishing to participate, space is limited. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received with consideration given to Colorado Ballet Auxiliary volunteer and community service. In order to protect feelings, please do not promise participation to your little girl.

The Sugarplum Program includes:
  • Sugarplum Dress Fitting Party
  • Mother’s Informational Coffee
  • Mother-Daughter Tea or Alum Etiquette Luncheon
  • Father-Daughter Party for Sugarplums and Alums
  • Holiday Party for Sugarplums and Alums
  • Tickets for two adults and one Sugarplum or Alum to the Sugarplum Ball on Friday, November 26, 2021 (additional tickets may be purchased) NOTE: This is the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Tickets for two adults and one Sugarplum for the on-stage presentation of the Sugarplums at opening night of Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (additional tickets may be purchased) NOTE: This is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
  • Tickets for two adults and one Sugarplum Alum for the Alum’s appearance during the opening party scene of one Colorado Ballet “The Nutcracker” performance (additional tickets may be purchased)
  • A custom-made dress, tights, ballet slippers and hair bow for the Sugarplums and Alums
  • Tickets to a Colorado Ballet matinee performance
  • A commemorative, heirloom nutcracker for Sugarplums and a special gift for Alums
  • Professional photography and videography package, including photo with the Sugarplum Fairy
  • Photo and name in “The Nutcracker” program
  • Parents listed as contributors to Colorado Ballet’s Annual Fund

Other obligations and expectations:

  • Mandatory Sugarplum and Alum attendance at the “stage” dress rehearsal for the Sugarplum Ball and presentation.
  • Prompt arrival and appropriate behavior at all events.
  • Absolutely no makeup on the girls, except as directed by the program chairs for the Alum stage performances.
  • Sugarplums will be paired with different girls at events to encourage new friendships.
  • Participants’ parents are required to volunteer and assist with program events. Be sure to note on the application your area of interest.
  • The Sugarplum Program is a two year social and financial commitment. The fee of $2,500 each year includes a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to Colorado Ballet.

In the link below please find the application for the Sugarplum Class of 2021. Only girls who will be in second grade in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply. In order for a child’s application to be considered, a parent must be a current member of the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary and must remain a member in good standing throughout the program. Sugarplum applications should be mailed to the Sugarplum Selection Committee at the address on the bottom of the application and must be received by January 31st, 2021.

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