Colorado Ballet joins resident companies of Denver's Arts Complex to require vaccines and masks for indoor public performances starting October 1

August 25, 2021

Denver, CO (August 25, 2021) – Effective October 1, 2021 and continuing until further notice, the resident companies of downtown’s Performing Arts Complex — Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Opera Colorado — will require COVID-19 vaccines and face coverings for indoor, public performances. The new policy states:

• All patrons 12+ must be fully vaccinated before attending performances.

• All audience members 2+ must wear masks unless enjoying refreshments in designated areas. Food and beverages will not be permitted inside the theater.

• Children under the age of 12 must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance start time.

This announcement is made following months of work to ensure that all Colorado Ballet’s dancers, staff and patrons can safely return to live performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Safety is of the utmost importance, and Colorado Ballet will continue to do everything possible to ensure that live performances will commence with everyone’s safety in mind.

“We want our patrons to thoroughly enjoy our return to the stage knowing that we have done our best to ensure their wellbeing,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs.

“In addition to this new policy, we will implement touchless digital tickets,” Boggs continued. “The Ellie Caulkins Opera House will also have contactless sanitization stations throughout the lobby, new touchless security screening upon entry, increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectant and greatly improved fresh air flow filtration. We are ready to welcome the entire metro Denver community to opening night in October!”

The new policy, which goes into effect October 1, applies to all ticketed public performances taking place in Boettcher Concert Hall, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the Buell, Garner Galleria, Wolf, Kilstrom, Singleton and Jones theaters. No additional exceptions will be made to the above requirements.

You can view the full reopening policy online at The way in which proof of vaccination will be collected is forthcoming; watch this page on our website for regular updates.


Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 61 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 33 professional dancers and 20 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement offers programs to students and community members, making over 25,000 contacts and reaching over 200 schools and organizations annually. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses including youth, families, teachers, and people with and without disabilities. For more information, please visit