Tickets on Sale July 15 for Colorado Ballet's 2019/20 Season | Dancers promoted ahead of the season

July 12, 2019

DENVER, CO (July 12, 2019) – Single tickets go on sale Monday, July 15 for Colorado Ballet’s 2019/2020 season, featuring five productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House: Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Tour de Force and Ballet MasterWorks. See below or view our season brochure to learn more about these productions. View single ticket on-sale video.


  • Don Quixote | October 4 – 13, 2019
  • The Nutcracker | November 30 – December 29, 2019
  • Peter Pan | January 31 – February 9, 2020
  • Tour de Force | March 6 – 8, 2020
    Featuring Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods, Lila York’s Celts and an all-new world-premiere
  • Ballet MasterWorks | April 3 – 12, 2020
    Featuring Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations

Colorado Ballet is proud to announce the promotion of five dancers and one addition to its roster ahead of the 2019/2020 season:

Francisco Estevez has been promoted from Soloist to Principal Dancer. Estevez joined Colorado Ballet during the 2012/2013 season and was promoted to Soloist in 2015. From Quito, Ecuador, he began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and at the age of 16, was invited to finish his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Apprenticeships at Colorado Ballet typically last two season, but Artists Leah McFadden and Simon Costello have been promoted to the Corps de Ballet after only one season as apprentices.

Alexander Roy, previously a Joffrey Ballet trainee and Atlanta Ballet second company member, has joined Colorado Ballet as an Apprentice.

Artists Liam Hogan and Alexandra Wilson have been promoted from Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company into Apprentice positions for the upcoming season. The Studio Company is a pre-professional training program designed to offer young dancers the chance to experience a professional dance career and perform alongside the Professional Company.

“We have an outstanding roster of company dancers this season, and we are really excited to welcome these new members and to promote one of our long-time dancers to the role of Principal,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “Francisco has shown leadership and artistry on par with some of the absolute best dancers in the world, and we are excited to see him take on this new role in our company. The young talent we currently have in the company is also outstanding. Both Leah and Simon demonstrated exceptional qualities as Apprentices last season, and we are happy to welcome them into the Corps de Ballet.”


The 2019/20 season will open on Friday, October 4 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with nine performances of Don Quixote running through October 13, 2019. Follow Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they search for a noble adventure, which leads to a band of gypsies, dreams of Dryads and a surprising turn of events. Don Quixote remains one of today’s most frequently performed romantic works with classical choreography by Marius Petipa, along with stunning Spanish sets and costumes. Photo: Asuka Sasaki by Allen Birnbach

Audiences simply can’t get enough of Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Returning for its 59th season from November 30 – December 29, 2019, this beloved holiday favorite sells out every year. Experience this whimsical trip to the sugar plum kingdom where magical dances come alive. Secure your seats early for this holiday tradition as most performances fill up prior to opening night. Photo: Francisco Estevez by Allen Birnbach

Peter Pan will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland January 31 – February 9, 2020, where Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael experience pirates, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, an infamous crocodile and a bit of pixie dust as this brilliant story unfolds. Choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney. Photo: Kevin Gaël Thomas by Allen Birnbach

This season’s Tour de Force program, March 6 – 8, 2020, continues in the spirit of innovative dance with dynamic and acclaimed contemporary works. Tour de Force opens with Feast of the Gods by choreographer Edwaard Liang, who won the Prince Prize for Choreography and was nominated for the Golden Mast Award in Russia for Best Production. The program will include a world premiere, and close with Celts, by choreographer Lila York. "…an astonishing array of dance images of Ireland, a piece that is both profound and thrilling." - The Boston Globe on Celts. Photo: Chandra Kuykendall and Christophor Moulton by Allen Birnbach

To close the 2019/2020 season, Colorado Ballet presents monumental favorites in Ballet MasterWorks, April 3 – 12, 2020. Featuring Petite Mort by choreographer Jiří Kylián, In The Upper Room by Twyla Tharp and Theme and Variations by George Balanchine, this program showcases works that profoundly impacted the art form and remain central masterpieces of the 20th century ballet repertoire. Photo: Yosvani Ramos and Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

Colorado Ballet will also perform An Evening Under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, August 24. For more information, visit

Artists of Colorado Ballet will perform at the Vail Dance Festival on opening night, Friday, July 26, as well as August 7 for Dancing in the Park. For more information, visit

Tickets range from $30 to $160. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase directly from COLORADOBALLET.ORG to avoid ticketing issues, including inflated prices from resellers. Tickets purchased through resellers may not be valid. Please purchase directly through Colorado Ballet via the website or phone number listed above.

The 2019/2020 season presenting sponsors are PNC Wealth Management, Anadarko, MidFirst Bank and the Denver Ballet Guild. Colorado Ballet receives support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Supporting sponsors include The Anschutz Foundation, Avenir Foundation, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado Athletic Club, Sherwin Williams, The Nichols Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Colorado State University, Accenture, Colorado Ballet Auxiliary and Genesee Mountain Foundation.

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 59 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 21 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 and Community Engagement programming serves under-resourced students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners, reaching more than 35,000 contacts in 300 schools and organizations annually. For more information please visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG.