|Previous names||Colorado Concert Ballet|
|Founders||Freidann Parker and Lillian Covillo|
|Principal venue||Ellie Caulkins Opera House|
|Artistic Director||Gil Boggs|
|Ballet Mistress||Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia|
|Music Director||Adam Flatt|
|Orchestra||Colorado Ballet Orchestra|
|Official school||Colorado Ballet Academy|
|Associated schools||Colorado Ballet Academy|
Colorado Ballet encompasses a 31-member professional performing ballet company, a studio company for advanced dance students, an Academy, and an education and outreach department. Based in downtown Denver, Colorado, Colorado Ballet serves more than 125,000 patrons each year.
The professional company performs primarily at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex and one show each year at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Colorado Ballet performs classical ballets and contemporary dance works. The Colorado Ballet Orchestra performs with the Company at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, either at three or four productions a year.
With an annual operating budget exceeding $7.8 million, the company employs more than 150 people on either a full-time or part-time basis during the year.
Colorado Ballet received the 2009 Colorado Masterpieces Award. As part of the award, Colorado Ballet toured Colorado in the 2009–2010 season as a part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative, funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts.
In 2013, Colorado Ballet purchased a building in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. The company moved to its new location in August 2014.
In 1961, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker established Colorado Concert Ballet to showcase talented students they had been teaching at their ballet school. Their first production, The Nutcracker, played to sold-out houses in Denver's Bonfils Theatre. By 1968, the Company hit the road for its first tour of the state. By 1976, Colorado Concert Ballet produced 33 performances of The Nutcracker and three other productions that season. By October of that year, Colorado Concert ballet achieved full professional status with a total roster of eight professional dancers. Two years later, the Board of Trustees changed the Company’s name to Colorado Ballet.
In 1987, Parker and Covillo conducted a nationwide search, at their own expense, for a new artistic director. With their choice of Martin Fredmann, they changed the course of Colorado Ballet. Also that year, a lagging economy in Denver forced Colorado Ballet to look at an emerging national trend among dance companies and as a result entered into an alliance with Tampa Ballet. Colorado Ballet and Tampa Ballet joined forces, performing 18 weeks in Tampa and 18 weeks in Denver. The partnership remained successful for three years, and in 1990, the Board of Trustees decided to the dissolve the alliance and move the Company permanently to Denver.
In 1993, Colorado Ballet made its New York debut to favorable reviews. In 1995, the Company formed Colorado Ballet II, which is now known as Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. By the time the Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in the early 2000s, the organization’s annual budget had grown to $5.1 million, with 30 professional dancers, 20 apprentices and an Academy with 250 students. In March 2006, Gil Boggs, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, was hired as the new artistic director.
After more than two decades of leasing a space near the Colorado State Capitol, Colorado Ballet purchased a building at the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe in 2013. The Company renovated the space and moved into its new home in August 2014.
During the 2016-2017 season, Colorado Ballet’s ticketing revenue exceeded more than $4 million for the first time and more than 87,000 people watched Colorado Ballet’s productions. In December 2016, Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award contest, winning this coveted honor in a field that included more than 80 other productions throughout the U.S.
The artistic leadership of the Colorado Ballet includes (as of 2017-2018 season):
Artistic Director: Gil Boggs, former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre
Ballet Mistresses: Lorita Travaglia, Sandra Brown
Music Director/Principal Conductor: Adam Flatt
Associate Conductor: Catherine Sailer
Company Pianist: Natalia Arefieva
Academy Principal: Erica Fischbach
Colorado Ballet consists of 33 professional dancers from around the world (as of 2018-2019 season):
- Dana Benton
- Chandra Kuykendall
- Domenico Luciano
- Yosvani Ramos
- Asuka Sasaki
- Morgan Buchanan
- Francisco Estevez
- Tracy Jones
- Christophor Moulton
- Kevin Gaël Thomas
Corps de Ballet
- Joshua Allenback
- Ariel Breitman
- Arianna Ciccarelli
- Mackenzie Dessens
- Alyssa Fazekas
- Kevin Hale
- Regan Kucera
- Bryce Lee
- Fernanda Oliveira
- Sean Omandam
- Nicolas Pelletier
- Tyler Rhoads
- Emily Speed
- Jeremy Studinski
- Sarah Tryon
- Ben Winegar
- Melissa Zoebisch
- Simon Costello
- Francesca Martoccio
- Ariel McCarty
- Leah McFadden
- Tate Lee
- Sara VanderVoort
The Studio Company is a pre-professional training program; members are selected by audition. The program is designed to offer young dancers training and experience working with the professional company.
Colorado Ballet's 2018-2019 season will open on October 5, 2018.
Colorado Ballet's 2017-2018 season opened on October 6, 2017.
Ballet Director's Choice (includes Pillar of Fire choreographed by Antony Tudor, music by Arnold Schoenberg; Brief Fling choreographed by Twyla Tharp, music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger; and a third work)
Colorado Ballet's 2016-2017 season opened on October 7, 2016.
Swan Lake (choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet, music by P. I. Tchaikovsky)
Ballet MasterWorks (includes The Firebird choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, music by Igor Stravinsky; Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky; and Petite Mort choreographed by Jiří Kylián, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season opened on October 2, 2015.
Ballet Director's Choice (includes The Angel of Buenos Aires by Lorita Travaglia, Wolfgang (for Webb) by Dominic Walsh, Light Rain pas de deux by Gerald Arpino and It's Not a Cry pas de deux by Amy Seiwert)
Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season opened on September 26, 2014.
Ballet MasterWorks (includes Concerto Barocco choreographed by George Balanchine, music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free (ballet) choreographed by Jerome Robbins, music by Leonard Bernstein; and a new work)
Director's Choice (Traveling Alone choreographed by Amy Seiwert; Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods; and a new work)
Ballet MasterWorks (includes Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with choreography by Glen Tetley, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations with music by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and a new work by Val Caniparoli of San Francisco Ballet
Swan Lake (choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Peter Pan (choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney)
Tribute (choreography by Emery LeCrone, Jodie Gates and Amy Seiwert)
Anniversary Triple Bill (Feast of the Gods - choreography by Edwaard Liang, “…smile with my heart” - choreography by Lar Lubovitch and The Faraway - choreography by Matthew Neenan)
Dracula (choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Romeo and Juliet (choreography by Alun Jones)
Great Galloping Gottschalk (choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk)
Don Quixote (choreographed by Marius Petipa, music by Ludwig Minkus)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Beauty and the Beast (choreographed by Domy Reiter-Soffer, music by Seen-yee Lam)
Since 1961, The Nutcracker has been in the Colorado Ballet's repertoire every holiday season. Although primarily a classical ballet company, the Company's repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballets.
|...smile with my heart||L. Lubovitch||M. Laird (Fantasie on Themes by R. Rodgers)|
|Afternoon of a Faun||V. Nijinsky, staged by I. Youskevitch||C. Debussy|
|ALICE (in wonderland)||S. Webre||M. Pierce|
|Among Silken Cords||L. Wymmer||W.A. Mozart|
|Apollo||G. Balanchine, staged by P.Neary||I. Stravinsky|
|Appalachian Spring||M. Graham, staged by T. Capuccilli, J. Herring, J. Eibler||A. Copland|
|Archetypes||E. LeCrone||T. Riley|
|Ave Maria||D. Rhoden||Giulio Caccini, vocals by Kagen Paley|
|A Little Love||M. Fredmann||Songs sung by Nina Simone|
|Beauty and the Beast||M. Fredmann||M. Ravel|
|Billy the Kid||E. Loring, staged by H. Sayette||A. Copland|
|Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1||C. Tippet||M. Bruch|
|Buffalo Bill's Saloon||A. Erb||R. Jarboe, performed by Tim and Molly O'Brien|
|Carmina Burana||G. Gonzales, P. Renzetti, J. Wallace||C. Orff|
|Celts||L. York||Traditional Irish music|
|Centennial Suite||M. Fredmann||R. Thompson|
|Cinderella (3 Acts)||M. Fredmann||S. Prokofiev|
|Company B||P. Taylor, staged by R. Andrien||Songs recorded by The Andrews Sisters|
|Concerto Barocco||G. Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||J.S. Bach|
|Configurations||C. Goh, staged by J. Schergen||S. Barber|
|Coppélia||M. Fredmann||L. Delibes|
|Cry and Silence||M. Murdmaa||K. Sink|
|Diana and Actaeon (pas de deux)||A. Vaganova||C. Pugni|
|De Profundis||J. Lang||Arvo Pärt|
|Don Quixote (3 Acts)||M. Petipa/ A. Gorsky||L. Minkus|
|Dracula||M. Pink||P. Feeney|
|Dreamspace||M. Fredmann||G. Mahler, W. Piston, H. Hanson, C. Ives, S. Coleridge-Taylor, A. Hovhaness|
|The Dying Swan||M. Fokine, staged by N. Krassovska||C. Saint-Saens|
|Earth Tribe||R. Harris||D. Ross; Romanthony|
|Echoing of Trumpets||A. Tudor||B. Martinu|
|Elysium||T. Korobeynikova||Meredith Monk and Kronos Quartet|
|Embellish||Jodie Gates||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|Façade||F. Ashton, staged by A. Grant||W. Walton|
|Feast of the Gods||E. Liang||O. Respighi|
|Firebird||Y. Possokhov||I. Stravinsky|
|Flames of Paris (solo)||J. Lang||R. Schumann|
|Giselle (2 Acts)||J. Perrot/J. Coralli, staged by Gil Boggs||A. Adam|
|Great Galloping Gottschalk||Lynne Taylor-Corbett, staged by Jeff Gribler||Louis Moreau Gottschalk|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||T. Ishida||C. Pugni|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||M. Pink||P. Feeney|
|In the Upper Room||T. Tharp, staged by S. Washington||P. Glass|
|Inversion||J. Wallace||S. Barber|
|JamNation||D. McKayle||C. Dobrian, K. Akagi, L. Armstrong, C. Parker, D. Ellington, A.C. Jobin, D. Reinhart, S. Grapelli, J. Johnson|
|La Bayadere (Act II)||M. Petipa, staged by M. Stavitskaya||L. Minkus|
|Land Beyond Horizons||H. Garza||T. Bell|
|La Sylphide||A. Bournonville, staged by Z. Dubrovskaya, S. Kozadeyev||H. Lovenskjold|
|La Vivandiere||A. Saint-Leon, staged by P. Renzetti||C. Pugni|
|Le Beau Danube||L. Massine, staged by G. Verdak||J. Strauss II|
|Le Spectre de la Rose||M. Fokine, staged by T. Armour||C. Von Weber|
|Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project||Stephen Mills||Steve Reich (Tehillim), Evelyn Glennie (Rhythm Song), Michael Gordon (Weather), Arvo Pärt (Tabula Rasa), Philip Glass (Tirol Concerto)|
|The Little Mermaid||Lynne Taylor-Corbett||Michael Moricz|
|Masquerade Suite||M. Fredmann||A. Khatchaturian|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||C. Wheeldon||F. Mendlessohn|
|Miraculous Mandarin||S. Kozadayev||B. Bartok|
|Mon Dieu (solo)||M. Fredmann||Sung by Edith Piaf|
|Nine Sinatra Songs||T. Tharp, staged by S. Washington||Songs recorded by F. Sinatra|
|The Nutcracker (2 Acts)||M. Fredmann, Additional Choreography by S. Brown, staged by L. Travaglia and S. Brown||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Of Blessed Memory||S. Welch||J. Cantaloube|
|Picture of Sedalia||P. Pucci||S. Joplin|
|Peter Pan||G. Conzales/ A. Thompson||L. Delibes|
|Peter Pan||Michael Pink||Philip Feeney|
|Petite Mort||Jiří Kylián||W. A. Mozart|
|Pounds and Stomps||D. Varone||Songs by the Yardbirds|
|Rachmaninov Second||K. Uralsky||S. Rachmaninov|
|Raymonda (Act III)||M. Petipa, staged by M. Stavitskaya||A. Glazunov|
|Ricordanza||M. Fredmann||F. Liszt|
|The Rite of Spring||Glen Tetley||Igor Stravinsky|
|The River||A. Ailey, staged by M. Chaya||D. Ellington|
|Rodeo||A. de Mille, staged by P. Sutherland||A. Copland|
|Romeo & Juliet (3 Acts)||M. Fredmann||S. Prokofiev|
|Rubies||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||I. Stravinsky|
|Sachertorte||M. Fredmann||Strauss Family|
|Second Exposure||D. Grand Moultrie||R. Romaneiro|
|Serenade||G. Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Silent Woods (pas de deux)||M. Fredmann||A. Dvorak|
|Size Nine Spirit||P. Pucci||B. Goodman|
|The Sleeping Beauty||Marius Petipa, staged by M. Daukayev, J. Labsan||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Soul of Porcelain||O. Messina||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Stars and Stripes||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||J.P. Sousa|
|Swan Lake (4 Acts)||M. Petipa/L. Ivanov, staged by S. Kozadayev, Z. Dubroskaya, A. McKerrow, & J. Gardner||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Talisman (pas de deux)||M. Petipa||R. Drigo|
|Theme and Variations||George Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Things Left Unsaid||A. Seiwert||F. Mendelson|
|Traveling Alone||A. Seiwert||M. Richter|
|Troy Game||R. North, staged by J. Moss||B. Downes|
|Vital Sensations||D. Moultrie||Puente, Sidestepper, R. Size/ Reprazent|
|Western Symphony||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||H. Kay|
|When the Lad for Longing Sighs||M. Fredmann, J. Levinson||G. Butterworth|
|Where the Wild Things Are||S. Webre||R. Woolf|
|Who Cares?||G. Balanchine, staged by J. Fugate||G. Gershwin|
|Wingborne||L. Houlton||A. Dvorak|
|Winter Moons||P. Tate||J. Tate|
|Without Words||T. Shimazaki||T. Kako, R. Eno, L.M. Gottschalk, F. Mendlessohn|
|Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet||P. Anastos||F. Chopin|
The Colorado Ballet Academy is the official school of the Colorado Ballet Company, located in Denver, CO. The Academy provides training to students ages 1 ½ through adult, beginner through professional
The Academy begins teaching students from ages 3 through 6 for creative dance and pre-ballet, two classes that lay the foundation for further study of classical ballet
Beginning at age seven, students are placed in Level 1 and advance according to age, experience, and ability. The Academy curriculum is designed to guide students from their first introduction to the art through a full course of ballet study. During their time at Colorado Ballet Academy, students take classes in technique, pointe work, pas de deux, modern, jazz as well as vital conditioning classes.
The Colorado Ballet Academy’s designed method follows a structured sequence of training stages intended to increase student’s technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development.
Education and Community Engagement
Colorado Ballet's Education and Community Engagement department serves in-need students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners in Colorado. Colorado Ballet's outreach programs make more than 35,000 contacts each year in 225 schools/organizations.
Education & Outreach Includes:
- After School Programs
- School Workshops: Dance Technique & Arts Integration
- In-school Assembly Program
- Student Performances - Local & Remote
- Community Performances
- Study Materials and Activity Guides
- Educator Appreciation and Professional Development
- Adult Education
Be Beautiful Be Yourself - Based on Boston Ballet’s “Adaptive Dance” program and supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance program provides 10 weekly dance classes to ten 5-9 year-old-children with Down syndrome.
Five by Five Project - The 5 X 5 Project is the Mayor's Office for Education and Children's program designed to offer Head Start families opportunities to give their children five cultural experiences by the age of five. Colorado Ballet has been a partnering organization in this program for four years.
Leap N Learn (formerly (Dance Renaissance) - Leap N Learn is an after school residency that lasts 10–15 weeks, classes focus on creative movement and ballet. The students study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain. The program culminates with a performance for the parents, school, and community.
Rhythm and Grace - Rhythm & Grace is an adaptation of the nationally recognized Dance for PD® model created by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. This national model is offered in more than 40 communities in the U.S. and Europe. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies is the first Parkinson’s-oriented Colorado organization to bring this dance-focused method of physical therapy to the Denver community. Since its inception in September 2011, approximately 50 individuals with Parkinson’s disease have participated in the program.
School workshops, assemblies and field trips - Colorado Ballet's education and outreach department offers school workshops and assemblies teaching students about dance. In addition, the department offers students discounted tickets to the professional Company's final dress rehearsal for selected shows each season.
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