To engage, enrich, and inspire the human spirit through artistically exceptional youth ballet performances.
In 1998, Longmont Dance Theatre was founded to enhance young peoples' lives through pre-professional ballet education and performance. In the early 2000s, the performances began to reach a wider audience and to involve more dancers, volunteers, and area collaborations. It became clear that Longmont was ready to support a youth ballet company in partnership and service to the community. In 2012, Centennial State Ballet received its 501(c)(3) designation, separating from but continuing to work alongside what is now called Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, its partner pre-professional ballet school.
Centennial State Ballet presents three main stage performances each year. In a typical season, performances feature a chamber orchestra or smaller music ensemble, elaborate sets, costumes, and lighting. Performers also present community engagement performances at local schools, libraries, and retirement communities.
With our digital stage 2020/21 Season: A Time to Dance, CSB continues in our ninth season as a non-profit. We believe genuine, meaningful artistic creativity can be born from the desire to overcome our current global limitations. To offer safe performance opportunities to CSB company members this season, each main stage performance is a digital production that additionally features and supports local musicians and businesses. After extensive coaching in small groups, company members film each production in partnership with local venue sponsors.
"I love the unique experience offered by live ballet and was honestly not sure what to expect from the livestream. However, I felt that the use of multiple locations and filming techniques really enhanced the storytelling. CSB met the challenge posed by our current pandemic restrictions with innovation, creativity, and the signature artistry that is the hallmark of all of their performances. It raised the bar(re) for all future livestreams!
" - Fall 2020
"Centennial State Ballet has helped [our daughter] grow so much as a dancer, in both technique and self confidence. She loves being a part of the shows and she adores her teachers. We really enjoy the community aspect of CSB. As a whole family we have participated in more Longmont events than we can count, parades, art walks and more. It is so much more than a place for our daughter to dance, it has connected us to our town in a way we wouldn't have expected and we love that!"
"We signed our daughter up with Centennial State Ballet and were blown away by the level of professionalism this studio holds. Our daughter is improving at an increasingly high pace. The coaching is exceptional, and the performance opportunity is exactly what we are looking for in a dance [program]. Our little girl gets to be on stage with the professional dancers in things like The Nutcracker. What an amazing experience for her!"
"Our family went to see The Nutcracker -- Dec 2014. [Our son] was in the orchestra and invited us. It has been a longtime tradition in our family to see the Nutcracker during the Christmas season. We have seen it in several cities and several venues. This particular production was our very favorite. We were so delighted with the music, the dancing, the costumes, the dancers ---- everything. It was fantastic and will be a treasured memory! We live in Aurora but it was well worth our trip. We were extremely impressed and will be spreading the word! We will most surely be back to see your other productions."