Colorado Ballet's mission is to present exceptional classical ballet and contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement while inspiring and growing an increasingly diverse audience base.
Colorado Ballet's vision is to: Develop and inspire dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and artists; Bring to the community varied programming choices; Demystify the perceived elitism of dance by creating cultural works to connect a long-standing art tradition with today's community and audience; Create excellent art which is accessible to the whole community; Provide quality arts education for the community; Continue as a highly collaborative organization and further engage the neighborhood; and, Extend the Company's national profile and touring.
Some examples of providing accessibility and fostering appreciation of ballet, dance and creative movement for the community are:
• Colorado Ballet served more than 27,000 in-need students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners. Also, more than 105,000 students across the country enjoyed The Nutcracker via live stream.
• The Leap N Learn weekly after-school program held 44 sessions in 22 schools and organizations, serving over 800 students. Surveys indicated that students participating in Leap N Learn have higher school attendance rates than the general student body. The Leap N Learn summer camp is an intensive dance experience at our studios for up to 40 students, with inclusive enrollment (6 students with Down Syndrome participated in camp). Three students walked away with scholarships to the Colorado Ballet Academy for the 2018-2019 school year.
• Student matinee performances reached 5,389 students at the theater and nearly 110,000 students through live streaming performances viewed in Colorado, the US and internationally. Student Matinees are at a substantially discounted price and The Nutcracker student matinee is always free.
• We are in our 13th year of a partnership with Warren Village, offering dance classes for preschoolers. Warren Village students had winter and spring performances in the Armstrong Center for Dance's Black Box Theatre with over 100 family members in attendance. Parents that were surveyed demonstrated extreme satisfaction with the programming.
• We offered dance technique and arts-integrative workshops to more than 3,000 students across the Denver metro area. There were several month-long residencies in schools including Hip-Hop Fusion dance and choreography at South High School. These students were able to engage deep into specific dance techniques and had performance opportunities within their communities.
• The school assembly program, "From the Page to the Stage," with studio company dancers, was presented at schools in metro Denver and rural counties, as well as at Children's Hospital Colorado. A total of 3,047 students and community members learned about ballet, some for the first time.
• Colorado Ballet continues partnerships with Global Down Syndrome and Parkinson's Association of the Rockies.
Colorado Ballet was founded in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and the late Freidan Parker to showcase the talented students they had been teaching at their ballet school. The Company obtained full professional status in 1978 and, after a three-year alliance with Tampa Ballet in the late 1980's, reestablished itself as a resident company in Denver in 1990. Today, Colorado Ballet is recognized nationally as one of the top regional ballet companies in the U.S.
Colorado Ballet has three major programmatic areas: 1) the professional Company which each season performs five productions at either the Ellie Caulkins Opera House or the Newman Center for the Performing Arts; 2) Education & Community Engagement programs provide free and highly subsidized opportunities for in-need children and adults, targeting underserved communities in more than 300 schools and organizations across Colorado; and 3) Colorado Ballet Academy is a professional dance instruction program offering 20 daily classes, six days a week, on a year-round basis for students age 1 ½ to seniors.
We would like to share reviews of our season productions and testimonials from our educational programs.
"If I could choose one word to describe this fantastic production and time honored tradition from the Colorado Ballet, it would be CHARMING! This exceptional company did not miss a beat, a step or a moment to shine and kept this annual highlight of their diverse season fresh, energetic, and full of Christmas wonder and joy." - BroadwayWorld.com review of The Nutcracker
"The Colorado Ballet once more demonstrated that they are one of the best ballet companies in the United States. Their depth, their excellence, and the inherent art in everything they do are remarkable. Their dedication shows, and the audience reaps the rewards." -Opus Colorado review of Ballet Director's Choice
"Thank you or giving the 4th grade students at Kohl Elementary the opportunity to participate in the Balance and Motion workshop presented by the Colorado Ballet. Students explored on and off balance through locomotor movements, both individually and in small groups. They also worked together to create a sequence of movements, using the principles of motion and balance they learned from the instructors, and presented their final product at the end of the workshop."
"Seeing the ballet kind of inspired me with telling a story through movement and music, some movements I would think would never work, looked great. And, even though there were no words the music would make you feel the way you were meant to. It was really awesome and inspiring," said a middle school student after seeing Dracula.