Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet's mission is to present exceptional quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.

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Organizational Overview

Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
Colorado Ballet's mission is to present exceptional quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.


Colorado Ballet's 2013-2014 season includes Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Ballet Director's Choice. Learn more here: Get your tickets at

Impact Statement

Colorado Ballet realized numerous achievements during the 2012-2013 season, which reinforce its value to the community. Colorado Ballet broke ticket sales and attendance records during The Nutcracker in 2012, breaking the previous record set during its 50th Anniversary Season in 2010. Nearly all of the 24 performances were sold out or close to selling out during the five-week run at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. An audience of 2,000 is considered sold out and we had an average attendance of 1,981 per show at The Nutcracker. In addition to record-breaking ticket sales for The Nutcracker, Colorado Ballet ended fiscal year 2012 in the black. The organization did this by restructuring and cutting expenses while increasing ticket sales and contributions. Ticket sales for the professional productions are not the only components of the organization that have grown during the last few seasons. The Colorado Ballet Academy has also seen the number of students increase during the last few years.

In January 2013, Colorado purchased a building located at 11th and Santa Fe with a bridge loan. We plan to renovate the 100-year-old building and move sometime in early 2014. The renovated 30,000 square foot building will give the professional Company and the Academy room to grow. The new building will have eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and improved amenities for the professional Company including locker rooms and showers as well as a physical therapy room. Colorado Ballet will also have its own black box theater performance space with 150 telescoping seats. The new building and increased number of studios will allow the Academy to offer more dance classes for adults and children. Our new building will have safer, more convenient student drop-off and increased parking in the neighborhood. The new Academy location will also feature a parent and student lounge and a retail dance boutique. Colorado Ballet's new home will encourage world-class dance to flourish in Colorado and enhance the training of the next generation of dancers.

Needs Statement

Colorado Ballet has a budget of approximately $6.3 million that must be supported by ticket sales and charitable contributions. What many people don't know is that for most performing arts organizations, ticket sales cover only half of Colorado Ballet's operating costs. The remaining revenue must be raised from charitable contributions, making every donation truly significant. As Colorado Ballet continues to strive to be the best ballet company between the coasts, consistent support from the community is essential.

Background Statement

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. The Company has three major programmatic areas: 1) the professional Company which each season performs five productions at either the Newman Center for the Performing Arts or the Ellie Caulkins Opera House; 2) educational programming for children and adults that is targeted for underserved communities in and around Metro Denver; and 3) Colorado Ballet Academy that currently serves approximately 750 children and adults. With an annual budget of $7.3 million, the Company employs more than 150 people on either a full-time or part-time basis during the year. In the fall of 2008, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts estimated that Colorado Ballet alone is responsible for a $30 million economic impact on downtown Denver.

Executive Director Statement

On behalf of the entire organization, we are thankful to Colorado Ballet's late co-founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, for the vision they had for Colorado Ballet more than 50 years ago. We are also appreciative for the citizens of Denver who have supported Colorado Ballet for 53 years. We thank you for your patronage and assure you of our unwavering desire for excellence and love of the art form.

My sincerest wishes to you and your family.

All my best,

Gil Boggs
Artistic Director

Board Chair/President Statement

This marks the opening of our 53rd season, which will feature technically-challenging classical ballet as well as innovative contemporary premieres. I am honored to represent Colorado Ballet's Board of Trustees, which supports Colorado Ballet and everything it does to produce the highest-quality dance in the region. Under the leadership of Gil Boggs and his artistic team, Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado.

Beyond the performances of the professional company, the Colorado Ballet Academy instructs the next generation of dancers. Children as young as two can experience the joy of dance through the Colorado Ballet Academy.

Academy students have the opportunity to audition for roles in several professional productions each year including The Nutcracker. The Academy also offers a wide range of adult dance classes including ballet, pilates, jazz, tap and hip hop. The Colorado Ballet Academy not only teaches dance, it encourages the love of dance in every student.

Our amazing outreach department enables thousands to experience the magic of dance by providing classes and performance opportunities for in-need students, teachers, families, people withe disabilities and lifelong learners. Your support helps us impact nearly 60,000 individuals in the community each year.

Please consider helping to support Colorado Ballet by making a donation.

"The score, the movement, the Colorado Ballet giving a charge to the audience, waking Denver up to a coastal repertoire...a company the size and strength of Colorado Ballet is the only dance company in the state that can do it."
-303 Magazine review of Ballet MasterWorks

"Oh My Word. 15+ years of experiencing the Colorado Ballet and tonight's performance of Giselle was INCREDIBLE! I thought nothing could top the performance of Dracula (i saw it 4 times) but Giselle was far above any I've ever seen. The synchronization was levels above normal, the sets, while static, added a depth that captured your senses. The story was beautifully told, the choreography was translated so well by the performers. We will end up going again. I can't say enough how much I love the performance arts; especially the Colorado Ballet. The Nutcracker is the money show, Peter Pan was a new show that was worth trying, but Giselle is "the must see performance" of the year."
-Giselle patron

"You taught me to like ballet without any words...Now I absolutely love ballet. It looked like you were soaring through the air with no problems at all. Your biggest fan, Lee (a student at College View Elementary School).
-Student matinee testimonial

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