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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 is authorized to issue Denver Enterprise Zone Tax Credits. Your gift may qualify for a tax credit of 25% for cash contributions and 12.5% for in-kind gifts, including property and stock. Please contact your tax advisor for more information. ***
Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season includes performances at Vail International Dance Festival, the Arvada Center, and the Lone Tree Performing Arts Center in addition to the regular season of La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), and Ballet Director's Choice - featuring a tango ballet and more! Learn more here: www.coloradoballet.org/performances/seasonproductions. Get your tickets at www.coloradoballet.org.
At the end of the summer in 2014, Colorado Ballet moved into its new 30,000 rehearsal and training facility at the north end of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe - The Armstrong Center for Dance. Colorado Ballet will continue to present performances in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, but its new facility:
-encourages world-class dance to flourish in Colorado
-enhances the training of the next generation of dancers
-brings dance and movement to thousands of school-kids and people with disabilities
-hosts small in-house performances and events in the 140-seat black box theater
Colorado Ballet had its most successful performance season in the 54-year history of the organization, breaking attendance and revenue records during the 2014-2015 season. Colorado Ballet's productions of Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Peter and the Wolf all exceeded revenue goals. A performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is considered sold out at 2,000 patrons, and in 2014, Colorado Ballet averaged 1,976 patrons per performance at The Nutcracker. Overall, the holiday production sold out 21 of the 24 performances. Peter and the Wolf had the highest total attendance and highest average attendance per performance than any show the ballet has ever performed at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Overall, the organization exceeded its season budget and attendance goals for performances during the 2014-2015 season.
Colorado Ballet completed construction on its new rehearsal and training facility late in the summer of 2014 - the Armstrong Center for Dance. The renovated 30,000 square foot building will give the professional Company and the Academy room to grow. The new building has eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and improved amenities for the professional Company. Colorado Ballet also has its own black box theater performance space for small performances and public events. The new building and increased number of studios allowed the Academy to offer more dance classes for adults and children than ever before. Colorado Ballet's new home encourages world-class dance to flourish in Colorado and enhances the training of the next generation of dancers.
Colorado Ballet has a budget of approximately $6.7 million that must be supported by ticket sales and charitable contributions. Ticket sales cover just over 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.
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 Ellie Caulkins Opera House or the Newman Center for the Performing Arts; 2) educational programming for children and adults that is targeted for under-served communities in and around Metro Denver; and 3) Colorado Ballet Academy that serves children and adults. With an annual budget of $6.7 million, the Company employs more than 150 people on either a full-time or part-time basis during the year. 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 appreciative for the citizens of Denver who have supported Colorado Ballet for 55 years. We are so proud of our productions and what we are able to bring to Denver's performing arts community. Your support makes it possible for us to have incredibly talented dancers from all over the world, live music from the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and performances in spaces as the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
All my best,
Board Chair/President Statement
As we begin our 55th season, the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees is proud to bring you technically-challenging classical ballet performances and innovative contemporary works. As board co-chairs, we are honored to be a part of Colorado Ballet's ongoing momentum. Last year, Colorado Ballet had its most successful performance season in the history of the organization, breaking attendance and revenue records. This summer, we moved our new state-of-the-art dance training and rehearsal studio in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. The new facility puts Colorado Ballet on the map as a world-class ballet company and academy. If you have not yet seen our new building, we encourage you to stop by for a tour, event or Academy class!
Through the Colorado Ballet Academy, we encourage the love of dance in students of every age. The Academy offers classes for children as young as three as well as a wide range of adult dance classes and a pre-professional ballet program. Academy students have the opportunity to audition for roles in several professional productions each year. The Academy not only teaches dance, it encourages the love of dance in every student.
Not all Coloradans have the opportunity to experience the magic of excellence in dance. That's why Colorado Ballet's outreach programs provide opportunities for in-need students, teachers, family and individuals with disabilities to take dance classes and attend performances. We impact nearly 60,000 individuals every year.
We hope that you will consider making a donation to Colorado Ballet to ensure the future of high quality dance and the cultural vibrancy of our state. Thank you for supporting Colorado Ballet!
Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees Co-chairs
"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
"Throughout 'Cinderella,' the story deftly moved from laugh-out-loud comic scenes with the stepsisters and Jester to tender, exquisitely choreographed pas de deux with Cinderella and the Prince. Watch for their dance in the second act. It's gorgeous and there were a lot of teary mommies in the audience." -Mile High Mammas review of Cinderella
"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