Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet reaches audiences of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to explore all aspects of dance through performances, dance academy, and arts education and community engagement programs.

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Organizational Overview

Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
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 reaches audiences of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to explore all aspects of dance through performances, dance academy, and arts education and community engagement programs. Some examples of providing accessibility and fostering appreciation of ballet, dance and creative movement for the community are:
• The Nutcracker complimentary student matinee for 1,800 students and families and evening performance for 1,600 Head Start children and families.
• Colorado Ballet performers traveled across Colorado to Weld, Logan and Larimer counties to present From the Page to the Stage assembly performances.
• Live-streamed three Company performances from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to more than 180 locations in 27 states and five foreign countries, reaching 7,000 students from our community and around the world.


The 2016-2017 season includes 48 performances, opening with the popular Swan Lake, presenting the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, spring performance of Ballet MasterWorks, and closing the 56th season with The Little Mermaid. The season also includes performances in other cities and venues such as the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities.

Last September, the new Attitude on Santa Fe performance in the Black Box theater featured an intimate performance by Company dancers taking a different role as choreographer to premier contemporary works. Presenting Denver, a local dance website wrote, "The evening was delightful and accessible. If you are not a tried and true ballet lover, keep an eye out for the next Attitude on Santa Fe performance of Colorado Ballet company choreographers. You will get to taste test mini-ballets without the full commitment of a singular Ellie Caulkins Opera House performance. Kudos to Gil Boggs for bringing this refreshing experience to Denver." Attitude on Santa Fe was again sold out with a long waiting list for the February 2016 performance of four contemporary works.

Impact Statement

The 2015-2016 season had several high notes including record attendance at The Nutcracker and ALICE (in wonderland). Average attendance for The Nutcracker in 2015 was 2,069 per show, breaking 2014's previous record of 2,062. The Nutcracker also broke overall attendance records, with 53,818 total attendees during the public performances, breaking the previous record set in 1992. Additionally, The Nutcracker revenue was $2.77 million, shattering the previous record set in 2014 of $2.47 million. ALICE (in wonderland) sold out all eight performances and had the highest average attendance for any spring production in the Company's history, with an average of 2,064 attendees per performance.

Colorado Ballet Academy's Success included the following:
• Achieved more than $1 million in revenue one year earlier than planned and had a record 1,134 children, youth and adult students.
• 2016 Summer Intensive continued to grow the program and attracted master teachers highly regarded in their fields, teaching excerpts from world renowned choreographers George Balanchine and Anthony Tudor. Enrollment for 2015 was at capacity with 167 students.

Colorado Ballet's Department of Education & Community Engagement makes more than 30,000 contacts each year and serves in-need students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners in Colorado.

Colorado Ballet moved into its new rehearsal and training facility late in the summer of 2014 - the Armstrong Center for Dance. The 30,000 square foot 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. Colorado Ballet's new home encourages world-class dance to flourish in Colorado and enhances the training of the next generation of dancers.

Needs Statement

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.

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.

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 200 schools and organizations across Colorado; 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,

Gil Boggs
Artistic Director

Board Chair/President Statement

As we begin our 56th 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. The Armstrong Center for Dance 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 Education & Community Engagement programs provide opportunities for in-need students, teachers, family and individuals with disabilities to take dance classes and attend performances. We make nearly 30,000 contacts with students 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

Colorado Ballet is one of the state's oldest and most successful arts institutions. "Colorado Ballet's production of August Bournonville's La Sylphide that opened October 2nd surely will go down in history as one of the most aesthetically pleasing ever performed by the company. Everything about it-the sets, the costumes, the music, the dances, the story-are breathtakingly beautiful at every turn," states a review by Denver Performing Arts Examiner.

Aurora Sentinel review, 2/25/2016. "[Colorado Ballet's] Alice at Ellie full of wonder. Entering Webre's psychedelic vision of Alice is like watching a pop-art painting in motion - the costumes, set design and music, all come together in whimsy that is both high-fashion, fantastical and simply a lot of fun to look at."

"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." - 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
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