Monday, August 3, 2015

Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market seeks artisans and craft vendors for 2015 event

Colorado Ballet is seeking artisans and craft vendors to participate in the first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will take place November 5-8, 2015 in a heated tent in Skyline Park in Downtown Denver at 16th and Arapahoe Streets.
 
The market will consist of an upscale retail market, with additional artisan and high-end craft booths.  In addition to the holiday market, Colorado Ballet will host other events and activities including a private kick-off cocktail party, four Breakfast with Santa events, a food court with a variety of food trucks, and live music by local chorale and music groups.
 
“Colorado Ballet takes great pride in hosting our first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will kick-off the holiday season in Denver,” said Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Colorado Ballet Special Events and Boutique Manager.  “The Nutcracker Market will showcase the best Denver has to offer for holiday gift ideas with great entertainment and holiday festivities.”
 
The event will be held annually during the first weekend of November in Downtown Denver and will benefit Colorado Ballet and its affiliate programs.
 
For more information on becoming a vendor, contact Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Special Events and Boutique Manager, at 303-339-1717 or sarah.trevino-anderson@coloradoballet.org.
 
For more information on the Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, visit www.coloradoballet.org/nutcrackermarket.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Beware of ticket scammers!



Single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season went on sale on July 15 and we wanted to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com.  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial.
 
Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print-at-home option on our website.  So, a $30 ticket is only $30 through print-at-home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)
 
Here are the 2015-2016 ticket prices:
  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $30
If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.
 
We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!  Get your tickets today as shows and price levels will sell out (some price levels of The Nutcracker are already running out of seats).  Click here to purchase tickets for our 2015-2016 season: La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), and Ballet Director's Choice.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Check out our 15/16 promotional images!

Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton for "La Sylphide"
Francisco Estevez for "The Nutcracker"
Maria Mosina for "Alice (in Wonderland)"
Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas for "Ballet Director's Choice"
All photos are by Allen Birnbach.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Colorado Ballet dancer will take over our social media channels during the Vail International Dance Festival

Be sure to follow Colorado Ballet's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts this weekend and next weekend when our dancer Tracy Jones does a social media takeover during the Vail International Dance Festival!  See what life is like for our dancers behind the scenes up in Vail!

Facebook: facebook.com/colorado.ballet
Twitter: twitter.com/ColoradoBallet
Instagram: instagram.com/colorado.ballet
 
Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colorado Ballet promotes Corps de Ballet dancer to Soloist, adds new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet dancers

Colorado Ballet promoted one of its Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloist dancer, added a new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet members for a total of 30 professional Company dancers.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Francisco Estevez from Corps de Ballet to Soloist.  Born in Quito, Ecuador, Estevez moved to the U.S. in 1995.  He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and finished his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he also performed featured roles with the New York City Ballet.  He graduated in 2008 and danced with Boston Ballet and Barcelona Ballet before joining Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season.

With the retirement of two Principals at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Boggs brought on Yosvani Ramos as a new Principal this season.
 
Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet as a Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2000, then Principal Dancer in 2003. He danced with ENB until 2008 when he joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until April 2013.  He danced at the XVIII International Ballet Festival in Miami in September 2013, spent several months guesting with companies in Europe and the USA and joined the Cincinnati Ballet as principal dancer in July 2014.  He joins Colorado Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a Principal Dancer.
 
Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Mackenzie Dessens, formerly with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company; Megan Dillon, who previously danced Charlotte Ballet 2 and Ballet Met 2; Sarah Tryon, formerly with Sarasota Ballet; and Bryce Lee, who danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company before his promotion into the Company.

Click here to learn more about the Company dancers.

More than half of Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  Colorado Ballet’s dancers will also perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 22 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2015-2016 season with La Sylphide on October 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
 
In addition to the new dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maria Mosina transforms into the Queen of Hearts



This is a time-lapse video featuring Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina during her transformation into the Queen of Hearts for the 2015-2016 promotional photo shoot for Alice (in Wonderland).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Behind the scenes time-lapse of 2015-2016 photo shoots



This is a video featuring behind-the-scenes time-lapse sequences of the 2015-2016 Colorado Ballet promotional photo shoots for La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice.