• Announcements: New Year Welcome, DBG & YAGP Audition Updates, Production Rehearsals, Save the Date for Upcoming Events

• Events & Classes: Fall Registration, B² Workshop Registration, Colorado Ballet presents Don Quixote

• Noteworthy: Your Guide to a Successful Year with CBA: Uniforms, Orientation Week, Communicating with Us, Hours of Operation, Paperwork, Calendar, Parking Reminder, NDEO/NHSDA  

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The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy


The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy Welcomes You.

In the spring of 2018, the Colorado Ballet Academy (CBA) was named after long-time trustee, Raydean Acevedo. Raydean serves as the co-chair of the Academy Committee for the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees, and the impact of her commitment, passion and generosity cannot be overstated. We are proud to have such a tremendous friend and advocate in Raydean. Naming the Academy after her was a small way to honor her extraordinary contributions to Colorado Ballet. 

The 2019/2020 Academy year promises to be an excellent one to showcase our students with the return of Saturday Soirees, Fall Feature and various free First Friday events that coincide with the Art District on Santa Fe’s First Friday Art Walks. Our season culminates with a full-length Academy production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for students in Levels 1 through Pre-Professional Division on May 23, 2020. Please consult our calendar on the website for important dates. More information will be provided as we get closer to each event.

Colorado Ballet is excited to start the year with you. Whether you are new to CBA, or one of our returning families, we welcome you!

The Colorado Ballet Academy Team

Erica Fischbach, Academy Director
Domenico Luciano, Academy Principal
Kathi Crum, Lower School Coordinator
Elisabeth Link, Academy Business Manager
Megan Lay, Academy Administrator

DBG & YAGP Ensemble & Soloist Auditions

Please note updated times

August 24 – YAGP Ensemble and Soloist Auditions
Any student interested in participating in either Denver Ballet Guild’s (DBG) Young Dancer Competition or Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) must attend the audition. The audition will be taught in a class format—students do not need to prepare a solo for the audition. 

CBA Levels 5, 6 | 11:30AM – 12PM
CBA Levels 7-PPD 12 – 12:30PM
CBA Levels 3, 4 1 – 1:30PM

Production Rehearsals

Production rehearsals will not be held for Levels 5-7 on the first Saturday of the semester. YAGP auditions will be held during this time.

Production rehearsals will begin September 7. We will have regular classes as scheduled on August 31 but will not have rehearsals so families can enjoy a longer Labor Day weekend. A detailed schedule of the rehearsals will be communicated via email in the next couple of weeks.

Save the Date

August 15 | 7:15 PM – YAGP Information Meeting
This meeting will cover YAGP regional and NY dates, different participation options and Colorado Ballet Academy's YAGP program requirements. A recap of this meeting will be emailed to families who are unable to attend.

August 19  First Day of Classes

September 8 – Nutcracker Auditions
Academy students have the opportunity to audition for select roles in Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, November 30 - December 29 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. More information regarding audition requirements will be communicated closer to the audition date. Rehearsals will begin September 14.

View our calendar for other upcoming important dates, and don't forget to mark your calendar.

The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy

Fall Registration

Online Registration for fall classes is now available. The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 19. Registration is filling up quickly, so be sure to check your child’s classes for availability. Please contact the Academy staff if you have questions about scheduling, leveling or uniforms. Registrations, if not already sold out, will close on September 2, 2019.

B² Workshop

August 14 - 16 | 4:30PM - 7:15PM

Get a head start on your training for the 2019/20 year with Colorado Ballet Academy’s B² Workshop! This three-day, evening workshop will focus on placement, stamina and clarity in technique to help students put their best foot forward for a successful and exciting new year of dance at CBA. 

Students outside of Colorado Ballet Academy are welcome and encouraged to register for this intensive. Please contact the Academy for placement at

The B² Workshop includes classes in Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Men's Technique and Jazz for two levels; Intermediate (Levels 3 & 4) and Advanced (Levels 5-PPD).

Colorado Ballet presents Don Quixote

October 4 – 13, 2019

Follow Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they search for a noble adventure, which leads to a band of gypsies, dreams of Dryads and a surprising turn of events. Don Quixote remains one of today’s most frequently performed romantic works with classical choreography by Marius Petipa, along with stunning Spanish sets and costumes.


2019/2020 Academy Information

Your Guide to a Successful Year


Colorado Ballet Academy uniforms are required for Levels 2 through Pre-Professional Division. Online uniform orders have closed. If you have not ordered uniforms yet, please email with your order details including level, size and quantity. We are expecting our uniform order to arrive within the first few weeks of classes. If they do not, your dancer is welcome to wear a plain black leotard until they arrive. We will do our best to fulfill late orders. We will also be conducting a second leotard order in the future.

We will notify you via email when orders are ready for pickup at the studio. 

Elevé Dancewear Sizing Chart

Orientation Meetings | Aug. 21 – 29

We will have orientation meetings at the below times for all Academy families—please plan on attending. We will cover schedules, upcoming performance opportunities, uniform information and many other helpful items.

CD, PB, B1 – Second Week of Classes: Orientation will be at the start of their regular class time.

Ballet 2A, 2D, 2F, 3B, 3D – Monday, August 26 @ 5:30 – Studio 4
Ballet 3A, 3C – Tuesday, August 27 @ 6:00 – Studio 6
Ballet 2C, 2E, 3B – Wednesday, August 28 @ 5:45 – Studio 6
Ballet 2B – Thursday, August 29 @ 4:30 – Studio 7

Ballet 4A, 4B – Thursday, August 29 @ 5:30 – Studio 5
Ballet 5 – Wednesday, August 28 @ 6:00 – Studio 4

Ballet 6 & 7 – Wednesday, August 28 @ 6:00 – Studio 3

Levels A & B – Wednesday, August 21 @ 2:00 – Studio 3

Communicating with Us

Communication is Key!

Colorado Ballet Academy's main form of communication is email:

Academy Phone: (303) 339-1623

Please add and to your email address books as these are the staff members who send CBA communications.

Make sure your email is up to date in our system. This is the email address you provided during registration. If you are no longer receiving CBA emails, please check your spam folder and alert us to any changes in contact information.

Inclement Weather/School Closings will be communicated via social media and/or email if possible. You can also call the Academy's voice mail to find out about any closings or delayed classes. Refer to the Inclement Weather/School Closings section in the Policies and Procedures document for our policy regarding inclement weather and class cancellations. Give us a like and a follow on Facebook and Instagram: @coloradoballetacademy to stay up to date with more info.

PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK THE WELCOME BOARD IN THE ENTRYWAY. This message board will show important notices, rehearsal updates and class location changes.

Academy Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 8:30PM 
Saturday, 8:30AM – 3:00PM  

Hours may vary during holidays, breaks and rehearsals.

Elisabeth (Lis) Link office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:30PM  
Megan Lay office hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1:00PM – 8:30PM; Saturday, 8:30AM – 3:00PM

Important Paperwork

Please fill out and turn in both a Waiver and Commitment Contract before your dancer attends their first scheduled class! There will be extra copies at the front desk.
Please read and adhere to the 2019/2020 Policies and Procedures which will be made available during the first week of classes.


Our 2019/2020 Academy Calendar contains all important dates for CBA including closings, holidays, shows and more! Find the calendar on our website.

Parking Reminder

There are two visitor spots in our lot. All other spaces are reserved for employees Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 6PM. Please do not park in a reserved spot, even for a short period of time, as you may delay the start of class if you are in an instructor's spot. Please be courteous during pick-up/drop-off and do not idle in the lot for longer than a couple minutes. We recommend you park on neighboring streets (Santa Fe or Kalamath) and walk in with your dancer to avoid the congestion during busy times.


Colorado Ballet Academy has been a chapter sponsor of National Honor Society for Dance Arts since 2015. The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) program of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) was created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in students studying dance. Colorado Ballet Academy sponsors NHSDA for two levels of induction: The Junior Program for grades 6-8, The Secondary Program for grades 9-12. Colorado Ballet Academy is proud to honor our students and help advance the field of dance education. 

A kick-off meeting will be scheduled for September. Check the bulletin board and newsletter for announcements. Interested students and families are welcome anytime as NHSDA is an ongoing activity.


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The Nutcracker
Nov. 30 - Dec. 29, 2019

Peter Pan
Jan. 31 - Feb. 9, 2020

Tour de Force
March 6 - 8, 2020

Ballet MasterWorks
April 3 - 12, 2020