• Announcements: Welcome, Orientation Week, Uniforms
  • Events & Classes: YAGP & DBG Auditions, Teen Ballet, 2018/2019 Registrations Open, Adult Open
  • Noteworthy: Summer Camps, NDEO/NHDSA
The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy

The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy Welcomes You!

In the spring of 2018, the Colorado Ballet Academy 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.

We are thrilled to have Domenico Luciano, Colorado Ballet Company Principal Dancer, join our CBA team! Domenico hails from Naples, Italy, and joined Colorado Ballet in 2013 and was promoted to Principal in 2014. Domenico will be fulfilling the role of Academy Principal on a part-time basis as he continues to dance with Colorado Ballet this season. We look forward to integrating his vast training and knowledge into our curriculum.

The 2018-2019 season promises to be an excellent year 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 Art Walk. Our season culminates with a full-length Academy production of Giselle at Ellie Caulkins Opera House for students in Levels 1 through Pre-Professional Division on May 25, 2019. Please consult our calendar for important dates - more information will be provided as we get closer to each event.

Colorado Ballet is excited to start the 2018/2019 Academy year with you. Whether you are new to Colorado Ballet Academy, or one of our treasured returning families, we welcome you!


Colorado Ballet Academy Team

Erica Fischbach, Academy Director
Domenico Luciano, Interim Academy Principal
Kathi Crum, Lower School Coordinator
Sarah Paul, Academy Administrator
Elisabeth Link, Academy Business Manager

2018/2019 Academy Year

Orientation Week

Please plan on attending our informative orientation meetings listed below. We will be covering uniforms, schedules, upcoming performance opportunities and many other helpful items that will ensure your year with CBA starts with ease.

Childrens Division

Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1 – Second Week: Orientation will take place in their usual class at the start of their regular class time.

Elementary Division

Ballet 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F - Thursday, Aug. 30 at 5:30pm, Studio 5 or family lounge

Ballet 2B, 2D, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D - Friday. Aug. 31 at 6:00pm 
Studio 3

Intermediate Division

Ballet 4A, 4B & 5 - Monday, Aug. 27 at 6:00pm, Studio 4

Advanced Division

Ballet 6 & 7 - Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4:30pm, Studio 3


Our Academy uniforms for Levels 2 through Pre-Professional Division are not yet in. In the meantime, please plan on wearing black leotards for the ladies and white fitted t-shirt for the men. Please see the website for all other uniform requirements for your level.

Uniforms from Colorado Ballet Academy may be ordered during the registration process. If you have already registered and would like to purchase additional uniforms, please contact Sarah Paul at   


YAGP & DBG Audition

Friday, August 24

Pre-Professional Students: 3:30-4:00pm
Advanced Division: 7:15-7:45pm
Elementary & Intermediate Division: 7:45-8:15pm
Cost: $15
Pre-registestration is now available. Visit Academy Admin to obtain a registration form.

Any student interested in participating in either DBG or 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.    

NEW: Teen Ballet

This class is designed for students who would like to continue their ballet training while exploring outside interests and activities. Students may choose to attend 1 or 2 days a week. Students in Teen Ballet may also participate in extra classes such as Modern, Jazz and Tap.    

2018/2019 Class Registration Open!    

2018/2019 classes are available for students ages 1 ½ - 20. Classes just started this week, so be sure to register online before classes are full!    

Adult Open Classes    

The Open Program serves a diverse community of teens and adults offering classes in beginning through advanced Ballet Technique, Ballet Variations, Jazz and Tap. A flexible drop-in schedule meets the needs of both the working professional and busy student.    

The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy

Dance Around the World East and West Summer Camp Participants in Civic Center Park

Summer Camps 

Dance Around the World East camp students had the opportunity to perform what they learned from the Persian Dance Teacher, Delsie Khadem-Ghaeini with the Persian Cultural Circle, at the Denver International Festival on August 4 at Civic Center Park.  During camp the students also learned Kathak, a traditional dance form from India, from Carrie McCune of Sureela Academy.

The Dance Around the World West camp featured Hip-Hop taught by Kevin O’Keefe and American Folk & Square Dance by Chris Kermiet.  Chris Kermiet was named a Legend of Dance by the University of Denver Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library in 2009.

Abbey McWhirter, National Honor Society for Dance Arts Inductee


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.

Colorado Ballet Academy NHSDA meetings are held once a month from August to May. Check the bulletin board and newsletter for announcements.  Interested students and families are welcome anytime as NHSDA is an ongoing activity.

Congratulations to Abbey McWhirter for being our latest inductee to the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Abbey McWhirter is moving on to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a High School Junior this year. We wish her well. 

For more information about NHSDA visit or contact Academy Administrator Sarah Paul.     


Sleeping Beauty

October 5-14, 2018

The Nutcracker

Nov. 24 - Dec. 24, 2018

The Wizard of Oz

February 1-10, 2019