December 2020

• Announcements: Holiday and New Year Resolution Virtual Workshops, 2021 Spring Children's Division Classes Reimagined, Upcoming Schedule Breaks, Summer Intensive & Pre-Professional Division Auditions, Colorado Ballet Academy Featured in Pointe Magazine, Apply for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Colorado Ballet Auxiliary Seeking Sugarplums for 2021, Exclusive Shopping Day at Dillard's!

• Healthy Dancer: Happy Holidays? Celebrating During the Pandemic An Ultrasound for a Sports Injury?


Photo by Mark Hutchens featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Level 4 Students

Holiday & New Year Resolution Virtual Workshops

December 14th-16th 2020 & January 7th-8th, 2021

Registration is ongoing for our popular seasonal workshops! Keep in shape over the holiday break with these virtual workshops for students Level 2 through Pre-Professional (or ages 8+ by placement). Taught by our distinguished CBA Faculty, these concentrated classes are designed to help students maintain all they have accomplished during the Fall semester. Holiday Make a Dance and Nutcracker Variations classes will include traditional female and male choreography. 

Students outside of Colorado Ballet Academy are welcome and encouraged to register for these intensives. Please contact the Academy for placement:

Photo by Mark Hutchens and Martha Wirth featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Children’s Division Student

Registration Now Open for Children’s 

Division Spring Classes

Virtual Classes Begin January 2021

Colorado Ballet Academy's reimagined Children's Division classes will captivate our youngest students with the beauty of dance and music! Parent Tot, Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet will be offered in shorter four-week sessions and focus on different seasonal themes to spark creativity and development. No semester long commitment required!

Photo by Mark Hutchens and Martha Wirth featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Level 6 and Pre-Professional Division Students

Reminder: Upcoming Schedule Breaks

Students will not be having regular classes on the following dates: 

  • December 14, 2020-January 10, 2021 – Winter Break

  • January 18-19, 2021 – MLK Day

  • February 24-27, 2021 – February Break

  • March 29-April 3, 2021 – Spring Break

Photo by Mark Hutchens and Martha Wirth featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Level 7 Students

2021 Summer Intensive Program

Directed by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

June 21 - July 23, 2021

Ages 11-20 on pointe; Audition Required

Under the direction of Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, Colorado Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive is designed for students in intermediate through pre-professional levels. Our program strives to cultivate a safe atmosphere of creative freedom in which students can build the confidence to test their boundaries and learn new ways to push beyond them. At this time, Colorado Ballet Academy plans for an in-person intensive. The program may transition to a hybrid or virtual program as required by State and Federal mandates.

Ballet classes will be taught by Artistic Leaders of the organization, providing the highest caliber training and fostering excellence in dance. Two-week, three-week and five-week options are available, with an optional Saturday morning drop-in class. 

Auditions will be held from January 1 through March 21. Students may choose to audition through video or by participating in one of our live Virtual Regional Auditions.

Photo by Mark Hutchens and Martha Wirth featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-Professional Division Student

Join Our Pre-Professional Division

Audition Opportunities Begin January 2021

Auditions for Colorado Ballet Academy's Pre-Professional Division will begin in January! Register for a live virtual audition or submit an audition video. Live virtual auditions will be combined with our Summer Intensive Virtual Regional Auditions. There will be one Pre-Professional only virtual audition on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

For more information regarding Pre-Professional Division auditions, please contact us at

Colorado Ballet Academy 

Featured in Pointe Magazine

Colorado Ballet Academy Offers Exceptional Training, No Matter the Format | December 8, 2020

Let's face it—2020 has been full of surprises. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the dance world to abide by social-distancing measures, ballet schools have had to create innovative approaches to delivering high-quality training. With that in mind, what should aspiring dancers look for in a summer intensive or pre-professional program this coming year?

Colorado Ballet Academy quickly pivoted to a virtual summer program and fall semester this year, and students are thriving thanks to the high level of attention, engagement and mentorship they're receiving from faculty. "We've been concentrating more on fundamentals and placement, and the results are great," says Academy Director Erica Fischbach. "Students have improved in these necessary, foundational aspects even more than in person because of the shift in focus."

Exceptional training, whether it's offered in person or online, is key if you're looking to take your dancing to the next level. But experiences beyond the studio matter, too, which is why you should also take opportunities for career development and personal growth into account.

Article by: Pointe Magazine

Applications Ongoing for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Applying for induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) by way of our Colorado Ballet Academy Chapter is ongoing! Despite these unprecedented times, interested students are encouraged to utilize this wonderful opportunity to be recognized for their academic and artistic achievements, receive mentorship as well as network with other students and artists affiliated with NHSDA. Interested students are encouraged to email Miss Erika Sandre at for details.

Sugarplums with former Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner

Colorado Ballet Auxiliary Seeking Sugarplums

1st and 2nd Grade Girls | Applications Due January 31, 2021  


Established in 1986, the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary is dedicated to supporting Colorado Ballet and develops future audiences through its youth education and presentation programs.

The Auxiliary’s most significant program is the Sugarplum Program, which is a secular two-year presentation program for young ladies: the first year as a Sugarplum and the second year as a Sugarplum Alum, when each participant performs in one production of Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker. This Program exposes young ladies to the magic of ballet, forges new friendships, teaches them the value of philanthropy and provides support for Colorado Ballet. 

The Auxiliary is actively seeking Academy families to participate in the 2020 and 2021 Sugarplum programs. The Auxiliary invites all first grade girls (Class of 2021 Sugarplums) and second grade girls (joining the current Class of 2020 Sugarplums) to apply. Both programs start in 2021. 

Please contact Academy parent Kelly Rosenberg at for more information.

Exclusive Shopping Day on Saturday, December 12

Dillard's at Park Meadows Retail Resort

9:00am - 10:00am Private Shopping (RSVP Required)
10:00am - 7:00pm Public Hours

Dillard's will donate 10% of proceeds from sales on December 12 to the Relief & Recovery Fund! Finish your holiday shopping with Dillard's and support Colorado Ballet! Simply ask for a duplicate receipt at check-out, then drop your receipt in the collection basket near the escalators. All sales made by Colorado Ballet shoppers qualify for the donation including prestige cosmetics and fragrances, women's, men's and kid's collections, shoes, handbags, jewelry, stocking stuffer treats & sweets and holiday decor. Plus, enjoy complimentary gift wrap all day.

Please RSVP for the private shopping hour by contacting Colorado Ballet Auxiliary member Susan Stiff at (303) 598-0104 or email

Keep the Happy in Your Holidays: Celebrating During the COVID-19 Pandemic  

Community spread of the coronavirus has significantly increased in recent weeks, leaving many families wondering what the holidays will look like this year. Having to cancel traditional plans may cause feelings of sadness and disappointment, so our experts offer advice on how you can help your family cope.  

Diagnosing Sports Injuries with Orthopedic Ultrasound 

As It Turns Out, It's Quick and Cost-Effective. 

While most people might associate an ultrasound with pregnancy, ultrasound machines are also used in other areas of medicine — including sports medicine. That’s because, among other benefits, it’s a convenient and cost-effective alternative to other radiology tests and it can often provide more information.