April 2021

Dear Academy Families,

Please accept our apology for this month's STP in which the links to our website did not work. Below you will find the correct links to our website where you can access all additional information and registrations. We recently transitioned to a new website and apologize for this error. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you at the Academy in the near future.

• Announcements: 2021 Spring Children's Division Classes: Session 4, 2021 Summer Camps, Colorado Ballet Artist Workshop, Young Dancer Workshop, Coming Soon: In-Person Summer Classes, Reminder: Virtual Evaluations, Save the Date: Year-End Performance, How to Audition on Video: Advice from Artistic Director Gil Boggs

• Healthy Dancer: Navigating Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic & Mending Torn ACLs


Photo by Mark Hutchens

2021 Spring Children's Division Classes

Register Now for Session 4 | April 26-May 22

Register for our fourth and final session of spring Children's Division classes: A Trip to Italy! Parents, caregivers and their young dancers will take an imaginary trip to Italy as they explore the ballet Flower Festival at Genzano. Participants will learn about the different flowers, vibrant floral arrangements and related festivities celebrated at this annual Italian tradition as they paint an imaginary, colorful picture incorporating shapes, levels, dance movements and music.

A Trip to Italy finishes one week after regular Academy classes.


Creative Dance 1/2 • Tuesdays from 3:45pm-4:30pm

Pre-Ballet 1/2 • Tuesdays from 4:45pm-5:30pm

Parent/Tot • Wednesdays from 3:45pm-4:15pm

Photo by Mark Hutchens

2021 Summer Camps

Our First Camp Begins June 1 | Registration is Open!

Colorado Ballet Academy is proud to offer an exciting variety of in-person Summer Camps for children ages 3-9 this summer! Students will explore the connection between music and dance, and study age-appropriate ballet movements in these engaging themed Summer Camps. We look forward to seeing our youngest dance students in the studios this summer and hope you will be able to attend. Please see below for the complete list of Summer Camp offerings and visit our website for more details and registration information.

Studio to Stage • Session 1: Rococo and Pointed Toes - June 1 to June 4 | Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-9

Studio to Stage • Session 2: Art Deco and Ballet al Fresco - June 7 to June 11 | Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-9

Prince and Princess  July 26 to July 30 | Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-9

Ballet Fairy and Elf  • August 2 to August 6 | Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-9

Dance Around the World: East  July 26 to July 30 | Ages 7-9

Dance Around the World: West • August 2 to August 6 | Ages 7-9

Domenico Luciano, Sarah Tryon, Maria Mosina, Lorita Travaglia, Sandra Brown and Erica Fischbach

2021 Colorado Ballet Artist Workshop

Registration is Open! | July 19-23

This unique and exclusive workshop is designed for the serious Intermediate to Pre-Professional student. The workshop will feature repertoire classes led by the Ballet Masters of Colorado Ballet and small group variations coaching led by Colorado Ballet company dancers. This workshop will be held in-person and space will be limited. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to work with the esteemed leaders of Colorado Ballet! 

Young Dancer Workshop

Boys & Girls Ages 9-12 | Not Yet En Pointe | Summer 2021

There is still time to register for this summer’s Young Dancer Workshop! If you are a current CBA student who was unable to attend a virtual audition, please email Academy@coloradoballet.org to be evaluated for this program during your regular Academy class time.

Coming Soon: In-Person Summer Classes

Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet & More |  Morning & Afternoon Options

Interested in continuing ballet training over the summer months? We are excited to offer in-person classes for Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Ballet Levels 1-3. Registration will open May 1st.

Photo by Mark Hutchens

Reminder: 2020/2021 Virtual Evaluations

Evaluations for the end of the year will be virtual. Students will receive a form via email completed by their teacher the last week of the semester which will indicate their progress and level for the 2021/2022 Academy year.

In addition to this form, students in Levels 2-7 will virtually present three combinations to Ms. Erica and Mr. Domenico for virtual evaluation. These virtual evaluations are scheduled for April 17 and May 1.

Please email Academy@coloradballet.org with any questions.

Photo by Mark Hutchens

Save the Date: Year-End Performance

Symphony in C-19 | Friday, May 28

Students are beginning to work on our year end performance called Symphony in C-19. Students will learn and rehearse choreography for this piece during their class time. Although the end of the semester is May 15, we plan to film classes May 17 and 18 in the Black Box Theater at Colorado Ballet. Colorado Ballet’s videographer, Taylor Keating, will film each class separately and edit each segment together to create a performance video. Out of town students and those would like to remain virtual will have the option to submit a video of themselves in their home space.

The performance video release date is scheduled for Friday, May 28. We are currently working on a rehearsal and filming schedule and will email these details soon. We hope that everyone can keep their calendars clear for this exciting opportunity!

Jonnathan Ramirez and Jessica Payne

How to Audition on Video: From Setting Up Your Space to Uploading Your Submission

Artistic Director Gil Boggs Shares His Advice in This Dance Spirit Magazine Article

Unsure of the best way to setup your space for video auditions? Artistic Director Gil Boggs shared his advice with Dance Spirit Magazine.

"Whatever the space, make sure your entire person can be seen on the video. This, Boggs explains, allows him to really see the extent of your technique. "As we've been teaching class on Zoom and people have been doing it from their homes, they can certainly do a relevé or an arabesque on video that will be very telling," Boggs says. "It still gives a lot of information. You don't have to have enough space to perform an entire class or variation in one go. You can stop, back up, make room for yourself in the house, then do the next diagonal or the next section of the variation," Boggs says. He adds that not everything has to be in one continuous shot: "Even if it's choppy or cut up, it's still an OK submission for me."

Article by: Dance Spirit Magazine

Family Life During the Pandemic: Adjusting to a New Normal

Popular Questions from Parents

Wearing face coverings. Remote learning and working from home. Increasing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Life during a global pandemic is tough, and many parents want to know: am I doing this right? We asked a few of our experts to weigh in on a variety of topics, including balancing obligations and coping with anxiety and depression.

Mending Torn ACLs

Know the Treatment Options

For an ACL tear, orthopedic surgeons often recommend reconstruction surgery. There are many aspects to consider when facing this type of surgery, and we break down everything you need to know.