November 2020

• Announcements: Relief & Recovery Fund – Join the Academy Team, In-Person Class and Staff Updates, Observation Week, Virtual December Performance, Holiday and New Year Resolution Workshops, The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS

• Healthy Dancer: Why Do My Legs Hurt?


Photo by Francisco Estevez

Relief & Recovery Fund – Join the Academy Team

Triple Your Impact and Support the Relief & Recovery Fund!

Join Academy staff, teachers and students as we keep Colorado Ballet 60 years strong! After canceling two productions this season and losing 60 percent of our ticketing revenue, we have launched the Relief & Recovery Fund with a goal of raising 3 million dollars to cover a portion of the lost ticketing revenue. Right now, any gift made to the Relief & Recovery Fund through November 15th will be tripled by a generous couple who want to inspire others to support the arts during this critical time. Visit the Relief & Recovery Fund to make a gift or join the Academy fundraising team and help us reach our goal of $10,000. Together we are strong!

In-Person Class Updates

Dear Academy Families,

Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Colorado and new mandates put forth by the state, we have made the difficult decision to pause our plan for Phase 2 of in-person training. Additionally, Phase 1 students will revert back to 100% virtual training for the remainder of the semester. This means that our PPD3, PPD2, PPD1 and Level 7 students will go back to 100% virtual training, and Level 5 and 6 students will continue with their 100% virtual training through December 12th. We will reassess resuming our plans in January when the mandates for Denver, the recommendations of the Colorado Department of Health and the CDC guidelines have been established for that time.

Our teachers and staff were very much looking forward to seeing another group of our beautiful students in the studio before the end of the semester and we know this is disappointing news for all. We will continue to look forward to connecting with our students virtually to provide them with excellence in their dance training as well as inspiration, hope and goals for the future.

We thank you for your continued commitment to CBA and wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving break!


CBA Faculty and Staff

Staff Update

We are sad to let you all know that Megan Lay has decided to leave CBA. She has found a job in marketing with an engineering company and is very excited for her new opportunity. In only 1.5 years, Megan helped to bring needed improvements to the Academy’s organizational and communication systems. Her eagerness to take on unlimited projects, ability to quickly resolve challenges and innovative ideas will be greatly missed.

With Megan’s departure, we have shifted Academy staff. Ashley Kohl Adler, our Academy Administrator, will be more available to help our families with their needs. Michael Williams will take on administration for our Pre-Professional Division and Summer Intensive Program in addition to his current business duties. Thank you to both Michael and Ashley for their dedicated work with CBA.

Not sure who to contact? Here is a snapshot of what Ashley and Michael do to help you know who to email when you need to contact us.

  • Creative Dance through Level 7 communications, parent/student questions and concerns, scheduling questions, scheduling meetings for these levels

  • YAGP scheduling, registrations, questions, liaison for costuming

  • Newsletter content

  • Social media content 

  • Pre-Professional Division and Summer Intensive communications, parent/student questions and concerns, PPD/SI scheduling questions, scheduling meetings for these programs

  • Billing questions, payments, account balances for all programs

Photo by Francisco Estevez

Observation Week

During this Virtual Fall semester at CBA, we’ve decided to take a unique approach to our Observation Week. Families are invited to log in from home, or simply join your student in their home studio space to observe the designated 15 minutes of class.

Each instructor will have their students demonstrate some of the work they’ve done this semester as well as discuss what they will work to continue to accomplish in the New Year. Each class will also perform a brief movement sequence or short piece of choreography. Zoom links are the same ones your student utilizes weekly for their regular Fall classes.

We are proud of our students for their accomplishments this semester and hope you will able to attend!

Photo by Francisco Estevez

Virtual December Performance

Saturday, December 12 at 3:00pm (MST) 

Traditionally, CBA has had a performance in the Black Box Theater in early December featuring work from semester-long classes. We would like to continue this tradition and present a virtual performance Saturday, December 12th at 3:00pm for Levels 4-PPD. Family members across the globe are invited to log into the Zoom meeting performance to see short pieces of choreography, combinations or variations the students have been working on this semester. Each teacher will introduce themselves and give a little insight about the class and piece the students are presenting.  

We hope you will join us to celebrate the amazing work our students have done this semester and support them as they continue to show impressive dedication to their craft despite remaining virtual. Zoom login details have been emailed to families. Please email if you did not receive the link.

Photo by Francisco Estevez

2020 Holiday Workshops

December 14-16, 2020 

Our popular seasonal workshops are back! Keep in shape over the holidays with the following virtual workshops. These concentrated classes are designed to help students maintain all they have accomplished during the Fall semester.

All classes are open to students nationwide who wish to participate. 

Holiday Make a Dance and Nutcracker Variations classes will include traditional female and male choreography.

Registration is scheduled to open November 20th! Class sizes are limited and students will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. 

New Year Resolution Workshops

January 7-8, 2021

Get back in shape after the holidays with the following virtual workshops. These concentrated classes include NYR Workout, Pre-Pointe, Pointe and Men’s classes and are designed to help students safely get back in shape after the break. 

All classes are open to students nationwide who wish to participate.

Registration is scheduled to open November 20th! Class sizes are limited and students will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

Bryce Lee by Mike Watson

The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS

Colorado Ballet is delighted to announce that we will present our acclaimed production of The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS! Experience all the magic of this beloved Colorado tradition from the comfort of your home. This special presentation premieres at 7pm on Thanksgiving Day, with additional broadcasts throughout the holiday season.

"Why Do My Legs Hurt?

Growing Pains

We all know the common, harmless sensations that occur in kids’ leg muscles are called growing pains. The name is more than 100 years old, but actually, there isn’t any research to suggest that they’re caused by growth. Here’s what doctors typically attribute them to and what you can do.