Colorado Ballet 39.7335° N -104.999° W

Description

Colorado Ballet Education and Community Engagement's mission is simple: Every. Body. Dance!

Every: to make dance accessible to everyone.
Body: to promote dance and movement as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dance: to encourage creativity and expression through dance, and foster an appreciation for ballet.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Colorado Ballet has chosen to prioritize the safety of our students and shift our education to virtual platforms. However, our programs continue to reach a variety of students and families with different backgrounds across Colorado. Some of our learning experiences include:

-Weekly dance classes for students K-8 (30 min)

-Stand alone workshops or recurring residencies for students of all ages (15 - 60 min)

-Student matinees: students attend a professional Colorado Ballet production (20-21 season posted here)

-Live streams of our productions

-Assemblies: From the Page to the Stage!

-Day of Dance: field trip to our facilities (can be adapted to the virtual platform)

-Professional Development

-And more!

Our virtual classes, workshops, and camps will be provided via Zoom. This being said, a laptop, tablet, or smartphone will be required to participate. Links to Zoom classes will be sent prior to each event.

We also love to create new content to bring to your school! Contact us to find out how we can work together to integrate movement into your classroom - in-person or virtual.

For more information or to schedule workshops, assemblies, day of dance, or professional development, contact Emily Herrin at emily.herrin@coloradoballet.org.

For more information or to schedule weekly dance classes, residencies, student matinees, or live streams contact Cassie Wilson at cassie.wilson@coloradoballet.org


Lunch Notes

Students will have time to eat their own lunches/snacks during summer camps.

Bathroom Notes

For Student Matinee there are multiple accessible bathrooms located throughout the theater, for Day of Dance we have four accessible bathrooms with multiple stalls on the main floor of the building

Cancellation Policy

Info

1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

(303) 339-1619

cassie.wilson@coloradoballet.org

Sun
Closed
Mon
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
Closed
Subjects
Biology, Engineering, Dance, Space, Life Sciences, Animals, Adaptation, Physics, Reading, Literature, Ecosystems, Earth's Systems, My Community, Leadership, Team Building, Science, The Water Cycle, Art, Chemistry, Speaking & Listening, Traditional Dance, Folk Dance, History, Arts, Writing, Music, Social Studies, Cultural Connections
Activities
Live Virtual Event, Internship, Professional Development, Partnership, Performance, Family Programs, School Based Program, Field Trip
Grades
6 8, 9 12, K 2, 3 5, Preschool, Postsecondary, Adult
Cost
Scholarships Available, Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools, Free Programs
Accommodations
Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Live Virtual Event

Afterschool Program - Every Body Dance!

Colorado Ballet's afterschool program is a 10-12 week after school program where classes focus on creative movement and ballet. The students study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problem solving and strengthening the body and brain.

Subjects Covered

arts, dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5
Capacity
22 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Movement, Muscles and Mechanics

This anatomy based workshop is an introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems. Students will learn how to warm up the body properly through stretching and conditioning, in addition to producing choreographic work based on their bodies’ muscle makeup. Recommended for 6th-12th Grade.

Subjects Covered

biology, engineering, dance

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Moving through the Phases of the Moon

Students will embody the phases of the moon through dance and movement games, helping them better understand nature’s predictable patterns by connecting it to the physical patterns experienced in dance.
Targeted toward 1st grade science standards. Adaptable for older students.

Subjects Covered

space, dance

Grades
k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Metamorphosis Moves

Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.

Recommended for Kindergarten- 3rd Grade.

Subjects Covered

life sciences, animals, adaptation, dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Literature Comes Alive

In this workshop students will explore and embody literary concepts such as themes, symbolism, character development, and more! We encourage you to book this workshop for any novel you are currently studying (For example, Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird). Recommended for 6th- 12th Grade.

Subjects Covered

dance, reading, literature

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Brainteasers

In this fun life skills workshop, participants will move through dance or movement explorations, activities, games, and choreography that challenge their brain. Working individually, in partners, or in teams, the emphasis is on developing problem solving and communication skills while testing and expanding the limits of the human brain. Positive side-effects may include increased coordination and smiles!
Ages: any and all! Works best with 3rd grade and up but can be adapted

Subjects Covered

my community, dance, leadership, team building

Grades
3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Water Cycle Waltz

In this workshop students will dance their way through the water cycle. Students will learn about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection all while exploring movement concepts like levels and flow. The workshop will finish with the students creating their own water cycle dance to perform for their peers. Targeted towards 3rd Grade science standards.

Subjects Covered

science, the water cycle, dance

Grades
3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Force Frenzy

Pushes and pulls help objects determine their speed and direction. Force can also produce a variety of movements in our bodies. In this class, we will create unique movements demonstrating the effect of those forces pushing and pulling us through the space as we explore various speeds and directions! Targeted towards 2nd grade science standards.

Subjects Covered

science, physics, art, dance

Grades
k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Moving Matter

“Freeze like a popsicle! Now melt like a popsicle on a hot summer day!” Students will use creative movement to embody different states of matter and the transitions between them before creating their own solid/liquid dance. Targeted towards 1st grade science standards.

Subjects Covered

science, chemistry, dance

Grades
k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Animal Exploration

Get ready to shake, shimmy, and slide like your favorite animal in the animal themed creative movement class! We will play with exciting props, sing songs, and play games all while dancing and sharing our favorite animals.

Recommended for ECE-2nd Grade, and Libraries

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
preschool, k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

West African Dance

Students will learn a variety of dances, rhythms and histories from multiple West African cultures. This workshop includes movement, singing, rhythm, and cultural attire.

Recommended for Kindergarten- 12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance, traditional dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Social Dances

  • Blues Dance, recommended for 3rd Grade through 12th Grade
  • Swing Dance, recommended for 2nd through 12th Grade
  • Social Dances of Yesterday & Today, recommended for 3rd Grade through 12th Grade
Subjects Covered

art, dance, traditional dance

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Folk Dances

  • Cultural Folk Dances offers a variety of folk dances from all around the world. Recommended for 1st grade through 12th grade
  • Folklorico Mexican Dance focuses on traditional Mexican dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Recommended for 3rd through 12th Grade
Subjects Covered

art, dance, folk dance, traditional dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Bollywood

This easy and fun introduction to Bollywood dances will take you on a passage to India, exploring all of the varied styles that contemporary Bollywood dance encompasses— the rhythmic classical footwork of Bharatanatyam and Kathak; the precision and elegance of semi-classical, the passion and storytelling of folk styles; the powerfully enthusiastic bhangra or giddha; and the fusion of Indo-jazz and contemporary Bollywood. With a soundtrack that leaves you shimmying and shaking, you can’t help but love this vibrant class for dance, music, and culture lovers alike!

Recommended for 3rd-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

dance, traditional dance

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Ballroom

Choose from several ballroom dance classics: Argentine Tango, Foxtrot, Merengue,Waltz and many more! Students will learn the basic steps, dramatic presence, and posture and body framing. They will explore using these concepts in improvisation with a partner and in groups.

Recommended for 3rd-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Argentine Tango

A social dance originating in Argentina - Argentine Tango. Students will learn the basic elements of tango walk, dramatic presence, and posture and body framing. They will explore using these concepts in improvisation with a partner.

Recommended for 4th-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

I Like Me

This workshop addresses individuality and self-esteem through group discussion and movement exploration. While experiencing something new and creating their own movement, youth are able to make real-world connections and take ownership of their personal strength.

Recommended for 6th-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Creative Movement

Students (Pre-K to early elementary) will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening of the body and brain.

Recommended for libraries!

Subjects Covered

arts, dance

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Day of Dance

Day of Dance is a field trip available to students at all grade levels. Bring up to 150 students to Colorado Ballet's studios for a rotation of introductory classes in a variety of dance styles and tour Colorado Ballet's facilities, including the costume shop. Cost is approximately $7/ student

Subjects Covered

science, biology, arts, dance, reading, writing

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, postsecondary, adult
Capacity
150 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
180 min.

Words in Motion

Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

Recommended for 2nd-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance, writing

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Hula Dance

The rhythmic dances of the Pacific Islands, Polynesian and Hula incorporate easy-to-perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats. The island breezes and hypnotic beats will cool you, while you develop coordination and stronger overall movement and posture. A beautiful and expressive cultural dance, this class also provides a “total body workout” as it isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and upper-arms.

Recommended for Kindergarten- 12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance, traditional dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Dance Technique 1st-12th Grade

Bring Colorado Ballet’s professional dance educators into your classroom for technique classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap or Choreography and Improvisation.

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Choreography Basics

This workshop focuses on elements of dance and choreography, incorporating contemporary dance styles and culminating in a performance piece created by students.

Recommended 4th-12th Grade

Subjects Covered

art, dance

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Student Matinee

The day before a production’s premiere, the doors open for students to see the final dress rehearsal in the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Student groups are invited to experience ballet first-hand, complete with full costumes, make-up, sets, lighting and sound!

Subjects Covered

arts, music, dance

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, postsecondary
Capacity
600 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
150 min.

Residency

A residency is a series of workshop classes that can range from a few days to a week to a month of classes! We are flexible in scheduling, and can work around your school's bell schedule or P.E. times.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, arts, dance, writing

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
240 min.

Movement Storytime

Perfect fit for library branches, this workshop brings movement and ballet to an existing story time. Engage your families with younger students in movement games, songs and basic ballet vocabulary. Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

Recommended for Toddlers, Pre-K, Early Elementary

Subjects Covered

art, dance, literature, speaking & listening

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

live virtual event

Duration
60 min.

Internship

Professional Development

Partnership

Performance

Family Programs