The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy

Our Academy is the premier training institution in the state, with programming sought after by serious ballet students the world over

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Founded in 1951 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet Academy is the official school of the Colorado Ballet. Under the leadership of Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs and Academy Director Erica Fischbach, CBA is the premier training institution in the state, with programming sought after by serious ballet students worldwide.

Located in eight state-of-the-art studios near downtown Denver, students train along side the professional Company with faculty who have lived highly successful careers with renowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet Academy’s curriculum is grounded in formal classical ballet technique and follows the traditional classical sequence of training intended to increase each student’s technical skill, stamina, and artistry. Elements of the Russian, French, and Italian schools are taught according to age and physical development, resulting in finished dancers with clean and virtuosic technique, brilliant artistry, stylistic versatility and the prowess to thrive in the diverse choreographic demands of today.

Performance opportunities are a priority for all Colorado Ballet Academy students. Advanced levels participate in a classical production in the fall and perform regularly in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater during First Friday Art Walks and Saturday Soirees. Select students are chosen to perform with the Colorado Ballet for The Nutcracker and additional productions during the Company season, repertory permitting. Levels 1 through Pre-Professional Division participate in an all Academy full-length classical production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House each May. CBA’s youngest students as well as the Jazz, Modern, and Tap students show off their skills at a year-end performance in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater. Supplemental training and performance opportunities are available through community performances, Youth America Grand Prix, and Denver Ballet Guild.

Contact Us

(p) 303-339-1623 | (f) (303) 861-7174
Location: Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204
The main entrance to Colorado Ballet is through the parking lot on the 11th Street side of the building. Please note that the parking lot is for pick up and drop off only – all spaces are reserved for employees from 9am-6pm. Recommended parking is on neighboring streets. For general information, class registration and inquiries:

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Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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