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Spotlight Series: Ballet Master Maria Mosina

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

As Odette in Swan Lake during her farewell season with Colorado Ballet
As Odette in Swan Lake during her farewell season with Colorado Ballet ..

Spotlight Series: Ballet Master Lorita Travaglia

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

In Swan Lake at International Ballet Rotaru by Keiko Guest
In Swan Lake at International Ballet Rotaru by Keiko Guest ..

Spotlight Series: Ballet Master Sandra Brown

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Sandra Brown as Odalisque in Le Corsaire
As Odalisque in Le Corsaire by Rosalie O'Connor ..

Unforgotten Black Queens

Friday, February 26, 2021

Artist Ariel McCarty portraying unforgotten black queens ..

All About Ballet: Chandra Kuykendall’s Retirement

Thursday, August 13, 2020


Sharon Wehner and The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Nutcracker. No other ballet in the history of dance has become so synonymous with Christmas and American tradition. It’s hard to believe that the ballet originally flopped when first premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in 1892. In fact, it did not truly become the phenomenon it is today until re-staged by Willam Christensen and the San Francisco Ballet over fifty years later. Tchaikovsky’s score, originally critiqued by some as “ponderous” and “insipid” is now employed for everything from football blooper videos to automobile commercials. I once walked out of Macy’s in defiance when the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” came on over the speakers. It was my first time dancing the role, and I had broken out in a sweat when the music infiltrated my unsuspecting psyche while innocently shopping for Holiday gifts.
It’s not that I don’t like the Nutcracker or its music. On the contrary, it has become an inherent part of my life, my career--literally part of the fabric of my being. I am not exaggerating. To a professional ballet dancer Christmas without Nutcracker would be like Thanksgiving without Turkey...we joke about its ubiquitousness, but deep down we are ever so slightly addicted to it. I have numerous friends who have retired from dancing and they are still involved in the Nutcracker. If not actually performing as a guest dancer, they are teaching other children how to be toy soldiers and Mother Ginger’s polichinelles, or at least attending as an audience member. Like an old friend, the Nutcracker never really leaves a dancer’s life completely.

How did we become infected with such a virus? Everyone has a different story. My first experience with the Nutcracker was as a child watching Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov on PBS. I can remember being all alone in the living room (my brothers were not so interested), entranced by the magical story unfolding before me. The televised version of Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker was not only technically flawless from the dancing perspective, but also included close-ups of Clara’s enchanted facial expressions and Drosselmeyer’s ambiguous and mysterious side show. In the final scene, I was truly convinced that Clara in fact had not been dreaming, but had journeyed to a magical place in another dimension--a place that I was dying to be a part of myself. Little did I know that one day I would indeed be a part of Nutcracker-land, over and over and over again. ..

Dracula According to Sharon Wehner

Monday, October 09, 2017


Principal Dancer Chandra Kuykendall Reflects on 20 Years As A Ballerina

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Help Us Win The #WealthIsAbout Grant Contest

Monday, September 25, 2017

Colorado Ballet is participating in the Wealth Is About grant contest to win $7,000 to continue our mission of presenting exceptional quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.

Vote here daily until October 9th.

*1 vote per person per day. Must be 18+ to vote


Domenico Luciano Talks About His Role As Dracula

Friday, September 22, 2017


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