The Colorado Ballet Celebrates 50 Years

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During the 2010-2011 season, the Colorado Ballet Company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with productions such as the Anniversary Triple Bill, Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet.  The Colorado Ballet Artistic Director, Gil Boggs, is in his fifth season as the director.  Director Gil Boggs was a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater in New York and has a vibrant dancing career that has spanned the course of twenty-one years.

The Colorado Ballet has 30 professional dancers, each with a diverse background.  The ballet dancers come from Japan, Russia, Canada, The United States, and more from around the world.  There are also between 15 and 20 members of the Studio Company.  This company provides young dancers with training and performance opportunities.  These dancers use this opportunity to get a successful start in a professional ballet career.

The Colorado Ballet Company performs a varied season of contemporary and classical ballets each season in Denver.  In 2009, the company was the only recipient of the Colorado Masterpieces program to tour the Colorado Front Range.

Marking a 50th anniversary celebration, this makes the Colorado Ballet Company the oldest and largest dance company.   The site for the kick-off of the 50th Anniversary celebration was at The Newman Center for Performing Arts, which is located at the University of Denver campus.

The celebration started with a Triple-Bill production.  The first ballet of the Triple Bill production was Feast of God. The second ballet of the Triple-Bill production was Lar Lubovitchs Smile with my Heart. The third ballet in the Triple-Bill production was The Faraway. This production highlighted the company’s diverse artistry and technique.  The production gave the audience a taste of the talent that would follow in the upcoming season.  The past fifty years has seen the Colorado Ballet Company grow from a small town dance studio to a nationally acclaimed ballet organization.

The Colorado Ballet Company is the biggest jewel in the crown of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  This company is known for its international makeup.  The opening ballet was dedicated to the co-founders of the ballet company, Lillian Covillo and Friedann Parker.  The 50th season marks the appointment of the new Executive Director of the Colorado Ballet Company.

The Colorado Ballet Company is the only organization of its stature and size to produce classic ballet.  In 1951, when the ballet first started, their first production was the Nutcracker, and is still one of their most loved ballets.

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