The Boulder Ballet is a leading professional school and dance company in the Boulder County. Established in 1982 by Wanda Tierney and Barbara Demaree, it reaches thousands of people through its performances at the Boulder Theater, Macky Auditorium at the C.U. campus, Dairy Center for the Arts, where it is an original resident organization, as well as on tour.
Since 1989, this 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization has enjoyed collaboration with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in staging traditional ballets complete with costumes, professional scenery, lighting designs and casts of about 100 dancers. Previous full-scale productions have included Giselle, Coppelia, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, its yearly holiday tradition. Previous artistic directors are John Prinz, Robin Haig and Milenko Banovich, who, together with several virtuoso teachers and guest artists, have been part of the legacy of the Boulder Ballet.
Currently, Boulder Ballet is under the direction of Peter Davison and Ana Claire who bring with them several years of teaching and performing experience with a serious commitment to the community. The company’s current vision builds on the knowledge and accomplishments gained through its 26-year history. It also extends the possibilities of increased national attention and audiences by instilling the traditional repertoire with unique, theatrically-driven ballets.
While ticket sales account for only a small part of its income essential to support the professional ballet company, in-kind sponsorships, individual and corporate donations and grants allow the company to continuously offer top-notch ballet performances to the community.
Meanwhile, Boulder Ballet School offers high quality training in a creative and artistic atmosphere. It is committed to helping students gain technical excellence and nurture their distinctive artistry. It serves students who are interested in ballet as a career and those who want to dance for fun.
With its excellent performance and technical abilities, many Boulder Ballet School students have received national and regional honors, having been awarded the Florence Ruston Award for Overall Excellence in Dance thrice. Its students have also received honors at the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest contemporary dance and youth ballet competition, which include the highest honor, the Grand Prix. So far, five of its students have been asked to perform at New York City’s YAGP finals. Its teachers have also received the Best Teacher Awards at the Denver regional.
Boulder Ballet School has the biggest dance program for boys in the Boulder area. It includes the Boyz Dance, a distinct combination of dance, juggling and mime, and Boys Ballet, focusing particularly on the male traditional technique.