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Colorado Youth Ballet
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Colorado Youth Ballet was launched in September of 2003 in response to the high level of achievement co-directors Patricia Hoffman and Holly Marble were finding in their studio. This group of approximately 40 young pre-professional dancers (who study and rehearse year-round) present classical and contemporary ballet to audiences throughout the Pikes Peak Region. For its debut performance in 2004, the Youth Ballet performed with guest artists Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky, soloists of American Ballet Theatre, at the Pikes Peak Center. Other Youth Ballet repertoire includes nationally renowned La Barre; Paquita; Act III, Coppelia; Aurora's Wedding; Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie; Cinderella; and excerpts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. A company-wide presentation featuring a full length version of the ballet classic Coppelia was met by a sold out, standing ovation.

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Our 2010-2011 Highlights:

  • MOVE concert with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet School at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO.
  • 6 sold out performances of the Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Tea at Rampart HS Theatre.
  • Beautiful Chaos 4 with the CS Conservatory.
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice with CS Youth Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center.
  • Cinderella at Rampart HS Theatre.

Our 2009-2010 Highlights:

  • 5 sold out performances of The Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Tea at Rampart HS Theatre.
  • Lullabies and Love concert at Cheyenne Mt HS Theatre, featuring a world premiere to music by Benjamin Britten.
  • Beautiful Chaos 3 with the CS Conservatory.
  • Full length Sleeping Beauty at Rampart HS Theatre.

Our 2008-2009 Highlights:

  • Coppelia Excerpts and The Firebird at the Pikes Peak Center with the CS Philharmonice Family Series.
  • 4 sold out performances of The Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Tea at Rampart HS Theatre.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Pikes Peak Center with the CS Philharmonic Family Series.
  • Full length Coppelia at Rampart HS Theatre.
  • Beautiful Chaos 2 with the CS Conservatory.

Our 2007-2008 Highlights:

  • LIGHT! at Sunrise UM Church.
  • A Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Tea at Rampart High School Theatre.
  • Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Family Series at the Pikes Peak Center.
  • Beautiful Chaos with the Colorado Springs Conservatory showcasing original student choreography and live music.
  • Firebird and Fanfare with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center.
  • Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and A Touch of Class at Rampart High School Theatre.

The 2006-2007 Highlights:

  • Peter and the Wolf with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Family Concert Series #1 at the Pikes Peak Center in October.
  • Light! and Have You Heard the News...with Sunrise Church Woodman and Briargate campuses featured Ballet Society worship dancers in multiple performances in December.
  • Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky, an original production performed at Rampart HS Theatre.
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Colorado Springs Conservatory with three performances at the Sangre de Christo Performing Arts Center in Pueblo and the Pikes Peak Center in December.
  • Dessert, Dance, Dreams sponsored by Colorado Springs Dance Theatre featuring promising local dancers. In studio concert in January.
  • Hansel and Gretel with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies at the Pikes Peak Center in March.
  • Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Mozart's Les Petits Riens with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Family Concert Series #2 at the Pikes Peak Center in April.
  • The Ugly Duckling and Zoo Song with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Family Concert #3 at the Pikes Peak Center in April.
  • Menotti's Unicorn with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (presented by Colorado College and The Colorado Springs School)
  • Cinderella with Ballet Society of Colorado Springs Pre Professional Division and Colorado Youth Ballet; four act ballet performed at Rampart HS Theatre.

Colorado Youth Ballet assures that dancers with exceptional talent and potential receive the necessary experience to go on to professional careers. Several members have been accepted into, and awarded scholarships to summer programs of renowned ballet schools and dance programs of major universities. Youth Ballet dancers have received top honors in state and national ballet competitions.

The Youth Ballet's home studio is the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs which was founded in 1996 to provide aspiring dancers (ages 3 and up) superior training in a teaching environment that challenges the individual to attain new levels of excellence. In addition, the studio sets itself apart by encouraging a philosophy which promotes community, cooperation and camaraderie. Training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, Pilates and worship dance for advanced, intermediate and beginning dancers is held in the spacious confines of the Ballet Society's custom-designed facility at 4005 Lee Vance View, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 in northeastern Colorado Springs.

Tickets and information for Colorado Youth Ballet performances are available by calling the Ballet Society office at:
(719) 272-7078
or by email: info@coloradoyouthballet.com

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