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CONTENTS Colorado Ballet Publication 2012-2013 Sanya Andersen-Vie Colorado Ballet Editor
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Letters from the Directors Letter from the Board of Trustees About the Spring Productions Colorado Ballet Academy Outreach COVER PHOTO: Ballet MasterWorks: The Rite of Spring Photo by Angela Sterling Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project Photo by Ballet Austin CONTENTS PHOTOS: The Sleeping Beauty Photo by Terry Shapiro
Giselle Photo by Rosalie Oâ€™Connor Photography Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project Photo by Ballet Austin
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FROM THE DIRECTORS Thank you for joining us for our spring season! Colorado Ballet brings you two productions that will highlight the talent, artistry and athleticism of our dancers. I am proud to present the first repertory program in my tenure performed with the accompaniment of Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Ballet MasterWorks. The second performance of the season is a powerful and moving ballet, Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Both of these will leave the audience in awe. Ballet MasterWorks is a spectacular collection of three different works. Highlighting this program will be the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s score The Rite of Spring. We are honored to perform this ground breaking piece of music to Glen Tetley’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps. The performance begins with a ballet by one of the greatest choreographers who ever lived, George Balanchine and his ballet, Theme and Variations, danced to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra. Ballet MasterWorks will also showcase the world premiere of the new work In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli to Concerto in Pieces by Poul Ruders. Caniparoli has choreographed for more than 35 companies around the world and his versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad. We end the 2012-2013 season with Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Stephen Mills, Artistic Director for Ballet Austin, created this ballet that is inspired by the poignant journey of one Holocaust survivor. Light is set to the music of five notable composers including Philip Glass, and Arvo Part. This ballet highlights the power of the human spirit. These performances both demonstrate the passion that Colorado Ballet offers to the performing arts in Colorado. Next season we will bring the same amount of excitement and talent so stay tuned! Thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, Gil Boggs Artistic Director
Welcome to our spring season! If you joined us for the performance of The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker we thank you! We now transition from 19th century ballets to the innovative and uplifting Ballet MasterWorks, and Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Ballet MasterWorks is a true challenge for Colorado Ballet dancers and the orchestra. This feast for the senses features Stravinsky, Balanchine and a world premiere. MasterWorks is an intensely passionate and athletic repertory! Last spring, I had the opportunity to watch the Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project at Ballet Austin, created by Stephen Mills. Light inspired and uplifted me because it brings something so powerful to life through the use of dance. Based on the life of a Holocaust survivor, Light shines a spotlight on discrimination while celebrating the triumph of the human spirit. Light is not just a performance, it is the centerpiece of a community outreach program. This community education partnership promotes the protection of human rights through arts, education and public dialogue. Light/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project started around Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and will run through Holocaust Remembrance Week in mid-April. The education partnership will feature events and initiatives led by more than 90 community partners. Each partner comes into the project with the common hope that we can create a more just world through conversations started in schools, theatres, public spaces and in homes throughout Colorado. The project elements include the ballet Light, a public lecture series, teacher professional development, school programs on anti-bullying, art exhibits, visual and performance art productions, and community dialogue including a town hall meeting. I am so honored to co-chair the task force for Light with Colorado Ballet trustee Cheri Rubin and that Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael B. Hancock will serve as Honorary Chairs. I hope you enjoy both of these extraordinary performances! Next year Colorado Ballet will continue to bring you exceptional entertainment. I want to thank everyone who supported Colorado Ballet this year. We look forward to seeing you next season! My best, Marie Belew Wheatley Executive Director
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FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Welcome to Ballet MasterWorks and Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project! The spring productions start with Ballet MasterWorks, a collection of three different works that you will absolutely love. We end with Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a true representation of how Colorado Ballet believes in our community and has the power to get everyone involved for a greater cause. We are proud to announce that this season’s The Nutcracker broke records! We surpassed previous revenue and attendance records, including the 50th anniversary season. Thanks to your generous support, Colorado Ballet had the most successful Nutcracker ever in 2012. We love increasing our fan base and hope attendees will come back every year and enjoy other Colorado Ballet productions. Colorado Ballet impacts Denver in so many ways. More than 2,000 students from high percentage Title 1 schools joined us for this season’s free student matinee of The Nutcracker. Student matinees are just one of the many ways that Colorado Ballet’s Education and Outreach exposes children to the culture of dance and the magic that the arts can bring into their lives. We give this gift through subsidized dance classes, student matinees, and enrichment assemblies in schools and reach more than 60,000 contacts each year. I am honored to represent Colorado Ballet’s Board of Trustees which supports Colorado Ballet. The artistic talent of Gil Boggs and his team add so much to cultural life of Colorado. Through the loyalty of our trustees and friends, Colorado Ballet makes Denver one of the best places to live. I hope you enjoy the performance! Merry Logan Board Chair
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COLORADO BALLET’S SPRING PRODUCTIONS Colorado Ballet’s spring productions are unlike its typical spring ballets. Because we had such a successful season in 2011-2012, we have an opportunity to provide a riskier season this spring. We hope that you enjoy these powerful pieces featuring outstanding music and dance.
Ballet MasterWorks Theme and Variations A Legendary Pairing - Two of the greatest in their art forms, with choreography by George Balanchine & music by Tchaikovsky in one tremendous production. Man Behind the Dance - George Balanchine is widely regarded as the foremost neoclassical choreographer in the world of ballet and has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with the vocabulary of classical ballet. 10 Years - Colorado Ballet hasn’t performed a Balanchine work in nearly 10 years.
In Pieces World Premiere - This world premiere, In Pieces is choreographed by San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli. Guest Choreographer - Contributing to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies, Caniparoli is one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and abroad. Concerto - The music by Poul Ruders, Concerto in Pieces features 65 musicians in the orchestra playing his composition.
The Rite of Spring
100th Anniversary - Celebrating the 100th anniversary Igor Stravinsky’s composition of The Rite of Spring, this work is set to the choreography of Glen Tetley’s ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps. Riots at the Premiere - During its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the music was so groundbreaking and the choreography was so controversial that it nearly evoked a riot on opening night. Powerful Music - With its percussive rhythms and dissonant harmonies, Stravinsky’s masterpiece is one of the most revolutionary musical pieces of the 20th century.
Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project Denver Debut - This will be the first time Light, a one act contemporary ballet in five movements will be performed in Denver. Inspiring Story- This ballet is inspired by the poignant journey of one Holocaust survivor and serves as a timely reminder of the importance of the protection of human rights. National Spotlight - When it premiered in 2005, Light brought national attention to choreographer Stephen Mills. His original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and explores the triumph of the human spirit.
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Ballet Mistresses Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia Music Director and Principal Conductor Adam Flatt Associate Conductor Catherine Sailer THE COMPANY Principals Viacheslav Buchkovskiy, Chandra Kuykendall, Maria Mosina Dmitry Trubchanov, Alexei Tyukov, Sharon Wehner Soloists Dana Benton, Shelby Dyer, Jesse Marks Asuka Sasaki, Adam Still, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis Corps de Ballet Lesley Allred, Morgan Buchanan, Cara Cooper, Casey Dalton, Gregory DeSantis Christopher Ellis, Francisco Estevez, Klara Houdet, Tracy Jones, Christophor Moulton Sean Omandam, Olga Prikhodtseva, Christina Schifano, Rylan Schwab Kevin GaĂŤl Thomas, Sally Turkel, Luis Valdes, Kevin Wilson, Ben Winegar Studio Company Emily Baker, Lauren Cregan, Nicole Douglas, Jennifer Grahnquist Naomi Hergott, Emily Kim, Charlotte Lanning, Rony Lenis, Katherine Maxted Lindsay Moncrieff, Brittany Rogers, Emma Stratton, Jeremy Studinski Meagan Swisher, Sara VanderVoort
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LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT March 29-31, 2013 Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts Concept/Choreography: Stephen Mills Set/Costume Design: Christopher McCollum Lighting Design: Tony Tucci Music: Steve Reich (Tehillim), Evelyn Glennie (Rhythm Song), Michael Gordon (Weather), Arvo Pärt (Tabula Rasa), Philip Glass (Tirol Concerto) Media Design: Exopolis Original production funded in part by a Ballet Austin Foundation Endowment through the generosity of Jennene and K. Ray Mashburn. Cast Caitlin Valentine-Ellis Lorita Travaglia Lesley Allred, Dana Benton, Morgan Buchanan, Cara Cooper, Klara Houdet, Tracy Jones, Asuka Sasaki, Christina Schifano, Meagan Swisher, Sally Turkel, Sharon Wehner Gregory DeSantis, Francisco Estevez, Jesse Marks, Christophor Moulton, Sean Omandam, Adam Still, Jeremy Studinski, Kevin Gaël Thomas, Dmitry Trubchanov, Luis Valdes, Ben Winegar Choreographer’s Note Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a story of survival. Situated during the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, this work strives to illustrate the courage, resilience, and sometimes pure luck required to endure and rebuild life after unimaginable and devastating loss. Past is present and not to be forgotten. As an artist whose practice is very much involved in the humanity within dance, approaching a story based in an important historical event was new to me. I am interested in how people relate to one another and feel that dance has the ability to express, in a metaphoric way, emotion that words cannot capture. Throughout my study of the Holocaust, I became fixated on memory and the ways in which people cope with disaster and loss. In my mind, I wonder what conversations survivors have with themselves over the nearly 70 years since the end of World War II. This concept is introduced with the image of a survivor who comforts her younger self and relives her story. Through the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, the circle of life begins. Civilizations develop; families and cultures evolve to include a pattern of daily life and valued traditions, like a wedding. However, change is imminent; the ground is shifting, and what is familiar slowly disappears. Certain populations are deemed to be inferior, and then targeted and isolated. They are degraded to the point of being perceived as non-human, and life or death is determined by powers outside of their control. People are treated as property and transported to camps. Overwhelming numbers do not survive the trip. Even within a prison, the circular nature of life continues. Acts of brutality, courage, defiance, and anger occur in captivity. Eventually, though, we all face death, and do so alone. However, the circle continues; lives and families are rebuilt. This is not every survivor’s story, but is the one I humbly seek to tell. The woman The work unfolds as part of an ongoing conversation held between the 19 year-old girl whose life was forever changed…and the woman she is today.
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Section I: Tree of Life/Family This section opens symbolically with original man and woman, Adam and Eve, and the tree of life; suggesting the roots of humanity and the branches of each succeeding generation. Civilization, families and cultures evolve to include a pattern of daily life and its valued traditions…one such example being the joy of a wedding. As this section ends, it is clear that the woman is beginning to feel the “ground shift beneath her feet.” Change is coming. Section II: Segregation and Marginalization This section explores the process through which those deemed “different” become exploited. What is familiar slowly starts to shift. People retreat from one another, beginning to socially isolate; to hide in hopes of survival. Section III: Humanity as property/Control through terror No longer seen as individuals, life or death is determined by powers outside of their control. People are treated as property and transported en mass via rail cars to camps. Many never survive the trip. Section IV: Coping inside the box Being kept in confinement with more than 20,000 people, one could felt a sense of being alone. What questions were prisoners/victims asking themselves about survival and death each day? How did their relationships develop in the camps? There were acts of kindness and rescue, but also acts of survival, frustration and anger. We are reminded that the circle of life is complex and that we enter and leave alone. Section V: Survival This final section represents the woman’s desire for the lessons from this experience to focus on the power of the human spirit to cling to hope and ultimately to survive. People left this atrocity and went on to create family, relationships and productive lives. The woman was liberated from Auschwitz as one of her family’s sole survivors.
Artistic Staff Gil Boggs, Artistic Director Gil Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991. Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. Boggs also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world. During his career with ABT, he was recognized as both an accomplished virtuoso and one of the company’s most popular performers. Boggs has worked with numerous noted choreographers, including Agnes de Mille, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham and has an extensive performance repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the Spring of 2006. In Boggs’ tenure with Colorado Ballet he has restaged full-length productions
of Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. Boggs has also presented 13 world premieres and 10 Colorado Ballet premieres by such renowned choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Antony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Brown was promoted to soloist in 1992 and she remained a soloist until 2003. Brown’s leading roles in ABT’s repertoire include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Mercedes in Don Quixote, Myrtha and the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Polyhymnia and Calliope in Apollo, the Accused in Fall River Legend, the first girl in Fancy Free, An Episode in
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Artistic Staff His Past in Jardin aux Lilas, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and the Cowgirl in Rodeo, as well as leading roles in numerous contemporary ballets. She also created and danced the world premiere role of Desdemona in Lar Lubovitch’s full-length Othello in 1997 and appears in ABT’s film productions of Romeo and Juliet and Le Corsaire as well as the ABT documentary, Ballet. In 2000 Brown was featured in the movie Center Stage and she also appears in The Company. Brown also holds the honor of appearing on Broadway as the original Louise Bigelow in the Tony Award-winning 1994 revival of Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner and choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan at the Lincoln Center Theater. In 2003 Brown left ABT to pursue work as a freelance artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Stiefel and Stars, Vladimir Malakhov, Peter Boal and Company, Chamber Dance Project, Dancers Patrelle, Ballet Hawaii and Madison Ballet. During this time she was asked to perform as a guest artist at the Vail International Festival. In 2005 Brown taught for the ABT Summer Intensive and choreographed the ballet, Synchronicity. In 2006 she joined her husband, Gil Boggs, to work with Colorado Ballet. Since then, she has assisted staging the full-length productions of Giselle, Christopher Wheeldon’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Don Quixote. Since joining Colorado Ballet, Brown has assisted with the choreographing and staging of The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Swan Lake. She also assisted Lar Lubovitch in the staging of Smile With my Heart, and assisted staging Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. Brown restaged her ballet, Synchronicity, for Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. For the last four years she has choreographed for the Bal de Ballet, an event hosted by the Denver Ballet Guild and most recently choreographed From Within, Crimson Surges, Unforgettable and Grand Pas Fantastique. In 2007 she was asked to stage …smile with my heart for the Joffrey Ballet.
Lorita Travaglia, Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia is originally from New Zealand. She received her ballet training at the National School of Ballet and later the Royal Ballet School in London. Lorita made her debut as a professional dancer with the Berlin Ballet. After six years with the Company, she moved to the United States where she worked with Princeton Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and International Ballet Rotaru, dancing solo and principal roles in a wide range of repertoire. Her favorite roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Cinderella, Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Paquita. In 1992 Lorita returned to New Zealand, but continued to perform as a guest artist with companies in the United States as well as Company Z, a contemporary dance company in New
Zealand. Lorita began teaching in 1988 while still performing and studied the Vaganova methodology. She was the principal teacher for a professional training program in Auckland, New Zealand and later, as artistic director of Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins, Colorado, she set up a similar aspirant program. In 1999 Lorita joined Colorado Ballet as director of the Apprentice Program and company repetiteur, and has been ballet mistress since 2006. Her choreography includes Equanimity, Aspects and Pictures at an Exhibition for Colorado Ballet II and a full-length The Nutcracker for Canyon Concert Ballet. Lorita graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2000 and has a private practice in Denver.
Adam Flatt, Music Director & Principal Conductor After making his company debut in 2006, Adam Flatt was invited to become Music Director of Colorado Ballet beginning in the fall of 2007. He has been making music in Denver since 2001 when Marin Alsop invited him to join the Colorado Symphony as Associate Conductor. There he led over 250 concerts in a five-year tenure. Adam also served an acclaimed seven-year tenure at the helm of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, which he conducted for the opening festivities of both the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Newman Center at the University of Denver. Adam now leads the Denver Philharmonic, the regions premier community orchestra and also serves as Music Director of regional professional orchestras in Oregon and Alabama. Also a busy guest conductor, he has led orchestras all over the United States and productions for the major ballet companies of Portland and Salt Lake City.
Catherine Sailer, Associate Conductor Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Denver, conducts the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women’s Chorus and the Evans Choir. She is also the Associate Conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Conducting credits include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony, National Symphony, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, National Opera of China, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Central City Opera Chorus, Dale
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Dancers Warland Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Oregon Bach Festival. She was the winner of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship.
Viacheslav Buchkovskiy Viacheslav Buchkovskiy was born in Ukraine. He began his training at Kharkov State Choreography School in 1990. In 1995, Buchkovskiy entered into the Choreography school in Kiev. Upon graduating in 1999, Buchkovskiy was invited to join the Kiev Musical Theater School as a Principal, where he danced under the direction of People’s Artist of the U.S.S.R. Valeriy Kovtun. In 2000, he was invited to the 17th Fresh Ballerina Festival in Japan, along with world ballet stars. In 2001, Buchkovskiy was invited to Stanislavskiy and Nemirovish-Danchenko Academic Music Theater in Moscow where he danced numerous leading roles. During his working career in Kiev and Moscow Music Theaters Buchkovskiy toured the world including the United States, England, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, China, and Thailand. Buchkovskiy began as a Soloist at Colorado Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal in the 2011-2012 season. During his career with Colorado Ballet, Buchkovskiy has danced leading roles such as the Prince in The Nutcracker, Franz in Coppélia, Harker in Dracula and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, as well as others.
Generously sponsored by Ruth S. Silver Chandra Kuykendall Chandra Kuykendall is from Parker, Colorado and trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1988 until graduating in 1997. In 1996, she won the Denver Ballet Guild Competition and received the prestigious Florence Rustin Award. She also attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Kirov Academy of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Academy and School of American Ballet. In 1997, after graduating from the Academy, Ms. Kuykendall joined Colorado Ballet. She spent the 1998-1999 season with Leipzig Ballet in Leipzig, Germany under the direction of Uwe Scholz. She returned to Colorado Ballet in the fall of 1999. With Colorado Ballet, Ms. Kuykendall has danced numerous principal roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrta in Giselle, Medora in Le
Corsaire, Sugarplum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Lucy in Dracula, Titania and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the principal role in Bruch Violin Concerto, the Crossover Girl in In The Upper Room and she was featured in Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading. She also had the opportunity to have pas de deuxs created on her by accomplished choreographers Edwaard Liang and Amy Seiwert. This is Ms. Kuykendall’s 15th season with Colorado Ballet.
Generously sponsored by Joanne Posner-Mayer Maria Mosina Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Ms. Mosina joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and (immediately) was chosen for principal roles. Mosina had toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. Ms. Mosina performed leading roles in all major productions as a member of the Company, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals, galas, and companies. In 1995, Ms. Mosina was invited by Colorado Ballet to join as a leading principal dancer. Ms. Mosina performed all major parts in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Talioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, Les Sylphides. Ms. Mosina also had the chance to show her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?, as well as Christopher Weeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS). She has also performed Alvin Ailey’s River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Company B, F. Ashton’s Facade, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, S.Welch’s Of Blessed Memory, Martin Fredmann and Alun Jones’ Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sechertorte, Silent Woods and Dreamspace (as seen on PBS), Vebre’s Where the Wild Things Are, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, Matthew Neenan’s The Faraway, Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch’s ...smile with my heart, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, and many more. Ms. Mosina was a featured
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Dancers dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. Ms. Mosina is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States. Last season, she danced with Colorado Ballet at the Vail International Dance Festival and the Gotham Dance Festival. She also performed as a guest artist at the Laguna Beach Dance Festival. Ms. Mosina is now in her 19th year with the Colorado Ballet.
Generously sponsored by Pam and Duke Hartman Dmitry Trubchanov Dmitry Trubchanov is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He began his dance training at the age of 8 at the Academy of Russian Ballet (the school of the Kirov Ballet). Upon his graduation, Mr. Trubchanov danced with the Kirov Ballet Company for five years. With the Kirov Ballet Company, he traveled to places around the world including France, Holland, Korea, Turkey and Taiwan. Mr. Trubchanov has performed at the Kirov Ballet Gala performances in Innsbruck, Austria and Syracuse, Sicily. He has danced at the International Ballet Festival of Miami, Florida and the International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado. Mr. Trubchanov was a guest artist with Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, Korea during their tour to Taiwan. He was also a guest artist at two gala performances held in Fukuoka, Japan. Throughout his career, Mr. Trubchanov has danced numerous classical and contemporary ballets and has won acclaim from critics worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Trubchanov was with the Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Trubchanov joined Colorado Ballet in 2009 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 2010.
Generously sponsored by Sandy Elliott Alexei Tyukov Alexei Tyukov graduated with honors from the Perm State Ballet Academy in 1995, and danced with the Perm State Ballet Theatre that same year. In 1999, he won the Gold Medal in the Senior Men’s Division at the Arabesque Competition in Perm and was awarded the Mikhail Arnopolsky Prize for the most talented competition participant. He was a Principal with Ballet Internationale Indianapolis where he performed leading roles in Phaedra, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Carmen and Thousand and One Nights. He has danced throughout the world, including
in Taiwan, China, Canada and Germany. In 2006, he joined Cincinnati Ballet as a Principal and performed classical and contemporary works including Plan to B, The Bridge and Bakers Dozen. Mr. Tyukov has also participated in numerous galas including Le Gala Des Etoiles in Montreal, Stars of the 21st Century in Paris, Stars of the Mariinski in Germany and the International Gala in South Korea. Mr. Tyukov has also guested with the Russian Company, performing Natalia Makarova’s Swan Lake and was a guest artist in Cinncinati Ballet’s production of Thousand and One Nights. The New York Times said of Tyukov, “In Swan Lake, Alexei Tyukov broke the audience’s hearts as much as Odette’s in his eloquent portrayal of an all too-human Siegfried.” Mr. Tyukov joined Colorado Ballet as a Principal in 2007.
Generously sponsored by Gleneen and Joe Brienza Sharon Wehner Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with Jody White and David Roxander, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. Ms. Wehner joined Colorado Ballet in 1996 and was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 15 years, has performed many lead roles with the Company. These include Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, Mina in Dracula, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the Principal couple in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and Rubies, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading, and Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room. She has been honored to have solos and pas de deux created on her by choreographers Edwaard Liang, Mathew Neenan, Christopher Wheeldon, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Brian Reeder and Toru Shimazaki. In addition to Colorado Ballet, Ms. Wehner has also performed with The Washington Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. She has also been a guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, and in Japan in the Aoyama Ballet Festival, and the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet Co-star.
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Dana Benton Dana Benton was born in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada, where she began her training with Lou and Pauline Zamprogna at The Dance Centre. At the age of 9, Benton was accepted to the National Ballet School in Toronto where she trained for eight years. Benton graduated from the National Ballet School with Honors in Academics and was awarded the Peter Dwyer Award for Excellence in Dance. Upon graduating in 2000, Benton received a contract with the Alberta Ballet Company in Alberta, Canada. She spent one year with the company as an apprentice. In 2001, Benton joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and in 2007, Benton was promoted to Soloist. With Colorado Ballet, Benton has worked with many wellknown choreographers and repetiteurs including John Gardner, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Donald Mahler, Amanda McKerrow, Michael Pink, Brian Reeder, Domy Reiter-Soffer, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Seiwert, Paul Sutherland, Lynn TaylorCorbett, Doug Varone, Shelly Washington, Septime Webre, Christopher Wheeldon and Lila York. Since joining Colorado Ballet, Benton has performed many Soloist and Principal roles. Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Red Girl in Celts, Lucy in Dracula, Diamond and Canary Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Bomb Squad in In The Upper Room, and Lead Souvenir Lady in the Great Galloping Gottschalk.
Generously sponsored by Montine Hansl Shelby Dyer Shelby Dyer began her professional career as a member of Ballet Internationale Indianapolis where she performed for three seasons under the direction of Eldar Aliev, and working closely with Irina Kolpakova, Vladilen Semenov and Tatiana Pali. She performed leading roles with the company in Indianapolis and also toured to Taiwan, Canada, Los Angeles and many other cities in the United States. In 2006, she joined Tulsa Ballet Theater. After completing the 2006 season with Tulsa Ballet, Dyer joined Cincinnati Ballet Company for the remainder of its 2006 season, and then joined Colorado Ballet that same year. Her gala performances include the Florida International Ballet Gala, the Stars of the Russian National Ballet Gala in Chicago and the Vail International
Dance Festival. She has also worked with accomplished choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Rldar Aliev, Vladimir Angelov, Young Soon Hue, Lila York, Amy Seiwert, Jessica Lang, Michael Pink, Brian Reeder and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Dyer’s notable performances include Lisa in La Fille Mal Gardee, Dryad Queen and Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Gulnara and Third Odalisque in Le Corsaire, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Canary Fairy, Miette Fairy and the Blue Bird Pas de Deux in The Sleeping Beauty, a Little Angel in The Creation of the World, Fairy Doll Pas de Trois, The Dying Poet Pas de Deux in Great Galloping Gottschalk and Dew Drop Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.
Generously sponsored by Katherine and Michael Whitcomb Jesse Marks Jesse Marks is from Bloomington, Indiana. At the age of 14, Mr. Marks was exposed to dance and immediately drawn to the art form. A year and a half later he was invited to join the Indiana University Ballet Program where he studied with Violette Verdy and Jeremy Collins. Mr. Marks then spent two years under a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. Marks joined Colorado Ballet in 2002, and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. During his time with the Company, he has performed works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon and Lar Lubovich, among others. He has also had the privilege of working with and performing world premieres by many choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Rennie Harris, Amy Seiwert and Jessica Lang. Within the classical realm his notable roles include the Jester in Cinderella, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Peasant Pas in Giselle and Blue Boy in Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet. In 2009, Mr. Marks took leave from Colorado Ballet and moved to New York City. While there, he was given the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Opera and dance the principal role of Rinaldo in its production of Armida. During his year away, he also danced with Ballet X and made guest appearances with Delta Festival Ballet, Neglia Ballet and Lydia Johnson Dance.
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Dancers Asuka Sasaki
Asuka Sasaki was born in Nagano, Japan where she started training with Emiko Kojima at the Emiko Kojima Ballet School. She also received training from Yoshimi Yo, before training at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. After two years of training in China, Sasaki joined Canada’s prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice. In 2004, she became an Apprentice with Colorado Ballet and formally joined the Company in 2005. With Colorado Ballet, she has worked with accomplished choreographers such as Eldar Aliev, Michael Pink, Martin Fredmann, Lila York, Shelly Washington, Jessica Lang, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Amy Seiwert. Sasaki has danced many soloist roles with the Company. Her notable roles include, Clara and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Mercedes and Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas de Deux and Molina in Giselle, Fleur de Farine, Miettis Fairy and Jewells in The Sleeping Beauty and Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. In 2006, Sasaki guest danced the Pas de Deux of Le Corsaire in Tokyo, Japan.
Caitlin Valentine-Ellis was born in New Jersey, where she began her training before moving to Orlando, Florida. Valentine-Ellis was offered a contract at the age of 16 by Fernando Bujones to join Orlando Ballet as a full company member. In Orlando Ballet, Valentine-Ellis has performed numerous soloist and principal roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Cinderella in Cinderella, Lise in La Fille mal Gardee, the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Guinevere in Camelot, and Cupid in Don Quixote, among others. She has also performed the grande pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and La Bayadere and principal roles in George Balanchine works including Serenade, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante and Stars and Stripes. In 2003, Valentine-Ellis was awarded the Bronze Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. She was a semi-finalist at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2005. Later that year, Valentine-Ellis was honored as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.” In 2006, she was a finalist and the Jury Award recipient at the USA International Ballet Competition. She has performed as a guest artist with the Moscow Ballet in their touring production of Swan Lake, at the Gala for the 2005 New York International Ballet Competition and internationally in the Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, Latvia. In 2012, she performed in the Stars of World Ballet: Wings of Dance Gala in Limassol, Cyprus. Valentine-Ellis joined Colorado Ballet in 2007 and has enjoyed dancing a wide variety of roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia and Lead Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cupid and Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Clara and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Dawn in Coppelia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire and the pas de trois in Swan Lake. She had the opportunity to work with and be featured in pieces by such choreographers as Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Amy Siewert, Brian Reeder, Jessica Lang and Twyla Tharp, among others.
Generously sponsored by Brenda Reed Adam Still Adam Still is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the Harid Conservatory where he trained under Svetlana Osiyeva and Olivier Pardina. While at Harid, he received the Rudolph Nureyev Education Fellowship. He received additional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Jacob’s Pillow summer programs. Still joined the company in 2009 and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. While at Colorado Ballet, some of his notable roles include Prince in The Nutcracker, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, and Peter in Peter Pan. He has also worked with choreographers such as Lila York, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Matthew Neenan, Amy Seiwert, Brian Reeder, Edward Liang, and Jodie Gates.
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Hailing from Calgary Alberta Canada, Lesley trained for six years at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She made her professional debut in 2007 touring with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and dancing in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Balanchine’s
Serenade. Lesley joined Ballet Idaho in 2008 where she danced many soloist roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Anastos and Alex Ossadnik. In 2009, she represented Canada at the New York International Ballet Competition. Lesley has danced with Colorado Ballet in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake and is very excited to be joining the Company for her first season.
Morgan Buchanan Morgan Buchanan is from Houston, Texas. She trained at the Ballet Center of Houston under the direction of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. Ms. Buchanan also trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy for two years, under the direction of Sally Rojas and Sabrina Lenzi, where she earned the highest final evaluation variation score in her class. Before joining the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in 2009, Ms. Buchanan attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Houston Ballet. In 2011, she performed in Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes at the Vail International Dance Festival. Her favorite roles with Colorado Ballet include the Spanish dance in Swan Lake, Doll in The Nutcracker and Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan.
Cara Cooper Cara Cooper is from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and trained at the Colorado Ballet Academy where she received the Florence Rustin Award for Excellence. Ms. Cooper joined Colorado Ballet in 2005, and during the 2007-2008 season Ms. Cooper danced with the English National Ballet in London, England. Ms. Cooper has performed several leading roles including Rum and Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Arabian in The Nutcracker, the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Flower Girl and Gypsie Queen in Don Quixote, Brown Woman in Celts and the Haughty Stepsister in Cinderella. In 2009, Ms. Cooper was invited to perform in the Gala Performance for the New York International Ballet Competition in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Casey Dalton Casey Dalton is from Boston, Massachusetts and studied with Rudolph Kharatian at the School of Washington Ballet and with Alla Sizova at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She joined Colorado Ballet in 2004 and
attended the Summer Intensive at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. Dalton’s favorite roles include the Dumpy Stepsister in Cinderella, Doll and Russian in The Nutcracker, Two Ladies in Leaves are Fading, Max’s Toys in Where the Wild Things Are, lead Czardas and Mazurka in Coppélia and one of the Trio Ladies in Great Galloping Gottschalk. Dalton has enjoyed the opportunities to work with so many coaches and choreographers, especially Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Shelley Washington, Brian Reeder, Lila York, Michael Pink and Dwight Rhoden.
Gregory DeSantis Gregory DeSantis, born in Staten Island, NY, began his training at Center Stage Dance and Theater School in Marlboro, New Jersey. After high school he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where he received a B.F.A. in Ballet. While at NCSA he was trained by Ethan Stiefel originating the roles of Arabian, Herr Drosselmeyer and Cavalier in his production of The Nutcracker. He also toured with Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out as James. He has trained at The Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ellison Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Princeton Ballet and the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival. Mr. DeSantis has performed choreography by Sir Frederik Ashton, Karole Armitage, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Marius Petita, Jerome Robbins, and George Balanchine among others. He has performed as a guest with the Greensboro Ballet, Urban Ballet Theatre and The Washington Ballet. Mr. DeSantis joined Colorado Ballet as a member of the Studio Company in 2010 and has since performed in Dracula, The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. This is his second year with the Company.
Christopher Ellis Christopher Ellis was born in Chicago, Illinois and began his training with Maniya Barredo at the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, receiving the Mannie Rowe Memorial Scholarship. At the age of 18, Ellis joined the Orlando Ballet as a company member, under the direction of Fernando Bujones. During his four seasons with Orlando Ballet, Ellis danced a variety of soloist and principal roles including Prince Charming and the Jester in Cinderella, the Cavalier and Prince in The Nutcracker, King Arthur and Mordred in Camelot, and the Don Quixote pas de deux. Ellis has also performed in several of Bujones’ classical and contemporary choreographic works, as well as George Balanchine’s Agon, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante and the Stars and Stripes pas de deux. In 2005, Ellis competed in both
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Dancers the New York and Helsinki International Ballet Competitions. He also performed with his wife, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, as her non-competing partner at the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition. Later that year he traveled to Japan to perform as a guest artist in the Okayama Ballet Festival. Since joining Colorado Ballet in 2007, Ellis has enjoyed performing Benvolio and Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Quincey in Dracula, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Black Murphy in Peter Pan, Benno in Swan Lake, Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Cavalier and Prince in The Nutcracker. He has also worked with and performed in pieces by numerous choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Amy Siewert, Edwaard Liang and Twyla Tharp, among others.
Francisco Estevez Born in Quito, Ecuador, Francisco moved to the USA in 1995. He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and at the age of 16 was invited to finish his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he graduated in 2008. In 2008, Francisco joined Boston Ballet where he was featured in many soloist roles. In 2010, Francisco joined the Barcelona Ballet (previously Corella Ballet) under the direction of Angel Corella. Francisco won 1st Place at the Premio Internacional de Danza Roseta Mauri, Spain in 2011 and has modeled for Intermezzo dancewear’s 2013 line. He has also performed soloist and principal roles with the New York City Ballet on various occasions. His featured roles includes George Balanchine’s 1st and 2nd themes from The Four Temperaments, Balanchine’s Tarantella and Valse Fantasie, Jorma Elo’s Carmen Illusions, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and 2 & 3 Part Inventions, Peter Martin’s Les Gentilhommes, Christopher Wheeldon’s For Four, DGV, Polyphonia and VIII, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Stanton Welch’s Clear, the wedding pas de deux and jewels from Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, the Ali variation from Le Corsaire, Benno and Neopolitan in Swan Lake, the peasant pas de deux from Giselle, and the pas de six from Napoli among others. Francisco joined Colorado Ballet in 2013.
Klara Houdet A native of Réunion, France, Klara Houdet trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School. When she turned seventeen, Jean-Christophe Maillot invited her to join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, where she was promoted to second soloist. In 2007,
Klara joined the National Ballet of Canada, where she danced the majority of the classical repertoire and also Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Symphony in C, Robbins’ Glass Pieces, Forsythe’s Second Detail... She also worked with choreographers, namely John Neumeier, Reid Anderson, Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Aszure Barton, Davide Bombana, Christopher Bruce and Ronald Hynd. Klara was sponsored by Mrs. Lucy White, through the “Dancer’s First” program and in 2009 she was awarded the William Marrie Award for Dramatic Achievement from the National Ballet of Canada. In 2010, she won the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Sibiu, Romania, and the first contemporary prize at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2001. From 2010 to 2011, she was invited as a guest artist to perform various pas de deux such as Don Quixote, Grand Pas Classique, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Nutcracker Grand Pas and the Bluebird Pas de Deux. More recently, the American Ballet Theatre invited her to dance in their production of La Bayadere at the Kennedy Center, Washington. Klara joined Colorado Ballet in July 2012.
Tracy Jones Born in Cork, Ireland, Tracy began to dance at the age of 5 with Ballet Theatre Ireland. From the age of 11, she trained at The Royal Ballet School where she graduated from in 2007 and received the Stanley Pickering Scholarship. In 2006, she was a winner of the Ursula Moreton choreographic competition and a finalist of the Young British Dancer of the Year. She also featured in BBC’s The Culture Show, representing the training of future British Ballet Stars. During her graduate year, Tracy performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets and joined them on their 2007 International tour to Mexico and the USA. Upon graduating, Tracy joined the English National Ballet as an Artist where she performed various Corps de Ballet roles. From 2008 to 2012, Tracy was a member of the Barcelona Ballet (previously Corella Ballet) under the direction of Angel Corella. Her repetoire included 2nd movement principal in Angel Corella’s String Sextet, 3rd principal couple in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV, Tall Pas D’Action and 3rd Shade variation in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere, Pas de Trois and Big Swans in Swan Lake, Crossover in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, 3rd girl in Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free, and friend variations in both Raymonda and Paquita. Tracy has created roles in Russell Ducker’s Epimitheus as well as the solo Sospiri, also by Ducker in 2010. Tracy has modeled for Wear Moi’s 2011 dance catalog and both El Petit Ballet’s and Intermezzo’s 2013 dance catalogs. Tracy joined Colorado Ballet in January 2013.
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Christophor Moulton is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a graduate of the Harid Conservatory in Florida, where he trained under Svetlana Osiyeva, Olivier Pardina and Victoria Schnider. During his years at Harid, Mouton performed numerous roles including Siegfried in Swan Lake and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He also studied for a year at the Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis School under Franco Devita. Moulton is a recipient of the 2007 Rudolph Nureyev Education Fellowship. Moulton joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2009 and was promoted into the Company in 2010. During that time he has danced several roles including Toreador in Don Quixote, God of the Wind in Beauty and the Beast and The Old Man in Eventually.
Christina Schifano is from Setauket, New York. She graduated from Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where she was trained by Edward Ellison. Christina also spent her summers training with American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet. In 2008 she competed in Youth America Grand Prix in New York and was awarded a contract with The Washington Ballet. There she spent a year in the studio company performing in La Sylphide, Rubies, and Celts among others. In 2009 she joined Colorado Ballet as a member of the Studio Company, before joining the company in 2011. With Colorado Ballet she has performed in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Romeo & Juliet. She has most enjoyed performing as a villager in Transylvania in Dracula and one of the Spanish Ladies in Don Quixote.
Sean Omandam Sean Omandam is from Fresno, California, where he began his training with Shirley Winters. He later went on to train on fullscholarship at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida under the instruction of Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina and Svetlana Osiyeva. Upon graduation in 2004, he joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. In 2005 Omandam was promoted into the Company. With Colorado Ballet, Mr. Omandam has performed a variety of featured roles including Puck in Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Green Man in Lila York’s Celts, Champion Roper in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Max in Septime Webre’s Where the Wild Things Are and Russian in Martin Freedman’s The Nutcracker. His repertory also includes works by Dwight Rhoden, Lar Lubovitch, Michael Pink, Jessica Lang, Darrell Grand Moultire, Amy Seiwert and Brian Reeder.
Olga Prikhodtseva Olga Prikhodtseva is from Moscow, Russia. Prikhodtseva graduated from Lavrovsky Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 2001. Upon graduating, she worked in the Stanislavski and NemirovichDanchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre where she danced until 2008. Prikhodtseva has danced various roles in many works including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Tchaikovsky Seasons, Casanova, Swan Lake, Carmen and Giselle, among others. Prikhodtseva joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2008 and was promoted to the Company in 2009.
Rylan Schwab Rylan Schwab is from Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Schwab received his training from Giselle’s Dance Studio, Ballet Florida, and Palm Beach Ballet Center. For Schwab’s senior year in high school he moved to Houston to further his ballet training with Houston Ballet. After spending a year with Houston Ballet he joined Colorado Ballets Studio Company in 2007, and was promoted into the Company in 2009. With Colorado Ballet, Schwab has worked with many well accomplished choreographers, including Eldar Aliev, Michael Pink, Shelly Washington and Brian Reeder. Some of his favorite rolls with the Company include Fritz, Chinese and Russian in The Nutcracker, Gambler and Undead in Dracula and a lead Couple in Eventually.
Kevin Gaël Thomas Kevin Gaël Thomas is from France and studied at Rosella Hightower’s International Ballet Center and at Canada’s National Ballet School, where he received a full-scholarship and graduated in 2006, with honors. Mr. Thomas also graduated with honors from the Music Conservatory in France for piano. He then danced for a year with Houston Ballet II. Mr. Thomas joined Colorado Ballet in 2007. During his first season he performed well-known roles such as Fritz and Russian in The Nutcracker. He then performed Soloist roles in Colorado Ballet productions including Blue Bird and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty and Neopolitan in Swan Lake. In 2012, he received his first principal role as Peter in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan. Following that pro-
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Dancers duction, he danced at the Gotham Dance Festival with the Company in New York. Mr. Thomas was chosen to represent France at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2009 and at the USA Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2010.
Sally Turkel Sally Turkel is from Cary, North Carolina. She began her training at the Cary Ballet Conservatory. She later graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was trained by Melissa Hayden and Warren Conover. She also spent summers training at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Stiefel and Stars, all on full-scholarship. Upon graduating, she joined Houston Ballet II under the direction of Claudio Munoz and Dawn Scannell. In 2008, she joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, and was promoted to the Company in 2009. Since joining Colorado Ballet, Turkel has enjoyed dancing many roles. Some of her favorites include the Swan Corps in Swan Lake, Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Souvenir in Great Galloping Gottschalk.
Luis Valdes Luis Valdes was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and joined Colorado Ballet in 2005. Previously, he performed with the National Ballet of Cuba and Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Valdes’ favorite role with Colorado Ballet is Espada in Don Quixote. Since joining Colorado Ballet, Valdes has had the opportunity to dance as a guest in modern dance pieces in Florida, New York, and Iowa. Some of his favorite choreography includes Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Paul Taylor’s Company B and Antony Tudor’s Echoing of Trumpets.
Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson was born in Durango, Colorado. He is a graduate of the Harid Conservatory in Florida, where he trained under Svetlana Osiyeva, Olivier Pardina and Victoria Schnider. He received the Dance Achievement Award for two consecutive years. Kevin has been a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company for the last two years. He had the pleasure of dancing in the Corps for Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and the wedding scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is Kevin’s third season as a member of Colorado Ballet’s Company.
Ben Winegar Ben Winegar is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began his training at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet at the age of 11. There he was trained by Attila Mosolygo, Gaiane Akopian, and Akop Akopian, and was given the opportunity to perform in several ballets with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. In 2010, Ben spent one year training at the School of American Ballet. Upon graduating, he danced one season with the Los Angeles Ballet under the direction of Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary. This is Ben’s first season as a member of Colorado Ballet.
Choreographer Stephen Mills, Artistic Director, Ballet Austin Known for his innovative and collaborative choreographic projects, Stephen Mills has works in the repertories of companies across the US and around the world. From his inaugural season as Artistic
Director in 2000, Mills attracted attention from around the United States with his world-premiere production of Hamlet, hailed by Dance Magazine as “...sleek and sophisticated.” The Washington Post recognized Ballet Austin as “one of the nation’s best-kept secrets” in 2004 after Ballet Austin performed Mills’ world premiere of The Taming of the Shrew, commissioned by and performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Company was first invited to perform at Kennedy Center in January of 2002 with the Mills production of A
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Midsummer Night’s Dream and at The Joyce Theater (NYC) in 2004. In 2005 after two years of extensive research, Mills led 13 organizations through a community-wide human rights collaboration that culminated in the world premiere work Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In 2006 Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project was awarded the Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award by the Anti Defamation League. In 1998 Mills was the choreographer chosen to represent the U.S. through his work, Ashes, at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de SeineSaint-Denis in Paris. Most recently, Mr. Mills was awarded the Steinberg Award, the top honor at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Choreographic Competition for One/The Body’s Grace. Mr. Mills has created more than 40 works for companies in the United States and abroad. His ballets are in the repertories of such companies as The Hong Kong Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, The Atlanta Ballet, The Milwaukee Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cuballet in Havana, Cuba, BalletMet Columbus, The Dayton Ballet, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Ballet Pacifica, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, The Sacramento Ballet and Dance Kaleidoscope. He
has worked in collaboration with such luminaries as the eight-time Grammy Award-winning band, Asleep at the Wheel, Shawn Colvin and internationally renowned flamenco artist José Greco II. As a dancer Mr. Mills performed with a wide variety of companies such as the world-renowned Harkness Ballet and The American Dance Machine under the direction of Lee Theadore. He also performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and The Indianapolis Ballet Theater before becoming a part of Ballet Austin. Mr. Mills has danced principal roles in the Balanchine repertoire as well as works by Choo-San Goh, John Butler, Ohad Naharin, Vicente Nebrada, Domy Reiter-Soffer and Mark Dendy. In addition to his work as a choreographer, Mr. Mills is a master teacher committed to developing dancers. He has been invited as guest faculty at many pre-professional academies including Jacob’s Pillow, Goucher College; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas; The Virginia School of the Arts; The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; Stephens College and Point Park College in Pittsburgh. Mr. Mills is a member of the national dance service organization Dance/USA and has served both in leadership roles and on the Board of Trustees for the organization.
Supporters of Colorado Ballet As of March 18, 2013 Leadership Circle $100,000+ Corporations, Foundations & Government Agencies Colorado Ballet Auxiliary SCFD
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Merle Chambers and Hugh Grant Anne and Jim Hillary Tamara and Thomas E. Jorden Jerry and Mary Rossick Kern Don and Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz Marie Murdy Maltz Sally Murray Jane and Gordon Netzorg Sue and Walt Rakowich Dr. Barbara R. Reed Cheri and Alan Rubin Suzan and Gary Schlatter Nancy and Tom Stevens Debbi and Bill Tryon Katherine and Michael Whitcomb Choreographer Circle $5,000+ Corporations, Foundations & Government Agencies American Furniture Warehouse Colorado Health Foundation DCP Midstream ECA Foundation, Inc. First Western Trust Bank Genesee Biomedical, Inc. Gill Foundation Greenberg Traurig, LLP James A. Dooley Foundation John Madden Company, LLC Mueller & Associates CPA
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Members Adrianna Abarca Theresa and James Berger Gleneen and Joseph Brienza Daniel and Aimee Sporer Caplis Virginia and Thomas Carr Casey Cortese Wendee and Michael Crowley Lori and Grady Durham Dr. Louis Fine and Victoria Howard-Fine Mary Meade and David Hammond Diana and Michael Kinsey Lina and Leonard Koppl Henny and Bert Lasley Kathy Barrett Lee Merry and Steven D. Logan Andrew Miller Carol and Larry Mizel Teresa and Paul Mueller Regina and Marc Musyl Diane Nolen Robert Peverley Family
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Supporters of Colorado Ballet Natalie Rekstad-Lynn and Scott Lynn Denise and James Sanderson Dr. David J. Scanavino Ruth S. Silver Lisa and Bill Snider Dr. Carol A. Stamm Harry M. Sterling and Vicki Aybar-Sterling Marie Belew Wheatley Ballet Mistress Circle $2,500+ Corporations, Foundations & Government Agencies Holland & Hart LLP Jeanette Smith Eppler Charitable Remainder Trust The Kenneth King Foundation
Members Margaret and Mark Berzins Kathy and Bjorn Borgen Jennifer Collins Lawrence Corff Ann and Ford Frick Jodie Gates Robert S. Graham Montine Hansl Margaret S. Hansson Helen and Matthew Hayes Debby Herz Jan and Gordon Holfelder Mary Anna and Sonny Hutchison Walt Imhoff Edeltraud Johnson Gary and Kathy Kortz Marlowe and Newel Linford Janet and John MacFarlane The Ponzio Family David and Carole Ramsay Cynthia and Alexander Read Sharon Rouse Ellen Scott John Fitzgerald and Maureen Tarrant-Fitzgerald John Trueblood Leslie and William Vollbracht Cinamon Watson and Christopher Paulson Herbert Wittow Risa Wolf-Smith and Don Smith Principal Circle $1,000+ Corporations, Foundations & Government Agencies Ball Corporation Carson-Pfafflin Family Foundation Caulkins Family Foundation Gannett Company Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Janus Foundation John G. Duncan Charitable Trust Kinder Morgan Foundation Rose Community Foundation Steele Street Bank & Trust The April Fund The Schramm Foundation Tuthill & Hughes LLP Members
Anonymous Ellen Balaguer and Mark Chase Ethan and Margot Bellamy Joseph J. Bronesky and Jacquelin A. Medina Alecia and Michael Brown Deborah Byrd Ren and Maureen Regan Cannon Margaret and Mark Carson Diane DiNenno and Steve Cohen Dr. Toby and Mrs. Paulene Cole Dr. Alan and Mrs. InHye Como Donna and Ted Connolly Karen and William Curtis JoMarie and George Dancik Virginia Danna and Dr. John Gerdes Joseph M. Demmler Joy Dinsdale Virginia and Richard Doleshek Garrettson Dulin, Jr. Gayle C. and William R. Ellis David C. Faragher and Robert Parson Joan and John Feek Janice and Scott Fisher John and Jeannie Fuller Marla and Richard Gentry Charlotte and Guy Geoly Anne Griffith Dr. Frederick and Mrs. Carol Grover Sally C. Haas Dr. Gary and Mrs. Ellen Hahn Carl Hartman Noel and Terry Hefty Nancy and Clifford Hickey Rachel and Tim James Jane and Matthew Kadillak Deborah L. Kelly Dr. Peter Kennealey and Dr. Colleen Murphy Joan and Fritz Krueger Dr. Sherill Ladwig Marc P. Levine Diane and Steve Levine Drs. Steven and Sherstin Lommatzsch Elspeth MacHattie Kalleen and Robert Malone Lisa Maury Veronica A. McCaffrey and Barbara A. Frank Bette and James McDonald Janalee and Morris McDonald Carol McMurry and Patrick Spieles Dr. Dominic L. Meylor Hilary and John Morland Lynnette Morrison Charles Nash Richard Newton Robin and Stuart Pack Dr. Bruce C. Paton Sue Pawlik Bonnie C. Perkins Jordan and Essie Perlmutter Brenda Reed Nanci Reichman
Ann Corrigan and Kent Rice Daniel L. Ritchie Marcia and Dick Robinson Daryl A. Russell Timothy and Kathryn Records Ryan Michael Salem Arthur L. Seiden Susan and Jeremy Shamos Phoebe Smedley Tonga and Douglas Stimpson Wendy and Jack Trigg John Uppendahl Julie C. Van Camp Marcia and Stanley Van Egmond Blair and Salina Wu Whitaker Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Bernice Yost Soloist Circle $500+ Corporations, Foundations & Government Agencies Frederick G. Fish Foundation Petrie-Bowen Charitable Trust Thomas J. Sisk & Co. Womenâ€™s Foundation of Colorado
Members Anonymous Colorado Ballet Auxiliary Sugarplums and Alums Phyllis Albritton Lori Allred Dr. Frank and Mrs. Celia Anderson Fran and Ray Baker Robert Balas Dr. Peggy A. Battalora Renate and Horst Bergmann Sharon and Steven Birnbaum Joe Blake Drs. Laura and Jeffrey Brent James and Susanne Buchanan Mildred DeSmet Corrine and Philip Doty Renee and Marc Ducnuigeen Margaret Dzwilewski Jennifer and Adam Flatt John Fox Sigrid H. Freese Dr. David and Mrs. Christine Fullerton Melissa and Mark Garland Richard and Julia Parrino George Catherine Walker and Stuart Gilman Lynda Goldstein Laura Goodman Dr. Fred and Dr. Theresa Grover Marcia Hannum Anna Lee Hartman Dr. Wendell and Mrs. Charlotte Hatfield Jim Harvey and Bob Greene Barbara and Edward Hayduk Joy and James Hoffman Kathy and Derek Konopka
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Supporters of Colorado Ballet Mike Ellis Janet Erickson Stephanie and John Flanigan Gift in memory of Meg Fonda Janis Frame and Sandy Zisman Dr. Fran and Mr. Craig Gander Martha and John Gart Elaine Graves Lorna and Jerry Gray Joan Grafmueller Grier Amy and Steve Halvorsen Carol and Randy Heller Lee and Julie Hill Alida Hilton Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld Skip Hohnhorst Sherri Hall Ives Martha and R. Scott Jentz Carole L. Johnson Joy Johnson Mr. Kevin Kearney and Dr. Sally Scott Pamela and Doug Kelsall Deborah Kennedy Tammy Kispert Sally and James Kneser Judith and William Korstad Judge Ken Laff and Barbara Gall Scott Lewis Gina and Jim Lorenzen Michael Mallett Margaretha Maloney and Robert Palaich Carlos Martinez Melba and Steve McDanal Dr. James and Mrs. Pat McElhinney Anne Mead Cindy and Michael Meany Pamela Merrill Megan and Andrew Meyers Dee and Gene Milstein Marcia Naiman Ron and Judie Neel Susan and Howard Noble Carol Oâ€™Brien Debra Piazza Richard Replin and Elissa Stein Petra and Mark Richards Linda and John Roberts Carol Roger Paula and David Roney Stephanie Rudnick Dr. Richard and Mrs. Jo Sanders Nancy Huston Schulein Debra and Jim Shmerling Marlene and Arnold Siegel David Smith Andrew and Toni Smolen Leslie Stanford and Don Bailey Larry and Neslihan Stephens Dr. John and Julie Strain Debbi Strong Geraldine F. Swan Dr. Nancy Thurman-Watson Ginger and Larry Underwood Klasina Vanderwerf Sandra Vinnik Michael Welcome
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Supporters of Colorado Ballet Annette and Richard Pluss David and Jennifer Portillo Mariko and Steve Quinn Kate Raabe Beatriz Ramos Cynthia and Don Redifer Michael Reed Frederica Lincoln Riahi Nancy and Gene Richards Andrea G. Richardson and William A. Stolfus Sherry Richardson Irene and William Roberts Deborah and Richard Robertson Dr. David Jeffrey Robinson Dr. Cheryl Rodebaugh Ray Rosado Aurora Ruiz-Hernandez Ruth Schoening Dr. Harvey and Mrs. Mary Baughman Schuchman Teddy Schwandt Maren Scoggins Peter Scott Dr. David Servinsky Emily and Andrew Sewell Susan Shermack Julie Shpall Helen Shreves Jan Shumaker Elizabeth Shwayder Dale and Robert Silverberg Marthanne Simons Toni and Andrew Smolen Ann and Tom Stark Kari and Daryl Stewart Lyle Stewart Mary Stewart Susan Stiff Anne Stolberg Cheryl and Myron Swisher Jane Thompson Nancy Tisdall Lucille and Harry Trueblood Janet Turley Kellun Turner William Turner and Melanie Weiss-Turner Barbara Sinclair Uhlig Cheryl Van Hoose-Barone and Frank Barone Mariesha Vargas Joyce Wagner
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COLORADO BALLET PURCHASES BUILDING IN DENVER’S ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE
After leasing its current building for 20 years, Colorado Ballet purchased a building in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe in January. The professional Company and Academy will renovate the space at 1075 Santa Fe Drive and move sometime in 2014. “Colorado Ballet has taken the next step. Our new building will provide more rehearsal space and amenities for our artistic staff and dancers which will ensure the quality of our product on the stage.” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “It was important that we continue our operations in Downtown Denver and we are thrilled to move to a location in the vibrant Santa Fe Arts District.” The Company will continue to perform at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Newman Center for the Performing Arts and will present several guest performances throughout the Denver Metro Area each year. “We ended the last fiscal year in the black and had a record breaking year for The Nutcracker, so now is a great time for us to launch a campaign that will enable us to own our own space,” said Marie Belew Wheatley, Colorado Ballet Executive Director. “The new location will have more studio space for the Colorado Ballet Academy,” said Anne O’Connor, Director of Education. “The increased space will allow us to offer more classes for adults and children. The new building will also have more convenient student drop off.” For more information on the building and capital campaign, visit www.coloradoballet.org.
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STAFF DIRECTORY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Marie Belew Wheatley
Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown
Technical Director and Production Manager Pete Nielson
Director of Education Anne O’Connor
Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia Music Director & Principal Conductor Adam Flatt
Production Stage Manager/ Facilities Manager Vitali Prokhnitski Company Manager Brandi Glass
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Marlene Strang Director of Ballet Roberto Muñoz
Wardrobe Supervisor Shirin Lankarani
Academy Administrative Coordinator Phoebe Coleman
Master Carpenter David Jackson
Dance Coordinator Stephanie Koltiska
General Manager Mark Chase
Lighting Director Patrick “Red” Howard
Education Assistant Natalie Gallardo
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