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CONTENTS Colorado Ballet Publication 2013-2014 Sanya Andersen-Vie Colorado Ballet Editor

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Letters from the Directors 8 Letter from the Board of Trustees 9 New Home for Colorado Ballet 12 Colorado Ballet Hires Academy Director 24 COVER PHOTO: Giselle Photo by Rosalie O’Connor Photography CONTENTS PHOTOS: The Nutcracker Photo by Mike Watson Cinderella Photo by David Andrews Traveling Alone Photo by Terry Shapiro

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FROM THE DIRECTORS Welcome to the first production of Colorado Ballet’s 53rd year! Throughout this season, the Company will demonstrate its wide range of the art form by moving from Giselle, a classic ballet, to the kid-friendly Cinderella, and close with the innovative programming of Ballet Director’s Choice. It is no secret that Giselle is my favorite ballet. Giselle is the epitome of a classical ballet, demonstrating love, betrayal, death and forgiveness. I hope you enjoy one of the most hauntingly beautiful ballets of all time, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. After Giselle, I encourage you to join us for a dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums in The Nutcracker. Come take a journey to the Land of Sweets with Colorado Ballet’s dancers and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. In the spring, we will present a ballet for all ages, Cinderella. With Prokofiev’s enchanting score played live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Cinderella is a performance for all the senses. We hope dancers of all ages enjoy this classic fairy tale sprinkled with humor that demonstrates dreams can come true. In March, we close with some of our favorite contemporary ballets and a world premiere in Ballet Director’s Choice. This production features Traveling Alone, choreoraphed by Amy Seiwert; Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods; and the world premiere of The Last Beat, choreographed by Sandra Brown. This three-part production that combines classical with contemporary choreography will appeal to regular ballet-goers as well as a younger crowd who might not be as familiar with the art of dance. Every year, so many people tell me that this is their favorite performance of our season. I hope you enjoy the dancing and musical talent of our performers. Thank you for attending Giselle and for supporting Colorado Ballet! Gil Boggs Artistic Director

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Thank you for joining Colorado Ballet for the start of our new season! Our talented dancers and musicians are thrilled to bring you one of the most beautiful ballets of all time, Giselle. I hope you enjoy this classic love story. Last season, Gil Boggs, the dancers and our musicians took Colorado Ballet to new heights with some of the most challenging dance and music productions ever created. Our company will continue to bring that momentum to all of our productions this season. In 2013-2014, Colorado Ballet will present three beloved storybook ballets: Giselle, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. In the spring, our dancers will demonstrate their dancing talent in Ballet Director’s Choice, featuring Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone, Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods and a world premiere ballet. Along with last year’s successful season that included a record-breaking production of The Nutcracker, we purchased a building located at 11th and Santa Fe with the help of a bridge loan from Colorado Ballet Trustee Joanne PosnerMayer. We plan to renovate the 100-year-old building and move sometime in 2014. Our building will provide more rehearsal space and amenities for our artistic staff and dancers as well as a black box theater for small performances and events. The new location will also have more studio space for the Colorado Ballet Academy and the increased space will allow us to offer more classes for adults and children. Anchoring the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, our new building is located in a thriving cultural neighborhood. Our new location will increase awareness about the Company, Academy and our nationally renowned education and outreach programs. For the first time in its 53 year history, Colorado Ballet will own its home. For more information on the capital campaign, read the article about the new building in the Giselle program or visit I hope that you enjoy Giselle and all of the productions during this exciting year for Colorado Ballet! Marie Belew Wheatley Executive Director

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Welcome to Giselle! As we begin our 53rd season, the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees is proud to bring you performances that include technically-challenging classical ballet and innovative contemporary premieres. As incoming Co-Chairs, we are honored to be a part of Colorado Ballet’s ongoing momentum. Under the leadership of Gil Boggs and his artistic team, Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of our community by producing the highest quality dance in the region while bringing out the “dancer” in each of us. Through the Colorado Ballet Academy, we encourage the love of dance in students of every age. Children as young as three can enroll. And Academy students have the opportunity to audition for roles in several professional productions each year—including The Nutcracker. The Academy also offers a wide range of adult dance classes including ballet, pilates, jazz, tap and hip hop. The Colorado Ballet Academy not only teaches dance, it encourages the love of dance in every student. Still, not all Coloradans have the opportunity to experience the magic of excellence in dance. That’s why the Colorado Ballet’s outreach department provides the opportunity for in-need students, teachers, family and individuals with disabilities to take dance classes and attend season performances. With your support, we impact nearly 60,000 individuals every year. We hope that you enjoy today’s performance and will consider a donation to Colorado Ballet to ensure the future of high quality dance and the cultural vibrancy of our state. Thank you for supporting Colorado Ballet! We look forward to seeing each of you throughout our exciting season. Sincerely, Holly Baroway and Henny Lasley Board Co-Chairs




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Ballet Mistresses Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia Musical 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, Domenico Luciano, Jesse Marks, Asuka Sasaki, Adam Still, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis Corps de Ballet Lesley Allred, Morgan Buchanan, Cara Cooper, Casey Dalton, Christopher Ellis, Francisco Estevez, Kevin Hale, Klara Houdet, Tracy Jones, Charlotte Lanning, Christophor Moulton, Kelsie Nobriga, Sean Omandam, Kevin GaĂŤl Thomas, Luis Valdes, Kevin Wilson, Benjamin Winegar Studio Company Joshua Allenback, Arianna Ciccarelli, Abigail Cotter, Emma Daddario, Jennifer Grahnquist, Samantha Harmon, Victoria Hasek, Kurtis Irwin, Regan Kucera, Bryce Lee, Ryan Lee, Rony Lenis, Phoebe Magna, Kristine Padgett, Chloe Shelby, William Smith, Siobhan Stocks-Lyons, Emma Stratton, Jacob Taylor

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GISELLE October 4-13, 2013 Ellie Caulkins Opera House Choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot As revised by Marius Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam Staged by Gil Boggs, Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia Scenery and Costumes Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre Lighting by Todd Elmer Lighting Assistant Patrick “Red” Howard

Synopsis Act I Giselle is set in the vineyard country bordering the Rhine River. Hilarion, the village huntsman and a gamekeeper to the court, returns from his early morning chores and pauses before a neighboring cottage, the home of Giselle, with whom he is in love. Villagers pass by on their way to the vineyards, where they will harvest the last of the grapes before the Wine Festival. Count Albrecht arrives dressed as a peasant with his squire. This peasant, known to the villagers as Loys, excuses himself from joining the grape pickers so that he can be alone with Giselle. He swears his eternal love for her and with daisy petals she wonders whether “he loves me, he loves me not.” When it appears the answer is “not,” she throws the flower away. But Loys recovers it and secretly removes one petal, indicating to Giselle that “he loves me” is the final answer. Hilarion interrupts, protesting that he, and not Loys, truly loves Giselle. A quarrel ensues and Hilarion’s suspicions are raised as Loys reaches for a sword. The villagers return and Giselle invites them to join in a dance to celebrate the harvest. Her mother, Berthe, interrupts to remind Giselle that she should not endanger her weak heart with dancing. Berthe is stuck with a momentary hallucination of her daughter in death. She sees her as a Wili, a restless spirit who has died because her love was unrequited. A hunting horn is heard in the distance which Loys recognizes as that of the Duke of Courland. As he hastily departs, Hilarion breaks into his cottage. The Duke’s hunting party arrives and his beautiful daughter, Bathilde, rewards Giselle with a necklace when she learns they are both engaged to be married. After the hunting party moves on, Hilarion emerges from Loys’ cottage with a hunting horn and sword, further evidence that the supposed peasant is, in fact, a nobleman. The villagers return and proclaim Giselle the Queen of the Wine Festival. Hilarion interrupts to denounce Loys as an imposter. When Loys denies the charges and threatens the gamekeeper with the sword, Hilarion blows the hunting horn, a signal for the Duke to return. Loys is exposed when Bathilde reveals that he is her fiancé, Count Albrecht. Giselle’s fragile heart cannot withstand the revelation of Loys’ duplicity. In the ensuing moments, her mind becomes unhinged and she dies of a broken heart, her great love unrequited. Act II The setting is a clearing in the forest near Giselle’s grave at midnight. Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, appears and the Wilis are summoned to attend the ceremonies which will initiate Giselle into their sisterhood. The Wilis are vengeful beings who in life suffered unrequited love and are destined to roam the earth from midnight to dawn, trapping any male who enters their domain and forcing him to dance to death. Hilarion, in search of Giselle, meets his death at their hands. Albrecht arrives to leave flowers on Giselle’s grave. The Wilis appear from the shadows, trapping Albrecht, but Giselle resolves to protect him. She dances with him until dawn arrives, the time at which the Wilis lose their power. Giselle vanishes from his arms, back into her grave. Albrecht is spared death.

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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, The Sleeping Beauty, 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 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by such renowned choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Antony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne TaylorCorbett.

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 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 fulllength 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.

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Artistic Staff Adam Flatt, Music Director & Principal Conductor

Catherine Sailer, Associate 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 part of the musical scene in Denver since 2001 when he joined the Colorado Symphony as Associate Conductor. At the CSO he led over 250 concerts in an acclaimed five-year tenure. Adam also served a seven-year tenure at the helm of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, leading the orchestra at home in Denver, on international tours, and at special events including the opening festivities of both the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Newman Center at the University of Denver. In addition to his work here at Colorado Ballet, Adam is also music director of regional orchestras in Oregon and Alabama. Also a busy guest conductor, he has led performances with orchestras all over the United States and productions for the major ballet companies of Portland and Salt Lake City. Adam Flatt has his bachelor’s degree with honors in music from the University of California at Berkeley and his master’s degree in instrumental and opera conducting from the Indiana University School of Music.

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 Warland Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Oregon Bach Festival. She was the winner of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship.


and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, as well as others.

Viacheslav Buchkovskiy

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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 as a Principal dancer, 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

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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 the brilliant choreographer Uwe Scholz. She returned to Colorado Ballet in the fall of 1999. With Colorado Ballet Ms. Kuykendall has danced numerous principal roles including Princess Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrta in Giselle, Medora in Le Corsair, Sugar Plum 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, the Mother in The Rite of Spring and she was featured in Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading. Her favorite of these roles was the tragic Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She also had the opportunity to have pas de deuxs created on her by accomplished choreographers Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli. This is Ms. Kuykendall’s 16th season with Colorado Ballet.

She participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix. 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. She is now in her 19th year with the Colorado Ballet.

Generously sponsored by Joanne Posner-Mayer

Dmitry Trubchanov

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. 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, Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, S.Welch’s Of Blessed Memory, Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces, 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, Lynn Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch’s with my heart, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, and many more. Ms. Mosina was a featured 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.

Generously sponsored by Pam and Duke Hartman

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 Gleneen and Joe Brienza Alexei Tyukov At age 10, he enrolled in Perm State Ballet Academy and in 1995, he graduated with a red diploma. He started dancing with The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1998, he won a gold medal in the Senior Men’s division at the Arabesque competition of Perm and received the Mikhail Arnapolskiy prize for the most talented participant of the competition. During the next four years, Mr. Tyukov performed leading roles and traveled throughout the world. In 1999, he became a Principal dancer with Ballet Internationale and performed leading roles in full-length ballets including Carmen, Phaedra, Creation of The World, Thousand and One Nights, La Fille Mal Garde’, Cinderella, Fire Bird and Napoli. With Ballet Internationale, he danced throughout the United States and in Taiwan, China, Canada, Germany and France. In 2006, he joined Cincinnati Ballet as a

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Dancers Principal and performed classical and contemporary works. Mr. Tyukov has also participated in numerous galas including La Gala Des Etoiles in Montreal, Stars of Mariinskiy in Germany, International Gala in South Korea, and Russian Stars in memory of Galina Ulanova. He has been a guest artist in Amsterdam, Croatia, Japan and several American ballet companies. Mr. Tyukov has received many great reviews from The New York Times, Le Figaro, Los Angeles Times and Financial Times UK. He is a candidate of Master of Sports for Figure Skating. This is his 18th season performing with ballet companies and 6th season with Colorado Ballet.

Generously sponsored by Sandy Elliott 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 1995 and was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 18 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, Rubies, and Theme and Variations, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading, and Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room. She has been honored to have solos and pas de deauxs created on her by choreographers Val Caniparoli, 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.

Generously sponsored by Raydean Acevedo


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 well-known choreographers and repetiteurs including Val Caniparoli, Bronwen Curry, Judith Fugate, John Gardner, Thierry Michel, 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, Princess Florine and Diamond 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, and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone. This is Dana’s 13th season with Colorado Ballet.

Generously sponsored by Montine Hansl Shelby Dyer Shelby Dyer is a soloist with Colorado Ballet. She joined the company in 2006 after working professionally with Ballet Internationale Indianapolis, Tulsa Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. She has had the pleasure of performing in the Florida International Ballet Gala, the Stars of the Russian National Ballet Gala in Chicago and the Vail International Dance Festival. Some of Dyer’s

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most notable roles include Lisa in La Fille Mal Gardee, Wendy in Peter Pan, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Dryad Queen and Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Gulnara and Third Odalisque in Le Corsaire, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Fairy Doll Pas de Trois, The Dying Poet Pas de Deux in Great Galloping Gottschalk and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

Generously sponsored by Katherine and Michael Whitcomb Domenico Luciano Domenico Luciano was born in Naples, Italy and graduated from Royal Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples in 1999. In the same year, Mr. Luciano was invited to join the Deutsche Open am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. After dancing with several companies in Europe including Europadance in France, Maggio Danza in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, in 2004 Mr. Luciano joined Tulsa Ballet as a Demi-Soloist. In 2005, he joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston as Principal Dancer. His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; Romeo and Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Etoile with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit’s Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen. Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire, which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; and Orfeo in Carole Armitage’s Orfeo and Eurydice. With Dominic Walsh Dance Theater he performed Matz Ek’s Pas de Dans, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52’’, and the role of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird with Paris Opera Ballet Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot. As an international Principal Guest Artist, Mr. Luciano danced in production with Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, National Ballet of China and The New National Theater in Tokyo. Mr. Luciano is also invited to various national and International Galas and Dance Festivals. In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year. In October 2008, the Houston Press named Luciano as “Best Dancer.” He was also named in Pointe Magazine “Standouts: Our 12 favorite performances of 2009” and in 2010 he received the “Young Talent Award” in Florence, Italy at DANZAINFIERA. This is his first season with Colorado Ballet.

Generously sponsored by Lawrence French and Gregory Sargowicki

Jesse Marks Jesse Marks is from Bloomington, Indiana. An aspiring cellist from the age of 6, he studied at the IU School of Music and was the awarded the first chair of the Paris Youth Symphony in 1996. Mr. Marks also began his dancing at Indiana University under the tutelage of Violette Verdy. In 2000 he was awarded a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School where he studied primarily with Jorge Esquivel. 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. His notable roles include ‘The Chosen One’ in The Right of Spring, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Jester in Cinderella, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, 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. For the past three seasons Marks has also had the opportunity to join Dances Patrelle during its spring season in New York.

Generously sponsored by Janis and Jim Brewster 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

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Dancers 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.

Generously sponsored by Debby Herz 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.

Generously sponsored by Jane and Skip Netzorg Caitlin Valentine-Ellis 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 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 deuxes 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

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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 the Colorado Ballet in 2007 and has enjoyed dancing a wide variety of roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Survivor in Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, 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, the Bluebird pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty, Dawn in Coppelia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a soloist in Theme and Variations, and the pas de trois in Swan Lake. She had the opportunity to work with and be featured in pieces by such choreographers as Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Amy Siewert, Brian Reeder, Jessica Lang and Twyla Tharp, among others.

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Lesley Allred Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Lesley trained for six years at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Upon graduating in 2007, Lesley started dancing professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2008, she joined Ballet Idaho where she danced various soloist roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Anastos and Alex Ossadnik. In 2009, Lesley represented Canada at the New York International Ballet Competition, dancing with her fiancé Adam Still. After performing in various productions with ColoradoBallet during their 2010-2012 seasons, Lesley officially joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2012. Last season, she especially loved performing Little Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty, Spanish in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Stephen Mills’ Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

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, Columbine Doll in The Nutcracker and Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan.

Cara Cooper Cara Cooper is in her eighth season with the company and is a recipient of the Florence Rustin Award for Excellence. Ms. Cooper trained on full scholarship at the Academy of Colorado Ballet before joining the company at 17. In 2007, Cooper joined the English National Ballet in London, England and performed throughout Europe and in Beijing, China. Ms. Cooper has performed several leading roles including Rum and Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Arabian in The Nutcracker, Lead Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, 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. Ms. Cooper’s choreography has recently been commissioned for performances in Germany, Greece and throughout the US.

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. Some of her favorite roles have included the Dumpy Stepsister in Cinderella, Doll in The Nutcracker, Two Ladies in Leaves are Fading, Max’s Toys in Where the Wild Things Are, lead Czardas and Mazurka in Coppélia, the White Cat and Happiness Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, a soloist in Le Sacre du Printemps, Little Swans in Swan Lake, Amor in Don Quixote, one of the Trio Ladies in Great Galloping Gottschalk, Michael in Peter Pan, Gypsy in Romeo and Juliet, and original roles in ballets by choreographers such as Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Jodie Gates, and many more.

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 Fernando Bujones’ classical and contemporary choreographic works, as well as George Balanchine’s Agon, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations and the Stars and Stripes pas de deux. In 2005, Ellis competed in both the New York and Helsinki International Ballet Competitions. He also performed with his wife, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, as her noncompeting 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 Val Caniparoli, 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. He has studied with Ethan Stiefel, Jock Soto, Peter Martins, Edward Villella, Peter Boal, Nikolaj Hubbe, Sean Lavery, Rolando Sarabia, Johnny Eliasen, John Garner, and Amanda McKerrow among others. In 2008, Francisco joined Boston Ballet under the direction of Mikko Nissinen where he was featured in many soloist roles. In 2010, Francisco joined the Barcelona Ballet (previously Corella Ballet) under the direction of Angel Corella. As a member of this company, he took part in the “Feria del Libro” in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Spoleto Festival in both Italy and Charleston, North Carolina and the Peralada festival, Catalonia. He has toured to various cities including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Charleston, Detroit, Houston and most recently, the New York City Center where he has performed various featured roles. 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,

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Dancers 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.

Kevin Hale Born in Warren, New Jersey but raised in England, Kevin began dancing at the age of 5. At the age of 11, he was accepted into The Royal Ballet School where he graduated in July 2013. Kevin has won the Kenneth McMillan Choreographic Competition twice and had one of his ballets performed at the school’s annual show at the Royal Opera House. During his graduate year, Kevin performed with The Royal Ballet in various ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Valse and The Sleeping Beauty. He was also featured as a dancer on the BBC. Kevin joined Colorado Ballet in July 2013.

Klara Houdet A native of Réunion, France, Klara Houdet trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School. When she turned 17, 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 and 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. Since then, Klara was given the opportunity to perform the Vitality Fairy, Blue Bird Pas de Deux and Jewel Silver in The Sleeping Beauty and the Spanish and Marzipan dance in The Nutcracker. She also danced in Theme and Variations, The Rite of Spring and Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

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She also took part in Val Caniparoli’ s world premiere, In Pieces.

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 in 2007. In 2006, Tracy 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 and was awarded the Stanley Pickering Scholarship to complete her training. 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 and toured to Beijing, China. From 2008 to 2012, Tracy was a member of the Barcelona Ballet (previously Corella Ballet) under the direction of Angel Corella. With this company, Tracy had the opportunity to dance various soloist and principal roles including the 3rd principal couple in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV, the 3rd Shade variation in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere, Pas de Trois and Big Swans in Swan Lake, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free, and friend variations in both Raymonda and Paquita. She also created a soloist role in Russell Ducker’s Epimitheus for New York City Center in 2010. Tracy has modeled for Wear Moi’s 2011 dance catalog and both El Petit Ballet’s and Intermezzo’s 2013 dance catalogs. She also designs and makes her own line of ballet skirts under the name Tulips by Tracy. Tracy joined Colorado Ballet in January 2013. She was named as one of 10 “Stars in the Corps” by Pointe Magazine in June 2013.

Charlotte Lanning Charlotte started her ballet training at the age of 10 at the Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day and Rebecca Wright. She then followed Michael Bjerknes, former Joffrey Ballet Principal, to study at the American Dance Institute on scholarship. She continued her training with Dawei Zhang of the Shanghai Ballet. During her training she attended various summer programs such as American Ballet Theatre, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, the School of American Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Canada’s National Ballet School. She received the Phillip Jerry Memorial Scholarship for summer study and was a finalist for three years in the Kennedy Center Ballet Master Class Series. Charlotte spent the last two years as a studio company member with Colorado Ballet where she

enjoyed performing in such productions as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She is very excited to be starting her first season with the company.

Christophor Moulton 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, Moulton 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.

Kelsie Nobriga Kelsie Nobriga is from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, and began dancing at the age of five at the Pacific School of Ballet. She later trained with Melissa Allen Bowman at Danse Conservatory, and Charles Maple at the Maple Conservatory of Dance. After dancing in summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship, she danced with PNB in their professional division in 2010. There she performed in PNB’s The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Giselle. In 2011, Kelsie joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as an Apprentice, where she had the opportunity to dance roles such as Columbine Doll, Snow, Flowers and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, Small Swans and the 3rd Act Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, as well as perform in their productions of Carmen and Giselle. This is her first season with Colorado Ballet.

Sean Omandam Sean Omandam is from Fresno, California, where he began his training with Shirley Winters. He later went on to train on full scholarship at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida under the instruction of Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina and Svetlana Osiyeva. Upon his graduation in 2004, he joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, and was promoted into the Company in 2005. With Colorado Ballet, Mr. Omandam has performed a variety of featured roles including Puck in Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s

Dream, Whip Boy in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, John Darling in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, 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 Lar Lubovitch, Amy Seiwert, Edwaard Liang, Jodie Gates, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Darrell Grand Moultire, and Jessica Lang, among others. In 2007, he was a competitor and gala performer at the New York International Ballet Competition. Most recently, in the summer of 2013, Mr. Omandam was featured as a contestant on the premier season of the South Korean television show, Dancing 9.

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, Neopolitan in Swan Lake, one of the two soloist boys in The Rite of Spring and Demi Soloist in Theme and Variations. In 2012, he received his first principal role as Peter in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan. Following that production, 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.

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. He has had the chance to perform in new works by Val Caniparoli and Amy Seiwert. Mr. Valdes also enjoyed the opportunity to perform The Rite of Spring in Colorado Ballet’s MasterWorks production last season. 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.

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Dancers Kevin Wilson

Ben Winegar

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 for six 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.

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 a 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 second season as a member of Colorado Ballet.

Guest Artist Gregory K. Gonzales Gregory graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Kinesiology/ Dance.His teachers include Larry Boyette, James Clouser, Nadia Tikhanova, Milenko Banovic and Sandra Minton among others. He received a scholarship in dance and Best Dancer Award while at UNC and was a full scholarship student at the American Dance Festival. Gregory spent the bulk of his career at Colorado Ballet where he was promoted to principal in 1997 and danced leading roles as well as character roles in works by major choreographers such as Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine, Eugene Loring, Christopher Wheeldon, Toru Shimazaki and Doug Varone. Gregory has also danced with Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Dance Theater,

David Taylor Dance Theater, Kim Robards Dance, The Wylliams-Henry Dance Theater and Zikr Dance, among others. He has danced with Opera Colorado and as a principal for Les Ballets Grandiva completing a multicity tour of Japan in the summer of 2011. Gregory was a co-founder of On Edge Productions staging combat and comedy at numerous festivals. He was adjudicated by The Society of American Fight Directors and was recommended in rapier and dagger. He was a Choreographer in Residence for Colorado Ballet from 2003-2004 and created such works as Carmina Burana, Peter Pan (both co-choreographed), Broken Web, Incantation and Last Breath. Gregory has also set work for the David Taylor Dance Theater, Ballet Ariel, University of Northern Colorado and Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, as well as others. He plays guitar for the Natural Tango Oquesta Tipica and also enjoys theater and film work and has been cast in several independent film projects in the Denver area. Dancer headshots by Francisco Estevez Photography

Colorado Ballet Studio Company Front Row: Left to Right - Chloe Shelby, Ryan Lee, Arianna Ciccarelli, Emma Stratton, Victoria Hasek Second Row: Regan Kucera, Emma Daddario, Phoebe Magna, Samantha Harmon, Jennifer Grahnquist Third: Rony Lenis, Siobhan Stocks-Lyons, Kristine Padgett, Abigail Cotter, William Smith Top: Jacob Taylor, Kurtis Irwin, Bryce Lee, Joshua Allenback

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Colorado Ballet Orchestra Violin 1 Lydia Sviatlovskya Concert Master Phyllis Carlson Lian Emmerling Debra Holland Annamaria Karacsony Cynthia Mancinelli Takanori Sugashita Britt Swenson

Summer Rhodes Lora Stevens

English Horn Max Soto

Cello Jeff Watson, Principal Cedra Kuehn Charles Lee Evan Orman

Clarinet Michelle Orman, Principal Debra Wilbur

Bass James Vaughn, Principal David Crowe

Violin 2 Leslie Sawyer Principal Michelle Davis Angela Dombrowski Brett Omara Anne Paulu Gyongyver Petheo

Flute Paul Nagem, Principal Elizabeth Sadilek Flute/Piccolo Olga Shylayeva

Viola Jeanne Chin, Principal Michael Brook

Oboe Kathryn Dupuy, Principal Susanne Sawchuk

Bassoon Brian Jack, Principal James Harvey French Horn Matthew Scheffelman Principal Stuart Mock Marian Hesse Steve Simpson Trumpet John King, Principal Derek McDonald Andrew Bishop

Trombone William Stanley, Principal Robert Olds Bass Trombone Jim Gray Tuba Mike Allen Timpani Tim Pfannenstiel Percussion Scott Higgins, Principal Doug Walter Harp Pamela Eldridge Music Librarian Cynthia Mancinelli

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In August, Colorado Ballet hired Valerie Madonia as its Academy Director. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead Colorado’s premiere ballet Academy at this exciting time in the school’s history as we prepare to move into our new state-of-the-art studios in the Art District on Santa Fe in 2014,” said Madonia. “I’m confident that as we refine our vision and raise the school’s standard of excellence, we will be the most desired destination for dance students from around the globe.” About Valerie Madonia Valerie Madonia started her training with Maris Battaglia at the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY and then trained at the National Ballet School of Canada from 1975-1979. She danced professionally for more than 20 years with the National Ballet of Canada, at American Ballet Theatre and at the Joffrey Ballet. She began her career as a member of the corps de ballet and eventually established herself as a leading ballerina with the Joffrey. Madonia had the honor of dancing with Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Complexions Dance, Inc., Alaska Dance Theatre, Russian Ballet Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary 24 Colorado Ballet

Ballet, Configuration Ballet and at Le Gala des Etoiles. In 1995, Madonia began organizing performances with other professional dancers to tour Southwestern Colorado and established her own company, Alpine Dance, Inc. in 1998. She has been teaching for 17 years, served on the faculty at the New School University in NYC, taught for the Joffrey Ballet School and directed the Joffrey School South Workshop in Georgia. She teaches biannually in Yokohama, Japan and teaches master classes at The Four Corners Dance Experience and for the Regional Ballet Association Festivals. She is also an adjudicator and master teacher for the Youth American Grand Prix. Madonia has been a guest teacher for: The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Alaska Dance Theatre, Louisiana Delta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Boulder Ballet. During her tenure as Artistic Director of the Telluride Society for the Performing Arts, she helped found the Telluride Dance Academy. She served as the Artistic Director and a teacher at the Telluride Dance Academy. Since the fall of 2011, she has been teaching and directing for Palm Arts Dance in Telluride, CO. For her complete biography, visit www.

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