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Colorado Ballet Academy Wins Outstanding School at YAGP, Announces New Pre-Pro Level

The Colorado Ballet Academy received the Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding School Award for the second year in a row at the Denver Semi-Finals competition which ran February 28-March 1.

Additionally, ABC students won first place in the Grand Ensemble and Senior Contemporary categories, as well as second place in the Senior Classical categories and third place in the Pas de Deux categories.

Colorado Ballet Academy Awards at the Denver Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP):

1st big set:
Alpenglow

3rd pas de deux:
Don Quixote

1st place senior contemporary:
Lucy Stewart

2nd Senior Classic:
Lucy Stewart

Senior Classic Top 12:
Beverly Abbott
Fiona Hutchins
Lili Travaglia

Senior Classic Top 24:
Audrey King
Keira Martin-Williams

Top 12 Junior Classic:
Jordan Henry

Top 12 contemporary pre-comp:
Emma Boggs

Over the past four years, Colorado Ballet Academy’s YAGP program has grown significantly. This year, 58 students from Level 3 across the pre-professional division competed, which included 47 solos, four ensembles and one pas de deux. Of these entrants, 38 students will represent the Academy at the 2020 YAGP International Finals in New York City later this spring. The number of students representing the ABC at the New York Finals this year marks a 40% increase over the number of students who represented the ABC at the New York Finals in 2017.

Recent success of the Colorado Ballet Academy
Since the Colorado Ballet Academy (CBA) appointed Erica Fischbach as Director in 2017, CBA’s programs and offerings have expanded significantly. Over the past few years, high caliber training and performance opportunities for students have steadily increased. The ABC’s pre-professional division has become highly recognized nationally. Five to six dancers in the pre-professional division are offered contracts each year to join Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. Additional expansion and success since 2017 include:

  • An annual Academy-wide production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera that features all students from Levels 1 through the Pre-Professional Division
  • Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano Named Academy Director in 2019
  • Updating the curriculum and teacher training, improving the quality of teaching
  • Increased training hours for levels 2-7
  • Record attendance at Summer Intensive, Pre-Pro Division and Young Dancers Workshop auditions across the country
  • Summer programs operating at full capacity

The Colorado Ballet Academy announced today that it will offer a new level of its Pre-Professional division in the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year. The current A and B Tiers of the Academy’s Pre-Professional Division will become Pre-Professional Divisions II and III. The new level will be Pre-Professional Division I, which will allow the Academy to provide an option for students who wish to increase their hours of dance training while attending school on a modified schedule. New PPD I students will train approximately 20 hours per week with a hybrid schedule of the current PPD and the Advanced Division.

“We have created a new level of our pre-professional division to expand our offerings for students who want to experience a more intensive dance training program without completely forgoing school during the day,” says the director of the Fischbach Academy. “Students in the new PPD I will start their classes at noon or later, allowing them to customize their school schedule and train more than 20 hours per week in ballet, necessary core lessons and additional performance.”

PPD I will focus on students aged 13-16. All students accepted into PPD I will have access to the same distinguished faculty as the ABC’s Advanced Division, PPD II and III. Students will perform in conjunction with PPD II and III at Saturday Nights, Fall Events, First Friday, and the Academy’s annual production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. While all eligible ABC students can audition for roles in Colorado Ballet Company productions such as The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz, additional role opportunities are available to PPD students, if the directory allows it.

Acceptance into the ABC’s pre-professional division is by audition only. To learn more or schedule an audition, please visit the Colorado Ballet Academy website.