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Take your dancing to new heights with Colorado Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive and Pre-Professional Division

Are you looking for inspiration to develop and grow as an artist, preparing for a career as a dancer? Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy’s (CBA) Summer Intensive and Pre-Professional division receives rave reviews from students, teachers, and directors. These programs provide budding dancers with instruction and professional guidance from internationally renowned master teachers and accomplished ABC professors. Training takes place in Colorado Ballet’s eight state-of-the-art studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance.

Under the guidance of Director Erica Fischbach and SI Directors Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, students receive professional training in an environment that promotes growth, well-being, and excellence in all aspects of dance, ballet classical to the various dance genres of the 21st century.

The ABC Summer Intensive is an immersive training program for students ages 11-21. With a level-specific curriculum and personalized attention, students receive the training needed to hone their skills.

All students who attend the Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive are assessed for the studio company and pre-professional division of Colorado Ballet.

Amanda and John are unique and phenomenal teachers. They really care about every person they teach. Each student is inspired to go beyond what they thought they could accomplish as they leave the intensive with newfound confidence, joy, and improved art and technique. – Erica Fischbach, ABC Director

  • The program includes ballet technique, pointe, men’s conditioning and technique, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, yoga and Pilates, as well as lectures on the prevention of injuries, nutrition, dance history, music for dance and clay anatomy © .

  • Participants enjoy year-round access to physical therapy with Colorado Ballet’s in-house providers, as well as accommodations in suite-style accommodations on the beautiful University of Denver campus.

“It’s very important to us that students leave with a sense of accomplishment. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to place a high value on their overall progress by focusing on the fact that any improvement, however incidental it may seem, is understood for its importance to their continued development. We believe that attention to the smallest details delivers the best results over time.
– Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, Directors, ABC Summer Intensive

The Pre-Professional Division (PPD) is a day training program for career students between the ages of 14 and 20. Students work with the artistic leaders and distinguished teachers of Colorado Ballet. The PPD program is designed to prepare students for all aspects of dance: physically, mentally and logistically.

Qualifying students participate in company productions and receive first priority at Colorado Ballet Studio Company openings.

  • Training includes Ballet Technique, Men’s Specialist Classes and Conditioning, Pointes, Variations, Pas de Deux, Gyrokinesis, Pilates, Yoga, Character, Modern and Contemporary.

  • Life skills classes cover nutrition, mental and physical well-being, anatomy, resume writing, audition preparation, music education, and an introduction to many career options in the arts.

  • Mimicking the life of a professional, students work on the classical repertoire or with choreographers to create new works each month. Students perform each work at Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater.

  • The year culminates with a full school classical production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

The audition tour is now underway and runs until March 17 for the Summer Intensive and Pre-Pro divisions. Visit the website to find an audition location near you and to learn more about Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive and Pre-Professional Division.