Colorado Ballet Academy

a Dance School in Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Ballet Academy has honed the dance skills of thousands of students, as well as started the careers of many professional dancers, providing the highest quality of dance training available in the state. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company as well as other companies worldwide. Students train in the same building alongside the professional Company dancers and have the opportunity to audition for roles in some of Colorado Ballet's productions. The Academy provides training to students ages 3 through adult, beginner through professional, utilizing the most current schools of ballet training. We incorporate traditional ballet pedagogy into our ballet curriculum and secure teachers with extensive experience. In addition to ballet we offer modern, jazz, pilates, yoga and boys only classes, in order to train well educated and healthy dancers. Our students are versatile and company ready when they graduate. Pre-professional trainee students have the option of participating in a Colorado Ballet Academy supervised online academic program. When not in a concentrated academic environment students will attend 2 daily ballet technique classes, augmented with pointe, pirouette and allegro, pas de deux, modern, character, pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Colorado Ballet Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Colorado Ballet Academy offers the unique opportunity to gain stage experience at a young age with our acclaimed professional ballet company as well as through student showcase performances and outreach programs.

Age Range

Ages 3 to adult

Classes Offered

Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary Ballet, Variation Class, Men's Ballet Class, Adult Dance Classes, Hip Hop, Tap


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Performing Opportunities

Academy students have the opportunity to audition for roles in the Colorado Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker and other performances throughout the season. The School produces an annual student showcase, it is open to a paying public. Our students and teaching faculty present age appropriate pieces to demonstrate student progress for each level of training.

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Valerie Madonia, Dana Benton, Kristi Capps, Kathi Crum, Chris Harris, Carolina Pahde, Jayne Persch, Heather Prokhnitski, Mieke Scripps, Jacob Taylor, Summer Templin, Kevin Gael Thomas, Igor Vassine, Sharon Wehner, John K. Williams, "Mr. Tap"

Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive

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Under the direction of Valerie Madonia, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company and into other companies worldwide. With internationally renowned master teachers and our own highly regarded school faculty, our program offers classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay ©, and dance history. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

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