Former Colorado Ballet Society Student, Colton West, to Appear with Eugene Ballet in the CS Philharm


Former Colorado Ballet Society and Colorado Youth Ballet student, Colton West, 22, will be appearing with Eugene Ballet in three performances of selected scenes from Swan Lake performed by Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center on Friday, January 25, at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 26, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, January 27, at 2:30pm.

“We are excited to see Colton back on stage in Colorado Springs,” says Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “It’s tremendously satisfying to see our students achieving their dance dreams, but it’s especially fulfilling to watch them return with professional companies touring to our home town.”

“I owe everything to Colorado Ballet Society,” shares West. “Not only was I taught to dance, but I was also taught discipline and perseverance which are two important qualities to have as a dancer. I have always enjoyed dancing and the work that comes with it, but I learned how to love dancing while I was with Ballet Society.”

This is West’s third season with Eugene Ballet and he will be featured in the famous Pas De Trois in Act 1. In spring 2018, West performed this same suite as a guest artist in Colorado Youth Ballet’s full-length presentation of Swan Lake.

“Colton is always our first choice when we need a guest artist for any Youth Ballet production,” claims Hoffman. “He lights up the stage with his joy and gives technically powerful performances as well.”

“I really enjoy dancing my role in Swan Lake,” claims West. “But I sincerely admire the duality of the Odette/Odille character. Swan lake is a wonderful ballet for female dancers because it ranges from being extremely classical to being bravura, energetic, and exciting. It’s a masterpiece of classical dancing and the storyline is so heartbreaking, and Tchaikovsky’s score is so brilliantly haunting. Something about all those ingredients combined together resonates with audience members.”

Toni Pimble has been with Eugene Ballet company for forty years and is co-founding director along with Riley Grannan.

“Swan Lake is a true 19th century classical ballet,” explains Pimble. “The white acts (acts 2 & 4) display the restraint and romanticism of the period. There is great beauty in these two acts with the corps de ballet of white swans and the passion and sorrow of Prince Siegfried and Queen Odette.

The third act of Swan Lake is the act of deception. Princess Odile fools Prince Siegfried into swearing his love for her. They dance a grand pas de deux which is a technical tour de force and includes Princess Odile’s famous 32 fouettés. This act has all the drama of a gre