Colorado Ballet Society’s Pre-Professional Division and Colorado Youth Ballet are set to bring the best in classical repertoire and contemporary dance to the Front Range region with four performances of Encore, April 16 at 7:00pm and April 17 at 11:00am, 3:00pm, and 7:00pm at the Colorado Springs Christian School, 4855 Mallow Road in Colorado Springs. Act 1, includes the premiere of a breathtaking contemporary dance work, Under the Canopy; Act 2, features Colorado Ballet Society’s Pre-Professional Division dancers in the elegant showcase of A Touch of Class; and Act 3, comprises of youth ballet dancers performing an ideal selection of traditional ballet excepts in Tales from the Classics.
Last year, Colorado Ballet Society had to cancel their annual full-length classical ballet and various end-of-the-year performances when Colorado went into lockdown. Theater doors shuttered, classes moved temporarily online, and hard work and choreography went unseen. While some restrictions are still currently in place, the show can go on!
“Even though this has been a very challenging year,” shares Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman, “we had a safe, successful, and well-received run of eleven in-person performances of The Nutcracker this past holiday season and are inspired to remain on this trajectory with our spring production and expand our audience capacity with the county’s current guidelines.”
“The dancers have been working so very hard during this unprecedented season and we are extremely proud of them,” continues Hoffman. “While building from their technical foundation, our students strove to new heights and depths in their creativity and capabilities as dancers. Their dedication and perseverance are reflected in this production.”
“Not only is it rare to find student performances that excel in classical ballet and contemporary dance to the level our young artists have here at Ballet Society, but everyone’s lives were turned upside down this last year. Yet these students have found a way to move forward, grow, and excel in their dancing despite all the difficulties and they deserve the opportunity to share their hard work and passion with the community,” insists Laci Landry, Colorado Ballet Society instructor and choreographer.
“After a year filled with many challenges and a great deal of isolation, I think this production will be a time when the community can come together again in a shared love for dance,” says Isabel Harris, senior Colorado Ballet Society student who will be performing the roles of Peacock in Under the Canopy, Level 6-8 dancer in A Touch of Class, and former ballerina, Lucile Grahn, in Pas de Quatre.
“I think it is important for viewers to know that every dancer and faculty member has worked so incredibly hard to put this production together. We have all been working diligently behind the scenes. Practice has not stopped and the work has continued,” explains Gabriella Vidano, senior Colorado Ballet Society student who will be performing as Macaw in Under the Canopy, Level 6-8 dancer in A Touch of Class, and former ballerin