Summer Programs 2022
Raising the Barre of Excellence
Colorado Ballet Society provides the atmosphere and tools needed for you to excel in your training, develop your artistry, and grow as a dancer. CBS is committed to developing the whole dancer
in an encouraging and challenging environment.
Choose the program that fits YOUR SCHEDULE!
Sparkle Babies - Level 1b Gold
Ages 6 and up
Ages 8 and up
Ages 10 and up
Levels 3b - 8
SUMMER SESSION AND YOUNG DANCERS
June 20 - July 16
Summer Session Classes: Levels 3b - 8
Evenings Classes Offered: Ballet, Contemporary, Conditioning, Pre Pointe, Tap, and Jazz
Summer Session Classes: Sparkle Babies - Level 1b Gold
Our young dancers will explore a new theme each week in class
Coppelia: June 20-25
Nutcracker: June 27- July 2
La Sylphide: July 4-9
Finding Neverland: July 11-16
Note: Excel, 2/2+, and 3a/Int A will resume as normal until July 16th.
$30 registration fee
Pick up a punch card for drop-in classes! Cards can be purchased at the Front Desk for $153/8.5 hours of classes.
Train with world-class instructors right here in Colorado. For 20 years, guest faculty have declared CBS students as prepared, responsive, open, and beautifully trained.
Each week is 5 days long
Week 1: June 20 - 24 Week 3: July 4 - 8
Week 2: June 27 - 31 Week 4: July 11 –15
Dancers ages 10 and up will receive 6 hours of daily instruction and a weekly lecture.
Dancers are prepared for the companies and choreographers of today’s dance world,
with a focus on classical ballet technique, variations, pointe, contemporary, character
conditioning, and jazz.
Extracurricular activities will be held at the end of the week. Activities will include a dance
photoshoot, Painting with a Twist, a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a movie night at CBS, and more!.*
*Activities are subject to change
1 week: $450 3 weeks: $1,250
2 weeks: $850 4 weeks: $1,600
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Dance Lecture: Monday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Guest Instructors: Ashley Hanson,
Kason Hanson, Lawrence Jackson,
Deborah Kenner, Lauren Ostrander,
Carol Pakri, Meelis Pakri, and Angela Wood
July 18 – 22
Musical theatre dance is a great way for students to build confidence both in the studio and on stage.
Join us in the exploration of Neverland, where with just faith, trust, and pixie dust, dreams can come true!
Finding Neverland explores the enchanting story
about the building of the classic story of Peter
Pan. It is a musical inspired by the life of J. M.
Barrie, the writer who brought the tale to life.
This magical workshop is open to all dancers
ages 6 and up. Dancers will receive up to
5 hours of training with a focus on musical
theater dance, tap, contemporary, and ballet.
FREE evening performance on July 22
with a location to be announced.
Monday - Friday 9:15am - 3:15pm
*Friday is a longer day due to performance
Full week: $450 Half-day option: $225
July 25 —29
Dancing is a creative, artistic, worship expression that stirs the heart and draws us deeper into His presence.
Experience the joy and power of
worship through dance! Our theme
explores some of Jesus's key
parables taught in the book of
Matthew. CBS faculty will guide the
dancers to seek God’s direction for
their lives and develop their
potential in dance through
technique and inspirational training.
Together we will explore how to
prepare our hearts to receive the
kingdom of heaven.
Multiple levels of instruction are offered for ages 8 and up. Each day begins with Creative Worship and Bible study, which allows dancers to use their artistic expression to experience His presence through dance. The day continues with ballet, contemporary, and choreography, resulting in 4.5 hours of instruction.
Choreography will be presented on Friday for family and friends at Colorado Ballet Society, Studio 2.
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 3:30pm
*Friday is a longer day due to performance
Full week: $450
Faculty: Josie Hawkins, Mary Rodgers, & Elizabeth Worf
Ashley Hanson (Summer Ballet Intensive Weeks 3-4) is from Tucson, AZ. and attended the University of Arizona’s School of Dance where she studied under the direction of Jory Hancock, Melissa Lowe and Susan Quinn. While in Tucson, Ashley taught ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap to dancers of all ages and abilities throughout the Tucson region. In 2006, Ashley moved to Jackson, MS. to begin her professional training with Ballet Magnificat under the direction of Jiri Voborsky and Kathy Thibodeaux. In 2008 she was appointed to Company Apprentice and in 2009 to Company Artist. During her time at Ballet Magnificat, she taught and performed across the U.S. as well as several countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. In 2015, Ashley retired from Ballet Magnificat and moved to Jonesboro, AR. with her husband Kason. There she began teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary and floor/barre classes at studios and schools throughout the area. In 2016, Ashley and her husband moved to Colorado Springs, CO. where she taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary in both studio and college settings. In 2019 they formed META Performance to provide movement and performance coaching for dancers as
well as training for athletes of other backgrounds. In 2020 they decided to move to Houston, TX. to spend time with family. Ashley and Kason currently provide movement and performance coaching to studios within the Houston-Metro area and are excited to continue expanding the vision of META Performance in the years to come.
Kason Hanson (Summer Ballet Intensive Weeks 3-4) is originally from Minot, ND. He began his dance training under the direction of Mr. Rinat Mouzafarov. (Graduate of the Vaganova Academy and dancer with the Bolshoi). In 2011 he moved to Jackson, MS. to join Ballet Magnificat’s professional training program under the direction of Jiri Voborsky, and Kathy Thibodeaux. Following the completion of his training, Kason focused his efforts towards conditioning and injury prevention for dancers. In 2016 he received his personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise and began teaching ballet technique and conditioning classes in Jonesboro, AR (2015-2016) and Colorado Springs, CO (2016-2018). In 2019 Kason graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He and his wife then formed META Performance, which provides movement and performance coaching for ballet dancers as well as training for athletes of other backgrounds. In the spring of 2020 Kason graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Kason and his wife Ashley currently reside in Houston, TX. spending time with family and further developing the vision of META Performance.
Josie Hawkins (Worship Workshop) started her dance training at 6 years old at Colorado Ballet Society under the direction of Patty Hoffman. She has danced numerous principal roles such as all lead parts in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, a soloist in Pas De Trois in Swan lake, Effie in La Sylphide, and other soloist roles in contemporary and worship pieces. She has received multiple high ranking awards and scholarships at the Esther Geffrey Scholarship competition and the Denver Ballet Guild competition. After graduating in 2020, Josie moved to Jackson, Mississippi to join Ballet Magnificat’s Event’s Company under the direction of Kathy Thibodeaux and Jiri Voborsky. She has had the honor to share the love of Jesus through dance around the US and toured with the professional company. Josie gives all the glory to God with everything she does.
Lawrence M. Jackson (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 2) is an Associate Professor and serves as the Associate Chair of Dance, Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Alabama, The MFA Dance Concert and Dance Collection within the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama. Within the Dance program, Jackson teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Jazz, Contemporary, Dance History, Pedagogy, Freshman Seminar, Improvisation and Choreography. Jackson also serves the College of Arts and Sciences as Chair of the Diversity Committee and as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow. Jackson is also the current President of the Alabama Dance Council Executive Board. Professionally, Lawrence devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of concert dance venues. Most recently, Jackson performed I Walk with Spirit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Choreographically, Jackson has produced over 95 original choreographic works. Most recently, Lawrence choreographed an
off-Broadway production, Separate and Equal, which was subsequently nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Best Choreography. Jackson has served as a guest artist/choreographer/master teacher at 10 universities, 5 festivals, and Dancer’s Workshop, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Gus Giordano Dance School, Men in Motion, Wichita School of Performing Arts, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, International Association of Blacks in Dance, American College Dance Association, Academic and Performing Arts Complex, University of Alabama Opera House, Gulf Coast Dance Alliance, and Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.
Deborah Kenner (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 3) received her early training in Tucson, Arizona, earning her BFA from the University of Arizona on a full academic and dance scholarship. Upon graduation, she relocated to Denver, Colorado, and performed professionally with Colorado Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre as well as with Ballet Arizona and State Street Ballet. She performed numerous classical and contemporary works during her ten-year career, including choreography by David Taylor, George Balanchine, Tom Rude, James Canfield, Susan Quinn Williams, Jory Hancock, and Amy Earnst. Ms. Kenner has a MS in Kinesiology and is a Balanced Body Master Instructor for the Pilates Comprehensive Program and Anatomy in 3D. Her Pilates certification is through the National Certification for Pilates Teachers (NCPT) and is Progressive Ballet Technique certified. In addition, she is certified in barre training, Bodhi, and MOTR through Balanced Body and is a teaching artist for Dance for Parkinson’s. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Kenner was Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet in Arizona, where she created several original ballets and set classics on the pre-professional dancers. In addition, she has taught at Perry Mansfield, Academy of Ballet in Arizona and was part of the teaching staff at Colorado Ballet. As a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ms. Kenner has designed a conditioning program for all levels, an online creative movement series, volunteered at the sensory-friendly performances, and is a member of the IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility) committee. She enjoys training all ages and abilities through an anatomical, science-based method to prevent injury. Currently, she is working towards a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance, focusing on essential and effective movement for the neurodiverse community.
Lauren Ostrander (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 1) is native of Washington State, and is a Demi-Soloist with The Sarasota Ballet of Florida. Just finishing her fourth season, Lauren has been featured in principal roles in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Who Cares?, & The Four Temperaments, Ricardo Graziano’s Amarosa, & En las Calles de Murcia, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Sir David Bintley’s A Comedy of Errors, and recently debuted as The Queen of the Wilis in Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle. Before joining The Sarasota Ballet in 2018, Lauren danced with The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice and Guest Artist in 2016 & 2017. Lauren also danced in Amsterdam as a Trainee at The Dutch National Ballet, and graduated from The San Francisco Ballet School after completing her ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of the late Marcia Dale Weary. Lauren also worked extensively with ballet master teachers Kathryn Long, Laszlo Berdo, and Tara Hench. Lauren has danced around the world, including summer programs at Paris Opera Ballet School, and The Royal Danish Ballet.
In 2015, Lauren became a Certified Comprehensive Pilates Teacher, and a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Certified Spin Instructor. Additionally, she is certified in the ABT teaching curriculum for young dancers. She also holds specialist certifications in Fitness Nutrition, and Performing Arts Medicine. Lauren will graduate from California Baptist University in December 2022 with a double major; a BS in Kinesiology, and a BS in Sport and Performance Psychology. Lauren is passionate about sharing her love of ballet and movement with others. In her free time, Lauren loves to cook, hike, travel, sing, craft, and spend time with her Husband Ryan.
Carol Pakri (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 1) began her dance training at the David Taylor Dance Theatre in Littleton, Colorado, where she studied with Lynelle Mossholder, Milton Myers and James Clouser. In 2000, she went on to receive a BFA in Ballet Performance at the University of Oklahoma, graduating with honors. While dancing with Oklahoma Festival Ballet she danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, a soloist role in George Balanchine’s Serenade and toured to Nice & Cannes, France. Upon graduation, Carol returned to Colorado, where she danced with Colorado Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre. She performed in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Donald McKayle’s Jam Nation and Martin Fredmann’s Cinderella & The Nutcracker. Carol has been teaching for over 20 years. She has held the positions of Director for the Youth Ballet Company at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy and School Principal & Principal Teacher at the Academy of Colorado Ballet South. In 2006, she joined the staff at The Royal Ballet School in London, England, where she taught for 7 years. During her time there, she graduated from The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teachers Course with Distinction. Upon returning to the United States in 2014, Carol taught on staff at the Houston Ballet Academy. She now resides in Boca Raton, Florida, and is currently the Director of the Children’s Division at the Florida School for Dance Education and Director of Outreach for Dance Theater of Florida.
She has taught at Ballet Society for the following events: 2018 Summer Ballet Intensive.
Meelis Pakri (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 1) is on the ballet faculty at Harid Conservatory in Florida. He is originally from Estonia and is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Following his graduation, Mr. Pakri danced with Estonian National Ballet as a principal dancer and taught partnering and technique classes at the Tallinn State Ballet School. During that time, he also performed as a principal guest artist at the International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba; and for the National Theater of Macedonia in Skopje, Yugoslavia. In 1991, at the invitation of then-artistic-director Martin Fredmann, Mr. Pakri joined Colorado Ballet as principal dancer. Over the next ten years, he performed numerous classical and contemporary roles, including Albrecht in Giselle, the title role in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Basilio in Don Quixote, the principal male in Balanchine’s Rubies, and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Mr. Pakri was also a frequent guest performer in Estonia and Japan. In 1998, he performed as a guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the role of the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Mr. Pakri retired from dancing in 2001 and, for the next five years, served as ballet master of Colorado Ballet. In 2005, he received critical acclaim for staging The Sleeping Beauty for the Company. In 2006, Mr. Pakri joined the faculty of The Royal Ballet Upper School in London, England, where he remained until August 2013. During his tenure, Mr. Pakri’s students won prizes at the Youth America Grand Prix and Young British Dancer of the Year competitions. He also served as a guest teacher at Estonian National Ballet and numerous other schools. Prior to joining HARID’s faculty, Mr. Pakri was ballet master at Houston Ballet. He remains active as a guest teacher.
He has taught at Ballet Society for the following events: December 2007 Ballet Master Class, December 2008 Ballet Master Class, 2017 Summer Ballet Intensive, and 2018 Summer Ballet Intensive.
Angela Wood (Summer Ballet Intensive Week 2) Angela was born and raised in Colorado! She attended Ballet Society for 7 years training under Patty Hoffman, performing with all the Colorado Classical Youth Ballet productions and receiving awards from Denver Ballet Guild and Esther Geoffrey competitions. She also participated in summer courses with Kaatsbaan, National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Magnificat, and Ballet Austin. She joined the Royal Ballet School in London at 17 years-old and graduated two years later with Honors. Liam Scarlett and Alistair Marriott from Royal Ballet and Gary Norman from Australian Ballet all chose her to choreograph on and take the lead in their graduation pieces for the school.
She then joined English National Ballet and has been dancing there for nearly twelve years. Her most treasured roles were chosen by William Forsythe and Liam Scarlett for principal parts in their ballets for the company, and she has performed in numerous other classical and contemporary ballets. Some of her other favourite pieces were Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring and John Neumeier’s Spring and Fall. She has toured with the company to Japan, Australia, Spain, Moscow, Barcelona, Hong Kong, China, Poland, and Ireland. Currently she is rehearsing principal parts in both Forsythe’s Blakeworks and Playlist, openning in Sadlers Well’s this April! And then finishes the season with a tour to New York in June, with Akram Khan’s version of Giselle.