Colorado Ballet in Denver

 2020 Schedule & Tips to Attend a Show

The Colorado Ballet in Denver offers several performances from September to April. Its most popular show is "The Nutcracker," which runs from late November through Christmas Eve.

This season's other top performances this year include "Don Quixote," and "Peter Pan." Shows are at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver.

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Colorado Ballet in Denver 2020 Schedule

Peter Pan

Dates: 1/31-2/9, 2020

Spend  a night in Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael. It's the classic story of Peter Pan--the boy that can fly and refuses to grow up.

Follow their journey as they encounter pirates, Captain Hook, and Lost Boys. They also interact with a crocodile and use a bit of pixie dust during their adventures. 

It features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney. The total run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Tour de Force

Dates: 3/6-3/8

Tour de Force will once again grace the stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It features innovative dance and contemporary pieces. 

This year's performance includes Feast of the Gods which is choreographed by award winning choreographer Edwaard Liang. Tour de Force also includes a brand new work called Celts by Lila York.

It's a fun night of pieces with the Colorado Ballet. Total run time is 2 hours.

Ballet Masterworks

Dates: 4/3-4/12

The final show of the 2019/2020 Colorado Ballet in Denver season is Ballet Masterworks. This year's final program features three works.

The first is In The Upper Room by Twyla Tharp. The second is Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian and the final piece is Theme and Variations by George Blanchine. 

This show runs for 2 hours.

The Nutcracker

Dates: TBD for 2020

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet in Denver continues its popular holiday performances of "The Nutcracker" this season. These shows tend to sell out, so be sure to order tickets early. 

This Christmastime favorite is the perfect introduction for children to the beautiful art of ballet. Plus at only two hours including intermission, children are less likely to get bored during this relatively short ballet. 

The story follows young Clara and her toy nutcracker-turned-prince during their encounters with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King, dancers from far-away lands, and more magical characters. 

The production features more than 300 lavish costumes, 100 dancers of all ages, grand scenery by Jose Varona, and Tchaikovsky's entertaining score beautifully performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. 

Other Upcoming Performances

You can also catch the Colorado Ballet in Denver two other times. These are not part of their regular season performances, but it's a great time to see these amazing artists at work.

Ballet Under the Stars: This season's performance is on August 24. It will be performed at the Arvada Center. They will perform pieces of their upcoming full length programs as well as both modern and classic favorites. The show starts at 7:30pm.

What to Wear to the Ballet

You'll see all kinds of attire at the ballet — from fancy to laid back. Some patrons like to dress up for Friday and Saturday night performances. However, many guests stick to business casual attire. 

If your kids want to come dressed as a princess or ballet dancer, let them! "The Nutcracker" performances are especially fun to dress up for — dress as Clara, a sugar plum fairy, nutcracker, or just put on a festive holiday sweater. 

How to Get to the Performance Venues

Performing Arts Complex

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, part of the Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver, is located at 1385 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80204.

The complex is served by light rail. On weekdays, take the D, F, or H lines to the Convention Center/Performing Arts station. On weekends, the F line doesn't run, so take the D or H line to the same station.

Parking is available at the Colorado Convention Center garage, Denver Performing Arts Complex garage, on the street, or in surface lots around the complex. 

Late seating at performances is prohibited, so allow plenty of time to park and get to your seats.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver is located at 2344 E Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80208. 

Bus route 24 serves University Boulevard and stops on the east side of Newman Center on University Boulevard. Bus route 21 stops on the corner of University Boulevard and Evans Avenue. 

There's a light rail station for the University of Denver. You can either walk 20 minutes from there to the Newman Center, or take the 24 bus from the light rail station to the center.

The Newman Center garage is one block south of the center at University Boulevard and Wesley Avenue. Parking attendants will direct guests to overflow parking if necessary. 

Note that parking is cash only. Campus parking requires payment or a permit 24 hours a day.

Brief History

Colorado Ballet in Denver is a nationally recognized classical ballet company that began as a school in 1951. In 1961, founders Freidann Parker and Lillian Covillo set up Colorado Concert Ballet to showcase their students' abilities. The company's first production was "The Nutcracker."

The ballet organizes performances, training, outreach, and education programs that reach more than 30,000 area residents each year.

The ballet's rehearsal and training facility is at the Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver's Arts District.

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