the colorado ballet

Contest: See The Colorado Ballet’s Dreamy “The Nutcracker”

Sink yourself into the glow of a dreamy, witty production of “The Nutcracker.” There is no better way to hit the pause button on a frantic holiday season. Year after year, Colorado families have folded “The Nutcracker” into their traditional celebrations. Why? The Colorado Ballet breathes fresh, innovative life into Tchaikovsky’s charming Christmas fantasy. These aren’t your kids on their tippy-toes leaping around your living room to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” As fun as that is, The Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” showcases strong, athletic dancing while remaining lovely, delicate, and enchanting. The choreography is inspired, along with tiny elements of whimsy. A facial expression, a sip from a shimmering champ...

The Colorado Ballet’s “Cinderella” Sweeps Away Winter Blues

The Colorado Ballet’s “Cinderella” is a vibrant retelling of the beloved fairy tale. I took my seven-year-old daughter to a Saturday matinee. Like many young girls, she’s completely familiar with a certain version featuring sewing birds and mice. I wasn’t sure if the ballet version would capture her attention. Would she be confused or even miffed if the ballet veered away from the bibbity-bobbity-boo rendition? There wasn’t a single rodent on stage, and she loved it. So did I. The story opens with a family scene. Cinderella, danced by Chandra Kuykendall, is abused by her terrible stepsisters and stepmother as her helpless father looks on. She’s made to toil as the hysterically funny stepsisters (danced by Kevin Hale and Christopher Ellis) tease and...

The Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker Enchants All

A holiday season without The Nutcracker is a few twirls short of magical. Generations have made listening to Tchaikovsky’s familiar suite part of their celebrations. I love how here in Colorado, we have the world-class Colorado Ballet dedicated to performing The Nutcracker for families. Not only can we hear the lovely, poignant, energetic score, we can see it how it was meant to be seen: With wonder, with skill, with love, though dance. I was excited to take my ten-year-old son, Joel, to a recent performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker has a reputation for being a great mommy-daughter date. Of course, ladies of all ages filled the expansive theater dressed in their holiday best, but there were plenty of guys on hand experience the fun. I think it’s really ...