Ballet Nouveau Colorado's company, school and community programs are dedicated to enriching lives through innovation in dance.

A Stitch in Time

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Ballet Nouveau Colorado will be recognized as an international leader in the education, development and presentation of dance.


At Ballet Nouveau Colorado, we believe that excellence in dance begins with the dedication of each individual. We pursue our mission with the highest level of passion and integrity and are responsible to our students, audiences and community. We believe that a healthy and thoughtful foundation in classical ballet develops discipline and provides the basic tools needed for the exploration of new possibilities in our art form. We value collaboration, creativity and innovation in all of our pursuits, and we believe that dance should be an enriching and fulfilling experience that is available and accessible to all.


Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. BNC was founded in 1992 to fill a need for quality ballet training and educational dance programs in Denver's north metro community. The National Guild for Community Arts Education certified these quality programs in 1999. As the organization grew, the public’s desire and need for accessible dance performances became apparent and drove BNC to establish a professional company in 2002 with a small group of dancers presenting performances at local theaters. Later that year, the Colorado State House of Representatives recognized BNC with a resolution for its contributions to the state through professional performances, educational programs and community involvement. In 2003, BNC implemented its ongoing Title I Elementary Partnership Program, which helps high-need schools strengthen core curricula through the integration of dance. BNC's Community Education Programs now reach over 30,000 individuals each year throughout Adams, Broomfield, Jefferson, Boulder and Denver Counties.

The arrival of Artistic Director Garrett Ammon and Associate Artistic Director Dawn Fay in 2007 marked a sea change for BNC. Under their guidance, BNC has been transformed into a rostrum for the creation and presentation of new choreography, the nurturing of contemporary dance artists, and the development of new collaborative partnerships across artistic mediums. With a commitment to dance that is both artistically rich and highly accessible, BNC's artistic vision has filled an important void in the region’s dance offerings and is helping lay the groundwork for a new and vibrant era in the American dance community. Through its innovative productions, BNC has captured the imagination of a new and enthusiastic audience and drawn national attention to Denver's dance scene, including being named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine – the first Colorado organization to receive this honor. Today, BNC plays a distinctive role in the Denver community as an acclaimed contemporary dance company, ballet school and community education organization.

Ballet Nouveau Colorado




Garrett Ammon

Artistic Director

Garrett Ammon

Photo Credit: Mark Sink & Kristen Hatgi

Garrett Ammon is an acclaimed choreographer who began his tenure as artistic director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) in 2007. Since that time, BNC has garnered national attention and praise for its daring work, including being named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" (2009). Ammon was also recently honored as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow (2011).

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Dawn Fay

Associate Artistic Director

Dawn Fay

Photo Credit: Mark Sink & Kristen Hatgi

Dawn Fay was named Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2007. Her acclaimed professional career spanned more than twenty years and included being named one of Dance Magazine’s "25 to Watch" for 2007. Fay is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her professional career at Ballet Oklahoma and went on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Memphis.

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Julia Wilkinson Manley

School Director

Julia Wilkinson Manley

Julia Wilkinson Manley began her training with Cristina Munro (London Festival Ballet, Eliot Feld) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Julia attended the Boston Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Houston Ballet Academy. At the University of Oklahoma, she earned a BFA in ballet pedagogy and danced soloist roles in Balanchine's Serenade, Miguel Terekhov's Four Moons, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.

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Elaine Adair

Patron Services Manager

Elaine Adair was raised in Cripple Creek, CO where she was first introduced to the art of dance, taking part in an after-school ballet program during her elementary years. This process trained her to appreciate dance, as well as the artistic world as a whole. She then moved to Greeley, CO in order to attend the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her passion for creativity and organization in the marketing field. In 2010 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Marketing and a minor in English. Following graduation she worked with the Inside Sales Department of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Amber Blais

Communications Manager

Amber joined BNC in early 2013. Born and raised in Colorado, Amber has always been a huge fan of the arts and has been involved with them any way she could, from being part of the drama club in school, to taking aerial dance, swing, and salsa classes. She even lived with two professional Opera singers for a year and was privileged to be immersed in that world. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Marketing, she has spent over 10 years putting it to work for non-profits and organizations that worked to make the world a better place. As Communications Manager for BNC, Amber gets to continue that work by helping to create posters, programs, websites, events and other exciting things that will allow more people to experience the great work that BNC does.

David Lohr

Accounting Manager

Biography coming soon.

Eleanor Moriarty

Production & Theatre Manager

Eleanor joined BNC in the fall of 2008. She is a native of southern Wisconsin and has had the pleasure of working with many professional theatre companies in the Midwest including American Player’s Theatre, New Court Theatre, and Armory Dinner Theatre. Eleanor’s dance experience began at age of 5 but after 12 years of on stage performing she found her true passion to be behind the scenes. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a BS in theatre arts management and fine arts. As production manager for BNC, Eleanor oversees all professional production details and also has the pleasure of managing and coordinating the Performing Arts Complex at PCS (Pinnacle Charter School).

Vance McKenzie

Technical Director / Lighting Designer

Vance joined Ballet Nouveau Colorado in the fall of 2008 as Technical Director after serving as the University of Florida’s Master Electrician. He is a Lighting Designer, technician and programmer originally from Carbondale, Colo. He received his MFA in Technical Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his BA from the University of Northern Colorado. Vance has worked for Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Super Summer Theatre, Aspen Theatre in the Park, Little Theatre of the Rockies, Swamp Gravy and Clint Holmes. Some of his design credits include The Glass Menagerie starring Sandy Duncan for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Sin City the Vaudeville Years at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Bells are Ringing for Super Summer Theatre.

Rachel Kras

Wardrobe Supervisor / Costume Designer

Rachael Kras joined BNC's production team in 2012 when she created the costumes for Love in the Digital Age. She founded her company Rogue Costumes when she decided to leave behind a career in computer technology and follow her heart and lifelong passion of costume design and creation. Rachael's costuming and sewing began at the age of 10 with doll dresses, a love of period films and history books. Having designed and constructed costumes for the last 15 years, she brings a perfectionist's attention to detail and superior craftsmanship to any project whether small or large, simple or complicated.

Shalea McDonald

Operations Manager

Originally from  Colorado,  Shalea grew up mostly in New Mexico where she danced on and off for years. She received a Bachelors of Science in African American Studies with a Minor in World Dance from the University of New Mexico.  After college she moved back to Colorado, and while working at several dance and fitness studios around the Denver Metro area, she discovered Zumba Fitness. She fell in love with this dance/fitness marriage, became a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor, and taught for three years.  She joined BNC in April 2012 as a Patron Student Services Assistant, and moved into her current role as Operations Manager in January 2013. She also began teaching BNC’s first Zumba Fitness classes in August 2012.

Lauren Scarpello

Support Manager

Lauren joined the staff at Ballet Nouveau Colorado in July 2012 as a Patron and Student Services Assistant.  In January 2013, she entered her role as Support Manager. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she spent ten years in New Orleans, Louisiana.   She has worked at the intersection of arts and education as both a classroom teacher and for various non-profit arts organizations.  She holds a B.A. in studio art and received her M.A. in arts administration from the University of New Orleans in 2009.  Having never danced a day in her life, she’s been known to be a regular ballet season ticket subscriber.

Sydney Bergen

Patron and Student Services Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Emily Hall

Patron and Student Services Assistant

Born and raised in Colorado, Emily developed a love for the arts at a young age. She received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Denver. She has worked with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District empowering connections between educators and cultural organizations. Emily enjoys gourmet cooking and baking. Her current adventure in dance involves learning the tango.

Board of Trustees

Kelli Buckley Strother, Chair
Regional Sales Manager, Otsuka

Bryan Smith, Treasure
Owner, Minuteman Press of Broomfield

Caterina A. Fagelson
Community Leader

Jennifer Jaskolka
Senior Litigation Counsel, Xcel Energy

Renie Mayfield
Community Leader

Eli Wald
Law Professor, University of Denver

Garrett Ammon (ex-officio)
Artistic Director, Ballet Nouveau Colorado

Advisory Council

John Chin
Executive Director, Adams County School District 14 Education Foundation

Dorothy Gunther Pugh
Founder and Artistic Director, Ballet Memphis

Valorie Kondos Field
Head Coach, UCLA Women’s Gymnastics

Caroline “Caz” Matthews
President (retired), WellPoint Foundation

Jeff Melanson
President, The Banff Centre

John McCann
Founder and President, Partners in Performance
Co-Founder and Associate, EmcArts

Trey McIntyre
Artistic Director, Trey McIntyre Project

Sharí Ammon Mills
Executive Management Consultant

Dr. Dean Prina
Pediatrician, Partners in Pediatrics


303 Magazine

Ad Hoc Foundation

Bonfils Stanton Foundation

Boulder BodyWear

Colorado Creative Industries

Denver Ballet Guild

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado

Kenney Brothers Foundation

Levy Foundation

Merage Foundation

Minuteman Press of Broomfield

National Endowment for the Arts

Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

Sill-TerHar Motors

Yellow Scene Magazine

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Volunteers are invaluable to us and make it possible to keep our ticket prices and tuition reasonable, and provide our community programs at low or no cost.

We welcome volunteering across all areas of the organization and work with volunteer candidates to find the best fit for their skills, talents and interest areas. To be considered for volunteer opportunities, email us at info@bncdance.com.


We are seeking experienced, qualified dance instructors for our 2012-13 Season! Click here for more details!

We are seeking an experienced, qualified Community Education Instructor for our 2012-13 Season! Click here for more details!

To be considered for a position with the professional dance company please go here.


Interns with BNC receive real world experience working right alongside our artistic and administrative staff. To be considered for an internship position, email us at info@bncdance.com.