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Stories of Changed Lives

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

At BNC, we believe that dance belongs to everyone. Our community programs  are designed with the individual in mind, creating ways in which dance can be accessible and enjoyable for all regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. BNC is continually working to break down needless barriers that keep people from pursuing their passion for dance.

The stories of how dance has changed numerous lives already speak for themselves.

  • #80: A fourth grade student on full scholarship has been able to continue dance lessons she loves so much despite her family’s financial strains
  • #79:
    Letter from student who participated in community programs

    Letter from a child involved in community programs

  • #78: A teenage boy, brave enough to overcome peer pressures and bullying, continues to pursue his passion for dance through the school of BNC in a nurturing environment.
  • #77:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A young girl shares her excitement for dance in a letter

  • #76: A little girl with Brittle Bone Disease gets to live out her ballerina dreams despite her physical challenges through BNC’s adaptive dance education programs.
  • #75:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A student expresses thanks

  • #74: An Alzheimer’s patient, after finding inspiration from a BNC production, created a poignant art piece, composed solely of empty pill packets, and fearlessly confronted her disease through creation.
  • #73:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

The Ugly Duckling left an impression on this young one

  • #72: After the tragic death of a beloved husband and father, a single mother of two young dancers has been able to keep the light of dance in their  lives through the student sponsorship program.
  • #71:

A student thanks BNC for caring and showing her dance moves

Supporting BNC on Colorado Gives Day does more than help keep these great community programs alive; donations directly benefit the boys, girls, men and women these programs were designed for and change their lives forever. Your generous gift this December 6th could make dreams into reality this holiday season.

 

CHOOSE BNC and help us to continue bringing dance to the community! GO TO: WWW.GIVINGFIRST.ORG/BNCDANCE

Wargin & Wilkinson Manley Workout on 9 News

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by admin

 

Wake up tomorrow and burn some Thanksgiving calories with BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley and Susie Wargin from 9 News.  Wargin Workout airs on My 20 and 9 News at 8:20am.  Your body will thank you!

What is Buggy Ballet?

Posted on: November 26th, 2011 by admin

 

On Nov. 17th, I had the privilege to watch first-hand BNC's Community Programs come to life and see the positive impact they are making with underserve populations in the Denver Metro community. Buggy Ballet was a culminating performance which took place at Monaco Elementary, one of the four Title I Schools BNC is working with to create kinesthetic learning to teach various subjects, including science. This performance and BNC's Community Programs was featured this week in Commerce City's Sentinel Express. Read the article.

BNC Alum Dances Lead in Balanchine Ballet

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by Julia Wilkinson Manley

 

Last night I had the great privilege to see our former student, Bridget Maginity, dance the lead in George Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante at the University of Arizona. It was a quick trip, but so beautifully justified from the moment she stepped on stage. As professor and world-wide master teacher James Clouser said of Bridget last night, "She makes me understand the music - she IS the music." Below is a picture of Bridget and her partner Barton Cowperthwaite in Allegro, and me - proud BNC School Director - with Bridget after the show.

Some More Reasons Why

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

A reminder to join your fellow Coloradans on December 6 Colorado Gives Day – to help raise $1 million in one day for Colorado charities!

Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour state-wide fundraising event urging people to “give where you live,” is coming up on December 6, 2011. 100% of donations made will be given to the non-profit of your choice.

There are 100 different reasons why you should donate to Ballet Nouveau Colorado on December 6, 2011. At BNC, we believe that dance should be an enriching and fulfilling experience that is available and accessible to all. Through BNC’s various, on-going community enrichment programs, BNC has strived to bring dance to the lives of both children and adults from a variety of backgrounds who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.

Here are 10 more reasons why you should support BNC this December 6:

Reasons 90-86: Young Person’s Guide to Dance

  • #90:  Young Person’s Guide to Dance is an adventure through the history and theory dance.
  • #89:  This interactive performance combines BNC’s deep knowledge of elementary age, integrated learning techniques with its vibrant and engaging contemporary dance methodology.
  • #88:  Program is presented to school aged children and gets them excited about dance, movement, and staying active and healthy in a new way
  • #87:  Dance teaches children discipline and instruction at a young age.
  • #86:  Watch  BNC’s Young Person’s Guide to Dance in action here!

Reasons #85-81: Anti-Bullying Program

  • #85:  In 2006, Ballet Nouveau Colorado created The Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program in collaboration with Creating Caring Communities.
  • #84:  Since its inception, The Ugly Duckling has been presented to 17,000 school children across the Denver metro area.
  • #83:  This interactive performance uses dance to engage school age children in a thoughtful and engaging conversation about bullying.
  • #82:  The performance is interactive asks children to shout out answers so they become excited and involved in the message.
  • #81:  The program developed by BNC has become a national program and has been presented by both the Oklahoma City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

CHOOSE BNC and help us to continue bringing dance to the community! GO TO:

WWW.GIVINGFIRST.ORG/COGIVESDAY

 

As Seen On TV

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by admin

 

Can't get enough of BNC and A Shared Experience in Art? You're in luck, we were featured on 9 News and Rocky Mountain PBS, so you can get a little taste of it again.  The good news is - we've got more shows to come in Season 10. Come, enjoy and feed your addiction for dance.

Watch Rocky Mountain PBS   Click on Ballet Nouveau Colorado under the video to watch.

Watch 9 News (BNC is featured at the end of Kirk's segment.)

Garrett Ammon's work, A Stitch in Time

Over 101 Reasons Why

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

Join your fellow Coloradans on December 6 Colorado Gives Day – to help raise $1 million in one day for Colorado charities!

Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour state-wide fundraising event urging people to “give where you live,” is coming up on December 6, 2011. 100% of donations made will be given to the non-profit of your choice. A special fund has been established to increase the size of all donations given by individuals.

There are over 100 different reasons why you should support BNC on December 6, 2011. At BNC, we believe dance should be an enriching and fulfilling experience that is available and accessible to all regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status.

Reasons #100-91: Elementary School Partnerships

community programs

  • #100:  BNC's Title I Elementary Partnerships bring year-long arts experiences to students who otherwise would not have access to dance.
  • #99:  Programs reach 2,500 students from 4 public schools in high-need neighborhoods each year. This year’s elementary schools include:
  • #94:  More than 80% of the students in these schools fall below the federal poverty line and up to 25% are classified as homeless.
  • #93:  Partnerships include interactive in-school and in-theatre performances by BNC’s professional company throughout the year
  • #92:  Free after school ballet classes for two grade levels for any student interested.
  • #91:  BNC’s two-year residencies provide the opportunity for students to gain confidence through an in-depth process that merges dance with each school’s specific curricular priorities. For example, in subject areas such as science and math.

CHOOSE BNC and help us to continue bringing dance to the community! GO TO:

WWW.GIVINGFIRST.ORG/COGIVESDAY

Don’t Miss The Nutcracker Tea this Sunday

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

 This weekend, kick off your holiday season with a new unforgettable family tradition.

Guests will hear a live theatrical reading of the classic story The Nutcracker, but with a new twist, as told from the perspective of the maid. Excerpts from The Nutcracker will be performed by our student dancers and all little dancers will get the chance to dance, too!  Bring your camera for pictures and get autographs. Commemorative Teacups and auction items will be available for purchase.

BNC would like to give a huge thank you to our generous donors making this fun holiday event possible:

Celestial Seasonings   
Aloft Hotel
Mrs. Fields Cookies at Flatiron Crossing Mall
Krigelking Confections

Event details:

Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 2:00-4:00pm
Aloft Hotel
8300 Arista Place, Broomfield, CO
$30 per Adult
$25 per Child

Please make your reservations by November 17.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

Contemporary II class at H&M Grand Opening

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by The Long Family

 

If you haven't heard by now, H&M has come to Colorado! BNC's Contemporary II class was part of their opening day excitement on 11/10/11. Dawn Fay's Contemporary II class entertained the crowd with their spontaneous urban performance. It was a very exciting day for both the students and all the eager shoppers.

H&M Grand Opening SUP

 

 

Rave Review by 303 Magazine

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by admin

 

Did you miss last weekend's performances of, A Shared Experience In Art? Are you curious what all the buzz is about? Well, you're in luck, 303 Magazine can give you the inside scoop on what to expect and why this show is a must see performance. Read their review.