BNC’s Julia Wilkinson Manley in Dancing with the Broomfield Stars event

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Elaine Adair



dancing with the Broomfield stars rehearsalBNC’s own Julia Wilkinson Manley has been hard at work with Flatiron Crossing's Heather Drake and BNC faculty member Collin Eckoff preparing for this year’s “Dancing with the Broomfield Stars” benefit for the Broomfield Community Foundation on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm. This event is modeled after the hit TV show, featuring local business and community leaders paired with Broomfield area dance professionals. In addition to the great dancing, delicious food will be provided by local restaurants and The Phil Long Band is scheduled to make a special appearance at the event. Come on down to this event to contribute to a great cause!Tickets range in price from $20 for students up to $55 for reserved floor seating. For more information please visit or call 303-469-7208

Video: Contemporary II’s Spontaneous Urban Performance

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by The Long Family


BNC's Contemporary II class performed their first Spontaneous Urban Performance Lisztomania at the Louisville Farmer's Market on 9/3/11. Afterwards, those students and School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley hosted a ballet demonstration and taught the audience their Mercy dance. To quote a  dad  who was pulled up on stage with his daughter, "who knew we'd get to do all of this ! We just came to buy some apples!"

Be on the lookout for more Spontaneous Urban Performances from students in the Contemporary II class!

Photos: Young Person’s Guide to Dance at King Murphy

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon


Young Person's Guide to DanceCheck out the Clear Creak Courant's photo gallery of BNC's company performing Young Person's Guide to Dance at King Murphy Elementary in Evergreen. We are off to perform the show at four more schools today!

Video: Satisfaction at 910 Arts

Posted on: September 3rd, 2011 by Garrett Ammon


Meredith Strathmeyer and Colby Foss rock First Friday at 910 Arts on Santa Fe. Learn more about BNC's Spontaneous Urban Performances.

First Community Performances of the Season

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon


Our first performances of Young Person's Guide to Dance this season were at Broomfield Academy, Nativity of Our Lord and Kullerstrand Elementary today. Our company, along with our production team, artistic staff and school director break into two teams to perform up to eight performances in any single day. What a pleasure it is to bring dance to kids across the community.


Denver- On Saturday, July 9th, Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) will host two events to celebrate dance that the whole community can enjoy.  From 3pm-5pm, the first annual BNC Open House will take place and then from 5pm-8pm BNC will host a Disco Dance Off Party, which is a dance-a-thon fundraiser.

The open house is free to attend and there will be age appropriate activities the whole family can enjoy. The focus of the Open House is to build community awareness about the three major programming areas that define BNC as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; the school, the company and the community programming, and will also highlight the importance of healthy eating.  These three programming areas are tied closely to the mission of BNC, which is to enrich lives through innovation in dance. BNC has also taken special note of the importance of health and wellness of the dancers in the school and have provided for these needs by bringing in physical therapists and healthy snack shop items to the studio.  The event will also involve some of BNC’s nutrition partners and experts, they include; local author, Olena Burda Lassen, who wrote The Vitamin Band Book, owners of Healthy Kids Cooking Classes, Jennifer Simon and Amy Holecek and Dana Miller, (staff title needed) of the nonprofit Grow Local. Activities will include: dance demonstrations and mini-workshops, free food, fun games, crafts, drawings to win prizes and much more. This portion of the event will culminate with the opportunity to join our flash mob taught by BNC’s Associate Artistic Director, Dawn Fay.

Then, get your groove on at BNC’s Disco Dance Off from 5pm-8pm. This 70’s themed dance party will have dance rooms for all ages from 3 yr. olds through adults. This portion of the day’s activities is a dance-a-thon fundraiser to help support Ballet Nouveau Colorado in fulfilling their mission in all three programming areas. There are two ways individuals can choose to participate, collect sponsorship pledges or pay to enter the dance party. Then, dance the night away during this competition. Points will be awarded for costume, shoes, make-up, hair, crazy dance moves, longest dance time, most pledges collected and so on. All dance participants will enjoy snacks, prizes and great music to boogie down! Adult admission fee is $10 and children under 18 years of age admission fee is $20. Don’t forget if you get pledges admission is free! For additional information about participating go to

Event Information

Open House & Disco Dance Off

Date July 9, 3pm-8pm

Location Ballet Nouveau Colorado Dance Studios -  3001 Industrial Ln. #12 I Broomfield, CO 80020

Who’s Invited General public, this is a family friendly event open to all ages.

Cost 3pm-5pm Open House (FREE)

5pm-8pm Disco Dance Off Party (Children 18 and under: $20, Adults: $10, Or admission is free if participant is collecting pledges to compete)

For more info
Online at, email or by phone at 303.466.5685

Ashley Burns, communications manager
Phone 303.466.5685

Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s Anti-Bullying Program Goes National

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by admin


Dance Theatre of Tennessee and Oklahoma City Ballet Launch Ugly Duckling in Area Public Schools

DENVER – Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s (BNC) Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program has gone national, expanding into Nashville, Tenn and Oklahoma City.  BNC School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley recently traveled to Nashville, to work with Dance Theatre of Tennessee to share this original and meaningful dance curriculum that will soon be featured in Nashville area public schools. Oklahoma City Ballet has also just received a grant to add this program to its community programming.


This came about in part because the state of Tennessee recently adopted affective education for anti-bullying in the public school system. Affective education focuses on the social, emotional and psychological needs of students, which also includes lessons on tolerance, respect for others, good decision making and self-esteem.  All these lessons are interrelated when it comes to addressing bullying, and it mirrors the anti-bullying messages in the Ugly Duckling choreography.

This state-wide initiative sparked the interest of Christopher Mohnani, artistic director of Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT), to find ways in which the company could help equip schools to promote anti-bullying through dance. Upon doing research on anti-bullying programs, Mohnani discovered BNC’s highly successful Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program and decided to contact BNC to discuss a possible collaboration.

“One of BNC’s primary community education goals is to teach other qualified dance organizations across the U.S. to provide high-quality, effective and curricular-based dance education in their own communities,” said Wilkinson Manley. “Dance Theatre of Tennessee was the perfect organization for us to pilot such a program and take it national.”

The Ugly Duckling was choreographed by former BNC Artistic Director Robert Mills in 2005. Mills’ concept was to take the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale and add a modern twist that would appeal more to youth.  Mills chose Cindy Lauper’s popular 80’s tunes to create the musical story line and it provides an upbeat energy for the tale to develop while showcasing different styles of dance. The piece focuses on demonstrating how bullying can affect students and teaches students how to stop bullying.

In 2007, BNC collaborated with Creating Caring Communities, the creators of “Bully Proofing Your School,” to develop the emotional ballet into a comprehensive anti-bullying program. This award-winning program has been part of BNC’s lecture and demonstration series for several years, and thousands of students in the Denver metro area have seen BNC’s Ugly Ducking Anti-Bullying Program. Teachers are provided with pre-materials and post-materials to set the stage for an in-house performance for the students.

BNC has agreed to allow DTT use the ballet and the educational materials for a period of three years along with some costumes. DTT is scheduled to begin performing the ballet in early March for three elementary schools in the area, with the plan to expand the program throughout the Middle Tennessee region.

Mohnani commented, “We are thrilled and can’t wait to present this program to area schools. We have no doubts that it will be a big hit and will certainly make for a worthy program. We also hope to have future partnership and collaboration opportunities with BNC. Already, Julia and I are talking about future projects."

Oklahoma City Ballet, where Mills is now artistic director, recently received a grant to take this program into public schools in the Oklahoma City area for their 2012-13 season. Mills added, “I had no idea when creating this work as an educational tool that it would resonate on such a national level. As someone who can personally relate to being bullied, it is an honor to know this piece is making such a positive impact in our communities.”


DENVER - Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC)’s second installment of Community Sundays will be held on the last Sunday performance of Carry On featuring Paper Bird on February 13 at 2pm.  BNC will donate 50% of that day’s revenue in ticket sales to their chosen human service partner, SAME Café. During the 2010-11 season, BNC has partnered with two human service non-profits in the Denver metro area. In November 2010, BNC’s Community Sundays performance of Chasing the Sublime benefited Judi’s House.

SAME Café is an organization filling the gap of food security in the Denver Metro area. With daily selections made using fresh, organic ingredients, SAME Café offers a donation box – rather than a cash register – for one to pay what they felt their meal was worth, or to leave a little more and help out someone less fortunate. SAME Café’s philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. SAME Café opened its doors in October, 2006 and has been recognized as Best Free Lunch (or Dinner) by Westword and a 7 Everyday Hero by KMGH Denver.  For more information visit

BNC Artistic Director Garrett Ammon said, “SAME Café is a beautiful organization and one of Paper Bird's favorites. We are delighted to have them be the beneficiary for our second Community Sundays performance and hope to help raise awareness of an organization that is making a significant difference in the Denver Community.”

"We are thrilled to partner on such a caring, creative endeavor,” said Libby Birky, co-owner of SAME Café. “BNC and Paper Bird will put on an amazing show and we appreciate that proceeds from this event will be used to feed neighbors in Denver."

BNC’s Carry On featuring Paper Bird is the fourth production of their 2010-11 season. This performance continues BNC’s commitment to collaborating with local artists and organizations.  With new music by Paper Bird, and new choreography and films by Garrett Ammon, Carry On runs February 4-6 at the Lakewood Cultural Center and February 11-13 at The Performing Arts Complex at PCS in Federal Heights. For more information and tickets, go to

Ballet Nouveau Colorado will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the company in 2011-2012 and the 20th anniversary of the school in 2012-2013.