Spotlight on the Stars: Colby Foss

Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by admin



Colby performing in An Occasional Dream set to the music of David Bowie.

Colby Foss began his dance training in Fargo, North Dakota, at age 15. At the time, he enjoyed performing in musical theater, and the director of his middle school production asked him to be the boy in a dance studio’s version of The Velveteen Rabbit. He was required to be enrolled in a dance class to be eligible, so he took a ja class. And the rest is history, he says.

“I love how dance provides a medium to use one’s own body to create art,” says Colby. “You don’t need brushes or instruments, just yourself. It’s a wonderful combination of athleticism and artistry.”

Colby graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a BFA in dance. He taught and performed with Ballet Magnificat in Tucson, before joining BNC. Now in his fourth season at BNC, Colby has performed in Garrett Ammon’s An Occasional Dream and No Passengers, as well as works by Ma Cong, Joshua Blake Carter and Jon Sloven. He will be appearing in the special encore performance of Garrett Ammon’s Rock Ballets, June 8th.

“Rock Ballets is my favorite BNC production because it’s fresh in my mind,” Colby says. “There’s a lot of great dancing in there. And great tunes!”

Currently, Colby spends 40 hours per week preparing for his next performance. He loves to rock out to his favorite rock song “Live and Let Die” by the Beatles. He loves the song because it reminds him to be his own person and forge his own path, regardless of what society may expect.

When Colby’s not dancing, you can find him hiking, practicing yoga and catching up on his Hulu queue. And did we mention he loves to eat? Colby loves all things Indian. If he wasn’t a dancer he would definitely want to be a judge on Top Chef.

Don’t miss Colby’s next performance in Rock Ballets on June 8th at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  Tickets start at $15 for Lawn seats. Buy tickets now!

Industrial Project

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by sarah-tallman 1 Comment


Are you already having withdrawal from seeing your favorite professional company? Do you ever wonder what the dancers do in the off-season? Are you curious about what BNC’s kid sister looks like?

The company dancers of BNC are at it again, presenting the third annual installment of Industrial Project. IP is a uniquely intriguing performance where BNC artists take full control of a contemporary ballet production. IP is an experience that is designed to give the dancers an opportunity to explore the world of choreography and to dare themselves to go where no dancer has gone before. BNC’s Studio 1 will be transformed into an intimate backdrop for kick@#$ creativity and collaboration. If you’re lucky, you might get hit with a drop of your favorite dancers sweat.

This year’s choreographers include Ben Deloney, Julia Meng, Damien Patterson, Meredith Strathmeyer, Sarah Tallman, and our brilliant Associate Artistic Director Dawn Fay.

The afternoon will also include very special guest Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam. Vi is a champion fiddler, inspired performer, and heartfelt musician. Learn more about Vi and his latest C.D. A Long Time Comin’ at

A suggested donation of $10.00 will help to support BNC’s Artist Resource Fund, and to ensure future IP performances. The Artist Resource Fund is a resource to aid in the transition and future of a dancers life.

You do NOT want to miss this incredible, one time only performance. Wine, kid friendly “bevies”, and food will be provided. Visit us at, and follow us on twitter @WeAreIndustrial. See you April 28 at 2pm...because we don’t believe in an off-season.

Industrial Project Hip Hop

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by sarah-tallman


5, 6, 7, 8 who do we appreciate? Damien Patterson, that’s who! If you missed the first Industrial Project Hip Hop class, no worries! You have a second chance this Saturday April 21 from 10:15-11:15! Throw on your comfiest kicks, and meet BNC’s professional company members in Studio 1 for a super cool hip hoppity time! Damien will lead you through a funky, sweat breaking, laughter inducing hour of fun. Don’t just sit there! Come and learn super cool moves, that you just may want to remember when you’re out on the town or perhaps April 28 when you come to see Industrial Project...hmmm.

Hip Hop with Damien is a fundraiser to support Industrial Project and a $7 suggested donation can be made at the front desk. See you Saturday for the ultimate kick-booty time. Bring water, sneakers, and a smile!

Who: YOU!

What: Industrial Project Hip Hop

Where: BNC Studio 1

When: Saturday April 21 10:15-11:15

Why: Industrial Project Fundraiser $7 suggested donation

See you this Saturday for Hip Hop, and next Saturday April 28 at 2pm in Studio 1 for Industrial Project, $10 suggested donation...because we don’t believe in an off-season.

April is Dance Month!

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


Keep an eye out the 2012 Celebrate Dance Month brochures! Lots of dance events are happening this month! Not only are there performances all over Colorado, in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, Fort Collins, Aspen, Lakewood, and Parker, but there are also classes, workshops, and parties! The classes and workshops include ballet, flamenco, and ballroom dance. And the parties include English Country Dance (think Jane Austen), Square Dance, and Swing Dance.

But that's not all, the week of April 20 is National Dance Week and April 29 is International Dance Day!

So this April, get your dancing shoes out and see a performance, take a class, or go to a dance party!

Visit Boulder Arts Resource for more information and to download the brochure.



Tune In To Colorado Matters On CPR

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 by admin


Garrett Ammon sat down with Ryan Warner for an interview on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters. During the interview, Garrett reflects on the 10th anniversary of BNC's professional company.  Listen in to hear him share a past, present and future look at the professional company.

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Julia Meng

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by jamie-melaragno


This is Julia’s ninth season with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She trained with Maria Vegh, former director of the Harkness House in NYC, and also studied at the Joffrey Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. Before joining BNC, she danced with David Taylor Dance Theater, Boulder Ballet and Colorado Ballet. Favorite roles with BNC include Garrett Ammon’s When the Power Goes Out, No Passengers,  For The Love of Pete, and Sarah Tallman’s See Yourself.  Julia has also been featured in new works by Amy Seiwert, Alex Ketley, Robert Sher-Macherndal, Heather Maloy, Mark Godden and Lauri Stallings. She has also choreographed four works for BNC and has been a teacher at the School of BNC since 2002.

When did you start dancing and why?  When I was 5 years old. I have an older sister who use to dance and I wanted to do it too.

What do you love most about dance?  I love the way my body feels when it’s moving, streching, working. I especially love pieces that are physically challenging.

Which BNC production has been your favorite and why?  My favorite piece is ”No Passengers”.  I love the music and it was a lot of fun to create.

What do you do in your free time when you’re not dancing?  I have a 8 month old daughter so I don’t really have any “free time”.  When I’m not dancing I spend all my time with her and my husband.

Fun Facts

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Food:  Pineapple fried rice!!!

Favorite Quote:  “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.” Mahatma Gandhi

One thing you can’t live without:  My daughter

Rock Ballets Questions:

What is your favorite rock song, and what does it mean to you?  Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matter’s “ -“forever trust in who we are, and nothing else matters…” It was the first time a song really struck me and I learned a lot about myself.  Tod’s “Aenema” helps me vent when I’m having a bad day.

What is your favorite song by David Bowie?  My Favorite is actually a Bowie/Queen collaboration… “Under Pressure”.

Dawn Rocks Out on TV

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by admin


On Monday, BNC's Associate Artistic Director, Dawn Fay, appeared on Colorado & Company's program.
Check out Dawn's interview where she shares with CoCo host, Tawnya Rush, about BNC's final production of the 10th anniversary season, Rock Ballets, April 13-15.

Unleash Your Inner Rock Star Contest!

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


Show BNC your inner rock star and get a free dinner for 2 at Hard Rock Cafe!

Here's what to do:

Submit a photo or video on our Facebook of your...

  • best rock pose (photo or video) - we encourage you to go all out with your outfit and makeup OR
  • best rock star impersonation (video) OR
  • best rock star moment or story (photo) - this could be the time you met a rock star or the time when you were the rock star

Have fun, tell your friends and unleash your inner rock star!

If you win, you will receive a free dinner for 2 to use at Hard Rock Cafe, the day of a performance of Rock Ballets!

Entries will be judged on creativity, most accurate depiction, and enthusiasm. The judges will be the interns at BNC - Jamie, Jesse, Joanna, and Sasha - and they are super excited to see your submissions!

 The deadline to submit entries is Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Square of Ice

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by jamie-melaragno


On Saturday, March 31st at 10pm, Sarah Tallman and Colby Foss will be performing a pas de deux from Garrett Ammon's work, "Walk the Line" set to Johnny Cash's famous tune.  Why? Because Off-Center at The Jones (located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex) is hosting a 2 day festival entitled "Square of Ice - A Johnny Cash Remix." 

This festival is a talent competition style format where acts will be performing their best Johnny Cash covers - everything from improv comics to ukelele players. The top 14 entries have been selected and will compete this coming Friday and Saturday evening; doors open at 9:30pm.

All of the entries will perform on Friday, followed by a live vote and a finalist showdown on Saturday the 31st.  Our dancers will be the opening entertainment for the showdown (think the guest performers on SYTYCD's results show).  Other entertainment on the 31st includes live ice carving outside of the theater and a closing performance by Rocky Mountain DanceGrass band Whitewater.

Come and enjoy the performers' Johnny Cash Remixes, and don't miss the beautiful dancing of Sarah Tallman and Colby Foss opening the show on March 31st!

SQUARE OF ICE, A Johnny Cash Remix
A Two Night Festival (come to one night or both)
March 30 & 31: Doors 9:30pm, Show 10:00pm
Tickets $10

For tickets click here.

Supernatural Savings: ArtsX Pass

Posted on: March 28th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


Do you love seeing and visiting all the latest and most interesting, cultural events in Denver? Are you a young professional between the ages of 21 and 45? Then this is for you!

BNC has partnered with four other organizations to bring you the best and most exciting events this spring and summer. Not only do you get to see our last production of the season, Rock Ballets, but also two other performances and two museum trips!

For just $70, treat yourself to three out-of-this-world performances by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Curious Theatre and Central City Opera PLUS two trips to Denver’s coolest museums around, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hurry and grab your ArtsX Pass to experience the hottest arts happenings in Denver! Only 125 passes will be sold and they are only available through April 9th.

To purchase: Online or 303.292.6700.