Nutcracker excitement!

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by The Long Family


As hard as it to believe, Nutcracker rehearsals are well under way for the student cast members. Many of those students have already been in rehearsals for 4 weeks now. And with those rehearsals, come costume fittings! Saturday, October 1st was one of the first costume fittings for this Nutcracker season. Costume fittings are very exciting - especially for the younger members who may be brand new to BNC's Nutcracker. Here are are handful of pictures from October 1, 2011!



Students Collaborating, Just Like the Pros

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon


Last night, Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Teen Council and The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado's Composition class met for the first time to begin work on a collaborative project.

Lighthouse and BNC have been working together since 2007 and have created two world premiere productions that bring the written word together with dance. Now, we are delighted to be getting the students in on the action.

Over the coming months these young writers and dancers will be exploring the nature of collaborative creation and work to create short works that will be presented in a performance this spring.

After introductions, Lighthouse's Michael J. Henry and I shared a little about our personal experiences working together and then the students got down to business. Led by Lighthouse's Megan Nix and BNC's Julia Wilkinson Manley and Jayne Persch, the students settled on "Awakenings" as the theme of their project. The students were then teamed up in groups of two and three to begin getting to know each other and exploring ideas.

What a pleasure it was to see all of these talented students in deep, thoughtful discussions as they begin this new journey together. I can't wait to see what happens.


Back 2 School Fundraiser

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by The Long Family


The Back 2 School Fundraiser letter writing party was held on Saturday, September 10th. Pizza was donated by Double D's Sourdough Pizza. Lemonade and ice cream were also on hand for all the participants. BNC's Back to School Fundraiser is going on now until October 15th for Nutcracker families and December 18th for the rest of BNC families. The goal for this fundraiser is $23,000! Click here for more details!

2011 – 2012 Student Company

Posted on: September 1st, 2011 by The Long Family



This year, Student Company auditions were held on Saturday, August 13th. Eligible students in levels E/F/G are able to participate. This year, we have 21 students participating! They will undoubtedly have a great season with so many students involved.

Their first order of business? Hair and makeup training!

Toddlers-Teens Dance All Week

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 by admin


Photo by David Jennings.

Free Kids Dance Week

Date: Sept 6-12, 2011

Who: Anyone interested in trying dance (ages 17 & under)

 Ballet Nouveau Colorado is excited to present its free dance week for youth September 6th-12th, 2011. Ballet Nouveau teaches classes in a wide variety of styles for all experience levels; from ballet to tap, jazz to contemporary, or even pilates classes, there is a class for everyone!  Take a look at our class schedule to explore the classes available. Class sizes are limited and fill up quickly so please RSVP here in a timely manner.

All new students who enroll in classes during Kids Free Week pay no registration fee for the season ($25 value).


Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by The Long Family



Our daughter, Kaileah, started taking ballet when she was 3 1/2 years old. She was already taking gymnastics and having fun at that. But when a friend asked if she would take a ballet class with her daughter, she was delighted. After taking two sessions at the local rec center, we knew she loved it and wanted more in-depth teaching. We heard about BNC through a family at gymnastics (who was also a BNC family) and thought we’d give it a try. That was back in September 2001 – and we are still here today. Needless to say, the moment my daughter stepped into Studio 1 at 8:00am on Saturday mornings, we knew where she belonged. She has definitely grown up at BNC and has gone through all the levels from Preschool Ballet to now Ballet G.

Since our son Parker was always tagging along everywhere his big sister went, it wasn’t much of a surprise when he asked to take class, too. He started taking ballet when he was 4 years old and in the Preschool Ballet level. At first, we weren’t sure if he wanted to take class just because his sister did, or if he really wanted to because it looked like fun. But the huge grin on his face during class told us the answer. He is now in Level D and is still grinning during all his classes.

Although neither my husband nor myself grew up in the dance world, we are so very blessed to be a part of BNC and feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful home.

Rachel, BNC Parent


One Night Only, Local & National Advanced Dance Students, Training for the Summer at The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado Share their Diverse Talent on Stage

Denver- Saturday, July 30th at 7:30pm, The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s (BNC) most advanced dance students, a group comprised of 20 young dancers, will showcase their hard work and development as dancers gained while training in BNC’s Advanced Summer Intensive program. The whole family will enjoy this evening full of entertainment that will include contemporary choreography and classical repertoire at economical ticket prices of $10 for students and $12 for adults.

The various works are choreographed by The School of BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley, BNC's Associate Artistic Director Dawn Fay and former BNC professional company artist, Megan Coatney. The production is staged by renowned dance historian, Randall Newsom. "Using contemporary dance, I wanted to explore the use of everyday objects and see where they led the piece. What has resulted is whimsical, yet has moments that reflect daily life,” says Fay.

National Dance Day was established to recognize and build awareness in three important areas: healthy lifestyles, dance education and physical fitness across the United States for all ages. The School of BNC is committed to this same vision and desires to build local awareness about these areas. The Advanced Summer Intensive Showcase is a perfect celebration of these principles.

The School of BNC has long offered summer dance programs for students of all ages. The six-week Advanced Summer Intensive has attracted students from across the nation for the past five years, one of only a few in the country filling a niche for high-quality contemporary dance training with a strong classical foundation. “The program is unique in that students get the opportunity to train with professionals in a fresh, innovative and caring environment while providing them with individual attention,” says Manley.

This year’s 20 students in the 2011 Advance Summer Intensive program range in age from 10-21. Six students represent the following states -- Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Washington and Texas. The other 14 students reside in Boulder, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior, Erie, Westminster, Arvada and Thornton, many of whom have been training with BNC since they were in kindergarten or younger.  One of these students is 14-year-old, Momo Sakai who resides in Superior, Colo. She is one of 39 students who are part of BNC’s need and merit based scholarship program. This past season, Sakai played the lead role, Clara, in BNC’s The Nutcracker and was a featured dancer in BNC’s Student Company Spring Concert, Prince Igor. “Being part of the Summer Intensive Showcase is amazing; it allows me to explore the use of space, music and the use of props with dancing. It’s rewarding to gain a better understanding of contemporary dance that is so different from my classical ballet training,” states Sakai.

Another student, Broomfield resident, Antonio Houck, age 14 has danced with BNC for six years. This past year, he was the lead role, Nutcracker Prince, in BNC’s The Nutcracker. “I love getting the opportunity to train like a professional and get the one on one attention of working with Garrett Ammon,” says Houck. Manley states, “Seeing these students’ confidence and contemporary technique sky rocket by the end of the summer is so rewarding.”

Performance Information

Advanced Summer Intensive Showcase

Date July 30 at 7:30pm

Location Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School - 1001 West 84th Ave I Denver, CO 80260. There is ample free on-site parking available.

Cost Children 12 and under, tickets are $10 I Adult tickets are $12

Order tickets Online at or by phone at 303.466.5685

For exclusive photo and interview opportunities with the various choreographers and students contact Ashley Burns, communications manager.
Phone 303.466.5685


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


DENVER -- On Saturday, May 14, 2011, The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s (BNC) Student Company presents their end of year production, a contemporary series featuring the famed Ballets Russes ballet Prince Igor, at Pinnacle Charter School’s Performing Arts Complex at 1001 West 84th Ave. Broomfield resident, Jeremy Studinski, age 15, will dance the title role of Prince Igor. Studinski has studied with BNC for six years, and this summer he will study with the San Francisco Ballet School on scholarship.

Prince Igor, originally performed as an excerpt to the full-length Russian opera, was later choreographed as a stand-alone work by famed Ballets Russes Choreographer Michel Fokine and premiered in 1909 in Paris. It is based on the story of a Ukrainian ruler and his family who are faced with the challenges inherent to love and war. BNC’s production of Prince Igor was staged by Cristina Munro, artistic director of Corpus Christi Ballet in Corpus Christi, Tex.

The performance will also highlight choreography by BNC Associate Artistic Director Dawn Fay and two of BNC's professional company artists, Colorado native Sarah Tallman and Damien Patterson.

Fay said, “I have enjoyed the process of working with these young artists and watching them develop. Their fresh, youthful, enthusiastic spirits became the inspiration for my piece entitled, gamin, gamine.” Fay’s work, a playful neo-classical ballet, will feature a pas de deux danced by Studinski and Momo Sakai.  Sakai, age 13 from Superior, danced the role of Clara in BNC’s 2010 production of The Nutcracker and began dancing with BNC when she was three years old.

Tallman's work is inspired by Charlie Brown’s pals, Lucy and Schroeder, from the comic strip Peanuts. "It is a privilege to work with the Student Company. It is amazing to see how the students have developed through the process of creating this piece, and to have the opportunity to be part of their development is so rewarding," said Tallman.

Patterson’s work, set to jazzy tunes by Aretha Franklin, takes place in a summer street scene while teenagers play and socialize. The piece reflects on the cycle of time and reflects on the similarities youth today have with the youth of the past. The piece features a solo danced by Lafayette resident Frances Purcell, age 14, who has studied with BNC since she was five years old.

BNC’s Student Company is comprised of 14 dancers, ages 12-19, many of whom reside in Boulder and Broomfield County. These aspiring young artists study dance for over 20-25 hours per week, including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern and jazz. They have been preparing for this production since August, in addition to participating in BNC’s The Nutcracker and community performances.

“It is a great honor to work with such devoted students,“ remarked School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley. “They are extraordinary students with great passion and dedication to their craft, and the result is remarkable. Putting together a full evening of dance takes an enormous amount of dedication and diligence, and the students of The School of BNC’s Student Company demonstrate the heart and devotion needed.”

Performance and Ticket Information
Date and Times
Saturday, May 14 - 2pm & 7:30pm

Location Performing Arts Complex at PCS (Pinnacle Charter School), 1001 West 84th Ave, Denver, CO 80260 – West of I-25, at 84th Avenue and Huron Street

Cost Regular Ticket Prices: $16 Prime I $14 Standard I $12 Value

Child/Student/Senior Ticket Prices: $14 Prime I $12 Standard I $10 Value

Order tickets Online at, or by phone at 303.466.5685.

Photography shoots and interviews can be arranged by contacting Ashley Burns, communications manager