It’s honestly hard to describe BNC – their style, their flavor, what to expect when you see them perform. I would have to say that they extend beyond dancers; they are flat out artists. They are incredible when performing a pas de deux in pairs, or as a company in perfect precision. They come in all shapes and sizes and there are no rankings amongst the dancers. They are disgustingly perfect and somehow both ethereal and absolutely raw.
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).
Associate Artistic Director
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.
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).
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Amanda Tipton
Candice began her training in Littleton, CO under the direction of Shelly Trujillo and Louanne Davies. She has attended River North Dance Chicago summer intensive on full scholarship as well as Bolzano Danza in Bolzano, Italy. Candice graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in May 2011 with a B.F.A in Dance and a Minor in Business. During her time at the U of A, she had the opportunity to perform modern and jazz repertoire choreographed by Sam Watson, Douglas Nielesn, Amy Ernst, and Michael Williams. She was also featured in James Clouser's Carmina Burana and performed Sanguinic Principal in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments. Candice toured China with Art.if.act Dance Project in the summer of 2011.With BNC, Candice has danced Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry's Intersection and Garrett Ammon's A Stitch in Time, as well as works by Sarah Tallman and Lane Gifford. Her interests include reading, cooking, and Audrey Hepburn movies.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ben began his dance training with Marianne Hebert and Madalyn Montegudo. He then went on to dance at Baton Rouge Ballet Theater and summer programs at Ballet Austin, Harid Conservatory, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ben is a graduate of the ballet department at Indiana University, where he was mentored by Guoping Wang, Doricha Sales, and Violette Verdy. Performances at IU include lead roles in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Rubies, Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields, and Agnes deMille's Rodeo, as well as dancing in works by Jacques Cesbron, Matthew Neenan, Vaslav Njinisky, and Michael Vernon. Ben also danced with Ballet Memphis, where he performed works by choreographers Steven McMahon and Jane Comfort. He was singled out by Alistair Macauly as one of the most memorable "Mother Gingers" in the NYTimes dance critic's 2010 national Nutcracker tour. With BNC, Ben has performed in Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry's Intersection, as well as Garrett Ammon's A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets.
Marian received her training in the Philippines as a member of Ballet Manila, where she performed soloist and principal roles in full length classics such as The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote. She was also a Philippine representative at several international ballet competitions. She was a semi-finalist at the Xth Moscow IBC and a finalist at the Japan IBC in 2005. In 2008, Marian joined Ballet Philippines and danced with them for two seasons, performing many original Filipino works. She has danced with Dance Theatre of Tennessee where she received the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship for Dance by the Tennessee Arts Commission. At BNC, Marian has performed in Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry's Intersection, Garrett Ammon's A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets. She has also danced in works by Maurya Kerr and Lane Gifford.
Colby began his training in Fargo, ND under the direction of Eddie and Kathy Gasper. He attended summer programs on full scholarship with Milwaukee Ballet, Boston Ballet, and River North Chicago Dance Company. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a BFA in dance. At the U of A, he was featured in ballet, modern, and jazz works by Frank Chaves, Doug Nielsen, Sam Watson, James Clouser, and George Balanchine. Colby has taught and performed with Ballet Magnificat in Tucson and was featured as a Principal Artist in Central City Opera's production of Oklahoma!. Since joining BNC, Colby has performed in Garrett Ammon's An Occasional Dream, No Passengers, A Stitch in Time and Love in the Digital Age, as well as in works by Ma Cong, Joshua Blake Carter and Jon Sloven.
Brandon Freeman, better known as "Private", hails from Colorado. He started dancing at Colorado State University and with Canyon Concert Ballet, before a very successful 12-year career with ODC/Dance, in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, Brandon has also had the privilege of working with Berkeley Ballet Theater, Marin Ballet, Western Ballet, Peninsula Ballet, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Janice Garrett and Dancers, Katie Faulkner (Little Seismic Dance), TheaterWorks, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Liss Fain Dance, Oakland Ballet Company, and Sonya Delwaide; and was a principal dancer in the movie, 'The Matrix II: Reloaded.' Nominated multiple times, Brandon received Isadora Duncan Awards for Ensemble Performance in 2002 with Brian Fisher, and in 2012 with Katie Faulkner, in her renowned duet Until We Know For Sure. Notably, Brandon received a nomination for Individual Performance in 2004 for his role in Brenda Way's masterpiece, Investigating Grace. Brandon's choreography includes works for Berkeley Ballet Theater, Marin Ballet, Canyon Concert Ballet, and the Lines Contemporary Ballet BFA program. In addition to teaching ballet and modern dance technique (including Dance for Parkinson's Disease), he plays the cello and paints. With BNC, Brandon has been featured in Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry's Intersection as well as Garrett Ammon's A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets. He gratefully acknowledges all who have influenced his dance career; specifically Brenda, KT, Sonya, and Randy.
Corbin's training started in Tucson, AZ in the forms of jazz and tap under the direction of Todd and Jodi Wilson. During that time he also trained with Sheryl Oden and Eva Zorilla-Tessler at Tucson High MS, and later was taken under the wing of Slawomir Wozniak at Master Ballet Academy in Phoenix, AZ. During his senior year of high school, he was invited to attend classes at the University of Arizona School of Dance, where he later became an official student and graduated with a BFA. During his time there, he performed in a number pieces from Sam Watson, James Clouser, Doug Nielsen, George Balanchine, and Melissa Lowe requiring ballet, jazz, and modern technique. Corbin has also toured with the companies Moving People Dance Theatre in Santa Fe, NM and Art.If.Act Dance Project from Tucson, AZ to various places in China. At BNC, Corbin has been featured in Garrett Ammon's Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets.
Julie trained with David Taylor Dance Theatre, and went on to train at Virginia School of the Arts under Petrus Bossman, Martha Faesi and Kris Cangelosi. She received the prestigious Dame Margo Fonteyn award upon graduation. Before joining BNC, Julie danced with Ballet Austin, where she was featured in Steven Mills' The Nutcracker, as well as with Nashville Ballet, where she danced roles in Romeo and Juliet, Robin Hood, and Giselle. At BNC, she has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon's Once Was a Time I Thought, Love of My Life, A Stitch in Time, Love in the Digital Age and Carry On. Julie has also performed in Joshua Blake Carter's Mothertongue and Ma Cong's Passion, There.
A former member of Ballet Memphis and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Damien graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied under Stephanie Powell and Toni Wilson. He also studied at the Arena Players Youth Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Damien has performed his choreography at BNC, Ballet Memphis, Morgan State University, Theatre Project, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. He has appeared as a guest artist for Towson University, Dance Baltimore! and the Men's Project at Theatre Project and has traveled and performed in a two man show that is based on the life of Emmett Till. Since joining BNC, Damien has been featured in Garrett Ammon's For the Love of Pete, Hemlocks and Primroses, Love in the Digital Age and Rock Ballets, as well as Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry's Intersection. He has performed in Alex Ketley's Kill the Anthem and Maurya Kerr's Groundling.
Meredith trained with Chamberlain School of the Performing Arts and attended summer programs on full scholarship at School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the celebrated Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Comparative Literature. In college, Meredith performed noted roles such as Choleric in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Since joining BNC Meredith has been nominated for the Princess Grace award and has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon's and tomorrow came, Love of My Life, Moulin Rouge, and An Occasional Dream, as well as world premiere works by Lauri Stallings, Ma Cong, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Seiwert. Meredith has taught within the BNC school for several years and is a certified Pilates instructor.
Sarah holds a BA with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the two-time recipient of Dancer of the Year. She has participated in the Inside ODC Professional Workshop, Baardar Dance Institute, and has studied with Lizanne McAdams Graham, Arthur Leeth, Cherie Noble, and Jeffrey Rockland. Sarah has danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr and Dancers, Baardar Dance Institute, and Colorado Dance Theatre. Off- season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Seven Deadly Sins and Oklahoma!. Since joining BNC, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon's Smile, When the Power Goes Out, and tomorrow came, and An Occasional Dream. Sarah has also performed in works by Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong and Lauri Stallings. An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for BNC, BNC's Student Company, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Sarah has been a faculty member of the School of BNC for several years. Her interests include yoga, the mountains, snowboarding, twinkling lights, and the color orange.
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Stephanie trained at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance and on full scholarship at the Houston Ballet Academy. She began her professional career with the Minnesota Ballet, dancing roles such as Dream Marie in The Nutcracker and Calliope in George Balanchine's Apollo, as well as works by Agnes de Mille, Anthony Tudor, and Ginger Thatcher. Stephanie went on to dance with the James Sewell Ballet and spent a summer season with Ballet Montana. In 2010, she moved to New York City, where she worked with the Metropolitan Opera, Ballets with a Twist, and CONTINUUM Contemporary Ballet. While in New York, Stephanie also developed a passion for the written word. She was a copywriter at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and her writing has been published in Dance Informa, Wetpaint, New York Family, and Encore Magazine.
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Wonderbound - Ballet Nouveau Colorado is seeking a male dancer for the 2013-14 season.
To be considered for a position with Wonderbound - Ballet Nouveau Colorado's company please submit the following:
References and Letters of Recommendation
DVD video or video links
DVD or video links should include at least one video excerpt from a contemporary work that clearly shows the individual. Additional excerpts may include classical or contemporary work. Performance or studio footage accepted.
Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Attn: Dawn Fay
3001 Industrial Lane, #12
Broomfield, CO 80020
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BNC's artistic team will contact qualified individuals to schedule auditions during company class and rehearsal. If selected for an audition, the individual should be prepared to spend a minimum of one full day with the professional company. Women will be expected to wear pointe shoes for company class.