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!