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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you to Hard Rock Cafe Denver for supporting BNC! They will be hosting Rock Ballets opening night after party on April 13. Paul DeHaven, from the band Paper Bird will be performing solo as the entertainment. Everyone is welcome to join us.
In the "Mile High City", rock your way to Hard Rock Cafe Denver. Head to Hard Rock's Happy Hour from Mon through Fri (3pm-6pm) and enjoy unmatched specialty drinks, from Hurricanes and Margaritas, to the Alternative Rock non-alcoholic drink menu.
Stop by the Rock Shop and check out Hard Rock's limited edition merchandise, including the recently released Jimi Hendrix Signature Series.
Visit Hard Rock Cafe Denver the weekend of Rock Ballets, April 13-15 and ask for the Rock Ballet Menu and 10% of your purchase supports BNC. Reservations required. Call 303.623.0856 for more information.
BNC wants to give a special thanks and shout out to School of Rock for supporting us by getting the word out about Rock Ballets, April 13-15.
If you are looking for a fun way to learn music, especially rock music, look no further!
Through their performance-based approach to music lessons, School of Rock students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident as a result. They teach guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals in an interactive environment. They believe the best way to learn music is to play music. They take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. School of Rock teaches weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.They deliver an authentic experience using professional equipment, a staff of seasoned musicians, and performances on real rock stages, at real rock venues in front of real live audiences.
Check them out on YouTube
Julie King has been with BNC since 2005. She has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Once Was a Time I Thought, Love of My Life and Moulin Rouge. She has also performed in Joshua Blake Carter’sMothertongue and Ma Cong’s Passion, There. Before joining BNC, the Lansdale, Pennsylvania native trained with David Taylor Dance Theatre and at Virginia School of the Arts. After graduation she 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.
When did you start dancing and why?
What do you love most about dance? I’m a shy person, so I love the ability to express myself. I also really enjoy the physical challenge of it, and freedom. Although I’m shy I feel most at home and content on stage performing.
Which BNC production has been your favorite? I don’t have a favorite production. It would be hard to pick because they are all so different, and therefore special to me in different ways.
What do you do in your free time when you’re not dancing? I enjoy cooking and watching movies.
If you weren’t a dancer what would your dream job be? I can’t really imagine having a different job. I love animals…but I don’t think I could be as happy as I am doing anything else.
What is one thing you can’t live without? Air.
What inspires you? Music, other dancers, the process of everyone coming together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
Words to live by: “Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.”
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Dessert
Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with zombies. Zombie movies, tv shows and books. I can’t get enough!
Favorite Rock Song: "This is hard for me beacuse I always have many "favorites." Right now I would have to say Everlong by the Foo Fighters because it always inspires me."
You can see Julie’s next performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.
At age 10, Marian Faustino was a competitive gymnast. Her mom put her in a ballet class to help improve her floor routine. At age 13, Marian was uprooted from her hometown in Virginia when her parents decided to move to the Philippines. Although she was unhappy about the change at the time, she soon began to discover the Filipino culture and language through dance.
She began training as a professional dancer in the Philippines. She performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines, and was also a Philippine representative in several international ballet competitions. Marian returned to the U.S. to dance in Nashville with Dance Theatre of Tennessee.
Since joining Ballet Nouveau Colorado last August, Marian has been pushed to try new things.
“I really loved BNC+Redline: A Shared Experience in Art. Working with Maurya Kerr was a really interesting experience,” says Marian. “While she was creating her piece, I remember feeling almost uncomfortable, and that I had never been asked to more that way ever in my entire life. But it was a good discomfort, in that it made me try something new.”
Although the show forced Marian to step outside her boundaries, pushing her limits is exactly what Marian loves most about dance.
“I love that dance presents you with new challenges everyday,” she says. “You have to push the limits of your body, or find different ways of expressing yourself through movement. I love that it seems to slow time down and allows people to examine life, relationships, and emotions a little more closely.”
When Marian isn’t dancing, she leads a low-key life spending time at home, reading books or articles, catching up on TV shows, watching movies or enjoying good food. One thing she misses about the Philippines is the delicious food. Her favorite dish is called ginataang kalabasa, a combination of squash and string beans cooked in coconut milk with ginger and shrimp.
Marian also has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Philippines. If she wasn’t dancing, she would look for work as a preschool teacher. But putting in up to 50 hours a week in the dance studio, Marian’s free time is limited.
Right now Marian and the other dancers are preparing for Rock Ballets in April. She says that although she didn’t grow up listening to Queen, David Bowie, or INXS, she is enjoying connecting with the piece.
“I didn’t really grow up listening to these artists, so I don’t really have a emotional connection to the music, but it is definitely a cool process developing that connection and getting to know all of the songs as we dance to them and hear them more and more,” she says.
Come see Marian’s performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.
Damien Patterson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He took his first dance class at age 8, when his uncle, who was a dancer, signed him up. He started taking formal ballet classes at 14 and by 18 he was a professional dancer.
He moved to Tennessee where he danced Dawn Fay and Garrett Ammon, BNC's artistic directors, for Ballet Memphis. Damien came to BNC in 2009, excited to try something fresh and different. Now in his third season with BNC, Damien says it is hard to pick out a favorite show.
“I don’t think I have a favorite yet,” he says. “I’m not done with my career. Once I’m done I will be able to make a decision. Just being able to get up and dance every day is my favorite thing.”
He says that one of the biggest challenges he has faced so far is making each character he portrays his own. The role he will dance in Rock Ballets was originally choreographed for someone much smaller. Damien is 6’ 1 ¾” and says learning to execute the moves is like using a cello instead of a violin to perform a concerto.
“The ballets have already been set and we’re trying to breathe new life into them,” he says. “I’m playing someone else’s character and I’m trying to make it my own. It’s like putting on someone else’s suit in each ballet.”
In spite of the challenge of adaptation, Damien is looking forward to performing a pas de deux to “Mediate” by INXS. He performed the piece during Moving Together two summers ago, and is looking forward to finding a new raw emotion to put into it.
Damien loves dance because he can express himself without even using words. Dance is a universal language that anyone can understand. But more importantly, he loves dance because race fades to the background.
“It’s a joy to me to do this because, especially here at BNC, I’m not put on this planet to represent diversity. I’m here to be a dancer,” he says. “I’ve danced in an all black company. I’ve been the only black person in the company. And it doesn’t do anything for anyone. I’ve realized that the better dancer I become, the less you think about my skin color. It’s visible, you see it, but at the same time I’m here to show you the dancer. I’m here to move forward and represent the human race and not one group of people.
When he’s not dancing, Damien likes to spend time at home watching movies, writing poetry and talking to friends. As a seasoned choreographer, he also spends his time thinking about where he can take dance when his career as a professional dancer comes to an end.
He says he is still developing his own sense of style and movement and learning to understand the other dancers around him. As a choreographer Damien works to help the dancer to understand his vision, and he is still learning to bring out what he wants to see in another person through movement. He hopes to use choreography to continue dance into his future.
“There is no other job for me, to be honest. This is it. This is what I was put here to do,” he says. “I quit dance once and it was the most awful thing I’ve ever done to myself in my life. If I wasn’t a dancer I wouldn’t be here.”
You can see Damien perform in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Center at Pinnacle Charter School.