FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2007
COLORADO BALLET CONTINUES WITH STRATEGIC PLAN;
ANNOUNCES DANCER CHANGES AND ATTENDANCE FIGURES
DENVER- In accordance with three long-range goals outlined in its new strategic plan, Colorado Ballet has successfully completed the 2006-2007 season by continuing to attract new dancers, making efforts to ensure the present and future financial stability of the company and taking steps to grow its audiences.
Fresh on the heels of his first season with the company, which reached a tentative agreement with AGMA last month, Artistic Director Gil Boggs has completed filling dancer contracts for the 2007-2008 season. The new roster includes a streamlined ranking system (principal, soloist and corps de ballet), six new dancers and several promotions within the company:
- Chandra Kuykendall, formerly soloist, has been promoted to principal.
- Shunsuke Amma, Dana Benton and Sayaka Karasugi, formerly corps de ballet, have been promoted to soloist level.
- Vyachesslav Buchkovsky of Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, Harunaga Yamakawa of Nowa (Japan) Ballet Company, Christopher Ellis and Caitlin Valentine, both of Orlando Ballet and Kevin Gael Thomas and Antoine Pros, both of Houston Ballet II, will all join Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet.
“Throughout the audition process, I was excited by the quality of dancers who contacted me,” said Boggs, who noted that the number of auditioners tripled in volume since the same time last year. “Along with the quality of our current dancers, I have been able to upgrade significantly with these new additions,” he said.
The conclusion of the 2006-2007 season revealed that 70,114 people attended Colorado Ballet productions.
“We’re somewhat disappointed with the numbers, especially given that we received some of the best reviews in the company’s history,” Snider said. She stated that several factors which likely contributed to the drop in attendance included the blizzard cancellations of two Nutcracker performances in December, competition from last fall’s “Lion King” production which was running at the Denver Performing Arts Complex at the same time as “Giselle,” and also what Snider says the company perceived as “a bit of a wait-and-see approach” to Boggs’ first season with Colorado Ballet.
Overall, Snider says that “Great progress has been made this year. In order for us to become the ‘best ballet company between the coasts,’ things had to happen in a certain order. The first step was to hire Gil. The second was to have a great season artistically. And now the focus is to grow the board. With great support from a number of community leaders, in the last 12 months, we have added 20 trustees and currently have 54.”
“As the season progressed, excitement did start to grow,” noted Snider, “People were seeking out information about next season during the intermissions at DANCE CREATIONS. That enthusiasm is palpable now and we’d like to continue that throughout next season.”
2007-2008 season tickets are now on sale and single tickets will be available July 16. Please call 303.837.8888 or visit the all-new www.coloradoballet.com for more information.