Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted a Soloist to Principal dancer, two Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloists, two Apprentices to Corps de Ballet, two Studio Company to Apprentices, and brought in three new Corps de Ballet dancers for a total of 31 professional Company dancers for the 2017/2018 season.
“Colorado Ballet’s Company has tremendous talent and I’m honored to promote these wonderfully talented dancers into higher positions within the Company,” said Boggs. “The dancers who received promotions will be familiar faces to fans of Colorado Ballet because many of them have danced lead roles in our productions for years.”
At the end of last season, Boggs promoted Asuka Sasaki from Soloist to Principal dancer. Sasaki was born in Nagano, Japan and trained at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. After completing her training, she joined Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Aspirant. In 2005, she joined Colorado Ballet, was promoted to Soloist in 2010 and Principal in 2017. With the Company, she danced many soloist and leading roles including Clara and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Bluebird and Diamond in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrta and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Autumn Fairy and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, soloist in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Russian girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, Firebird in Yuri Possokhov's Firebird, Red and Pink couple in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and Little Mermaid in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid.
Boggs promoted Tracy Jones and Christophor Moulton from Corps de Ballet to Soloists. Born in Cork, Ireland, Jones started dancing at the age of five with Ballet Theatre Ireland and went on to train at The Royal Ballet School for eight years. After graduating, she joined the English National Ballet as an Artist. From 2008-2012, danced as a member of Barcelona Ballet, where she toured the world. She joined Colorado Ballet in 2013. Moulton was born in Colorado Springs, CO, began his training at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and graduated from the Harid Conservatory in Florida. He also studied for a year at the Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis School and received the 2007 Rudolph Nureyev Education Fellowship. He joined Colorado Ballet's Studio Company in 2009, and was promoted into the Company in 2010.
Arianna Ciccarelli and Mackenzie Dessens have moved from Apprentices to Corps de Ballet. Originally from Bristol, Connecticut, Ciccarelli began dancing ballet at age 12 and studied in the pre-professional resident program at The Nutmeg Conservatory for The Arts. She was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company during the 2013-2014 season, then spent two years dancing with Ballet Arizona before joining Colorado Ballet’s Company in 2016. Dessens is from New Orleans, Louisiana and began her training at Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and upon completion, joined Cincinnati Ballet’s second company. She joined Colorado Ballet in 2015.
Two of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company dancers moved into the Company as Apprentices, Francesca Martoccio and Sara VanderVoort. Originally from Miami, FL, Martoccio trained at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and New World School of the Arts. In 2016, she graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Concentration, then joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company after graduation. VanderVoort is from Bucks County, PA and trained at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and at summer programs all over the country. She was a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2012-2013, danced with Nashville Ballet’s Second Company from 2013-2015, then joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2015.
With the retirement of four dancers at the end of the last season, Boggs also brought in three new dancers to join the Corps de Ballet: Alyssa Fazekas, Nicolas Pelletier and Jeremy Studinski. Fazekas is from Orlando, Florida, trained at Orlando Ballet School and in 2012, joined Orlando Ballet II. In 2014, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II, and in 2016, she joined Ballet Arizona's Studio Company. Pelletier was born in Quebec City, Canada, then moved to California when he was eight, where he attended the San Francisco Ballet School for 10 years. He completed his training with Canada's National Ballet School in 2010 and joined Alberta Ballet in 2011. Studinski began his training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance at age nine. He danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2011 to 2013. After spending two seasons as a member of Orlando Ballet II, he was promoted to Apprentice with the Company, then joined the full Orlando Ballet Company the following year.
“At the end of last season, we had four well-known dancers retire, which opened up a few positions in the Company,” said Boggs. “Each year, we have hundreds of talented dancers throughout the world audition for a handful of spots in our Company. Colorado Ballet’s reputation as a world-class ballet company continues to grow and with our record-ticket sales and new home, we are able to attract some of the best talent in the world. I encourage everyone to join us this season and see what Colorado Ballet’s Company has to offer.”
In addition to the new Company dancers, more than 21 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Colorado Ballet’s 57th season includes Dracula October 6-15, 2017, The Nutcracker November 25-December 24, 2017, Romeo and Juliet February 16-25, 2018, and Ballet Director’s Choice March 30-April 1, 2018. In addition to the season performances, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail Dance Festival in Dancing in the Park on July 31 and American Dance Classics on August 1; at An Evening under the Stars on August 26 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater; and at two Attitude on Santa Fe productions in September 2017 and February 2018 at Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater. For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.