For the past 12 years, Colorado Ballet has partnered with Warren Village to provide free creative movement classes. The Warren Village
Program is a partnership between Warren Village's Greta Horwitz Learning Center and Colorado Ballet's Education Department.
Warren Village helps motivated low-income, previously homeless single parent families move from public assistance to personal and economic
self-sufficiency through subsidized housing, on-site nationally accredited child care, intensive case management, education guidance
and career development.
The dance program consists of two classes, ages 3 to 4 and ages 4 to 5. The children learn creative movement and focus on 12
different dance concepts. For example, the children will learn about the concept of size by dancing big or small or levels
by dancing high, middle or low. Along with learning locomotor movements and basic ballet steps, the children also learn the
etiquette of attending a dance class, listening, creativity, problem solving, and how to work together.
Partnership between Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Colorado Ballet
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder causing muscle rigidity, tremors and a slowing of physical movement. While dance has
not been officially studied as a therapy for the disease, doctors throughout the U.S. have widely recognized the benefits associated
with regular exercise for those living with Parkinson’s. Since its inception in September 2011, approximately 50 individuals
with Parkinson’s disease have participated in the program.
The methods employed by the Rhythm & Grace program encourage participants to explore movement and music in ways that are
refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative, and improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. Each participant
applies elements of narrative, imagery, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such Parkinson’s-specific
concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor,
participants explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing in a non-pressured environment.
Rhythm & Grace is an adaptation of the nationally recognized Dance for PD® model created by the Mark Morris Dance Group
and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. This national model is offered in more than 40 communities in the U.S. and Europe. The
Parkinson Association of the Rockies is the first Parkinson’s-oriented Colorado organization to bring this dance-focused method
of physical therapy to the Denver community. For more information or to sign up for a class, visit http://www.ParkinsonRockies.org.
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Audio Described Performances
Colorado Ballet offers audio described performances so that blind and visually impaired patrons can enjoy our performances. Audio
described patrons will save 20% on tickets to the audio described performance (limit 6 tickets, subject to availability, cannot
be combined with other offers or used toward past purchases). You will pick up your headset at the coat check on the left
side of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House lobby prior to the performance. Tickets will go on sale July 15, 2017 for the 2017/2018
Upcoming 2017/2018 Audio Described Performance Dates: