Contact & FAQ

Contact Us

Amy Earnest – Program Director
Tel: 303.443.0028 Ext. 6

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees?

No fees for the first year. We provide our outreach programs free of charge to participating schools in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. Those schools receiving the program for the second (or more) time are asked to contribute to support the continuation of the program at the school. This is not applicable to Title 1 schools.
If you would like an outreach program for your center or community, fees vary.  Please contact Program Director, Amy Earnest, for details and a quote.

How long are the programs?

The Elementary School program is designed to deliver 2 days of instruction to each participating class group. This schedule can be modified to meet the needs of the school.
The Middle School Program is designed to deliver 4 days of instruction to each participating class group, with an informal performance during the students class time on their final day.
*Note – each day refers to one lesson per class group (approximately 40-55 minutes each)

The Assembly Performance program is approximately 1 hour.

When and how can we book a program for our school?

Generally bookings are accepted in April/May for the following school year starting in August. The programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and our calendar fills up very fast. However, you are welcome to contact Program Director, Amy Earnest at any time to check for any open spots. 

What is the Assembly Performance Program?

The Assembly Performance Program, Steps in Time, is a live performance from Boulder Ballet company dancers and includes the history and evolution of ballet throughout the ages and audience participation.
Since its inception more than a decade ago, Steps in Time remains a much-requested educational outreach program. The assembly-format program seamlessly illustrates the history of ballet and its continuing influence on all forms of dance. Through beautiful choreography, humorous narration, and powerful dancing by our professional company, Steps in Time moves students beyond stereotypes and opens their eyes to the precision, expression, and athleticism of ballet. The Assembly Performance usually takes place at the start or end of an outreach program residency in March/April. Click here for more information about the Assembly Performance Program.

What is the Elementary School Program?

The Elementary School Program, Poetry of Motion, is a residency-format program offered in successive classes during the school day. The program is focused on teaching students the value of creative expression without judgment. Through the integration of dance and movement, the program inspires confidence in creative expression, joy in collaborating with others, and passion for interpretive dramatic art, all based around state standards for Physical Education (specifically #1 and #4). Using fun exercises and games, students explore the realm of bodies in motion and imaginative expression. The model is group-oriented and playful. The cumulative effect of immersion over a two-week period builds students’ skills and confidence. Click here for more information about the Elementary School Program.

What is the Middle School Program?

The Middle School Program builds on past participation in existing programs and introduces a cross-disciplinary element that directly links science and arts curricula. The middle school program focuses on the three C’s: building community, developing collaboration and leadership skills, and fostering creativity through dance, health, and fitness. The Middle School Program has two options:
1) Dance the Spheres – arts integration with dance and science (Earth Science)
2) Reach the Summit – arts integration with dance and physical education/health
Click here for more information about the Middle School Program.

Who teaches the programs?

Kathryn Wagner – Elementary School Program Instructor
Kathryn Wagner, a native of Colorado, trained at the Arvada Center with Christina Noel-Adcock, Eve Paris, and Lisi Elsey. Kathryn has performed in numerous productions and outreach performances with the Arvada Center Dance Theater, and is now co-artistic director and choreographer for the pre-professional performance group. Additionally, Kathryn is an instructor for the Arvada Center’s Dance Department, teaching aspiring dancers of all ages, and Arts Days program, offering art-centered, curriculum-based workshops to schools and corporations. Kathryn was a company member of Boulder Ballet for many years and is a graduate of Regis University with a degree in elementary education.

Amy Earnest – Middle School Program Instructor
Amy began dancing at the age of three in Atlanta, GA. Amy received her training with the School of Atlanta Ballet under the direction of Tom Pazik, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. As a professional dancer she performed with Hartford Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Tulsa Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She also was a finalist in the prestigious New York Ballet Competition of 1996 and was a member of the Chautauqua Ballet from 1998 to 2000. Amy has been teaching and coaching students for the last 12 years and is certified with the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Primary through Level 3. Amy owned and directed Avant-Garde School of Dance, along with her husband Lance Hardin, where they choreographed and produced numerous performances including an annual Nutcracker. Amy has trained and coached students that have continued their training with prestigious schools including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School. Amy is also a certified Pilates instructor receiving her certification through D.K. Body Balancing accredited by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and approved by the Nevada and Arizona State Boards of Physical Therapists. Amy also enjoyed her role as company teacher with Dawson Wallace Dance (formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre) from 2008 to 2012, along with a variety of requests as guest instructor. Before joining Boulder Ballet, Amy and her husband Lance Hardin served as Co Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

How do the programs connect with Colorado curriculum?

Creativity, collaboration, and curriculum! Boulder Ballet aims to provide high quality arts education programming for elementary and middle school students to discover joy and confidence through dance. Our outreach programs foster the creative potential of all students, while providing a supportive environment emphasizing the art of dance. Lifelong learning is encouraged through collaborative group work and movement activities. Each residency addresses the core competencies in the Colorado Academic Standards for physical education, music, and/or science.

Elementary School Program: Utilizing games, music, and a play to teach theatrical movement, dance and choreography, students work individually and in groups to enhance creativity, confidence, focus, and collaboration.
Offered to: Elementary (K-5)
Number of lessons: 2
Aligned with Colorado Academic Standards: music and physical education 

Middle School Program: Through arts integration techniques, students experience movement games incorporating academic concepts of science or physical education, creative activities, and dance sequences. The program culminates with an optional performance demonstrating the knowledge and skills that the students have gained throughout the program.
Offered to: Middle School (6-8)
Number of lessons: 4
Aligned with Colorado Academic Standards: science (Earth Science) OR physical education

I'm a school teacher interested in the program for my students. Can the program cover all my students for the whole day/week?

Depending on the funding available to us and the school’s schedule, the Boulder Ballet instructor/s can teach all classes throughout the day for the duration of the residency. This is two days of instruction (per class group) for Elementary Schools and four days of instruction (per class group) for Middle Schools.

Can we combine classes to cover more students?

We try to keep to a 1:30 ratio as much as possible to ensure the highest quality instruction. In some cases we can be flexible with this depending on circumstances. 

What does 'class group' mean?

Class group refers to the group of students in one lesson. If the school teacher sees six classes per day, we refer to this as six class groups.
Elementary School example: If the school teacher has six classes per day and the students rotate every other day, this would result in a total of twelve class groups. The program would need to be scheduled for four days to accommodate all students.
Middle School example: If the school teacher has six classes per day that remain the same for the whole week, this would be considered six class groups and could be covered in four days with the performance during their class time on the fourth day. In this scenario there would be 6 performances on the fourth day – one for each class group.