Contact & FAQ

Contact Us

Erin Tunbridge – Outreach Director
Tel: 303.443.0028 Ext. 208
E-mail: Erin@boulderballet.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees?

No fees. For 2016/17, we provide our outreach programs free of charge to participating schools in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. In the 2017/18 school year, those schools that would be receiving the program for the second or more time will be required 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 Outreach Director, Erin Tunbridge, 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.
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)

The Assembly Performance program is approximately 1 hour.

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

Generally bookings takes place in April/May for the entire school year starting in August. The programs are first-come, first-served and our calendar fills up very fast, however you may contact Outreach Director, Erin Tunbridge, anytime to check for any remaining 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 introduce a cross-disciplinary element that directly links science and arts curricula. The mission of 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 outreaches 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 corporate offices. A graduate of Regis University with a degree in elementary education, Kathryn is an experienced teacher who may be spotted subbing in classrooms around Boulder!

Amy Earnest – Middle School Program Instructor
Amy began dancing at the age of three in Atlanta, GA. Erin 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 2008-2012, along with a variety of requests as guest instructor. Most recently Amy and her husband Lance Hardin have served as Co Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

Erin Tunbridge – Outreach Director and Middle School Program Instructor
Erin Tunbridge was born and grew up in Australia and has been working in dance choreography, teaching, and arts management since 2008. Erin established and directed Zeta Dance Group, a project-based dance company in Australia, for 6 years during which she choreographed and self-produced full length works reputable venues. She recently coordinated an international tour with my Australian dancers of Zeta Dance Group, touring the work in New York and Washington DC in April 2014.
Erin studied at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Dance (2009); Bachelor of Education, Secondary (2009) – minor in English; Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (2010), and Master of Creative Industries in Arts Management and Production (2012). Since 2006, she has taught dance for early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools, private dance studios, colleges and universities (including Montgomery College, MD and George Mason University, VA), and adult community classes (including Dance Place, DC).
Until July 2012, Erin worked as the studio manager/programs officer at Ausdance Queensland, a national advocacy and support body for dance in Australia. Erin worked as the Programs Coordinator for ClancyWorks Dance Company (MD) from 2012–2015 and was responsible for marketing endeavors and coordinating the ClancyWorks educational programs.
Erin joined Boulder Ballet in 2015, and continues as Marketing Manager and Outreach Director, delivering educational programs to middle schools in Colorado.

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 in and around Boulder, CO to discover joy and confidence through dance. Our outreach programs foster the creative potentials of all students, whilst 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, with the school’s classroom teacher also in the room. 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 though the students change every other day, this would be considered new class groups to a total of twelve class groups. The program would need to be scheduled for four days to reach 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 that 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.