Student Achievement



In my career I have yet to see a ballet school that can match Boulder Ballet. That may sound like an exaggeration, but I honestly have not encountered another ballet school that can so successfully train professionals while including students that may not have professional aspirations. –Ben Goodman

Boulder Ballet School provides quality ballet training for all ages in a uniquely artistic and creative atmosphere and is dedicated to helping students achieve technical excellence while nurturing their individual artistry. As a professional-track   ballet school, Boulder Ballet serves students interested in dance as a career as well as those wanting to dance for fun in an atmosphere of excellence. It has been voted “Best Dance Studio” in the annual Boulder Weekly reader’s poll each year since 2008.

With their superb technical and performance abilities, many of our students have earned regional and national honors. The Florence Ruston Award for Overall Excellence in Dance has been awarded three times to Boulder Ballet School students. This award is presented at the annual Denver Ballet Guild Scholarship Competition to only one of the more than 250 participants from ballet schools throughout Colorado. Boulder Ballet School students have also won awards at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest youth ballet and contemporary dance competition, including the Grand Prix (the highest award) at the Denver regional. To date, seven Boulder Ballet School students have been invited to perform at the YAGP finals in New York City along with the finest ballet students from around the world, and Boulder Ballet School’s team of teachers has earned the Best Teacher Award at the Denver regional. Boulder Ballet School alumni have gone on to dance with renowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Colorado Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet West, Mark Morris Dance Group, Miami City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Royal Ballet, and Royal Swedish Ballet.

Boulder Ballet School AwardsBOB

The florence rustin award for excellence
Youth America Grand Prix
Best teacher award, YAGP
Boulder Weekly’s best of boulder: best dance studio

Current Student Achievements

Each year our students display their skills in competitions, auditions for professional summer ballet programs, and
related artistic endeavors. Below is a list of current students’ achievements in 2015/2016.

Elizabeth Barnes
Elizabeth Barnes
Summer Programs Accepted
• Boston Ballet (will attend)
• Kansas City Ballet
• Kirov Ballet School

• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition
• Youth America Grand Prix

Arieh Bates-Vinueza
AriehSummer Programs Accepted
• Houston Ballet, full tuition scholarship
• Pacific Northwest Ballet, full tuition scholarship
• San Francisco Ballet School, full scholarship
• School of American Ballet, full scholarship (will attend)

• Youth America Grand Prix
– 3rd place classical
– Top 12 contemporary
– Finals in New York City
• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition
  – 4th place, junior men

Leah Baylin
Summer Programs Accepted
• American Ballet Theatre
• Pacific Northwest Ballet
• Boston Ballet
• Houston Ballet (will attend)

• Youth America Grand Prix
– Denver Regional, top 12
– Finals in New York City
• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition
– 4th place

• Houston Ballet’s Year Round Program
* Leah Baylin is featured on the background.

Aja Belcher-Velez
AjaThis year is my Senior year in High School. Before graduation, I will be performing in “Oklahoma!” as the lead (Laurie and Dream Dancer) in our school musical at Tara Performing Arts High School. I’m very grateful to the attention and support I received by Ana Claire and Becky Jancosko to represent Boulder Ballet at YAGP and Denver Ballet Guild. I am also very grateful to Jen DePalo-Peterson for giving me the beautiful choreography of “Insomnia,” which I performed at VIBE and YAGP as a contemporary ballet.

Summer Programs Accepted
• Ballet West, scholarship (will attend)

• VIBE  (Vienna International Ballet Competition) in Missoula
– Finalist
• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition
– 5th place
• Youth America Grand Prix
– Top 24

Katherine Codrescu
KatherineSummer Programs Accepted
• Vienna Ballet School (will attend)

• Youth America Grand Prix
• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition

Julia Curd
JuliaSummer Programs Accepted
• Colorado Ballet
• Joffrey Ballet School
• Kirov Academy
• Kansas City Ballet (will attend)

• Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition

Skylar Davidson
Summer Programs Accepted
• Colorado Ballet (will attend)

Livia Diener
LiviaSummer Programs Accepted
• American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, New York (will attend)
• Bolshoi Ballet Academy year-round program, Moscow, Russia
• Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, New York (scholarship)
• Boston Ballet Summer Intensive (will attend)
• Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive

Anna Kauffman
AnnaFairview High School
Guys and Dolls musical production
• Selected to dance with Zikr dance troupe in The Drop that Contained the Sea.

Kinsey Kranjcec
KinseySummer Programs Accepted
• Bolshoi Ballet in Connecticut (will attend)

Izzy Lattimer
IzzySummer Programs Accepted
• Joffrey Ballet (Denver)

Mia Lochhead
• Youth America Grand Prix
• Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Competition

Zachariah Nagle
• New York City Dance Alliance in Denver, MINI, runner-up, full scholarship, and partial scholarship for National in New York.
• MOVE Denver Regional
– 1st place Junior Contemporary
• Denver’s Hall of Fame for junior solos
– 1st place & Judge’s Choice Award for high intensity.

Haven Overton
HavenSummer Programs Accepted
• Colorado Ballet (will attend)

Ada Peruzzi
AdaSummer Programs Accepted
• Boston Ballet
• Houston Ballet
• Austin Ballet
• American Ballet Theatre
• Ballet West, scholarship
• Colorado Ballet, scholarship (will attend)
• Bolshoi Ballet
• Pacific Northwest Ballet (will attend)
• Kirov Ballet

• VIBE (Vienna International Ballet Competition),
– Top 6 finalist in classical and neoclassical ballet
• Youth America Grand Prix
– Top 12 classical
– 2nd place contemporary
• Maria Sasha Khan & Youth Arts in Action
– Award for Artistry

Featured image by Eli Akerstein