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 one of Boulder’s Best Dance Studios 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. Many Boulder Ballet School students have been invited to perform at the YAGP finals 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. At the 2021 finals, Boulder Ballet’s Pre-professional Ensemble placed in the top twelve. Boulder Ballet School alumni have gone on to dance with renowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Miami City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and Boulder Ballet.

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The Florence Rustin award for excellence
Youth America Grand Prix
Best teacher award
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 2020/21.

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Accepted: Cincinnati Ballet, ABT, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin
Attending: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Competitions: Top 12 Ensembles YAGP, YAGP Finals 2021





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Attending: Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet





Clara Gerlitz
Attending: Austin Ballet

Ada Ghanadan PhotoAda Ghanadan
Attending: Colorado Ballet






Clara Hassan PhotoClara Hassan
Attending: Carolina Ballet






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Attending: Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet






Evelyn Miller PhotoEvelyn Miller
Attending: Boston Ballet
Competitions: YAGP finals 2021






Madeline Muller photoMadeleine Muller
Accepted: American Ballet Theater Young Dancer Workshop, Colorado Ballet
Attending: Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet






Zach Nagle photoZach Nagle
Accepted: Houston Ballet (scholarship), Colorado Ballet (scholarship)
Attending: Pacific Northwest Ballet
Competitions: Placed Top 24 in YAGP classical




Audrey Philott PhotoAudrey Philpott
Accepted: Austin Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet (scholarship), Miami City Ballet, Nutmeg
Attending: Boston Ballet
Competitions: YAGP finals in Tampa 2021





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Attending: Ballet Austin







Violet Shlomberg photoViolet Schlomberg
Attending: ABT (Virtual), Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Connecticut
Competitions: Competed in YAGP 2021, Boulder Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase




Noah Slade-Yarnell PhotoNoah Slade-Yarnell
Attending: Pacific Northwest Ballet (scholarship), Colorado Ballet Academy
Accepted: Pacific Northwest Ballet (scholarship), Colorado Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater
(invitation to in-person program), School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Kaatsbaan Ballet
Competitions: Youth America Grand Prix ensemble Top 12, YAGP 2021 finals with ensemble





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Accepted: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West Academy.
Attending: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater






Delfina Todd PhotoDelfina Todd
Summer Programs Accepted: School of American Ballet (scholarship) (will attend), Pacific Northwest Ballet (scholarship), Kaatsbaan (will attend), American Ballet Theatre (invitation to in-person intensive) (will attend), Paris Opera Ballet, Boston Ballet
Pre-Professional Programs Accepted: Colorado Ballet Pre-Professional Division (scholarship)
Competitions: YAGP Junior Division




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Attending: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Company Experience
Competitions: Youth American Grand Prix Semifinals (top 24 in the women’s senior classical category),
Group ensemble placed top 12 in the YAGP finals in Tampa, Florida