Dates & Events
2022- 2023 Important Dates & Events
(Subject to change)
7/11-8/11 M-Th, Summer Interim Classes
8/1 Registration Begins
8/15 22/23 Season Classes begin
8/27 Ukrainian Festival, Clement Park, Littleton
9/3 Nutcracker Audition
9/5 Labor Day Closure
10/17-10/22 Parent Observation week
10/31 Happy Halloween - evening classes cancelled.
11/18-20 Nutcracker, Lakewood Cultural Center
11/21-26 Thanksgiving Break (some rehearsals Nutcracker outreach)
11/23 Glenmore Country Club Nutcracker
11/27 5:30pm Valley Country Club Nutcracker
12/2 Chesterton Academy Nutcracker
12/3 Pinehurst Country Club Nutcracker & Sugar Plum Tea
12/9 Denver International School School Nutcracker
12/15 St Vincent de Paul Nutcracker
12/19-1/2 Winter Break Closure (classes resume 1/3/23)
1/16 MLK Holiday, studios closed
1/18 6:00-8:00 pm Pre-competition Studio performance
1/20-23 Universal Ballet Competition, Denver
TBD Annual Gala / Art Show(s)
2/20 President’s Day Holiday, studios closed
2/24-26 YAGP Denver
3/3-3/5 Denver Ballet Guild, Pinnacle Charter School
3/11 SIP Audition #1
3/23-3/27 Parent Observation Week
3/27-4/1 Spring Break, studios closed
4/15 SIP Audition #2
TBD Exams & Parents/Teacher/Students Conferences
5/29 Memorial Day, Studios closed
5/20-21 Cipollino Ballet & Annual Mixed Genre Concert
Lakewood Cultural Center
6/5-30 Summer Intensive Program, Denver
June TBD Ballet Melange 23/24 Season Trainee Audition
7/10-28 Junior Intensive Program
July TBD Prince & Princess Young dancer's camp
**NOTE - We follow Denver Public Schools for weather closures & delays
Universal Ballet Competition
CBA & Ballet Melange honored with Best Classical Coaching at the UBC Semi-Final 1/22/2023!
Group & Ensemble recognition:
1st place - Duo Ellie & Echo
4th Place - Pas de trios Gabe, Ryla, Sarah
2nd Place Large Ensemble*
4th Place Large Ensemble*
6th Place Large Ensemble*
*Dancers of CBA & Ballet Melange
1st place - Tea
4th Place - Sylvia
7th Place - Ellie
9th Place - Yu
10th Place - Weston
9th Place - Ryla
10th Place - Ellie
5th place - Gabe
13th Place - Gabe
Congratulations to all UBC Dancers!
Elizabeth Shipiatsky, CBA & Ballet Melange-Best Classical Coaching
1st Place Senior Classical Ensemble
Echo, Ellie, Hana, Jordyn, Maya, Talia, Tea, Ryla, Weston
2nd Place Junior Classical Ensemble
Imree, Lucy, Naomi, Sarah, Silvia
Senior Competitive, Classical
Senior Competitive, Contemporary
Junior Competitive, Classical
Junior Competitive, Contemporary
Congratulations to our 2020 YAGP dancers!
Congratulations to all CBA and Ballet Melange dancers for another successful YAGP! We are proud to announce that we were awarded First Place in Pas de Deux category for Giselle (staged by Sergii Sydorskyii and Elizabeth Shipiatsky) and 3rd place in the Large Ensemble Category for Paquita (also staged by Elizabeth Shipiatskyi and Sergii Sydorskyi.)
The character Small Group Ensemble, Krakowiak (staged by Sergii Sydorskyi) was invited to the New York Finals as well as Large Group Ensemble Paquita, and Pas de Deux Giselle.
Soloist congratulations to Imree Mullin (Top 12 Precompetitive Classical) Naomi Zang-Greene (Top 12 Precompetitive Category for both Classical and Contemporary), Weston Collins (Top 12 Junior Classical), Ryla Maestas (Top 24 Junior Classical) Dayne Collins (Top 12 Senior Classical) and Maya Vought (Top 24 Senior Classical.)
Congrats on a successful
It's a wrap- We performed six full Nutcrackers at the Lakewood Cultural Center, two School outreach performances, and two Abridged Nutcrackers at Denver area Country Clubs. At each venue our audiences were enthralled by the professional productions. Thank you dancers for spreading the joy and magic of the season and ballet to the public!
Congratulations to our YAGP dancers!
Congratulations to all CBA and Ballet Melange dancers for a job well done! We are proud to announce that we were awarded First Place for the Ensemble category for Ruslan and Luidmila (staged by Elizabeth Shipiatsky)! Congratulations go to Naomi Zang-Greene (Top 12 Precompetitive Category for both Classical and Contemporary), Weston Collins (Top 24, Junior Classical), Dayne Collins (Top 24 Senior Classical) and Classical Ballet / Ballet Melange Ensemble Thaw (by Maureen Breeze) (Top 12 Ensemble).
Talented BCA student will be joining Ballet Melange in the beautiful, annual production on The Nutcracker at Lake Cultural Center November 18, 19 & 20th!
Beautiful job dancers!
Le Corsaire and Mosaic
Lakewood Cultural Center
It was amazing to be back on stage! Three shows of the classica ballet, Le Corsaire, plus a mixed bill show of Mosicas including ballet, contemporary and character showed the amazing dedication and work of our dancers.
March 28 at 2:00 & 7:00
The Dairy Center for Performing Arts Boulder, CO
Join us at the Lakewood Cultural Center on May 30-31 for Cipollino and Miniature Masterpieces.
Congratulations to CBA and Ballet Melange graduate, Katherine Grace-Shamburek!
Former CBA student, Ballet Melange trainee, and Vaganova Ballet Academy graduate Katherine Grace-Shamburek has joined the National Ballet of Ukraine. Congratulations Katie!
Congratulations to former CBA student, Beatriz Kuperus!
After winning First Place in the Classical Senior Category at the 2016 YAGP Denver with the coaching of Elizabeth Shipiatsky, Beatriz received a scholarship to continue her training at English National Ballet School. This summer, she graduated from the three year program. She completed her first contract with the Dutch National Junior Company in Amsterdam and was promoted to the Dutch National Ballet after just one year. We are so proud and wish Beatriz a long and exciting career in dance!
Spring 2022 Spectaculars: Giselle & Emerge
Congrats to our amazing for two beautiful Giselle performances on May 21st and the mixed genre spectacular, Emerge, on May 22nd at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Emerge was dedicated to our full force return to the stage after pandemic woes prevented us from performing how and as often as we like to.
The shows were full of firsts for many CBA students. Emerge included CBA Beginning 1 and 2 students; many in their first performance with us. Intermediate 1 performed in their first full spring production, plus their first Character piece on stage. Intermediate 2 joined the corp de ballet in Giselle plus kept audiences thrilled with multiple pieces in Emerge. Our Intermediate 2 gentlemen showed off their growth and development dancing and acting in both acts of Giselle and then athletic roles in Water Kingdom and a fabulous character duo in Emerge. CBA's Advanced students filled the audience with awe with the beautiful Water Kingdom piece and multiple modern and character pieces after dancing multiple roles in two full Giselle performances just the day before!
CBA makes a mark at the Grand Prix Kiev International Ballet Festival & Competition
We are incredibly proud of Zoe, Maya, Lili, Ellie, Echo, Carli, Avalon, Anaka and Abby for the training dedication that highlighted our academy, state and country at this prestigious international competition. These students gracefully navigated jet lag, many intense rehearsals, and a rigorous competition schedule catching the notice of judges, company directors, school leaders and peers not only for their impressive technique and performance artistry, but also for their work ethic, attitude and manners.
Competition finalists included Maya, Ellie, Carli, Avalon and Anaka. CBA graduates and current Ballet Melange trainees Maya, Lili, Avalon and Anaka received special recognition awards and/or international company offers.
Summer Intensive Auditions
Video Auditions Welcome
CBA Studios, 6740 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80224 303.500.3226
SI Program runs from June 8 - July 3.
Congratulations to all students who attended Grand Prix Kiev!
CBA students and Ballet Melange trainees recently returned from the Kiev International Grand Prix and Ballet Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. They got to rehearse at various schools and studios in Kiev, experience dancing on raked floors, and meet dancers from 16 countries participating in the competition. Ballet Melange trainees even attended company classes with the National Ballet of Ukraine! Avalon was a finalist in the competition and received special awards from multiple jury members for ballet events in Greece, Korea, and Moscow. The dancers attended 3 ballets performed by the amazing National Ballet of Ukraine in the legendary National Opera House, were immersed in the European arts culture, and got to practice their Russian language skills. We so appreciate our blossoming relationships with these European schools and companies!
Summer Intensive Program