“Wintertides” is the first performance of the 25th season for the Colorado Ballet Society.
“This is the perfect event to ring in the holiday season,” says Kate Walsh Honea, CBS artistic director. The Colorado Ballet Society is a pre-professional performance company that is at the forefront of dance education and performance in Southern Colorado.
The talented and dedicated performers of “Wintertides” are students on two CBS programs: Connexus Dance Collective (CDC), which focuses on contemporary dance; and Colorado Youth Ballet (CYB), the resident classical ballet company. This magical dance performance, coming to the Ent Center on Saturday, offers cast members a valuable opportunity to prepare for the rest of the CBS season.
“I wanted to showcase these talented dancers in this diverse program to showcase the training that CBS offers,” Honea said. The dancers gain contemporary and classical experience by performing in the program.
The young artists are between 10 and 18 years old and undergo intensive training. They typically take dance classes five to six days a week and commit to many rehearsal hours for upcoming performances. Almost 25% of CBS’s 500 students are on their way to becoming professional dancers. They gain confidence and artistry as they perfect the skills of their craft.
The program for Wintertides consists of three works:
• “Liminal Spaces” is an energetic and electric piece that explores times of waiting, pausing and transitioning into something new. Choreographed by Laci Landry, Nichole Bennis and Ana Noelle, the work encourages dancers to explore and grow within multiple styles of movement.
• “Pathways” is an abstract representation of the directions that life can take. Dancers are challenged through a combination of contemporary and classical ballet.
• “Stella Natalis” is an interpretation of the Christmas message of peace, compassion and new life. It was choreographed by Honea and features 60 students from the Colorado Youth Ballet. Honea originally choreographed the ballet for the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company and Trainees in 2019 and believes it is the “perfect piece” to challenge students as they prepare for December’s annual performances of “The Nutcracker” at Pikes Peak Center.
Simone Gibson and Trinity Isadore are two college students introduced in Wintertides. They recently received scholarships to attend the Joffrey Ballet School’s celebrated Summer Intensive Program in New York City in 2023.
Isadore is one of the highest level dancers on CBS. “It’s so exciting to be a part of Stella Natalis and Liminal Spaces,” she said. “I love the choreography, the music, the costumes and the feeling that all the CDC and CYB dancers come together to celebrate their passion for dance.”
Amanda Mullenix is also a high profile dancer. “The CDC choreography for this show is unique,” she said. “‘Stella Natalis’ for CYB is beautiful and I love the corps de ballet work we do.”