Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Nouveau Colorado

Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Nouveau Colorado

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Taking a new approach to empower dancers and tap into their versatility

Ballet Nouveau Colorado has a 14-year history as a versatile company that performs seasonal standards-like The Nutcracker-but also experiments with incorporating modern dance. Artistic Director Robert Milts's latest work. In Between Dreams, exemplifies the variety in BNCs repertoire. It starts with modern movement danced barefoot and ends on pointe. Therefore. Mills looks for "versatile movers" who are experienced and comfortable dancing in a fusion of styles.

BNC has grown a lot since its founding in 1992. when dancers were hired "as needed." In 2002 the company began to maintain a professional, full-time roster for the duration of its 26-week season.

As in other companies, all 19 of its dancers-ages 19 to 29-report for a five-day workweek. Along with rehearsals and fully staged performances, company members also participate in a public school outreach program, which includes school-day performances, demonstrations and interactive workshops with students, Some company members also teach classes in the adjoining ballet school.

Jimmy Joyner, 21. one of the company's newest and youngest dancers, radiates excitement when he discusses his position with BNC. "I think it's the wide variety of rep that attracted me," he says, referring Io the many dance styles of Mills's and visiting choreographers' work

Charlotte Loyd, now in her fifth season with the company, enjoys being based in the North Denver town of Broomfield (equidistant between Boulder and Denver proper) because it gives her easy access to two large, metropolitan areas and their thriving arts communities. …

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