Ballet Ariel Proudly Presents Its 24Th Season

(Denver, CO) – Ballet Ariel is unrivaled in the Denver arts community for its beauty and ingenuity, continuously producing season and after season for the past 24 years. The Ballet Ariel artistic team has put together an exceptional three-show season that is the perfect combination of original ballets and beautifully re-staged classics.

The season opens in October with Carnaval, a light and romantic Fokine masterpiece and Ballet Ariel’s original Sleeping Beauty’s Dream. Performances will be presented on October 1 at 7:30 pm, and October 2 at 3:00 pm at Elaine Wolf Theater JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center; Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm at PACE Center, and October 16 at 3:00 pm at Parsons Theatre adjacent to the Northglenn Recreation Center. The matinee performances will be followed by a Tea Party reception with the costumed cast members, and all are welcome to attend.
Ballet Ariel’s iconic interpretation of The Nutcracker returns to Lakewood Cultural Center for eight performances, December 10 through 23. The full-scale production will feature nationally renowned guest artists Jennie Begley, Anton Iakolev, Alexandru Glusacov and Ryan Seate, along with company members Yoshiko Brunson and Marcelina Gaudini. This stellar cast will be joined by aspiring dancers from Lakewood Dance Academy.
The season finale is Firebirda Ballet Ariel original inspired by Slavic folklore about a prince and his princess and the firebird that rescues them from an evil magician. Ballet Ariel’s creative team, led by Artistic Director Ilena Norton, will reimagine this ancient tale into a stunning, contemporary ballet. Performances will be held at the Elaine Wolf Theater on April 8 at 7:30 pm, and Lakewood Cultural Center on April 29 at 7:30 pm and April 30 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are now available at for Carnaval and The Nutcracker; tickets for Firebird will be available later in the season. Note: To protect all patrons, Ballet Ariel will be complying with all current state and local Covid-19 regulations at the time of the performance.

Ballet Ariel was founded in 1998 by Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton. Now entering its 24th year of performance, Ballet Ariel has evolved into a laboratory for developing original classical ballets, a collaborative environment where the beauty of classical ballet comes together with narrative storytelling and a contemporary vision. This professional company is known for its graceful and elegant, yet dynamic, choreography and staging.

Ballet Ariel emphasizes diversity in its company and education programs and offers an eclectic repertoire to attract broad spectrum audiences and participants. Located at the Denver Dance Center at 2496 W. 2nd Ave. #3, the company employs twelve professional dancers under Rehearsal Director Oleg Dedogryuk and Ballet Master Patricia Renzetti. Ballet Ariel’s repertoire features original ballets such as Ballerina by Degas, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and Tale of Molly Brown along with classical works including Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Les Sylphides. For more information, visit or call (303) 945-4388.

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