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Colorado Ballet Promotes Two Soloists to Principals, Adds Six New Corps de Ballet Dancers
Monday, August 11, 2014
Colorado Ballet promotes two of its Soloist dancers to Principals and adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers, for a total of 30 Company dancers.

Artistic Director Gil Boggs promotes Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano to Principals.

Benton is now in her 14th season with Colorado Ballet. In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2007.  Her notable roles include Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," Swanilda in "Coppélia," Cow Girl in "Rodeo," "Ave Maria" Pas de Deux, Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy in "The Nutcracker," Gulnara in "Le Corsaire," Tinker Bell in "Peter Pan," Lucy in "Dracula," Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in "The Sleeping Beauty," Pas de Trois in "Swan Lake," Peasant Pas in "Giselle," Flower Girl and Cupid in "Don Quixote," Hermia and Peaseblossom in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s "Traveling Alone."

Luciano is in his second season with Colorado Ballet. He joined Colorado Ballet as a Soloist during the 2013-2014 season after serving as a Principal dancer with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston. His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads including Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in "Romeo & Juliet," Solor in "La Bayadere," The Prince in "The Nutcracker," Albrecht in "Giselle," Onegin in "Onegin," and Don Jose in "Carmen," as well as several contemporary works.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Joshua Allenback, Ariel Breitman, Emily Dixon, Oliveira Fernanda, Emily Speed and Melissa Zoebisch.

In addition to the new Corps de Ballet dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the 30 professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Colorado Ballet’s preview and repertory performance of "An Evening Under the Stars" will take place on August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The company will officially open the 2014-2015 season with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" on September 26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

  
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