YAGP Denver 2021 Congratulations to Ballet Melange Trainees
YAGP Trainees received the first place award at YAGP Denver for La Corsaire an ensemble piece danced Abby, Anaka, Avalon, Echo, Ellie, Kirsten, Lili, Maya, and Téa. The piece was invited to the YAGP finals.
Contemporary Ensemble, Spellbound, staged and choreographed by Maureen Breeze, was also recognized highly and placed in the top 12 including an invitation to YAGP Finals.
Classical ensembles, Pas de Quatre and Sleeping Beauty Prologue were also received the top 12 recognition making four out of four ensemble entries recognized with this honor!
Soloists Avalon and Echo received individual recognition in the Senior Classical Top 24.
Photo credit: Katie Grace Shamburek
Congratulations and Bon Voyage to the Kuperus Family
Briscila Kuperus, a founding member of Ballet Melange will be relocating to The Netherlands after living in the Boulder area for 12 years. Ballet Melange will miss her many talents and contributions. including but not limited to, photography, costume & prop design, event planning & fundraising.
Briscila and her family will be joining daughter and Ballet Melange alumni, Beatriz Kuperus who was recently promoted to the Dutch National Ballet after dancing just one year in the Junior Company. Former CBA photographer and older daughter, Raquel Kuperus, also studies engineering and industrial design in The Netherlands. We will miss them all, but are happy to see them together again!
KATIE GRACE SHAMBUREK
2020 Kyiv International Grand Prix Competition & Ballet Festival
We are so proud of Ballet Melange trainees who represented our program, state and the United States 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, Avalon and Anaka. Trainees Maya, Lili, Avalon and Anaka received special recognition awards and/or international company offers.
Ballet Melange trainees accepted awards at Youth America Grand Prix Denver and were thrilled to be invited to the international Finals In New York City. In the Pas de Deux category, Avalon Kirby and exchange student, Ivan Andijevski placed first and were invited to NYC finals with Giselle staged by Elizabeth Shipiatsky and Sergii Sydorskyi. Paquita, also staged by Elizabeth Shipiatsky and Sergii Sydorskyi and danced by all Ballet Melange trainees and select CBA students, won 3rd place in the Large Group Ensembles Category and was invited to the finals in NYC. The character Small Group Ensemble, Krakowiak staged by Sergii Sydorskyi was also invited to the New York Finals. Soloist, Maya Vought was recognized in the Senior Classical category Top 24.