The history of Denver ballet is the focus of an exhibit at the University of Denver’s Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, on the upper level of the Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave, Denver, on the University of Denver campus. Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild is on exhibit through November 30, 2016.
It honors the history and impact of the Denver Civic Ballet, Denver’s first professional ballet company, and its support organization, the Denver Civic Ballet Guild. In 1959, Denver Civic Ballet staged its first performance, bringing together many of the city’s dance educators to form a professional company which featured the most talented dancers from each studio. World-renowned artistic directors and guest artists from the American Ballet Theatre and other international companies brought the sophistication of professional ballet to Denver for the first time. Though the company folded in 1979, it was a launching pad for dance notables such as Michelle O’Bryan Hamel, Gwen Bowen, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Monica Hill, all of whom have been named “Legends of Dance” by the dance library and are profiled in the exhibit.
The exhibit is on the upper level, northeast corner. A reception and the premiere of an original documentary (produced by the Dance Library) about Denver Ballet occurs at 6 to 8 pm, Friday, June 10, in the Special Events Room at the Anderson Academic Commons. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public but please register for the reception if you plan to attend. RSVP for June 10 reception and film premiere.