Ballet Ariel

Ballet Ariel was founded in 1998 by Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton. Now entering its 25th 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 ten professional dancers under Rehearsal Director Oleg Dedogryuk and Ballet Master Patricia Renzetti. Resident choreographer Gregory Gonzales frequently contributes choreographic work to the repertoire.  Ballet Ariel’s repertoire features original ballets such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Rikki-Tikki- Tavi, and Tale of Molly Brown along with classical works including La Fille Mal Gardee, Konservatoriet, and Paquita.

Ballet Ariel receives funding from Denver, Jefferson, Adams, and Douglas Counties through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries, and Denver Ballet Guild.

For more information, visit or call (303) 945-4388.

Contact NameIlena Norton


LocationDenver, CO