Spring Season Tour: Colorado!

What it is like to be on tour with a ballet company? Keep reading to find out! The following compilation of pictures and updates is being compiled by Company Artist Brette Benedict, who manages the Ballet 5:8 Instragram account (@B58Chicago).

Colorado Tour Journal

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 5:00am: The company packs up and gets on the road. 

Monday, March 28, 2016 - Midnight: Arrival in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Class and rehearsals at the studios of Ballet Society of Colorado Springs.

Class and rehearsals at the studios of Ballet Society of Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016: Class and rehearsal during the day to help the dancers adjust to the altitude. In the afternoon and evening, Company Artists teach master classes at area dance schools. 

We got our Starbucks! Now on to master classes. Photo taken by company member: Laura Schlatter.

We got our Starbucks! Now on to master classes. Photo taken by company member: Laura Schlatter.

We had so much fun teaching master classes at Turning Pointe School of Dance, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and DanceArt Academy!

We had so much fun teaching master classes at Turning Pointe School of Dance, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and DanceArt Academy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016: The day begins with class again and a run-through of Eden, which will be performed at DanceArt academy later in the evening. 

Company Artist Lauren Ader-Cumpston in rehearsal at DanceArt academy

Company Artist Lauren Ader-Cumpston in rehearsal at DanceArt academy

Interestingly enough, grocery shopping can also be a regular part of being on tour!  

Finally, the dancers report: "The air is thin, but we made it through!" 

After performing Eden at DanceArt Academy || Photo by Lorianne Barclay

After performing Eden at DanceArt Academy || Photo by Lorianne Barclay

Thursday, March 31, 2016: The day includes traveling to Denver, a short rehearsal at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theater, where Saturday's performance will be held, and some sightseeing. 

Friday, April 1, 2016: After a good night's sleep, the dancers head to the theater for a dress rehearsal ahead of Saturday's performance. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016: It's performance day! We were exited to have a nearly sold-out crowd at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre in Denver.