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BESD dancing at Wine Festival!

Come to watch the BESD Dancers Saturday, August 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm & support Colorado Springs Dance Theatre!

Join us for

* Tastings from The Wine Gallery, Springs Creek Winery, Mountain Spirits Winery, and Brisol Brew.
* Food from the city’s finest restaurants, including Picnic Basket Catering, Patty Jewett Catering, and Shri Ganesh.
* Silent Auction.
* Live Music from Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.
* Featured dancers.
Dance Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization. One-half of your ticket price is eligible for IRS deduction as a charitable contribution. Proceeds from this event allow CSDT to provide scholarships to young dancers and to bring world-class dance companies to the Pikes Peak region.





BESD Summer Dance Session runs from Monday, June 25 – Thursday, July 20th. (No classes on July 4th) The Student Choreography Showcase will be held Friday, July 20th (time and place TBD).

STUDIO BE – Company and Competitive program featuring our BESD faculty and several guest teachers from NYC to L.A. will be held by levels from 10 am – 6 pm. All rec classes will be held in Studio A until 6 pm. Both rooms are available in the evening. (Download schedules below)

6:30 – 8:00 (Monday and Wednesday) Junior & Senior Crew (they will be divided into two classes if needed)

Leveling Auditions – Monday, June 4th

1 – Minis, 2 –  Juniors, 3 – Low-Level Teens, 4 – Upper-Level Teens, 5 – Low-Level Seniors, 6 – Upper-Level Seniors

10:00-12:00 Auditions for 6-10 Year Olds (Levels 1 and 2)

10:00-10:30 Ballet

10:30-11:00 Tap

11:00-11:30 Jazz Technique

11:30-12:00 Contemp Combo

12:00-2:00 Auditions for 11-14 Year Olds (Levels 3 and 4)

12:00-12:30 Ballet

12:30-1:00 Tap

1:00-1:30 Jazz Technique

1:30-2:00 Contemp Combo

2:00-4:00 Auditions for 15-18 Year Olds (Levels 5 and 6)

2:00-2:30 Ballet

2:30-3:00 Tap

3:00-3:30 Jazz Technique

3:30-4:00 Contemp Combo

Judges will place dancers in a level (1-6) in each style which will determine where they dance over the summer. Dancers must attend the audition for their age group, but may be asked to come earlier by faculty members or stay later by judges if we feel it is a better fit.

These auditions will only determine each dancer’s level and their placement in summer classes. We will hold separate casting auditions on Friday, August 25th. Dancers not present at this audition will not be allowed to participate in competition pieces choreographed by Ryann (in addition to any other choreographers who wish to add their name to this list).

Audition classes will be taught be BESD faculty members, but judged by teachers/dancers from outside the studio.

Over the summer, levels 4-6 dance from 10:00am-2:00pm and levels 1-3 dance from 2:00pm-6:00pm (unless we decide to split into three levels).


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Fall 2018-9 Dance Schedule

Get registered for our amazing Fall dance program! Fall Session begins Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 and ends June 14th, 2019 with our Spring Production at the Pikes Peak Center.

Download & print the BESD Fall 2018-2019 schedule:

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Download & print the registration form:

Tuition is due the first week of the month. A late fee of $15 will be added after the 10th. This dance season we will accept cash, credit cards (+ service charge) & auto bank payments. Bank check deposits may be mailed to:

Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance, 6872 Grapewood Circle, COS 80918

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PLEASE NOTE: This year’s class registration is CLOSED, but we would like to invite new comers to consider joining us for summer classes! Summer dance schedule is coming soon! If you have any questions please call the studio at 719-598-4426 or come by and take a look at our family friendly studio…


Download this registration form to send in by mail

OR call the studio and leave a message @ 719.598.4426


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About Us

DressRehearsal4Welcome to the Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance.  We are located at 1595 York Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. We’ve been serving dancers of all ages in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas for over 40 years.  With a solid history in providing quality instruction, we’re proud to offer classes in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater.  With beginner classes starting for dancers as young as three… all the way up to an established and thriving adult program… BESD offers a warm and friendly environment where students can thrive.  As a family owned and operated business, with Barbara herself still at the helm, the studio offers a personal touch that is unique.  Many dancers consider the studio their second home – not only because of the time they spend here, but also because of the close, caring atmosphere.   Students from BESD have gone on to become performers on the collegiate level, in the professional world of dance and on the Broadway stage.  Many are working as dance instructors themselves or choreographing for productions seen around the world. fluid_groupIn addition to studio classes, current students also have the opportunity to attend various dance camps and workshops throughout the year and every student performs in the annual studio production staged at the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center.  The event is usually standing room only and admission has always been free.  Located off of Academy Blvd. on York Street (just south of Woodmen) the studio has grown and thrived over the years without advertising of any kind – except for word of mouth.  Classes are offered Monday – Saturday at very competitive rates and multi-class and multi-dancer discounts are available to families.              

At the Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance, students don’t just learn dance steps and technique, they learn how to perform and most of all… they learn a love of dance!