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Summer Student Choreography Showcase

Please join us for the BESD SUMMER STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 21st. There will be a pre-performance from 12:30-1:45 pm. The 1 hour performance will be followed by light refreshments.

Fall Registration available. 

Location: Cordera, 11894 Grand Lawn Circle, COS 80924



Summer Dance 2017 Schedule

Get registered for our amazing Summer dance program! Summer Session is 4 weeks and begins Monday, June 26th – July 20th, 2017. Tuesday, July 4th classes will be held on Friday, July 7th. The Summer Session will culminate with a STUDENT SHOWCASE at 2pm on Friday, July 21st.

Location: Cordera, 11894 Grand Lawn Circle, COS 80924

See attached files for summer dance rates & to print the summer schedule:

Any questions please contact Suzanne Dirscherl  suzanne@barbaraellisstudioofdance.com

Summer Recreation Dance Schedule:

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Ensemble Summer Dance Schedule:

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REC Dancers – $150 (4 weeks / 2 Hours weekly)

Hip Hop Program – $150 (4 weeks / 2 Hours weekly)

Intensive Program – $299 (4 weeks / 2 Hours weekly)  *Back by popular demand we are offering an “Intensive Program” for the recreational dancer who wishes to work on their technical skills at a faster pace and to challenge the dancer in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and tap.

Int. Senior Ensemble / Senior Company – $640 (4 days a week / 17 hours weekly)

Junior Ensemble – $320 (4 weeks / 8 hours weekly)

Pre-Junior Ensemble – $320 (4 weeks / 8 hours weekly)

*All current Ensemble & Company may add Jr / Sr CREW on Tuesdays & Thursdays for only $92 (reg &150)



BESD Ensembles & Company

Attention Senior Ensemble ~ Here is a list of important dates for the 2016-2017 season. There is a rehearsal for “Depth Over Distance” on October 4th. We will be performing “Depth” one last time at “Dance, Dessert, and Dreams” this year, and will need a quick rehearsal to re-space and review the piece. There will be a follow up email in the near future with the cast list for that performance. If you have any questions please contact Ryann Fuchs.


Important Dates:

November 5-6 ~ “Dance Dessert and Dreams”

November 21-26 ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 12-17 ~ Parent’s Week

December 19 – January 1 ~ Winter Break

January 7-8 ~ Manhattan Dance Project *Senior required  ($209 Registration due November 12)

January 20-22 ~ Hollywood Vibe *Senior required  ($245 Registration due October 15) 

February 11-12 ~ Legacy Denver  (Registration due December 10) 

March 20-25 ~ Spring Break

April 21-23 ~ Talent On Parade  (Registration due January 21)

April 29-30 ~ KAR Denver   (Registration due February 18)

May 19-21 ~ StarPower Denver  (Registration due March 18)

June 5-9 ~ Recital Week


Registration Due Dates:

October 15 ~ Hollywood Vibe ($245)

November 12 ~ Manhattan Dance Project ($209)

December 10 ~ Legacy Denver

January 21 ~ Talent On Parade

February 18 ~ KAR Denver

March 18 ~ StarPower Denver


Rehearsal Dates:

October 4 ~ 6:45- 7:45pm Stretch & Strength / 7:45-9:00 Depth Over Distance

October 11 ~ 6:45- 7:45pm Leaps & Turns / 7:45-9:00 Hope There’s Someone

October 18 ~ 6:45- 7:45pm Leaps & Turns / 7:45-9:00 Trophy Rehearsal

October 25 ~ 6:45- 7:45pm Leaps & Turns / 7:45-9:00 Oya Rehearsal


In the Spotlight!

We are so excited to welcome Kurtis Aragon as one of our amazing & talented dance instructors this season! 

Kurtis Aragon was born and raised in Trinidad, CO and is currently the owner and artistic director of KINspire Pre-Professional Dance Studio. Although he took some rec classes for a brief period in high school, he began his formal training at the age of 18 and majored in dance at CU Boulder on a full-ride scholarship. During his college years, he trained and performed professionally with Centennial State Ballet (formerly Longmont Dance Theatre) under the direction of Kristen St. John. While there, he played the roles of “Arabian” and “Spanish” as well as “Snow King” understudy in the Nutcracker alongside Sasha and Stella Radetsky as well as “Cain” in Cain and Abel. Although he loves performing, his passion lies in continuing his training, educating youth and creating choreography. Kurtis has choreographed several award winning numbers and has many students who have received accolades and scholarships from multiple competitions. He recently opened up another studio in Pueblo and has been commissioned to teach workshops throughout the state. He is excited to be a part of the Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance family this Fall!

Fall 2017-8 Dance Schedule

Get registered for our amazing Fall dance program! Fall Session begins Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 and ends June 8th, 2018 with our Spring Production at the Pikes Peak Center. 

Download & print the BESD Fall 2017-2018 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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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!