Denver’s Ballet Ariel Company and School is building excitement about ballet, with beautiful, original ballets and great ballet and dance classes.
Ilena Norton — Artistic and Executive Director, has directed and choreographed ballets for the Ballet Ariel Company since 1998. She has created many original ballets for the company including Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and Ballerinas by Degas, and has choreographed original versions of the full length ballets Cinderella and Coppelia. Ballet Ariel performs their season concerts at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre and the Lakewood Cultural Center, and has also performed at the Denver Art Museum, the PACE Center, the Arvada Center for the Arts, the Lone Tree Arts Center, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the Ballet Guild Showcase of Dance and on tour to Casper, Wyoming and Leadville and Durango, Colorado. She studied and performed with Ballet Arts Theatre under Larry Boyette and Paul Fiorino, and has a Bachelors Degree from Stanford University and postgraduate education from Yale University and the University of Colorado.
Patricia Renzetti – Ballet Mistress was the prima ballerina for the Colorado Ballet for twelve years, and also was a principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), Scapino Ballet of Holland, Iranian National Ballet, and the Tampa Ballet. She appeared as a guest ballerina with the Estonia National Ballet, Teatro Communale in Florence, Italy, and the Israel Ballet. She has danced leading roles in the classical repertoire including ‘Cinderella’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘Swan Lake’, and ‘Sleeping Beauty’. She has staged many classical ballets for Ballet Ariel including the pas de six from ‘Napoli’, ‘Les Sylphides’, ‘La Vivandiere’, and ‘Pas de Quatre’. Patricia earned a Master’s Degree in Choreography at the University of Iowa, and continues to teach, choreograph, and occasionally perform. She has an MA in counseling.
Oleg Dedogryuk – Rehearsal Director is a graduate of the Leningrad Vaganova Ballet Academy and has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. He was a principal dancer with the Leningrad Modern Ballet Theatre under Boris Eifman, the Bolshoi Theatre Grigorovich Ballet, the Moscow Renaissance Ballet, The National Ballet Theatre in Yugoslavia, the City Ballet in San Diego, and he was a soloist with the Colorado Ballet. He has won prizes for best partner at the 7th International Competition in Moscow, and is Laureate from the International Nureyev’s Festival and the International Festival of Dance in Spoleto, Italy.
Gregory Gonzales – Resident Choreographer was a principal dancer for the Colorado Ballet from 1996-2004. He also danced with Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Dance Theatre, and David Taylor Dance Theater. Major roles include the Preacher in Appalachian Spring, Dark Angel in Serenade, Pat Garrett in Billy the Kid, Head Wrangler in Rodeo, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, and Franz in Coppelia. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Kinesiology from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. He studied with Larry Boyette, James Clouser, Nadia Tikhanova, Cherie Noble and others.
Peter Strand — Designer/Photographer
Peter has spent most of his life as a dancer in various companies around the United States including Ballet Ariel. He began his interest in photography while dancing on a cruise line overseas and over time it became the basis of his new career in Photography and Design. After receiving his associates in Multimedia Graphic Design he created his own business, PS Design Photography, and has done design and photography work for David Taylor Dance Theatre, David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble, DawsonWallace Dance Project, Ballet Ariel, New Mexico Dance Theatre, Colorado Youth Dance Ensemble, and Ormao Dance Company. He has also done significant work for Pikes Peak Community College, Crystal Peak Design, and Publishing Support.
Denver’s Ballet Ariel Company and School is building excitement about ballet, with beautiful, original ballets and great ballet and dance classes