Performances in Your School

Anti-Bullying Programs

Since 2006, the Colorado Conservatory of Dance has presented interactive performances using dance to engage school aged children in thoughtful and engaging conversation about bullying.  This ballet has taken many forms - from The Ugly Duckling to Madeline, both based on the classic children's book.  Since its inception, our anti-bullying programs have been seen by over 20,000 school children across the Denver metro area.

Beginning in 2013, CCD developed and toured an original anti-bullying program, titled It All Starts Somewhere.  This program, developed by School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley and Student Company dancer Sarah Jannsen, tells the tale of Angelica, a classroom bully who is herself being bullied at home.  Showcasing the cyclical nature of bullying, this ballet touches on cyber bullying, note passing, exclusion, and physical bullying and gives students the tools to understand and overcome bullying.

CCD's anti-bullying programs can be seen across the country, having been presented not only by our own student company, but by Oklahoma City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

Read more:

Ballet Nouveau Colorado steps up nationwide with anti-bullying program – The Denver Post

Learning Curves: Dancing with a Purpose - Dance Magazine

The Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program

Photo Credit: Michele McGinley