Canyon Concert Ballet, Ltd. began as an informal ballet group in October, 1977. In September, 1978, incorporation was complete and in November of that year auditions produced a company of 17 CCB dance members.
Carole Torguson, Founder
Our Founder, Carole Torguson was born in Sanborn, ND on May 1st, 1923. Her dance story started early – with formal training in classical ballet, and a ballet teaching career that began at age 14. She graduated from high school at age 16 and founded Canyon Concert Ballet in 1979, finally making her dream of an outstanding dance company in northern Colorado into a reality.
Carole’s lifelong passion has been dance and over fifty years after she began she was still teaching approximately 150 children each week, dividing her time between Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado. She also produced a series of instructional video tapes which were well-received across the U.S. At age 93 she continues to attend performances and inspire our work at CCB.
Her belief that it is of paramount importance to listen to your body and give it what it needs, be that work or rest, is still one of our guiding philosophies.
Carole’s special focus was always the students from ages two to five, and Canyon Concert Ballet continues to exercise her extraordinary care with these very young dancers. Many of Carole’s youngest students are still part of the CCB family as Patrons or dancers, and one of the first to audition for the Canyon Concert Ballet, Lou Ann Yee, watched proudly as her daughter Elizabeth Yee Erickson followed in her footsteps, dancing at CCB from 1989 to 1999.
Canyon Concert Ballet Today
Canyon Concert Ballet trains over 400 dancers every year in many dance forms including ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and musical theatre. In the beginning, CCB was a small troupe of dancers, dedicated to providing our community with superior performance experiences and excellent dance instruction. The only thing that has changed is the size of the troupe, as over the past 36 years, our company has grown dramatically and we now employ nearly 30 instructors.
Our annual holiday productions of The Nutcracker have become a much-anticipated cornerstone of Fort Collins Winter traditions, as is our annual Spring Concert and the end-of-year Student Showcase. From humble beginnings (and a big dream) Canyon Concert Ballet has grown into an organization of which residents of Fort Collins can be very proud!