Principal Dancer Maria Mosina Announces Her retirement 2016-2017 will be her final season at Colorado Ballet

After 21 seasons as a Principal Dancer at Colorado Ballet and 26 seasons as a professional dancer, Maria Mosina announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 season

“To be honest, I would dance forever, but I believe this is the time for me to step out and give the opportunity to younger dancers to step in and dance for our audience,” said Mosina. “The 2016-2017 will be my last season as a member of the Colorado Ballet Company”

While she suffered a broken foot over the summer, that injury is not the reason for her decision.

“I’m working very hard, doing my best for a fast recovery, and I’m hoping that I will dance the full season,” said Mosina. “Of course, throughout my career, there were little injuries and there’s always pain, but I don’t feel that it is time to stop because my body feels that it is enough. I think it’s better to stop when you’re on top of your career and not when you are going down.”

Maria has performed all major parts in classical productions: Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Talioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, Les Sylphides.

Ms. Mosina also applied her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?, as well as Christopher Weeldon’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS).

Maria Mosina has also performed Alvin Ailey’s River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring (pictured above), Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, Paul Taylor's Company B, F. Ashton's Facade, Antony Tudor's Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Michael Pink's Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, S.Welch's Of Blessed Memory, Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces, Martin Fredmann and Alun Jones' Romeo and Juliet, and Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sechertorte, Silent Woods and Dreamspace (as seen on PBS), Vebre's Where the Wild Things Are, Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, Matthew Neenan's The Faraway, Lynn Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch's with my heart, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, Sandra Brown's The Last Beat, and many more.

Gil Boggs - Artistic Director of Colorado Ballet

“Everyone knows that the career of a ballet dancer is not so long, but for me, I had 26 years of dancing professionally, and I’ve traveled around the world and shown my art to different audiences,” said Mosina. “I’ve worked with the best teachers, coaches and choreographers and I’ll be very thankful for all my life that I had the opportunity.”

For all the wonderful work she has done, and the work to come in her final season I can only say... BRAVA!!!

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