As part of Colorado Ballet’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, dancers are divided into pods to which rehearsals and performances are restricted. When dancers and faculty returned to the studios in February of this year, pods were determined based on a variety of factors, including responses to a survey gauging comfortability with interactions and if dancers lived together as roommates or spouses.
“Because Dana and I are in our own pod, we don’t ever see the other dancers,” says Ramos. “Each pod has a different time to enter the building and to leave the building. Because of the protocols Colorado Ballet has in place, we were never in contact with any of the other dancers.”
After an emotionally, mentally and physically tasking year, Benton and Ramos are excited and grateful to be back in the studios and to perform in Sunday’s closing matinee in their original roles.
“We’re ballet dancers. We like to perform, and we like to rehearse.” Ramos says. “It gets to a point where there is only so much you can do at home. This year has been tough for everyone, especially artists.”
In accordance with federal, state and local COVID-19 advisory, Colorado Ballet is only able to welcome 137 patrons to the theater, and those in attendance are required to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings.
Through It All runs through April 18, 2021. Live streams of each performance are available to those who are unable to attend in-person.