2019-2020 Season

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Celebrate Dance & Music 2019

Join Danse Etoile in our annual celebration of art, featuring classical and contemporary works, student choreography, and guest musicians.

ArtsHUB Lafayette
October 19, 2019 5:00pm

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alice in wonderland

Broomfield Auditorium
January 31 7:30pm
February 1 2:00pm and 7:30pm
February 2 2:00pm

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Henri Matisse’s Gardens and Jazz

Dairy ARTS Center

June 6, 2020
June 7, 2020



Photo by  Randy Macht

Photo by Randy Macht

2019-2020 classes

registration form



Dance with us.

While our primary focus is classical ballet, we also offer classes in other dance forms to supplement a student's training. We focus on training year round and our small class sizes ensure individual attention. Students have the opportunity to audition for the company, giving them invaluable performing experience.

Our students have been accepted into prestigious summer programs (including Alonzo Kings Lines, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, ABT, Bolshoi Academy, Atlanta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet) and have been accepted into and graduated from college dance programs such as Julliard, Chapman, Philadelphia School of the Arts, Oklahoma School of the Arts, and NYU.


Our teachers at Danse Etoile are all current or former professionals who have experience performing. Guest teachers are brought in periodically so that our students gain experience working with different techniques and styles of dance.

Absences and Make-Up Classes

We understand that circumstances arise where students are unable to attend their regular class. In order to schedule a make-up time:

  • The student's teacher must be notified in advance of the absence.

  • A make-up time must be scheduled within 4 weeks of the absence.

  • Make-up classes must be in the same level as the missed class or lower, unless teacher states otherwise.

  • No tuition credits or refunds will be given for absences or missed classes


Initial registration fee of $30. Please bring to your first class along with the registration form.

Drop-in Class
     $25 general rate
     $10 professional rate

Three-Month Punch Card (Adults Only)
     $75 for 5 classes

Company Members Monthly or Semester payments differ with price according to the number of classes taken.

Tuition is due by the 5th of each month. There is a $10 late fee.

General Rates

Monthly Payments 60m Class/90m Class

  • 1 Class $65/$90

  • 2 Classes $120/$160

  • 3 Classes $170/$230

  • 4 Classes $210/$300

  • 5 Classes $260/$320

  • Prepointe class $40(needs to take the technique class before )

Company Rate Annual fee of $360 paid the first month of the season*. Includes rehearsals and extra classes before performances. *This fee does not include master classes or general classes.

Tuition Policies

  • Tuition is divided into equal monthly installments. Each monthly installment does not change based on the number of weeks in a month

  • Tuition is due the 5th of each month; you will not receive a bill or monthly statement.

  • Tuition received after the 5th of the month will result in a $10 late fee. Postmarks will not be considered in determining the late status of payments.

  • Additional fees may be assessed each month the payment is overdue.

  • Please bring tuition payments to class, or mail them to:
    2059 Cedaridge circle
    Superior CO, 80027

  • Please label all payments clearly with the student’s first and last name and the tuition/fee being paid.

  • Returned checks will result in a $20 charge.

  • Overdue accounts may result in dismissal from classes until finances are settled.

  • Under no circumstance will Danse Etoile refund or credit paid tuition. Exceptions may be made in the case of serious injury.

 Private Lessons

Private Lessons are an opportunity to learn one-on-one from a Danse Etoile Professional. Our instructors can tailor their teaching to help students reach their goals in the most effective, efficient and fun way possible.  Students may set up a private lessons with the instructor of their choice by contacting them personally. The rates are:

  • 45 minutes - $50 Beginner Ballet.

    • Additional Students $20 per student

  • 60 minutes - $65 Intermediate Ballet

    • Additional Students $30 per student

  • 90 minutes - $90 Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

    • Additional Students $40 per student


Our dress code is based on classical standards for ballet training and helps students focus on their class work and prepares them for performances. It’s important for students to abide by a dress code policy for the following reasons:

  • A neat and tidy appearance sets an attitude of attentiveness and respect for students, teacher, and the art of dance.

  • Teachers must be able to see the dancer's body outline clearly in order to make proper corrections on posture, alignment, etc.

  • Hair must be properly secured and tied up off of the face and neck for all styles of dance.

  • Jewelry must not be loose or dangling.  ie. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets

  • Gum chewing is not allowed due to danger of choking and appearance.

  • No loose fitting pants, blue jeans or t-shirts (they are not dance attire).

Beginner Ballet

  • Black or pink leotard with pink full-footed tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)

  • Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole

  • Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)

  • Short ballet skirts are allowed, but not required

Intermediate Ballet

  • Black or navy blue leotard with pink tights

  • Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes with full or split sole

  • Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)

  • Short ballet skirts are allowed, but not required

Advanced Ballet

  • Leotard with pink or black tights

  • Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes with full or split sole

  • Bun with bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)

  • Short ballet skirts are allowed, but not required


  • Plain white short sleeve t-shirt

  • Black men's dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks

  • Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole



We recommend purchasing dance wear at the following location. They carry approved brands and styles, and understand our dress code. Danse Etoile families receive a 15% discount – be sure to mention your affiliation at checkout.

Boulder BodyWear
2850 Arapahoe Rd #104
Lafayette, CO 80026


about us

Mission Statement

Board of Trustees

Marie-Jose Payannet, President
Laurie Mohler, Vice-President
Dominique Fratkin, Treasurer
Eileen Neilands, Marketing, Costuming
Dominique Payannet, Videotaping, Bookkeeping, Music, Sets


Danse Etoile is dedicated to producing quality artistic performances, programs, and instruction which will foster access to and appreciation of dance and theatre for new audiences. 

The value of ballet study extends beyond the mastery of dance steps and the outlet for artistic and emotional expression. Our mission is about building self-esteem through hard work, learning self-discipline, responsibility and commitment; and the value of working as part of a larger community.

Danse Etoile is dedicated to making ballet accessible to people of all ages. From school programs to family events, we offer many exciting ways to develop our audiences' awareness, appreciation and understanding of dance. With our community partners, we are constantly striving to develop and increase our programming so that dance continues to be a part of everyone’s life.

Notes from the Director

I created Danse Etoile in August 2004 to give an opportunity to passionate dancers, musicians, actors to train, perform, and educate others about what they love most. Danse Etoile is unique. Our dancers have different backgrounds, levels of training or talent yet each one brings something unique to the team. All dancers participate in the creation of a performance from helping others in rehearsals to ideas about a piece, a costume, or a set design.

By supporting Danse Etoile, either by coming to our performances, volunteering, sponsoring or giving donations, you are helping us build a community that is not based only on video games and reality TV. Ask about our enrichment programs to schools and organizations. The future of the arts is in the hands of the young.

Marie-Jose Payannet
Artistic Director

photo by Dominique Payannet

photo by Dominique Payannet

Marie-Jose Payannet, Executive and Artistic Director grew up in beautiful Southern France. She studied ballet at the Conservatory of Classical Dance and Music in Avignon. She was fortunate to train and dance with many great dancers, including Galina Mezentseva, prima absoluta Kirov Ballet; Shamil Yagudin, ballet master Bolshoi Ballet; Luba Gulyaeva, soloist Kirov Ballet; Gaenor Grange Parkes, Royal Ballet; Mira Popvic, principal Czech Republic; and David Herriot, principal dancer Winnipeg Ballet and North Carolina Ballet. Marie-Jose moved to the United States with her husband, and was a principal dancer with the Huntsville Ballet, and a guest artist and teacher with the Alabama and Atlanta Ballets. Marie-Jose performed many classical and character roles and was recognized by her audiences for bringing life and emotion to the stage. 

Marie-Jose moved to Colorado in the year 2000, where, prior to founding Danse Etoile, she was director of the Apprentice Company of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Marie-Jose holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics and Economics, writes and illustrates children’s books, and is an accomplished artist in oil and watercolor painting.




Danse Etoile Ballet strives to share the passion and beauty of dance with as many members of the community as possible. The company offers a broad range of outreach services to schools, arts presenters, and other community organizations. 

Outreach Performances in Local Schools

Our school outreach program gives students the wonderful opportunity to witness and experience the art of dance up close and personal.

Our Artistic Director and some of our Company will come to your school and perform excerpts from the Company’s repertoire and upcoming performances. These performances are designed for larger audiences and may be held in an auditorium or gymnasium. Programs begin with a brief introduction to ballet and our unique company.

After the performance, the dancers will answer a few questions from the audience. This program spans the K-12 range and is individually set for specific age groups and educational requests. 

photo by  Dominique Payannet

photo by Dominique Payannet

photo by  Randy Macht

photo by Randy Macht

Tickets to the Underserved

Danse Etoile Ballet partners with a number of local social service agencies in order to make dance programming accessible to all. Reduced or complimentary tickets have been provided to nursing homes, Girl Scout troops, Friends of Broomfield, the Make-a-Wish Foundation,  and the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder.

Free Performances

Danse Etoile frequently performs at community events like Dance is for Everybody at the Boulder Library, Broomfield Days, the Boulder Creek Festival, and Taste of Louisville. Find our next appearances on our Events page.

Groups interested in hosting a Danse Etoile Ballet outreach program can learn more by contacting mariejose@danseetoile.org 


Support Us


How Can I Give?

  • Donate directly  by check or paypal

  • Sponsor a Season

  • Place an ad in our next performance program

  • Volunteer!

  • Attend Danse Etoile Ballet events and fundraisers.

  • Spread the word! Follow us on social media and join our mailing list.

Ticket sales account for less than half of the income we need to meet our expenses. We depend upon community support to produce and perform and engage new audiences in the performing arts. Donations  from individuals like you and organizations such as the SCFD have been crucial to Danse Etoile's success and sustainability.

photo by  Dominique Payannet

photo by Dominique Payannet