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Penrose Library Hosts "Ballet Struck: Lillian Covillo and Colorado Ballet"

March 5, 2011—For those who love to bask in the romance of eras gone by, you won't want to miss: "Ballet Struck: Lillian Covillo and Colorado Ballet," a special exhibit of vintage dance memorabilia on the main level of the Penrose Library at the University of Denver (DU). The free exhibit kicks off in step with National Dance Week, beginning April 22.

This exquisite trip down memory lane offers an opportunity to learn about the history of dance in the Rocky Mountain region through programs, clippings, publicity stills, costumes and a 50-year history of the Colorado Ballet. The exhibit also showcases a tribute video to Covillo, who passed away last November. Lillian Covillo was one of the co-founders of Colorado Ballet.
"The display is a beautiful tribute and a nostalgic look at a true Colorado dance legend who began with a desire to perform and teach ballet, and ended up creating a professional ballet company... quite remarkable," said Joan Brown, president of the Friends of the Carson-Brierly Dance Library, sponsors of the exhibit.
Kate Crowe, archival processing librarian at Penrose Library and coordinator of the exhibit, explained that the title of the exhibit is a quote from Covillo about the first time she saw ballet. Covillo said, "I just knew this was for me....I was ballet struck!"

"If this exhibit shows even a modicum of Lillian's passion for dance, her love for this region, (Covillo was a Denver native), and the enormity of her contributions to both, we will have succeeded," Crowe says.

The exhibit is FREE and open to the public during library hours from April 22 – July 1, 2011.