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Winter Repertory's "The Monster and the Gift"

Interview with Daniel Ojeda

We sat down with company member and choreographer Daniel Ojeda to discuss his new ballet, The Monster and the Gift, which will make it’s world debut at this month’s Winter Repertory. Ojeda’s ballet will run February 10 and 11, alongside Concerto Barocco by George Balanchine and Peter Anastos’ Night Crawlers.

Ballet Idaho: What inspiration do you look for when creating a full ballet?
Daniel Ojeda: Most of the work I create, big or small, tends to be conceptually driven and preferably current. Whether that means a current reflection of my own personal struggles, or something more universally topical, I do my best to be consistently creating in the now otherwise I see no point attempting to create anything.

BI: What about ballet/dance gives you the most joy?
DO: To me, Dance is the best vehicle for the purest form of expression. Before we could talk, we could move and emote. I love being able to use my body’s unique physicality to express myself, it’s like therapy, really painful therapy.

BI: How/when in your life did you begin choreographing?
DO: I began choreographing here, at Ballet Idaho as part of our NewDance, Up Close series. The ‘how’ is a combination of things. When I danced at Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a professional division student, there was a program where company members would create original work for the students to be performed at the end of the year. This was my first exposure to the choreographic process. I loved dancing the work but I loved the process of working to create something more. This is why I decided to give choreography a shot.

BI: What do you love most about choreography in contrast to dancing?
DO: The ability to create work on different bodies is probably my favorite thing about choreography. My own body can sometimes be very limiting, so being able to make tangible the things I see in my brain but can’t necessarily execute is really interesting. There is an intimacy and trust that comes with having a piece choreographed on you. But when you are in front of the room and you’re the one creating that environment, it’s very rewarding.

BI: How did you begin your process for The Monster and the Gift? Does the ballet have a story?
DO: The process for this ballet has been longer than most. The idea to do a collaborative work, especially one involving original artwork has been on my brain for a little over a year. The ballet stems from an original narrative I have created. From there, the artwork and score were created. So yes, the ballet certainly has a story. The title refers to the artist, their talent, and how oftentimes the most talented people are monster in their personal lives. The work comes at a cost, sometimes it’s at the cost of ones humanity. Since the artist’s life is her work, we see bits and pieces of her life through the process of her creating the art and where she was in her life during that creation.

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Register Today and Save 20% on Select Youth Classes

Save 20% when registering and paying in full by August 15, 2016 for the following classes:

Youth Sampler: Thursdays 7 pm – 8 pm
Ages 8 -12
Includes introduction to Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance

Beginning Youth Ballet: Mondays 6:15 – 7:45
Ages 8 -10

Intermediate Youth Ballet: Thursdays 6:00 -7:30
Ages 11+

Boys Class: Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45
Ages 9 -12

Call or email Christelle to register or for more information, 208.343.0556 ×232 or

Learn more about Ballet Idaho Academy and all class offerings on our website.
All classes are held at Ballet Idaho, 501 S 8th Street, Boise ID 83702.

Company Member Promoted

Contact: Meredith Stead, Marketing Director
Ballet Idaho
208.343.0556 ext. 222,



Boise, ID – Ballet Idaho announced that Elizabeth Barreto has been promoted to principal. Ms. Barreto joins returning principal dancers Elizabeth Keller, Adrienne Kerr, and Andrew Taft, along with 18 other company members to complete the roster for the 2016/17 season.

The 2016/17 Ballet Idaho performance season includes more than 20 performances, including new choreography, an extravagant production of Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, and more. Performances run from November through April. Tickets, available at, are on sale beginning September 15, 2016.

“Elizabeth has been dancing soloist roles for some time, but dancing Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty last year was her break-out moment, noted Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos. “It’s one of the most challenging roles in ballet and she triumphed with flying colors. Her promotion is a direct result of her spectacular performance as Sleeping Beauty. Looking ahead, there are many leading roles coming up where Elizabeth will shine.”

Elizabeth Barreto Bio:
Elizabeth was born in La Grande, Oregon. She received the majority of her dance training in California with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School, supplemented by private coaching with Nancy Raffa, Stanley Holden, Alexander Greschenko, and Jillana. Elizabeth won third place in the Youth America Grand Prix competitions and competed in the New York City finals, after which she was invited to perform in the Young Medalists Gala at the Miami International Dance Festival. In 2007, Elizabeth joined Anaheim Ballet and performed with the company for four years in addition to teaching at Anaheim Ballet School.

This is Elizabeth’s sixth season with Ballet Idaho. She has performed roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, and Serenade. Elizabeth is also an instructor at Ballet Idaho Academy and a small business owner/dancewear designer.
Sponsored for the 2016/17 season by Jacque and Hal Eastman.

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New Student Savings

New students to Ballet Idaho Academy save 30% off when you register for fall classes and pay in-full. This special, limited time offer is valid only for Pre-Ballet 1 or 2, Children’s Sampler, Adult Ballet, or Creative Movement. Limited time only, some restrictions apply. Call or email for details, 208.343.0556 ×232 or

Valid for new students only. Must register and pay in full by August 26, 2016. Applies to Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet 1 and 2, Children’s Sampler, and Adult Classes only. Call or email to register. 208.343.0445 ×232,

Learn more about Ballet Idaho Academy.

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Employment Opportunity: Academy Administrator


The Academy Administrator reports directly to the Academy Director and carries out activities related to academy management including enrollment, registration and payments, record keeping, front desk supervision, and maintenance of online course catalogue. The Academy Administrator may also assist with academy performance and promotional events.


Student and Parent Relations
• Acts as primary contact for general parent and student questions
• Refers curriculum-specific and artistic-specific questions to Academy Director
• Refers parent and student concerns to the Academy Director
• Keeps Academy Director abreast of all academy issues
• Effectively communicates Academy calendar items, events, and scheduling to parents and students over the phone and via email
• Assists parents and students in the enrollment process by providing scheduling information and answering general questions regarding the Academy
• Supplies Front Desk Attendant(s) with up-to-date information to facilitate excellent customer service

Front Desk Supervision
• Reviews resumes and interviews potential candidates for front desk position
• Provides direct oversight for front desk personnel
• Schedules front desk hours to coincide with Academy class hours in accordance with budget allotment
• Assists in assigning front desk duties and responsibilities

Class Catalogue and Registration
• Maintains online catalogue of class offerings in Academy database
• Maintains necessary forms for registration including registration form, tuition schedule, and Academy event calendar
• Processes registration requests for youth and adult students and provides enrollment confirmation
• Maintains registration records
• Supplies Academy Director with status updates as to class enrollment

Academy Records
• Reconciles Academy payment records and Ballet Idaho deposit records
• Maintains accurate parent and student contact information
• Collects payments and maintains accurate payment records for all Academy classes and events
• Collects attendance records from instructors and maintains information in Mind Body and processes all change and withdrawal requests
• Assists in maintains audition participation records and recital participation records
• Runs reports for Academy Director or Marketing Director as needed

• Assists Academy Director in drafting annual Academy budget
• Acts as ticket manager for Academy year-end performances
• Provides daytime front desk and phone coverage
• Other duties as assigned

• Proficient in databases and Microsoft Office
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Detail oriented
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Possess a professional demeanor
• Ability to take direction, set priorities, and be flexible
• Bachelor’s degree is preferred or equivalent experience

TO APPLY send cover letter and resume to Emily Wallace:

Employment Opportunity: Costume Director

Ballet Idaho and Opera Idaho are searching for a joint Costume Director for our upcoming 2016-2017 season. Opera Idaho, a twelve week contract, and Ballet Idaho, twenty three weeks, will be producing six mainstage and two showcase productions collectively. Responsibilities: Organization and management of all costumes, costume inventory, hair and makeup, scheduling, costume fittings, adjustments, and repairs. Cleaning all costumes, whether company owned or rented, facilitating the construction of all costumes. Coordinate in conjunction with the Marketing Dept. all costume related needs for photoshoots scheduled during designated weeks, including laundry and care of items. Attend all production and staff meetings, and maintain the wardrobe/ costume budget for the duration of the season with supervision from the Production Manager. Manage the ordering and shipment of shoes (pointe, flat, character, etc.), and act as wardrobe supervisor during performance weeks. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree, or at least three years professional experience. Must be familiar with the sewing practices of today. Stellar communication skills. Must be willing to learn or already know how to manage/ balance a budget. Must have a leader’s attitude when dealing with venue crews, local or abroad. A knowledge of ballet costumes (tutus, leotards, etc.) and pointe shoes. Please submit a portfolio and resume to Rocky Love, Ballet Idaho Production Manager at or contact by phone 208.343.0556 × 216.

Ballet Idaho Mission Statement
Promote classical and contemporary ballet by encouraging artists to greatness and inspiring the public to value the performing arts. We enrich our community through quality performances, disciplined training, dance outreach, and education. Our vision is to provide beautiful, expressive ballet that is inspirational to all communities in Idaho.

Opera Idaho Mission Statement
Fund and produce opera of the highest possible professional standard, in Boise and throughout the State of Idaho, and to foster wider acceptance, appreciation and enjoyment of opera and related art forms by people of all social and economic backgrounds, through diverse educational and outreach programs.

FREE Adult Tap Trial Class

Join us for our new beginning Adult Tap Class! Come for a free trial class on May 2.

Adult Tap Class

Boise Arts Organizations to Co-Host Idaho Gives Block Party This May

Contact: Meredith Stead,
Marketing Director, Ballet Idaho
208.343.0556 ×222,


Boise, ID – April 21, 2016 – Arts organizations in the downtown Boise Cultural District announced today that they will co-host an Arts Block Party on May 5, 2016 to celebrate Idaho Gives. The party will focus on families and our community, and will offer a taste of how each organization serves our local youth through various educational arts programs and events. The hashtag #idahogivescreativity has been created for the event.

Participating arts organizations include Ballet Idaho, Boise Art Museum, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic, Boise Rock School, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Opera Idaho, and the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. The event serves to further the mission shared by each participating organization to broaden and strengthen the community impact of arts organizations in Idaho.

The Idaho Gives Arts Block Party will take place in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy parking lot on the southeast corner of 9th and Myrtle from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, May 5. Each organization will have information on its offerings for youth, families, and community members.

Throughout the event, visitors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand youth-oriented entertainment and performance samplings from the various organizations. Boise Rock School and Rock on Wheels will be here along with a bounce-house for kids free of charge.

Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase via local food trucks and vendors, including Pie Hole Pizza.

The Myrtle & 9th parking lot and the alleyway between buildings will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event.

QR codes will be available at the Block Party for instantaneous donations to any or all of the organizations for Idaho Gives. There will also be raffle tickets and prizes throughout the event.

Idaho Gives Block Party

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