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Interview with new company member Shane Horan

We had a moment to catch up with company member, Shane Horan, who joined Ballet Idaho just before The Nutcracker, in December of 2015.

Ballet Idaho: How long have you been dancing and what got you started?
Shane: I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old. I immediately fell in love with ballet when I first saw The Nutcracker, and since then it’s been the only thing I’ve dreamed of doing. So getting to be a professional ballet dancer is pretty special.

Ballet Idaho: What are your influences?
Shane: I’m greatly influenced by the New York City Ballet. It’s my favorite ballet company and I think the diversity of movement as well as the Balanchine style is definitely something I aspire to bring to my dancing.

How was it joining the company late in the season?
Shane: It was kind of nerve-wracking joining the season late. I mean this is my first professional job, so I was initially nervous about jumping right in with new people and having to learn Nutcracker rather quickly. However, everyone here is really supportive and encouraging, which made the transition much easier and very enjoyable.

Ballet Idaho: What has been your favorite role of your dance career thus far?
Shane: I really loved dancing in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in Wonderland) when I was in the Second Company at Kansas City Ballet. It challenged me in many ways, but the movement was beautiful and very fun to dance.

Ballet Idaho: What are you most excited about this season with Ballet Idaho?
Shane: I think I’m most excited for Valse Fantaisie this season. I may not dance in this ballet since there’s only one male role, but Balanchine is my all-time favorite choreographer. So to have the Balanchine stagers teach company class, and to see the progress of the ballet coming together will be an exciting experience for me.

Ballet Idaho: How do you spend your time out of the studio?
Shane: Outside of the studio I’m generally relaxing in some way or form. I try to hit the gym as frequently as I can, but when I’m not I like to hang out with fellow dancers and watch some movies, or go shopping. As dancers we work our bodies so much throughout the work week, it’s extremely important to make sure we rest when we can.

See Shane next on stage in Sinatra and More, February 19 and 20 at Morrison Center.

Summer Intensive Auditions at Ballet Idaho

Please visit their website for more information.

Ballet Austin
Monday, January 4, 2016
Registration 4:00 – 5:00, 5:00 -7:00 Studio 1

Oregon Ballet Theatre OBT
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Registration 12:00 – 12:30, 12:30 – 2:00 Studio 1
Registration 2:00 – 2:30, 2:30 – 4:00 Studio 1

Northwest Dance Project
Sunday, January 24, 2016 (ballet/modern)
Registration 12:00- 12:30, 12:00-3:00 Studio 1

Nutmeg Ballet
Friday, January 29, 2016
Registration 4:00 -4:30, 4:30 – 6:00 Studio A

Gelsey Kirkland Academy GKA
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Registration 12:30 -1:00, 1:00 – 4:00 Studio A

The Jillana School
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Registration 12:00 -12:30, 12:30 – 2:30 Studio 1

Pointe Shoe Fittings Saturday, Nov 14 with Phillip Broadbent from Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, WA

Ponite Shoe Fittings with Phillip Broadbent from Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, WA. Phillip has a longstanding relationship with students and professional dancers throughout the Northwest for his expertise in fitting pointe shoes.

Location: Ballet Idaho, Studio 3 – Annex Building PLEASE ENTER through our 8th Street entrance!

Cost per fitting: $10.00 Checks made out to Ballet Idaho.

What to bring: current pointe shoes (if applicable)

Please contact Emily Wallace to schedule a time. or 208.343.0556 ×227

Ballet Idaho Dancers Return to the Studio

Fall is upon us and, second to a pumpkin spice latte, we are thrilled to have our dancers back in the studio full time! They are hitting the marley floor hard in preparation for NewDance, Up Close fall series and The Nutcracker.

Adrienne back to studio

Phyllis Rehearsing Solo

Ballet Idaho Academy Student Joins Professional Company

We are proud to announce that Ballet Idaho Academy student, Lydia Herman has joined the Ballet Idaho company as apprentice. We had a moment to sit down with Lydia and discuss the upcoming season.

BIA: How has this start to the season differed from previous years of coming back to the Academy?
Lydia: I started off with academy classes just as always, but as soon as company classes started so did rehearsals and preparation for our first performance. That is something I was not used to, jumping right in to get ready for our first showing.

BIA: What are you most looking forward to this season?
Lydia: This season I am excited for everything, since it is my first year. I am thrilled to perform on the same stage as all of the wonderful, inspiring company dancers. But most of all I am just excited to dance, more than I have ever before.

BIA: Is there anything you are anxious about this season?
Lydia: Although I am looking forward to performing most shows, it makes me nervous and anxious to think that I will be on that stage most of that year, in front of those huge crowds. Hopefully I will be able to dance higher level parts as well.

BIA: How do you spend your time when you’re not dancing?
Lydia: When I am not dancing I start to focus more on my school work and catching up with everything I am behind in. Also to keep in shape I take hot yoga classes as much as I can or I go to the gym.

BIA: Who or what inspires your dancing?
Lydia: Since I was five I have loved dancing. Maybe because I am inspired by my mom, who is a dancer also, or just because I enjoy creating those beautiful lines that I am always trying to improve. I have never really known why I love it, but watching it makes me happy and performing makes me even happier. Like I can get away from all of my problems and only focus on improving myself physically and emotionally.

Ballet Idaho Returns to Barnes and Noble

Support Ballet Idaho by shopping online or in store between November 18 and December 3. Mention Ballet Idaho at the register of your local store, present this bookmark or use the bookmark code online. A percentage of your sale is donated back to Ballet Idaho!

Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble will be in-store on Saturday, November 28 from 11 am to 4 pm for story time and performances. 1315 N Milwaukee St, Boise, ID 83704

Barnes and Noble November

Shop Amazon and Support Ballet Idaho

You can support Ballet Idaho when shopping online with Amazon by using AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on When customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Steps to get started:
-Click here to link your reguilar Amazon account to a charity of your choice.
-Search Ballet Idaho Inc under ‘pick your own charitable organization’
-Select Ballet Idaho Inc
-Start Shopping!

Ballet Idaho at Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Support Ballet Idaho by shopping online or in store between October 10 and October 23. Mention Ballet Idaho at the register of your local store, present this bookmark or use the bookmark code online. A percentage of your sale is donated back to Ballet Idaho!

Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble will be in-store on Sunday October 18 from 11 am to 2 pm for story time and performances. 1315 N Milwaukee St, Boise, ID 83704

Barnes and Noble Oct 18 Book Fair

Fred Meyer Rewards for Ballet Idaho

Fred Meyer Rewards for Ballet Idaho

Do you shop at Fred Meyer? Support Ballet Idaho by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to our nonprofit profile and Ballet Idaho will earn a donation every time you shop. You will still receive your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates, plus you will help us earn donations from the $2.6 million that Fred Meyer gives annually.

To link your card, click here and follow these six easy steps. If you do not have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store.
1. Enter your email and create a password
2. Enter your Rewards Card Number and click “Save”
3. At the top of the screen, select the Rewards tab and then Community Rewards
4. Enter your information
5. Search Ballet Idaho or e**nter our code: 84830
6. Click “Enroll”… and you’re done!

Yelp's Boise Bourbon for Ballet

Help fundraise for Ballet Idaho by celebrating September as National Bourbon month at local watering holes around town! Participants will need the Yelp app. Don’t have it? You can download for free at

- Check-in to participating business on Yelp
- Order a qualifying bourbon cocktail and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Ballet Idaho

The participating lounges and drinks are:

Press & Pony
The featured cocktail is an Old Fashioned and for every check-in on Yelp with redeemed check-in offer, Ballet Idaho receives $1.

Grind Modern Burger & Postmodern Brewers
The featured cocktail is a Woodford Manhattan and Kentucky Punch for $5 each. Every qualifying cocktail ordered with Yelp app check-in offer, Ballet Idaho receives $1.

Saint Lawrence Gridiron
The featured cocktails are a Whiskey Sour, Boulevardier and Ward 8. Each of the three cocktails will be $1 off regular price with $1 donated to Ballet Idaho.

Mai Thai
Mai Thai is putting together a special menu for the month of September, including 2 featured bourbon cocktails and educational bourbon flights. With each order, Ballet Idaho received $1. Flights include:

  • The Triple Crown $12 (cocktail flight)
    Half portion Mint Julep, Black Eyed Susan, and the Belmont Breeze

  • Time in a Bottle $18 (cocktail flight)
    Half portion Improved Whiskey Cocktail, Boulevardier, and the Revolver
  • Grain Build Mash-up $12 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Knob Creek 9 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery $16 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey
  • Whiskies of the World $18 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Willet Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Redbreast 12 yr Irish whiskey, and Macallan 12 year Single Malt Scotch whisky

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