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May Newsletter

Our May Newsletter is now out and it’s the perfect chance to see what Ballet Idaho has planned for the 2015/2016 season. See our full newsletter here and don’t miss your chance to purchase a season subscription and save 15%!

May 7 – Don’t forget to support Ballet Idaho on Idaho Gives Day! For every donation we receive during the following hours, Ballet Idaho is entered to win a $2,500 gift from the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Donate by clicking here.

7-7:59 am, 12-12:59 pm, 5-5:59 pm, and 8-8:59 pm

May 9 – Ballet Idaho Academy will be hosting Year-End Performances at Boise High School May 9 at 7 pm. Tickets are available for purchase, please contact:
Leslie Asin, 208.343.0556 Ext 32,

Ballet Idaho Academy Upcoming Events

Academy Open House

Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, 4 pm -6 pm
Activities include facility tours, Faculty meet and greet, registration discounts, raffles, and more! Save $50 off fall registration when you register at the Open House. Some restrictions may apply. For more information, please call Leslie, 208.343.0556 Ext. 232.

The Nutcracker Audition

October 17
12 noon – 5:30 pm
More information coming soon!

Ballet Idaho Announces 2015/2016 Season

Company to Bring First Ever Idaho Performance of Twyla Tharp Ballet with Costumes by Oscar de la Renta

NewDance, Up Close Choreography Showcase Returns

Peter Anastos’ The Sleeping Beauty Wraps Season

BOISE, IDAHO – Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos has announced the company’s 2015/2016 season. The company will bring an Idaho premier of a renowned Twyla Tharp ballet, Nine Sinatra Songs, to its repertory in February and wrap the season with audience favorite, The Sleeping Beauty. Ballet Idaho will also repeat two series of the popular NewDance, Up Close, the company’s contemporary project. Season tickets are on sale now.

NewDance, Up Close Returns to Kick Off The 2015/2016 Season

In November, and then with a new series again in March, Ballet Idaho returns with the acclaimed NewDance, Up Close contemporary dance project. Having sold out performances the prior season, the series comes back with fresh choreography by Ballet Idaho company members and other local choreographers in the intimate 200-seat Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. The collection of short contemporary ballets prove to be refreshing, sometime raw, always original, and explore the depth of Ballet Idaho. Artistic Director, Peter Anastos said, “There are always surprises in this series, boundaries pushed, risks taken, ideas explored, all in the close proximity and intimacy of our own theatre.” The series will kick off the 2015/2016 season in November and repeat again, with all new works in March.

Ballet Idaho Lights up the Holidays with The Nutcracker

The week before Christmas, Ballet Idaho will bring the Treasure Valley its most joyous holiday gift with its beloved production of Peter Anastos’ The Nutcracker, a Boise holiday tradition. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky’s magical score, the fairytale scenery and vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create a visually stunning production of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful mouse king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike will experience the production’s many special effects, including the growing Christmas tree and the stunning snow scene.

Ballet Idaho Brings the Idaho Premier of Famed Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs

Ballet Idaho has been granted the rights to perform Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, the choreographer’s first time ever in Idaho. Ms. Tharp, an American choreographer known for her work with her own company and her motion picture work, including Hair (1979) and Ragtime (1981) has won Tony and Emmy Awards. Nine Sinatra Songs has become a popular classic, presenting its view of 1950’s social dancing through the nostalgic but sharpened eyes of the 1980s. Oscar de la Renta’s dresses and tuxedos flash with a similar double edge of past and present eras. The program includes classic Sinatra—including “One for My Baby,” “Strangers in the Night,” and “My Way”. Tharp upscales traditional ballroom dancing with the active participation of the female dancer in styles ranging from tango to flamenco to exhibition disco. That program will also include George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, courtesy of the George Balanchine Trust. The choreography presents a windswept pattern of pure dancing, attuned to the joyfulness of its waltz rhythms. Alex Ossadnik’s Scheherezade returns, as does Peter Anastos’ jazzy Ravel Piano Concerto. The winter repertory will perform over one weekend in February at the Morrison Center.

The Sleeping Beauty Wraps Season

The Sleeping Beauty, with glorious music by Tchaikovsky, is considered one of the greatest ballet stories of all time. The ballet is set in the regal style of Louis XIV and incorporates many 18th century court dances. With incredibly intricate costumes and mood-inducing scenery, this production is not only magical but truly awe-inspiring. We hope you will enjoy a family day at the ballet that will create a lifelong memories for all of you!

Complete Season
NewDance, Up Close fall series
November 6/7 and 13/14
Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy

The Nutcracker
December 18/19/20
Morrison Center

Sinatra and More
February 19/20
Morrison Center

NewDance, Up Close spring series
March 11/12 and 18/19
Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy

The Sleeping Beauty
April 8/9
Morrison Center

Season tickets are on sale now at, 501 S. 8th Street, Boise ID 83702 208.343.0556 ×22.

Ballet Idaho, since 1972, has enriched lives through classic ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Led by Artistic Director Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit

Good Morning Idaho Visits Ballet Idaho

Good Morning Idaho visits Ballet Idaho for a special on the job, and teach J Bates a thing or two about the art of the dance and our upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The full story can be viewed here.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are still available for April 10 and 11 at the Morrison Center! Don’t miss our season wrap up with Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy of errors!

April Newsletter

Our April Newsletter is now out and we have a lot of events and our final performance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to close out our 2014/15 season. See our full newsletter here and we hope to see all of you this April at the Morrison Center for A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Don’t miss your chance to see some of our upcoming events:

April 4 – Our Spring Fashion Show fundraiser returns for a preview of spring trends, provided by local boutiques. New this year… local designers! Clothing is showcased on the runway by our Ballet Idaho dancers. Join us at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building in downtown Boise, for an elegant evening. Space is limited. Purchase tickets today.

April 10/11A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the Morrison Center, wraps up the 2014/15 performance season. Get ready for magic, mischief, and mayhem. This is an enchanting and rollicking ballet for the entire family. Tickets are available now.

April 18 – Join us for our Tea for Tutus fundraiser – a community program that allows children to experience the music and movement that is ballet. Adults can enjoy sparkling beverages while exploring our unique silent auction, Ballet Idaho Academy boutique, and various raffle items. Recommended for children ages 5 – 9 and their families! For more information and to purchase tickets , visit our website.

You're Invited to Tea for Tutus

Join us for our Tea for Tutus fundraiser – a community program that allows children to experience the music and movement that is ballet. You are encouraged to wear your fun and fancy party clothes to this afternoon event where children

  • learn a few steps from Ballet Idaho Academy instructors
  • enjoy party snacks and tea with an Academy ballerina at every table
  • show off their party clothes in a party fashion-parade
  • conclude with a children’s dance performance of steps learned

Meanwhile, adults enjoy sparkling beverages while exploring our unique silent auction, Ballet Idaho Academy boutique, and various raffle items. Featured items: include Ballerina Birthday Parties, autographed pointe shoes and American Girl Bitty Baby dolls.

Recommended for children ages 5-9 and their families. All proceeds benefit the Ballet Idaho Academy outreach and scholarship programs.


Saturday, April 18
3 – 5 pm


Philharmonic Reception Room at the
Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy
516 S. 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702

Purchase tickets for $35 or tables of 6 for $150 online or by phone, 208.343.0556 ×20.

Save the Date - Fall Gala

Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Gala fundraiser on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Event theme and ticket information coming soon to

Host committee: Will Heatter, Nick Roundtree, and Monica Walker

Local Designs + Dancers = Fashion Show '15

Join Ballet Idaho on April 4, for a fabulously stylish fundraiser. View the hottest vintage and new spring fashions from local boutiques and designers, prepared and designed exclusively for and worn by Ballet Idaho dancers. Enjoy champagne, hor’doeuvres, raffle and silent auction. Tickets available now.

Featured partners include local designers, Helena Kruczynska, Kate Westerman, and Dustin Banks as well as local boutiques Piece Unique Clothing & Shoez, Ruby Lou Clothing Boutique, In Retrospect, and Swank Boutique!

This year’s featured raffle prize is one YEAR OF SHOES ($1,200 value), courtesy of Piece Unique. Win $100 to spend on shoes at Piece Unique for twelve months! Raffle tickets are available at the door or online, with the purchase of admission.

Three More Chances

Don’t miss your last opportunity to experience this spectacular performance of new choreography by some of our dancers and other amazing local talent. Purchase now.

NewDance, Up Close: tickets $20 and $25
in our own intimate 200-seat theater at the
Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy,
Friday, March 13 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 14 at 2pm
Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm

NewDance, Up Close is Ballet Idaho’s contemporary dance project. Our dancers and local choreographers produce fascinating work – always innovating and surprising! We are presenting new works during this performance series, with choreography by Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, Lauren Edson, Daniel Ojeda, Nathan Powell, Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, and Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin.

Tickets are limited so purchase today!

Balanchine's Rubies Comes To Idaho


Ballet Idaho is honored to have been granted the rights to perform Rubies this February. Rubies, choreographed by George Balanchine and staged by Paul Boos. Rubies will be performed on the Morrison Center for two shows over Valentine’s Day weekend. For ticket info, click here.

Balanchine plays a pivotal role in ballet history. George Balanchine created over 400 works and has been recognized as a 20th-century master alongside Picasso and Stravinsky. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1904, he went on to become the artistic director and primary choreographer of the New York City Ballet and is now ranked among the greatest choreographers in the history of ballet. Balanchine came to the United States in late 1933 following an early career throughout Europe. His trip came at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein, a Boston born dance connoisseur whose dream it was to establish an American school of ballet and company equivalent to those in Europe. His eventual home was to become known as New York City Ballet and Balanchine would serve as its artistic director until his death in 1983.

Paul Boos HS

Paul Boos will be in Boise for three weeks to stage Rubies on the company. Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NY at 15 to study dance on full scholarship at the Harkness House. Following this, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. It was at SAB, while working extensively with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins that Mr. Boos developed an intimate understanding of the connection between music and movement. After dancing principal roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering as part of the SAB workshop, Mr. Boos was invited to join New York City Ballet by Mr. Balanchine at the age of 18.

Mr. Boos went on to dance with NYCB for 13 years before launching into the international scene as a guest teacher, initially with the Royal Danish Ballet where he taught for 3 years. In 1992, Mr. Boos was entrusted by the George Balanchine Trust to become a sanctioned repetiteur. Since then he has gone on to stage ballets globally with such companies as the Paris Opera, Bolshoi, Maryinsky, La Scala, Joffrey, and many others.

This is Mr. Boos’ first collaboration with Ballet Idaho.

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