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Ballet Idaho's November Newsletter

Ballet Idaho’s November Newsletter is here! Read about our upcoming events and where we will be around town during the festive season. We are also thrilled to be presenting our NewDance, Up Close Fall Series on November 14/15 and 21/22. Tickets are available, but are going fast!

Ballet Idaho’s November Newsletter

Opera Idaho Presents Orpheus

Ballet Idaho is proud to partner with Opera Idaho and Boise Baroque Orchestra to present Orpheus! See company members Andrew Taft and Elizabeth Herrmann-Barreto perform with six upper level Academy dancers at The Egyptian Theatre next Sunday the 26th & 28th!

The Egyptian Theatre
700 W Main St
Boise, Idaho 83702

Tickets are available at:
http://boisebaroque.org/product/10_26/

Ballet Idaho's October Newsletter

Ballet Idaho’s October Newsletter is here! Read about our upcoming Fall Gala, online auction, American Girl Fashion Show and other events coming up. We are also thrilled to have John Seyla coming this month to provide class to our professional company. It looks like it will be a great month coming up and we are all excited to see you as we approach the opening of our season!

Ballet Idaho’s October Newsletter

New Time Announced for American Girl Fashion Show


We are excited to announce that we will be adding an additional show time to our American Girl Fashion Show! Due to the tremendous turn out of aspiring models coming to audition at The Village in Meridian and the Boise Town Square Mall, we are more than thrilled to give more girls the chance to be part of this amazing fashion show. So come join us and celebrate the experience of being a girl!

The new times are:
Saturday, October 18th
10 am, 1:30 pm, and 5 pm
Sunday, October 19th
10 am, 1:30 pm, and 5 pm

Tickets are on sale now!

Ballet Idaho Academy hosts TMP Dance For Parkinson's

What: TMP Dance for Parkinson’s – Fall Session
When: Monday, September 15, 2014 – November 24, 2014
Where: Ballet Idaho, 501 S 8th Street Boise, Idaho 83702

On Monday, September 15th, 2014, Trey McIntyre Project launches a new initiative in its groundbreaking exploration of the healing power of dance. Current Ballet Idaho dancer, Elizabeth Keller, is the TMP Dance for Parkinson’s head. The program is based on the 2001 Dance for PD method designed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group, and Keller has trained extensively in their methods.

An eleven-week series of classes that uses dance, live music, and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, isolation, and depression.

Working with professional dancers trained in the Dance for PD method, participants are inspired to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, and stimulating. The essence of dance is joy!

Come dance with Elizabeth Keller and enjoy live accompaniment in Ballet Idaho’s studio.

Whether seated or standing, people with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers, and friends will enjoy this creative and welcoming environment in addition to great live music. Visit treymcintyre.com/danceforpd for more information.

TMP Dance for Parkinson’s
September 15 – November 24
Mondays, 1:00 – 230 PM
Registration is limited.Classes are free. Program operates by donations and grants.Call 832.594.7887 or email
Elizabeth@treymcintyre.com for questions and registration.

Sponsored by Trey McIntyre Project and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

New Academy Classes Added

By popular demand… NEW CLASSES ADDED DOWNTOWN AND WEST!

Fall registration is under way but it’s not too late to register for classes. We have added more times to the schedule for your convenience. See a complete schedule of classes on our site.

DOWNTOWN ACADEMY
Pre-Ballet 2 – Fridays, 5:15 to 6pm
Hannah Dunlop-Relf, Instructor
Beginning September 19, 2014

Beginning Adult Ballet – Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11am
Nathan Powell, Instructor
Beginning September 24, 2014

Mommy and Me – Fridays, 10 to 10:45am
Sarah North, Instructor
Began September 5, 2014

WEST ACADEMY
Pre-Ballet 2 – Saturdays, 10 to 10:45am
Mhari Wilson, Instructor
Beginning September 20, 2014

Beginning Adult Ballet – Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8pm
Sarah North, Instructor
Beginning November 19, 2014

Edward Villella Intensive Classes

Fellow Dancers,

The Sun Valley Ballet School is honored to be having Edward Villella teach two Master Intensive Classes and give a lecture/reception at our YMCA studio. We feel this is such an amazing opportunity for our dancers that we wanted to open this event up to other schools. Please see the flyer below for details. Tuition for this event is $100.00. To have your students register please visit our website at www.sunvalleyballet.com.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
ewallace@balletidaho.org

Thank you

 

Villella Event

 

 

Academy Summer News

Summer does not necessarily mean taking it easy and having time off from dance. Instead several of our academy students took advantage of summer study in order to hone their skills, with extra time to focus completely on training. While many students participated in our own summer intensive and ongoing maintenance classes, others have gone off to study throughout the US, gaining new perspectives in dance and in life. Here are some of the places they’ve been dancing long and hard:

-Antonio Carnell, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR

-Mari Field - Chicago Ballet School, Chicago, IL

-Isabella Herman, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID

-Lydia Herman - Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

-Jenavieve Hernandez, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID

-Catherina Magdich - The Jillana School, Taos, NM

-Morgan Phillips, Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco, CA

-Abbey Ritter, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR

-Kendall Smith - Ballet West, Salt Lake City, UT

-Cristina Zimmerman - Boston Ballet School, Boston, MA

As we launch into our 2014-2015 academic year, Ballet Idaho Academy is delighted to share some highlights!

CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & CLASSES
Back by popular demand, our Student Choreography Workshop will expand this year to include more sessions and more faculty mentoring. Students in level 4+ are welcome to come experiment with the tools of dance composition, explore expressive movement through improvisation and create dances. These workshops will culminate in a Choreography Showcase in late February open to the public.

Level 7 Curriculum adds Partnering Class! Advanced Students will have the opportunity to learn valuable techniques in partnering throughout the year under the direction of Jason Hartley.

NEW FACES AT THE ACADEMY
Ballet Idaho Academy welcomes 3 new faculty members! Elizabeth Keller, formerly of TMP and with a wealth of teaching experience will be teaching ballet in our Preparatory and Pre-professional divisions. We’re excited to have Hannah Dunlop returning this year and teaching in our Children’s Division after spending a year up in Moscow. After substituting for the past several years, we are pleased to welcome Mhari Wilson as a permanent instructor at our West location! Ballet Idaho Academy is looking forward to a fabulous academic year!

Ballet Idaho Academy Open House

IAP_0114 Ballet Idaho Academy is hosting an Open House at both our Downtown and West locations! There will be a range of activities to enjoy and the chance to view our facilities. More information to be coming soon! Activities will include:
  • Facility tour
  • Demo classes
  • and more!
Time: Wednesday, August 27th Thursday, August 28th 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm West Location 12554 W Bridger St Suite 100 Boise, ID 83713 We look forward to seeing you there!

Dancing for a future: Boise teen uses ballet to overcome adversity

IAP_0625 BOISE -- A Boise teenager is beating the odds after finding a passion in the Treasure Valley. The 15-year-old is perfecting turn-outs and pliés, hoping for a future in the ballet. When you walk into one of the brightly lit studios at Ballet Idaho, you can see the concentration on the students' faces. "Big toe on the floor," commands the instructor. Students follow suit with precision and poise. Close to 250 students take classes at Ballet Idaho. Many of them have dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, and the one male dancer in this class has aspirations of ballet greatness, too. "I get a lot of attention," admits dancer Antonio Carnell. He doesn't mind the spotlight. "This is my sixth year dancing here at Ballet Idaho," Carnell told us. The long hours and repetition have been good for the teenager. It's a completely different world compared to the one he was born into. "I grew up in an adoption home or foster home and there was no opportunity in St. Louis, Missouri and I didn't grow up with a dance background," said Carnell. Early on in life, Antonio didn't have much of a chance at all. "Antonio was uh, had a very difficult start in life. He was born prenatally exposed to drugs, went through withdrawal. Premature," said Michael Carnell. At the age of three, Antonio met the people who would help him change course: his adoptive parents, Michael and Diane. "He's just a real resilient, positive human being," added Antonio's adoptive father. The Carnells brought Antonio to Boise and gave him a safe place to grow. "Even when he was little he was such a performer," said Diane Carnell. When he showed an interest in dance at age 10, Antonio's family encouraged him. A dance scholarship at Ballet Idaho sealed the deal. "I'm here more than I'm at my house," said Antonio Carnell of the Ballet Idaho studio. Antonio's teachers say he has a natural ability. "He has a wonderful stage personality," said Academy Director Emily Wallace. "And you really see that in him, that drive to perfection." Antonio Carnell is now perfecting his technique six days a week. He hopes to turn his passion into a career. "That's what he'd like to do. He'd like to be a dancer. that's his goal," said Michael Carnell. The 15-year-old dancer told us he's ready for the challenge. A tough past has prepared him for the rigorous road ahead. It's the advice he says he's give any young person reaching for a dream. "Just work really hard and you can accomplish it," said Antonio Carnell. The teenager is definitely working hard to reach his goal of becoming an accomplished dancer. He's taking part in a summer intensive ballet experience in Oregon for the next few weeks. In addition to classes at Ballet Idaho, he also performs in several productions throughout the year. Instructors in Boise say he has the potential to keep growing and dance in a prestigious ballet company in the future.
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