Ballet News

Ballet Idaho Opens the Season with Baroque! and Welcomes New Company Dancers!

Please join Ballet Idaho returning and new company dancers and Artistic Director, Peter Anastos for the 2010-2011 opening season performance of Baroque!, October 22, 23 and 24 at the BSU Special Events Center. Tickets on sale now through Select-a-Seat outlets. Ballet Idaho welcomes new and talented dancers this season. Ryland Early, from San Francisco, previously danced with Houston Ballet II, Ballet West, Ballet Arizona, and as a guest artist across the country. John Frazer, from Salt Lake City, is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy and danced with Ballet West until coming to Ballet Idaho this season. “I enjoy the humor and simplicity in Peter’s choreography,” comments Frazer. “The pace at Ballet Idaho is much faster than what I’ve worked before in a professional setting. He pushes you a bit, keeps you sharp. If you don’t pay attention for a little, you’ve missed something.” 2009-2010 company apprentices Monique Betty and Adrienne Kerr return this season as company members. New apprentices joining the company are Brooke Frandsen from Yuma, Arizona. Brooke was a member of Ballet Yuma and has received scholarships to attend Utah Regional Ballet, The Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, Washington and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Kathryn Harden, from New Market, Maryland, began her dancing career at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and continued at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, in addition, she has studied at summer programs such as the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Exploring Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Nic Gili from Idaho Falls, started his professional career with the Atlantic City Ballet and attended the Ballet West Summer Intensive on full scholarship before joining Ballet Idaho this fall. Keston Meyer, from Pocatello, Idaho, has studied with Houston Ballet, International Ballet of Houston, Richmond Ballet, and Salzburg Ballet. Principal dancers, Heather Hawk, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, Racheal Hummel and Jared Hunt all return to Ballet Idaho from last season.