FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2018
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BALLET IDAHO ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Boise ID — Ballet Idaho announced today that Garrett Anderson has been named the Artistic Director, following a nationwide search to replace retiring Peter Anastos. Anderson will join the company in July.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Garrett into our Ballet Idaho family,” said Randy Anderson (no relation), Ballet Idaho’s Board President. “His commitment to artistic excellence, community engagement and collaboration, development of new work, and classic favorites will resonate with our audience. Garrett has an impressive background in classical ballet and contemporary dance. He has also danced with Trey McIntyre Project and LED, so he is familiar with Boise and its audiences. Working with our search committee of representatives from the Board, staff, and dancers, I believe we have made an excellent selection for the future of our company.”
“I am eager to work with these artists and administrators to connect with the larger conversation Boise is having about its future,” said Anderson upon his appointment. “Together we can continue to extend Ballet Idaho’s work throughout the region and expand its artistic voice. Looking forward, my goal is to continue a legacy that is inclusive of all audiences, while pushing the boundaries of dance and helping to define its relevance in our community. My aim is to continue to bring great artists to Boise and to expose the dancers and our audience to a variety of choreographic perspectives. I am honored to join this organization at an exciting time in the development of its identity and the vital role it holds in this community. “
About Garrett Anderson:
Garrett began his training in Walnut Creek, CA under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre. He went on to study on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet school and then in the professional division at Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2001, Garrett joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and in 2005 was promoted to soloist.
After seven years in San Francisco, he and his wife left the company in 2008 to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, where he danced as a first soloist. There, they toured extensively throughout Europe and the world. In January of 2011, he returned to the United States to dance with Trey McIntyre Project. Following this, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in August of 2011, where he danced a number of leading roles in work created on the company.
In August of 2016 Garrett became Chair of the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. He has since performed two seasons with SF Danceworks in San Francisco for which he was named as one of the years outstanding male performers by Dance Europe in 2016. Garrett has also been a guest artist with LED, Ballet Chicago, Civic ballet of Chicago, and Chicago Reparatory Ballet. Garrett was the recipient of the American Ballet Theatre national dance scholarship and holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s college of California.
Garrett, his wife Courtney and their two boys, Rowan and Kellan, are so excited to be a part of the Ballet Idaho family and the larger Boise community. “My wife and I have visited many times since working here in 2011. We have both been fortunate to have had dance careers that have taken us many places and are so thrilled to finally be able to make Boise our home.”
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Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. 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 www.balletidaho.org.
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