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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 yelp.com/yelpmobile

- 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

Ballet Idaho welcomes Danielle Troyano!

Question and Answer with Danielle Troyano

How did you get started in dance?

My older sister Kristen was a dancer, and I was always hanging around the studio watching and waiting for her to finish. I always had a ton of energy; I could not sit still for more than a second at a time! My mom decided to put me in ballet classes too, so that I wouldn’t be bored. Ballet class seemed to be the only place where I could focus my mind. I loved it from the start, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my mom signing me up for my very first class.

What role that you have danced is your favorite?

I’d have to say that my favorite role thus far has been Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. This past winter I guested with the Albany Berkshire Ballet for two months. We went on tour and did 20 performances of The Nutcracker under the direction of Madeline Culpo. I got to see over six different cities while performing for incredible audiences around New England. The grand pas de deux is one of the most difficult things I have ever danced, but after rehearsing endlessly and getting my stamina prepared, I’ve never experienced a greater feeling of accomplishment. Having little girls and aspiring ballerinas come up to me as I was the Sugarplum Fairy was an indescribable feeling. I will always hold my experience with Albany Berkshire Ballet so close to my heart!

What ballets are you most looking forward to performing this upcoming season at Ballet Idaho?

Our whole season lineup is incredible! Obviously The Nutcracker will always be a favorite of mine. I’m excited to learn and perform a different version! Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs is also something I have always dreamt of doing. It is a beautiful classic and I have always thought that it looked like so much fun to dance. I’m also looking forward to Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Mr. Anastos. I have never performed this ballet before, and I know it will be a great learning experience.

What do you enjoying doing in your free time?

I am definitely a person of high energy, so relaxing is sometimes the most difficult task for me. When I can find some free time I’m still usually always moving! I love being outside and going to the beach. One of the hard things about being a dancer is having to be far from home. In my free time I try to talk on the phone and Skype with my family and friends from back home. I miss them so much!

Any particular places or things of interest that you are looking forward to visiting while in Boise?

I know that Boise may be an adjustment, but I’m excited to see what this change brings. I was born and raised in New York and lived in New York City for three years, and I’m currently living in Chicago. Aside from my one year in Montgomery, Alabama, I’m more used to a big city setting. I’m really looking forward to the change of pace, and to be able to experience a new way of living. When I flew to Boise back in February to audition for Ballet Idaho I really did think Boise was a charming city. I am excited to get to know it better, but mostly the thing I am really excited for is to begin work as a dancer for Ballet Idaho! The view of the mountains outside my window doesn’t sound too bad either.

Fall Registration Savings Through Monday, June 22, 2015

Fall Registration Photo

Save 15% on tuition fees when you register for classes at Ballet Idaho Academy, now through Monday. Fall schedules and registration materials are available online or at the front desk. Register today! Classes fill quickly.

For questions regarding classes, instruction, and the new schedule, contact Emily Wallace: ewallace@balletidaho.org, 208.343.0556 Ext. 27.

For registration or to schedule your free first-time class at Ballet Idaho Academy, please contact Leslie Asin: lasin@balletidaho.org, 208.343.0556 Ext. 32.

June Newsletter

Our June 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%!

Fall Registration
Ballet Idaho Academy is now accepting students for Fall registration! Take advantage of our Early Bird Special and receive 15% off tuition fees when you register now through June 22.

For questions regarding classes, instruction and the new schedule, contact Emily Wallace: ewallace@balletidaho.org, 208.343.0556 Ext. 27.

For registration, please contact Leslie Asin: lasin@balletidaho.org, 208.343.0556 Ext. 32.

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, lasin@balletidaho.org

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 www.BalletIdaho.org, 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 www.Balletidaho.org

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!

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