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Archive of: 2014

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 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 for questions and registration.

Sponsored by Trey McIntyre Project and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

New Academy Classes Added


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.

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

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

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

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!

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.

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.

2014/15 Class Schedule Announced



Download printable versions of the schedule Academy West Schedule or Downtown Academy Schedule.



Ballet Idaho Welcomes New Executive Director

Contact: Meredith Stead, Marketing Director
Ballet Idaho
208.343.0556 x22,


BOISE, ID - Ballet Idaho has announced Jennifer Weaver as its new Executive Director, and members of the community will have the opportunity to meet her and learn more about the organization at an upcoming event.

Interested members of the community can meet Weaver and Artistic Director Peter Anastos to learn about Ballet Idaho’s mission and the upcoming season at Bonefish Grill in Downtown Boise on Wednesday, June 11th from 4:00-6:00pm.

Ms. Weaver is an Idaho native, having grown up in Council, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at BSU. "I am delighted to return home to Idaho after a multiyear absence, where I will join the team at Ballet Idaho,” said Weaver, “It is extremely exciting to be part of such a well respected organization that touches the lives of so many Idahoans through the art of dance. I look forward to leading this team and am thrilled by this opportunity."

Most recently, Weaver worked at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado with the Department of Pediatrics Section of Nutrition. She previously worked in human resources, finance and outreach with the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Jenny has recent experience in marketing and grant administration, including grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

Weaver will start at the end of May, succeeding Paul Kaine who announced his retirement in January. She joins a new team of recent hires at Ballet Idaho, including Marketing Director Meredith Stead, and Development Manager KC Driscoll.

Board President Chris Privon stated, “I am delighted that Jenny is our new ED and very confident that she will bring a fresh perspective to the organization. I am excited to see the direction the Ballet takes with this new team in place. Together leading this new generation of staff, Peter Anastos and Jenny will bring a new dance experience to Idaho.”

Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical 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
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