Ballet News

Our First Program and Onward

Our first program is finished, and it was a lot of fun. A big thank you to everyone who attended. Pieces like Swan Lake, Idaho and Yes, Virginia don’t work if we can’t interact with the audience. For the opening night of Yes, Virginia I was nervous that I was going to step out on the stage, do something silly, and the audience wasn’t going to respond. That was not the case, and for the whole weekend I had a blast joking with everyone seated in the auditorium and being inspired by the jovial energy at the theater. Our first program was a great example of why I love being a performer. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to entertain and bring joy to others. Now we dancers are on a short break before we head full force into The Nutcracker. As much as I love dancing, this down time allows me to expand my creativity in other directions. I use some time to make graphic designs often creating ads and mailers for political campaigns. I also like to spend time on some of my favorite hobbies like painting miniature figures or hiking in this beautiful Idaho landscape. However, a dancer is never far from the studio, and you’ll usually find me downtown putting on my dance shoes at least once a day. As we move into the holiday season the company will start rehearsing for The Nutcracker. We are very excited to not only be performing at the Morrison Center this December, but also to be going on The New Ballet Idaho’s first tour when we will be presenting The Nutcracker in Billings over Thanksgiving weekend. I can’t wait to share some of the magic and joy of the holidays with our community very soon. Michael Dennis Dunsmore Dancer with Ballet Idaho Joined the Company in 2008