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Sada Popick-Ogburn

Sada Popick-Ogburn

Ballet Idaho Academy Administrator

Sada was born in Portland, Oregon, where she trained and danced at Oregon Ballet Theater and The Portland Ballet, and she has extended training from Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Ballet Austin. She moved to Boise to join Ballet Idaho in 2008, and moved into the Academy Administrator position in 2019. She also teaches both students and adults in the Academy.

Jessica Sulikowski

Jessica Sulikowski

Ballet Idaho Academy Youth Company Director and Operations Coordinator

Jessica began her dance studies in Jackson, New Jersey. She competed regionally and nationally as a title winner. She then studied dance at Princeton Ballet School and Academy of Dance Arts, where she successfully passed the Royal Academy of Dance major examinations and performed as a pre-professional dancer with Company of Dance Arts. She attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy, Washington School of Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Jessica joined Ballet Idaho’s company in 2008 and rose through the ranks as soloist and then retired as a principal in May of 2023. Jessica’s performance highlights include Sugar Plum Fairy in Anastos’ The Nutcracker, The Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Fairy Godmother in Liang’s Cinderella, and Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade. Jessica performed featured roles in works by Lubovitch, Stowell, Cerrudo, Rowe, Saunders, and Davidson. Jessica has been a guest artist for Nevada Ballet Theatre, Anchorage Classical Ballet, LED, and Project Flux. She has been featured in commercial works and starred as lead actress of locally produced Boise film, Almosting It.

Jessica began teaching at Ballet Idaho Academy over a decade ago, instructing levels from Ballet 1 through Advanced. She has coached figure skaters and rock climbers and is a certified yoga instructor. She is an award winning choreographer.

As Operations Coordinator, Jessica developed and launched Ballet Idaho Academy’s Competition Program, where select students will compete at YAGP. This is Jessica’s first year as Youth Company Director.

Our Team

Courtney Anderson
Anissa Bailis*
Ashley Baker*
Madeline Bay*
Kylie Corrigan*
Mary Gobeille
Kimberly Johnson
Elizabeth Kanning*
Adrienne Kerr*
Desiree Matthews
Sada Popick Ogburn
Sarah Powell
Nathan Powell
Lydia Sakolsky – Basquill
Emily Speed*
Jessica Sulikowski
Emily Wallace
Alisa Walmsley
Amanda Wiley

* Denotes Ballet Idaho company member.

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