Ballet News

Archive of: October, 2009

Nutcracker Tickets On Sale Monday!

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 2nd for Ballet Idaho’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Ballet Idaho continues the classic holiday tradition and is pleased to present The Nutcracker this December. With extraordinary choreography, beautiful sets and costumes, this will celebrate the season in dazzling fashion — a joyful and elegant Holiday Party, a Christmas Garland Dance, a whimsical mechanical mouse and a magical growing Christmas tree along with a large and enthusiastic cast of young dancers and singers from throughout the Treasure Valley. Tchaikovsky’s classic score will be performed live by the Boise Philharmonic. Join us to celebrate Ballet Idaho's holiday family favorite on December 11, 12, and 13 at the Morrison Center. The Nutcracker children’s casts have been announced and young dancers from all over the Treasure Valley are preparing and rehearsing for Ballet Idaho’s classic holiday tradition. This year cast features a real-life brother and sister duo that will perform the roles of brother and sister, Fritz and Clara, in the production. Additionally, the young ladies dancing Clara in both casts, are perhaps the youngest dancers to be cast in that role in a professional company. Single tickets start at just $20 and range to $50 and are available through any Select-A-Seat outlet, by calling 426-1110 or visiting For more information, call the Ballet Idaho office, 343-0556.

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

The Reality of Professionalism

As children’s rehearsals for The Nutcracker progress, I would like to address the reality of working with a professional company, a reality that includes especially our younger cast members: There is no such thing as “meanness” and “embarrassment”. Once rehearsal starts there is only the work to be done as efficiently as possible. When there are multiple casts, at first it is possible that only one cast will be used to set the choreography, once the choreography is being rehearsed, all others will be brought up to speed. The priority is to set the production as fast as possible, in order to have sufficient time to make every single child on stage look like a million dollars. There is absolutely no reason to “feel bad” about not having danced in rehearsal at this point. This might well be the first “real life” experience and as parents you can help your child understand that once cast in a show, even if things change there is nothing wrong with them or with Ballet Idaho. It is a simple matter of process, which is the same all over the world. This is THE Nutcracker production in the state of Idaho. It is a privilege to be a cast member no matter how small the part. 10,000 people are expected to attend this year, this is a big deal and therefore also an obligation to deal with the reality of professionalism.

What a great turnout for “Dress Rehearsal!”

Ballet Idaho’s inaugural “Dress Rehearsal” Fashion Show Fundraiser was a smashing SOLD-OUT success, held last Friday, October 9th at the Linen Building. Company dancers and professional models strutted down the runway in fashions from several downtown Boise and Eagle boutiques. The evening was all about the answer the age-old question: Whatever shall I wear to the ballet? It was presented in four tiers: the matinee, the date night, the gala and the runway finale featuring beautiful vintage gowns donated by ballet patrons that were then placed for silent auction. A huge thank you to Clothesline Cleaners, who hand-restored and cleaned all of the garments for this segment. Many generous merchants donated items for the silent auction including area professional arts organizations, R Grey Jewelers, Jos A. Bank Clothiers, Hotel 43, Michael Todd, Monkey Doos, Chandlers Steakhouse, Bogus Basin, Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, to mention only a few. KTVB’s News Channel 7 reporter, Alyson Outen, emceed this fabulous event and the evening was completed with a short performance of Footage on the runway by Ballet Idaho company dancers Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti and Ryan Nye. Special thanks to our Co-Chairs, Angie Berman and Lana Hollingshead, “Dress Rehearsal” sponsor Ethan Allen and the many vendors, boutiques and patrons who generously donated items to make this first-time event a success! With Friday night’s outstanding feedback, this is sure to be an annual event for Ballet Idaho! Looking forward to next year!
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