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Archive of: July, 2014

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.
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