Ballet News

Archive of: 2015

Summer Intensive Auditions at Ballet Idaho

Please visit their website for more information.

Ballet Austin
Monday, January 4, 2016
Registration 4:00 – 5:00, 5:00 -7:00 Studio 1

Oregon Ballet Theatre OBT
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Registration 12:00 – 12:30, 12:30 – 2:00 Studio 1
Registration 2:00 – 2:30, 2:30 – 4:00 Studio 1

Northwest Dance Project
Sunday, January 24, 2016 (ballet/modern)
Registration 12:00- 12:30, 12:00-3:00 Studio 1

Nutmeg Ballet
Friday, January 29, 2016
Registration 4:00 -4:30, 4:30 – 6:00 Studio A

Gelsey Kirkland Academy GKA
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Registration 12:30 -1:00, 1:00 – 4:00 Studio A

The Jillana School
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Registration 12:00 -12:30, 12:30 – 2:30 Studio 1

Pointe Shoe Fittings Saturday, Nov 14 with Phillip Broadbent from Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, WA

Ponite Shoe Fittings with Phillip Broadbent from Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, WA. Phillip has a longstanding relationship with students and professional dancers throughout the Northwest for his expertise in fitting pointe shoes.

Location: Ballet Idaho, Studio 3 – Annex Building PLEASE ENTER through our 8th Street entrance!

Cost per fitting: $10.00 Checks made out to Ballet Idaho.

What to bring: current pointe shoes (if applicable)

Please contact Emily Wallace to schedule a time. or 208.343.0556 ×227

Ballet Idaho Dancers Return to the Studio

Fall is upon us and, second to a pumpkin spice latte, we are thrilled to have our dancers back in the studio full time! They are hitting the marley floor hard in preparation for NewDance, Up Close fall series and The Nutcracker.

Adrienne back to studio

Phyllis Rehearsing Solo

Ballet Idaho Academy Student Joins Professional Company

We are proud to announce that Ballet Idaho Academy student, Lydia Herman has joined the Ballet Idaho company as apprentice. We had a moment to sit down with Lydia and discuss the upcoming season.

BIA: How has this start to the season differed from previous years of coming back to the Academy?
Lydia: I started off with academy classes just as always, but as soon as company classes started so did rehearsals and preparation for our first performance. That is something I was not used to, jumping right in to get ready for our first showing.

BIA: What are you most looking forward to this season?
Lydia: This season I am excited for everything, since it is my first year. I am thrilled to perform on the same stage as all of the wonderful, inspiring company dancers. But most of all I am just excited to dance, more than I have ever before.

BIA: Is there anything you are anxious about this season?
Lydia: Although I am looking forward to performing most shows, it makes me nervous and anxious to think that I will be on that stage most of that year, in front of those huge crowds. Hopefully I will be able to dance higher level parts as well.

BIA: How do you spend your time when you’re not dancing?
Lydia: When I am not dancing I start to focus more on my school work and catching up with everything I am behind in. Also to keep in shape I take hot yoga classes as much as I can or I go to the gym.

BIA: Who or what inspires your dancing?
Lydia: Since I was five I have loved dancing. Maybe because I am inspired by my mom, who is a dancer also, or just because I enjoy creating those beautiful lines that I am always trying to improve. I have never really known why I love it, but watching it makes me happy and performing makes me even happier. Like I can get away from all of my problems and only focus on improving myself physically and emotionally.

Ballet Idaho Returns to Barnes and Noble

Support Ballet Idaho by shopping online or in store between November 18 and December 3. Mention Ballet Idaho at the register of your local store, present this bookmark or use the bookmark code online. A percentage of your sale is donated back to Ballet Idaho!

Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble will be in-store on Saturday, November 28 from 11 am to 4 pm for story time and performances. 1315 N Milwaukee St, Boise, ID 83704

Barnes and Noble November

Shop Amazon and Support Ballet Idaho

You can support Ballet Idaho when shopping online with Amazon by using AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on When customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Steps to get started:
-Click here to link your reguilar Amazon account to a charity of your choice.
-Search Ballet Idaho Inc under ‘pick your own charitable organization’
-Select Ballet Idaho Inc
-Start Shopping!

Ballet Idaho at Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Support Ballet Idaho by shopping online or in store between October 10 and October 23. Mention Ballet Idaho at the register of your local store, present this bookmark or use the bookmark code online. A percentage of your sale is donated back to Ballet Idaho!

Ballet Idaho Youth Ensemble will be in-store on Sunday October 18 from 11 am to 2 pm for story time and performances. 1315 N Milwaukee St, Boise, ID 83704

Barnes and Noble Oct 18 Book Fair

Fred Meyer Rewards for Ballet Idaho

Fred Meyer Rewards for Ballet Idaho

Do you shop at Fred Meyer? Support Ballet Idaho by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to our nonprofit profile and Ballet Idaho will earn a donation every time you shop. You will still receive your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates, plus you will help us earn donations from the $2.6 million that Fred Meyer gives annually.

To link your card, click here and follow these six easy steps. If you do not have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store.
1. Enter your email and create a password
2. Enter your Rewards Card Number and click “Save”
3. At the top of the screen, select the Rewards tab and then Community Rewards
4. Enter your information
5. Search Ballet Idaho or e**nter our code: 84830
6. Click “Enroll”… and you’re done!

Yelp's Boise Bourbon for Ballet

Help fundraise for Ballet Idaho by celebrating September as National Bourbon month at local watering holes around town! Participants will need the Yelp app. Don’t have it? You can download for free at

- Check-in to participating business on Yelp
- Order a qualifying bourbon cocktail and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Ballet Idaho

The participating lounges and drinks are:

Press & Pony
The featured cocktail is an Old Fashioned and for every check-in on Yelp with redeemed check-in offer, Ballet Idaho receives $1.

Grind Modern Burger & Postmodern Brewers
The featured cocktail is a Woodford Manhattan and Kentucky Punch for $5 each. Every qualifying cocktail ordered with Yelp app check-in offer, Ballet Idaho receives $1.

Saint Lawrence Gridiron
The featured cocktails are a Whiskey Sour, Boulevardier and Ward 8. Each of the three cocktails will be $1 off regular price with $1 donated to Ballet Idaho.

Mai Thai
Mai Thai is putting together a special menu for the month of September, including 2 featured bourbon cocktails and educational bourbon flights. With each order, Ballet Idaho received $1. Flights include:

  • The Triple Crown $12 (cocktail flight)
    Half portion Mint Julep, Black Eyed Susan, and the Belmont Breeze

  • Time in a Bottle $18 (cocktail flight)
    Half portion Improved Whiskey Cocktail, Boulevardier, and the Revolver
  • Grain Build Mash-up $12 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Knob Creek 9 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery $16 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey
  • Whiskies of the World $18 (bourbon flight, 1.25 oz each)
    Willet Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, Redbreast 12 yr Irish whiskey, and Macallan 12 year Single Malt Scotch whisky

Ballet Idaho welcomes Danielle Troyano!

Question and Answer with Danielle Troyano

How did you get started in dance?

My older sister Kristen was a dancer, and I was always hanging around the studio watching and waiting for her to finish. I always had a ton of energy; I could not sit still for more than a second at a time! My mom decided to put me in ballet classes too, so that I wouldn’t be bored. Ballet class seemed to be the only place where I could focus my mind. I loved it from the start, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my mom signing me up for my very first class.

What role that you have danced is your favorite?

I’d have to say that my favorite role thus far has been Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. This past winter I guested with the Albany Berkshire Ballet for two months. We went on tour and did 20 performances of The Nutcracker under the direction of Madeline Culpo. I got to see over six different cities while performing for incredible audiences around New England. The grand pas de deux is one of the most difficult things I have ever danced, but after rehearsing endlessly and getting my stamina prepared, I’ve never experienced a greater feeling of accomplishment. Having little girls and aspiring ballerinas come up to me as I was the Sugarplum Fairy was an indescribable feeling. I will always hold my experience with Albany Berkshire Ballet so close to my heart!

What ballets are you most looking forward to performing this upcoming season at Ballet Idaho?

Our whole season lineup is incredible! Obviously The Nutcracker will always be a favorite of mine. I’m excited to learn and perform a different version! Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs is also something I have always dreamt of doing. It is a beautiful classic and I have always thought that it looked like so much fun to dance. I’m also looking forward to Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Mr. Anastos. I have never performed this ballet before, and I know it will be a great learning experience.

What do you enjoying doing in your free time?

I am definitely a person of high energy, so relaxing is sometimes the most difficult task for me. When I can find some free time I’m still usually always moving! I love being outside and going to the beach. One of the hard things about being a dancer is having to be far from home. In my free time I try to talk on the phone and Skype with my family and friends from back home. I miss them so much!

Any particular places or things of interest that you are looking forward to visiting while in Boise?

I know that Boise may be an adjustment, but I’m excited to see what this change brings. I was born and raised in New York and lived in New York City for three years, and I’m currently living in Chicago. Aside from my one year in Montgomery, Alabama, I’m more used to a big city setting. I’m really looking forward to the change of pace, and to be able to experience a new way of living. When I flew to Boise back in February to audition for Ballet Idaho I really did think Boise was a charming city. I am excited to get to know it better, but mostly the thing I am really excited for is to begin work as a dancer for Ballet Idaho! The view of the mountains outside my window doesn’t sound too bad either.

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