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New Rehearsal Director Announced

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BALLET IDAHO ANNOUNCES NEW REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

Boise ID — Ballet Idaho announced today that Anne Mueller has accepted the position of rehearsal director. Anne will teach company class, and assist Artistic Director Garrett Anderson with rehearsals and productions.

Ballet Idaho’s new Artistic Director, Garrett Anderson remarked, “We are thrilled to have Anne Mueller joining Ballet Idaho as rehearsal director for the 2018/19 season. Anne brings with her a wealth of professional experience as a dancer, coach, and leader. With a rare balance of confidence, intelligence, and humility, Anne is adept and experienced in the process of staging and creating work as well as teaching and mentoring professional dancers.”

Anne will relocate to Boise from Portland at the end of the summer. “I am elated to join the artistic staff at Ballet Idaho and to dedicate my skills and expertise to realizing Garrett’s vision for the company,” said Anne. “Having danced at the highest level in a wide range of choreographic styles, Garret Anderson brings an artistic richness and breadth of experience that excites and inspires me. I deeply love to shape and support artistic talent and to be a part of bringing great works of art to life. I can’t wait to do these things for Ballet Idaho within a community and organization filled with so much spirit, energy, and creativity.”

Anne Mueller Biography:
Anne Mueller danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) from 1996 to 2011 and Alabama Ballet for three seasons prior. She became a principal dancer for OBT when ranks were established in 2007. Anne became artistic coordinator for OBT while continuing to perform. Her responsibilities combined ballet mastering with tour management. She initiated a company residency at Caldera and tours throughout California, Oregon and Washington. She managed the company’s second tour to Seoul, South Korea and laid the ground work for OBT’s first appearance at Wolf Trap. She was promoted to director of artistic operations and, following Christopher Stowell’s departure, became interim artistic director. As interim artistic director, she oversaw the re-mounting of Stowell’s full length Swan Lake and the creation of several new works, also leading a tour to the Kennedy Center for OBT’s second appearance in Ballet Across America.

She first choreographed for OBT under founding Artistic Director James Canfield. Later, under Stowell’s encouragement, Mueller continued choreographing and served as a collaborating creator and project manager for OBT’s The Stravinsky Project. She was also Stowell’s choreographic assistant on several of his ballets, including Rite of Spring in which she also appeared in the leading role. Rite earned critical acclaim with both the Portland and national press, including Dance Magazine.

In addition to works Anne staged for OBT, Mueller has set works by Christopher Stowell, Nicolo Fonte, and Trey McIntyre for companies such as Ballet West, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Carolina Ballet. She self-produced tours of her own work to Bozeman, MT and to Ballet Builders 2009, a New York-based choreographic showcase. Her choreography has been performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Victoria, Body Vox, and The Portland Ballet. Mueller was on the faculty for the School of OBT from 1999 to 2013.

Anne was a co-founder of Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), performing as a company artist from 2005 to 2007, also serving as the organization’s founding managing director from 2004 to 2006 and as director of outreach in 2006-2007. Anne appeared with TMP in leading roles performed at Vail International Dance Festival, Aspen Dance Festival, Wolf Trap, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, with her performance praised by the New York Times. She led workshops for TMP in Boise, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Birmingham.

In 2015, she joined the staff at The Portland Ballet as co-artistic director where she launched and led the school’s pre-professional training program. She continues to hold a position at The Portland Ballet as Resident Choreographer.

Currently, Anne is working as Choreographic Assistant to Guillaume Côté of the National Ballet of Canada, assisting him in the creation of Frame by Frame, a multi-media collaboration with Robert LePage and the Canadian Film Board.

Anne received her training from Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, The Washington School of Ballet, and The Kirov Academy.

About Ballet Idaho:
Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit www.balletidaho.org.

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