Ballet Idaho impacts our community in a number of ways; both through educational programming that extends our company and faculty into the community and through inviting audiences to come and join us inside our theater venues for special performances.
Ballet Idaho’s Educational Outreach and Inreach programs are supported through individual membership gifts as well as through generous contributions from charitable trust, foundations and corporate giving.
Social and Communication Skills
- Learn how to work as part of a team
- Develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation
- Make new friends
- Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina
- Dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health
- Students who have a background in dance tend to achieve significantly higher SAT scores.
- Art education can potentially help students to excel in other academic areas, particularly in reading and mathematics
- Art programs can be particularly beneficial in helping children develop their cognitive, motor and language skills
- Art programs can help to improve memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, enhance communication and listening skills, help children to establish spatial-temporal relationships between objects and encourage focus and discipline
- A foundation in the arts can also help to improve literacy skills, particularly among children who are just beginning to read
Download The Nutcracker 2016 study guide.
Learning Through Dance is an artist-in-residence program that places a professional dance educator in third grade classrooms once per week for 10 weeks. Our program served over 600 Treasure Valley students each year.
Our LTD curriculum, developed in collaboration with Boise State University, integrates math, science, and language arts to enhance student abilities in critical thinking and interpretation, dealing with ambiguity, and social skills. Our Arts Education programs include fundamental lessons in creative thinking and movement. This program provides students and teachers with tools to develop and apply dance vocabulary, communicate an idea through movement, and talk about dance as a means of communicating emotions.
Generously funded through foundations, the program is offered free of charge to participating schools and students.
Comprised of upper level students of the Ballet Idaho Academy, our Youth Ensemble performs short ballets in conjunction with our Learning Through Dance educational outreach programs. Admission to the elite Ensemble program is by audition only through our Ballet Idaho Academy. Members act as ambassadors of the Ballet to our Treasure Valley schools and other community venues including Art In The Park, Capitol City Farmer’s Market, Idaho Botanical Gardens and more.
Ballet Idaho has partnered with Boise Independent School District and the Morrison Center Arts Education Programs to bring students from 1st to 12th grade into the theater to experience the magic moments of live performances of professional ballet. Students are invited to participate in excerpted versions of our full length ballets at the Morrison center for Performing Arts. In conjunction with the excerpted performance, Ballet Idaho provides the teachers with a study guide that provides students with a broader understanding of the performing arts and the historical context behind each production.
Sponsored blocks of tickets are distributed to partner social service organizations and individuals who would not otherwise have the means or opportunity to attend a live performance. Approximately 2,800 children, veterans, refugees, and their families benefit from the program each season. By Special Invitation furthers a significant part of Ballet Idaho’s core mission; to bring diverse groups of people together for a common experience and communicate through fine music, choreography, performance, scene design and costumes, a deeper understanding of the way in which classic ballet relates to the other arts and the values of Western culture.
From a Headstart Parent:
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to experience the ballet. It was potentially a life changing experience for my son, Zeke. Your generosity and the talent of the dancers are wonderful models for my son’s growth. My admiration and gratitude is yours.”