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Ballet Idaho Trainee Program Director
Stephanie began her training in 1992 with the San Francisco Ballet School where she danced with both School and Company for the next ten years. In 2002, Stephanie moved to Boise, Idaho and danced with Ballet Idaho’s School and Company for one year. She then moved to Basel, Switzerland to dance with the Basel Ballet School and Company for one year. Stephanie came back to the states in 2004 and joined the Inland Pacific Ballet as a principal dancer, dancing there for eight years. Stephanie’s teaching and choreographing career also began at the Inland Pacific Ballet in 2005. In 2011, Stephanie moved to Portland, Oregon where she instructed and choreographed for The Portland Ballet, Bodyvox, Westside Dance Academy, Allegro Dance Academy, Center for Movement Arts, and Polaris Dance Theater. Stephanie moved back to Boise, Idaho, and joined the Ballet Idaho faculty in 2018.
Focusing on addressing the training deficiencies often present in conservatory style programs, the Trainee Program supplements students’ academy coursework with focused studio instruction, participation in Ballet Idaho’s company class, company observation and shadowing, personal coaching and mentorship, as well as multiple performance opportunities.
Acting as a pipeline into the company, Ballet Idaho recently hired two trainees into the main company as apprentices for the upcoming season. The goal of this program is to hone skills and deepen understanding of this artform in order to better prepare young artists for professional careers.
What Previous Trainees Have Said
“The Ballet Idaho Trainee program has provided me with a safe, uplifting, and inspiring environment that has allowed me to grow as an artist, dancer, and person.”
“The Trainee Program at Ballet Idaho has been the perfect bridge between an academy environment and the professional world. The staff has done an excellent job of creating a program that is both positive and rigorous to best prepare us for our future careers.”
“The Ballet Idaho trainee program has helped me define and pursue my goals and aspirations I have for my career and beyond”