Ballet Idaho Announces 2014/15 Performances

10296020_674594039269195_3078738912222795542_oExperience the creativity of the company dancers as they express themselves as choreographers. New choreography challenges dancers to regenerate themselves through new technical and expressive goals. Be a part of the audience in the intimate Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy’s performance studio and be prepared for the unexpected.  NEW DANCE is an experience that puts you so close to the action you can almost touch it. This new work is passed like a torch from the choreographer to dancers to audience and the new ballet of today becomes traditions of tomorrow.     – See more at:

The mission of Ballet Idaho is to enrich lives through a dynamic tradition of classic ballet, reaching out to all generations and social groups to instill a life-long appreciation of the arts.  Collectively, Ballet Idaho is building a strong cultural institution based on professional ballet performance and dance education serving Idaho and the Intermountain West.

A scene from Alice in Wonderland, April 2014

A scene from Alice in Wonderland, April 2014

Ballet Idaho has been performing in Idaho since 1972. Currently it has an artistic staff of 25 dancers, a professional teaching staff of ten, a professional costume designer and a production staff of three.  Up to 40 musicians from the Boise Philharmonic and two pianists provide musical accompaniment for Ballet Idaho’s performances, rehearsals and classes depending on the production or project.  Ballet Idaho offers a full season of 14 performances of four main stage ballets, a professional Academy of Dance, training students in classic ballet and extensive educational outreach programs for students in Boise, the Treasure Valley, and throughout Idaho.  As the only professional ballet company in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming, Ballet Idaho provides important artistic opportunities and experiences that greatly enrich the creative vitality of the Idaho community.  Ballet Idaho served a total audience of 23,871 this past year and its educational outreach programs served over 10,000 students during the 2011/2012 Academic Year with the vast majority being residents in the city of Boise and the Treasure Valley.

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Saturday, November 15 at 8pm
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Friday, March 6 at 8pm
Saturday, March 7 at 8pm
Friday, March 13 at 8pm
Saturday, march 14 at 8pm

Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy 501 South 8th Street, Boise

Principal dancer Angela Gibson as Dew Drop in the Nutcracker.

Principal dancer Angela Gibson as Dew Drop in the Nutcracker.

Programs and Services

Ballet Idaho Academy of Dance: offers professional training in ballet and other dance forms with year-round open enrollment. Classes are held in five state-of-the-art studios at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Downtown Boise, and in our West Boise location near the West YMCA. Youth Ensemble School

Performances: led by Ensemble Director, Sarah Morris, academy students tour local schools and community venues with a selection of dances and a lecture demonstration.  The production is designed with interactive elements and its aim is to engage and educate the audience on dance history and performance.

Academy Concerts:  upper and lower level classes present end-of-year performances in June 2014.

Learning Through Dance: A ten-week Artist-in-Residence outreach program for third-grade classrooms in Boise, and the Treasure Valley with unique curriculum developed by Ballet Idaho
By Special Invitation:  Our program provides an opportunity for individuals represented by local organizations from a wide array of socio/economic/ethnic backgrounds to attend a full production of Ballet Idaho’s mainstage performances free of charge.
Summer Intensives, Summer Camps, Summer Classes in Ballet Idaho’s Academy.

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Ballet Idaho and Ballet Idaho Academy
501 South 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702

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@BalletIdaho Presents Alice in Wonderland at @morrisoncenter #Boise #Idaho

wonderland1-1-281x159We  have always loved Alice in Wonderland.

That’s why we were so delighted when I found out that my family could come see Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s classic presented by  Ballet Idaho!

On the occasion of Alice Kingsley’s 15th birthday, the Hadmatter family, friends of the Kingsleys, are hosting a ball in Alice’s honor. Already uneasy with social occasions, things become worse when her older bossy sister, Quendleheart, forces herself on Hatwin Hadmatter, the older of the two Hadmatter sons and secret sweetheart of Alice, leaving her to his obnoxious younger brother, Redford.

Things go downhill from there, quite literally, for Alice: A top hat appears out of nowhere, containing an invitation to a tea party; a white rabbit follows; a wild tumble down the rabbit hold ends in a hall of doors; a magic garden; twins, a caterpillar and an illusive Cheshire cat; a white king and queen with chess pieces as their court; a duchess baking tarts; a mad hatter with strange company; a conspiracy to overthrow the red queen and king; an army of marching playing cards’ a rigged croquet game; theft, betrayal, war and fearsome dragon of the Jabberwocky kind.

It is hard to ask for better entertainment for the whole family. The Morrison Center and Ballet Idaho are a true gem!

Alice finds herself in the midst of this wild, strange and adventurous journey, ultimately taming the Jabberwocky with a stolen tart and becoming the queen of wonderland. When she returns to the ball, things have changed in her favor: she is dancing with her secret sweetheart Hatwin, who confesses his love for her. The ball goes on and Alice is happy indeed to be there!

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Music by Herbert Baumann

Choreography by Alex Ossadnik

Scenic Designed by Valeria Rios

Scenic Construction by Richard Hess & the NMU Scene shop

Costumes by Megan Ann Richardson

Ticket prices (ticketing fees not included):

P1/Section A $58.00 Floor Rows AA – M; Mezzanine Rows A – D

P2/Section B $43.00 Floor Rows N – V; Mezzanine Rows E – G

P3/Section C $38.00 Floor Rows W – Z; Mezzanine Rows H – N

All seats are reserved. Everyone through the door, regardless of age, requires a ticket. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of Management.


Parking is included for Morrison Center events. For Morrison Center for the Performing Arts information, including parking and upcoming event details, click here


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Come See Mary Poppins: The Musical at Centennial High School Performing Arts Center

Mary+Poppins++Original+London+Cast+marypoppinsWhen: Thu., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Price: $10

Join the students from the Meridian School District as they present Mary Poppins. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary teaches the Banks family how to value each other again. This production is family friendly for all ages.

Centennial High School Performing Arts Center

Mary Poppins is the title character of a series of eight children’s books written by P. L. Travers. Throughout the Mary Poppins series, which was published over the period 1934 to 1988, Mary Shepard was the illustrator. The books centre on a magical English nanny, Mary Poppins. She is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’ household to care for their children. Encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and various adventures follow until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves, i.e., “pops-out”. Only the first three of the eight books feature Mary Poppins arriving and leaving. The later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits. As P. L. Travers explains in her introduction to Mary Poppins in the Park, “She cannot forever arrive and depart.”

The books were adapted by Walt Disney in 1964 into a musical film titled Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In 2004, Disney Theatrical produced a stage musical also called Mary Poppins in the West End theatre. The stage musical was transferred to Broadway in 2006, where it ran until its closing on March 3, 2013. In 2013 the film Saving Mr. Banks depicted the making of the 1964 film.

Reward offered for tips on Boise studio theft


The burglar apparently jimmied a lock to get into the suite in a BoDo building above Solid restaurant at 405 S. 8th St., sometime between Tuesday night and Thursday morning, said Tyler James Bush.

Bush, 34, is a sculptor and performer who is an artist in residence with the 8th Street Marketplace. That means his studio, donated in October for six months, is open to the public monthly for First Thursday.

He’s worried someone may have targeted the studio after visiting and finding out what was inside.

No art was damaged. But the thief — or thieves — stole valuable electronics, including a mini projector, mini Macintosh laptop and an old iPhone.

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“In Our Name,” an artist’s interpretation of the innermost thoughts of American war veterans


Blahd will discuss his current exhibit ‘IN OUR NAME: BILL BLAHD PAINTINGS 2010-2011’

An Artist Dialog with Bill Blahd will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at The Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. Admission is free. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

Blahd will discuss his current Gallery exhibit “In Our Name: Bill Blahd Paintings 2010-2011.” “In Our Name” is a collection of paintings inspired by Blahd’s experiences as an ER doctor at the VA Medical Center-Boise. The work features the stories his veteran patients have shared with him about their experiences with war, coming home and reintegrating into society. It is a powerful and sensitive body of work that invites conversations about veteran experiences in a new and interesting way from a very personal perspective. “In Our Name” will run through July 3.


The images in this body of work, “In Our Name,” represent my interpretation of the innermost thoughts of American war veterans as shared with me at the VA Medical Center-Boise.

I have worked as a doctor in emergency rooms for 30 years with people who in some way have been traumatized. Yet these last three years working at the VA Hospital Emergency Room with our combat veterans has stunned me. Many returning combat vets (particularly from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) come back filled with a sense of nihilism and self-annihilation; the horrors of combat appear to have indelibly stained the psyches of these individuals. As an artist as well as a physician, my experiences with these soldiers compelled me to develop a series of paintings that represent their stories by illustrating the internal pictures of their lives as communicated to me.

By using the medium of art (color, image, composition), my aim is to communicate something meaningful – a sense of emotion or feeling that builds upon what we are able to verbalize about these issues.

I’ve created and am sharing these works of art not so much for the returning vets but more so for the public, in whose name these soldiers are sent to fight.


Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Bill Blahd ( studied art at Tulane University, UCLA and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. He also studied medicine at UCLA from 1974-1979.

Blahd has exhibited his work in art galleries and museums around the country. He lives in Boise with his wife, Liz, and children Sophie and Tony.

The Gallery at the Linen Building is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. For more information, contact David Hale at 208.385.0111 or Visit and interact with the Linen Building on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

ABOUT THE GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING: The Gallery at the Linen Building is a second-floor, loft-style art gallery located inside the Linen Building Event Center. With natural light, warm sunsets and bird’s-eye views of Downtown Boise and the Linen District, The Gallery offers artists and art lovers a fresh, unique urban space in which to display and view art.

ABOUT THE LINEN BUILDING: Built in 1910 and originally known as the American Laundry Building, the Linen Building Event Center has been transformed into an architecturally unique special events center and art gallery. The two-story facility hosts art and fashion shows, music concerts and events, weddings and receptions, corporate meetings and functions, proms and many other events. The Linen Building offers clients catering, full bar, audio/video, lighting and many other customized services.