Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Holiday Gift for Festival Dance

As you know, Festival Dance & Performing Arts does a lot to promote the arts and dance in our area. In fact, we touch the lives of 15,000 people annually with our performances, dance courses, outreach programs, community shows, and community involvement. As always, the key to our success is our broad reach - and our scope of programs. In other words, people. The more people that know about what we do, the more funding we receive and the more lives we can touch.

Would you like to give a gift to Festival Dance this holiday season?

You can! Just forward this blog post to a friend (or two or three) to introduce them to Festival Dance. Who knows? Maybe they will enjoy what they read as much as you do, and they will become a new fan of our programs.

Happy Holidays!

Yours In Dance............

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Give the Gift of Dance!

Pick up a coupon for 50% off dance classes and give the gift of dance to a loved one! Festival Dance is offering new students half off tuition in January. After the first month, cost will be $32/month for Kinderdance and Pre-Ballet and $36/month for all other classes.

Most parents and grandparents spend above $50 for holiday gifts for their loved ones. But what about giving 'the gift of dance'? One hour of dance every week, is only $36 per month. You could give three months of dance for under $100!

We accept new students through January. Classes begin the week of Jan. 11. Classes will run through May with a recital in May. Coupons are available to use in a gift card for a holiday gift for your loved one.

Festival Dance is the area's largest and oldest dance school. Our mission is to offer quality dance instruction in a warm, supportive atmosphere. We have been in residence at the University of Idaho since 1974 and have received many state and national awards and grants for our work with young people. Festival Dance teaches dance in Moscow, Lewiston, Lapwai, Troy, and Genesee.

Free Holiday/Open House Performance!

Holiday Open House Performance
Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6:30pm
UI PEB Studio 110
At Festival Dance, we like to celebrate the holidays with our free Holiday Open House Performance that is an exciting chance for Festival Dance Academy students to show off dances and steps they have learned in a casual recital format. UI studio 110 converts to a curtained "theatre" and provides a great venue for this free event that is open to the public. The show starts at 6:30 and will include tap, jazz, hip hop, Celtic, and ballet soloists/duets. Join us for entertainment and refreshments!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Festival Dance is proud to present:
The Nutcracker! Eugene Ballet, Dec. 6th,
3:00 at the Beasley Coliseum

Call 800-325-7328 for tickets! (We're sold out at the Festival Dance office.)

It is because of the generosity of our local sponsors that we can bring world-class events to our area. Please support the businesses that support the arts in our community!

Our show is sponsored by:


The Lewiston Tribune and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Tri-State Outfitters

(Video coming soon)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Join Us! Festival Dance Academy students present a Living Window Display in the Moscow Chamber of Commerce Window, Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:00-8:00. Plan to stop by!
This display will add to downtown holiday ambiance and will provide an exciting experience for dancers and community members! Free hot chocolate and a candy cane will be available to those who stop by. Dancers will pose in costume in the lavishly decorated Chamber of Commerce display window facing Main Street. The window will depict a warm holiday scene that includes atree and sparkling lights! Dancers pose beautifully and do repetitive movement/poses that give the effect of the animated holiday window displays from the past. There will be chairs on the side walk, holiday music, and hot chocolate and candy canes as long as they last. Bring your whole family to see this spectacular event! (Young children LOVE to interract with the dancers!)
Go to http://www.youtube.com/festivaldance to view a video of the window display. Go to http://www.festivaldance.org/ for more information about Festival Dance & Performing Arts.
Come downtown to see the City of Moscow's Light Up the Night Parade! Rumor has it that this is the largest holiday parade yet! It starts at 7:00, Wednesday, December 2nd. See you there!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Living Window Display - Join Us!

At Festival Dance, December is Very Busy...so mark your calendar now!
Since the holidays are fast approaching, we want you to know about all our activities planned for December, so you can plan your holiday entertainment!

1. Festival Dance has rented the Moscow Chamber of Commerce window to create a "living" holiday display using Festival Dance students to help promote The Nutcracker show, and to add holiday charm to lovely downtown Moscow. The "Living Window Display" will be from 5:00-8:00 December 2nd. Be sure to stop by the window to have a look at this incredible event! Click here to watch a video. Seriously - you gotta have a look at how neat this is! Festival Dance will also participate in the "Light Up the Night'" parade in a decorated truck! Read Below for more info.

2. Festival Dance is giving our area an early Christmas present! We are sponsoring a full production of Eugene Ballet's critically acclaimed Nutcracker for the first time in five years! Click here to watch a video. Don't miss this elaborate ballet December 6, 3:00 at the WSU Beasley Coliseum. Tickets are $25 for adults, students and children are only $16. To make the show even more festive, the professional Eugene Ballet dancers such as the Sugarplum Fairy will be available in the lobby after the performance to meet and greet audience members. Children can get their pictures taken with the characters, and receive finger puppets as a holiday gift from Festival Dance.

3. We like to celebrate the holidays with our free Holiday Open House Performance that is an exciting chance for dancers to show off dances and steps they have learned in a casual recital format on December 17th at 6:30. UI studio 110 converts to a curtained "theatre" and provides a great venue for this free event that is open to the public. Join us for entertainment and refreshments. Read below for more info!

Take it from me, you will enjoy every event we have planned! Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Nutcracker - Eugene Ballet

Watch video here:

Hugely entertaining to young and old alike, this lavishly staged, costumed, and beautifully danced ballet will fulfill your every expectation and more. Welcome the holiday season with this magical production designed by former Disney artist, DonCarson. The enchanting story of Clara’s night-time dream of visiting The Kingdom of the Sweets with a life-sized nutcracker soldier is magically performed with sophistication and whimsy.

Because of the lavish sets and costumes, and the family friendly traditional story, this is a performance to bring your children, grand-children, and friends! Children will receive a gift of a holiday finger puppet as well as a chance to meet and take a picture with the characters after the show!

This is a great holiday experience you don't want to miss!

See you there!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thank You, Advertisers!

A video that features all the businesses that advertise in our gorgeous season program!
Thank You!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What About These Dancers?

Tapestry Dance: The Souls of Our Feet. Phenomenal!


Wish we could bring them in for our 2010-2011 season......

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two videos to bring you happiness!

After you watch the video below, which will give you a laugh, an ongoing smile, and an appreciation for human ingenuity, be sure to click the link below the embedded video to watch a touching video about an autistic basketball player.

Remember, the only live person is the guy in the middle, the rest of them are puppets!

This next video is so touching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZtU676jA_k

See you at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet this Sunday at 3:00!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Look at this picture. Really look at it. Look at the arch of her back reflecting the arch of her foot. Look at his low, controlled position. Amazing isn't it? And this is just a picture! The show this Sunday promises to amaze you - and enlighten you.
October 11, 3:00
WSU Beasley Coliseum
Tickets $25-$14
509.335.1514 or 208.883.DANS

www.festivaldance.org for video

Audiences world wide have been charmed with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and its fresh, dynamic blend of contemporary dance. The Joyce Theatre in New York City, theKennedy Center, and foreign venues in Canada, France, and Italy have been host to this vibrant company. The performance will include “Sue’s Leg,” by Twyla Tharp, one of America’s most versatile and popular choreographers whose works range from pieces set for Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre to the dances for the movie, “Hair.” “Sue's Leg,” with music by Fats Waller, takes balletic moves and hides them under vaudeville, tap, and swing. Also on the program is the crowd-pleasing, opticalillusionist piece “Noir Blanc,” by Moses Pendleton of Momix and Pilobolus fame, amazing audiences with an other-worldly quality of dancers cavorting in outer space.
I'll see you there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lion King Performance at the Fair!

This video is of the Lion King performance at the Latah County Fair. So cute!

Bird Music is lovely!

This is a video of music made by birds on a wire..... you've just got to watch it. 'nuff said.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Inspiring Video of West Park Elementary

The above video is touching and inspiring. The students at West Park Elementary are featured learning, interracting, experiencing, and enjoying school at West Park. I applaud the educators that are having such an impact on our youth!

(Plus, West Park 3rd graders get to attend Festival Dance Youthreach shows every year, thanks to Principal Marineau's dedication to arts education.)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tickets On Sale for
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the
Great Performances Series 2009-2010

Tickets are now on sale for the October 11th 3pm matinee performance of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. The performance by this international touring dance company will kick off the Festival Dance Great Performances 2009-2010 Series. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present a three dance program with styles ranging from jazz influenced, “Sue’s Leg” by award winning choreographer, Twyla Tharp, to a Momix style dance entitled, “Noir Blanc,” by Moses Pendleton, and “Red Sweet,” a contemporary dance piece with a European twist by Finnish choreographer , Jorma Elo. Sponsors for the performance are KLEW-TVCBS, Northwest Public Radio, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, NEA-American Masterpieces, and Idaho Commission on the Arts

Tickets priced at $14 to $25 are available at the Beasley Coliseum, Festival Dance Office, and all Tickets West outlets. Discount tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through Festival Dance, 883-3267.

Discount subscription tickets for 3 or 4 events of the Festival Dance Great Performances Series are also available through the Festival Dance office. The series includes Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Oct. 11; “The Nutcracker,” Dec 6; “Cirque d’Or”, Golden Dragon Acrobats, March 28th ; and Manding Jata from West Africa on April 18th.

Information about Festival Dance and Performing Arts online at http://www.festivaldance.org/

See you at the ballet!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Uniquely Palouse

Uniquely Palouse is a magazine for those who enjoy the Palouse lifestyle. And I love it! There's a great article about a WSU entrepreneur, a bed & breakfast, Bagott Motors, and the Moscow Arts Commission... not to mention the gorgeous full-color advertisements of local businesses. Pick one up for a lovely magazine to read with your morning coffee - then display it on your coffee table!

Monday, August 31, 2009

This Kid Has Got THE MOVES!


I'm thoroughly impressed by this young boy's passion for dance! Click the link- it's worth it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Time to Register!

Monday, August 31
4:30-6:30 in the Moscow Studio

5:30-6:30 in the Genesee Studio

Festival Dance Academy's Open House and Registration Day is a time for you to ask quesitons, take a tour, and get to know us! This is a great time to meet teachers and ask any questions you might have. We are very excited to be beginning a new year of dance! Many students have already registered, and we appreciate your early registrations. Our teachers are looking forward to another wonderful year watching the students blossom into lovely dancers.

We encourage anyone who has not registered yet to do so soon. Our website - www.festivaldance.org has all the information you need, but if you do have a question, please don't hesitate to contact us.We are also very fortunate to have 1 Dance Stop boutique at our event. Jandi Utzman is the owner of 1 Dance Stop and she will bring stock and take orders via email. www.1dancestop.net email her at dance110@verizon.net.

Also, we recommend Empire Dance in Spokane. www.empiredanceshop.com Send this email to a friend to help us get the word out! If you know of anyone interested in dance, please let them know about us. Classes begin Tuesday, September 8th.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Featured Neighbor!

Lilypad Place is a web neighborhood that provides useful, helpful information in a friendly environment. Cindy Barnhart is a featured neighbor!

Cindy Barnhart is the executive director of Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association, an energetic not-for-profit organization that nurtures the art of dance. Cindy is passionate about dance in all forms, and her passion began when she took her first ballet class as a 4 year old, from none other than Festival Dance! She believes that dance cultivated her sense of humor, creativity, and ability to walk in high heels. She has the distinct pleasure of managing an excellent group of dance instructors at Festival Dance Academy, and hopes to provide dancers with the grace and confidence to achieve their dreams........

Cindy believes her success is attributed to an innate curiosity of all things, a sense of humor, a willingness to look silly at times, a persistent positive attitude, a polite interest in people, and clean hair.......

To read more, go to http://www.lilypadplace.com/featured-neighbor/

Monday, August 17, 2009

Farmer's Market Performances- Success!

This summer, Festival Dance had the opportunity to perform at the Moscow Farmer's Market five different Saturday mornings. We must give a big thanks to the City of Moscow, and the Moscow Arts Commission's director, Kathleen Burns, as well as Jared and others that helped make the Farmer's Market entertainment a success.

Our dancers performed youth hip hop, lyrical jazz, a mini-musical, tap, Celtic, and read poetry for the crowd. I could not have been more proud!
(See Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in picture left.)
Our performers are a testiment to the high quality classes we provide, and the benefits one derives from a good dance education.

Yours in dance,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

HPERD is Awarded Grant to Study Important Children's Health Issues

THE PROJECT: Professor Jeff Seegmiller and his colleagues in the College of Education Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (HPERD) are studying critical children’s health issues in hopes of making important discoveries about bone health. The team has been awarded an $11,217.85 grant from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) to conduct a pilot study titled “Pre- and Postintervention Measures of Bone Strength Among 7- to 12-Year-Old Girls.” The pilot grant is designed to help investigators obtain proof of concept for preparing and supporting full-scale grant applications.
“This study will help us gain better understanding of the impact on bone density in children when they participate in activities, and what types of activities can prevent future bone problems, like osteoporosis and fractures,” said Seegmiller.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jr. Dance Idaho a Fantastic Show!!

The Jr. Dance Idaho workshop showcase performance just ended, and I rushed up here to post a blog about the success of it. Then I thought my gushing over it would sound self-serving, since I am, after all, the one in charge. So instead of going on and on about how incredibly darling the show was, I will recognize each young dancer by giving them a 'nickname' that sums up their personality attribute during this workshop.

Megan-the quick
Hannah-the graceful
Cass-the mature
Isabella- the spritely
Jailyn- the dreamy
Alex- the funny
Aidan- the lovely

Yours in Dance,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Festival Dance Annual Report

Wow. Reflecting on FY09 makes me proud and frankly, amazed. We do a lot for the communities we serve, and we are definitely fulfilling our mission!

Dedicated to the Arts, Our Youth and Our Quality of Life

Public Performances including Great Performances Series – 6 performances
Great Performances Series: Three performances by touring companies and three original self-produced performances, and two performances by Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Total audiences: 3,780

· One performance by Momix Dance Company – October 2008
· Three performances of “A Magical Peter Pan Christmas” - December 2008
· One performance of “Swan Lake” by Eugene Ballet - March 2009
· One performance by Ache Brasil – April 2009
· Two performances of “Alice in Wonderland” by Missoula Children’s Theatre, - April 2009.

Free Programs for Local Youth – 26 programs
Free programs for schools reaching 3,460 students from 13 area communities:
Moscow, Troy, Potlatch, Lapwai, Kendrick, Tensed, Juliaetta, and Genesee, Idaho and Pullman, Colton, Uniontown, Garfield, and Palouse, Washington.

· 6 Youthreach programs by professional companies: Rainbow Dance Theatre, (3 programs,) Eugene Ballet, (1 program,) and Ache Brasil (2 programs.)
· 16 Discover Dance classes taught by professional instructors in African, Jazz Dance, for Moscow, Genesee, and Lapwai 3rd through 6th graders.
· 3 Drama Workshops taught by Missoula Children’s Theatre professional actors
· Hip Hop/Jazz Master Class taught by Rainbow Dance Theatre co-artistic director, Darryl Thomas for intermediate and advanced students.
· Ballet Master Class taught by Rainbow Dance Theatre co-artistic director, Valerie Bergman for intermediate and advanced students.

Festival Dance Academies – classes 12 months of the year in 5 locations

Schools in Moscow, Troy, Lewiston, Genesee and Lapwai – 210 participants
Classes for ages 4 through adult in kinderdance, preballet, ballet, jazz, tap, and Irish Dance

New Program: Building Cultural Bridges- Nez Perce Tribe/Lapwai and the Palouse

With the assistance of grants from the Nez Perce Education Fund, Inland Northwest Community Foundation and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Festival Dance was able to work cooperatively with the Nez Perce Tribe and Lapwai School District to do the following:

· Teach ballet and jazz summer classes as part of Lapwai Summer School Program
· Establish ongoing ballet instruction for beginning students in Lapwai.
· Bring educational programs by Rainbow Dance Theatre and Ache Brasil to Lapwai Elementary School.
· Cooperate with Nez Perce dancers, high school students and Palouse Drum to bring a Building Bridges educational program about Nez Perce dance and music for students of McDonald Elementary school.

Summer Programs – 5 workshopsSummer programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced students – 88 participants

· Dance Idaho! Special intensive training in ballet, jazz and modern dance with guest teacher from Eugene Ballet: for intermediate and advanced dancers.
· Imagination Arts: workshop for beginning and intermediate dancers.
· Princess Ballet workshop for young beginning ballet students in Moscow
· Celtic Dance Workshop for all ages in beginning Irish Dance held in Moscow
· Hip Hop workshop held in Moscow

Collaborations and community service – Reaching 3,800 community members

· Six programs by Festival Dance students at area malls in Moscow and Lewiston.
· Two performances at Latah County Fair.
· One Imagination Arts performance at Friendship Square, Moscow
· One performance of Jazz Hip Hop at Friendship Square, Moscow
· One Workshop Showcase public performance by Dance Idaho students
· One performance at Eastside Car Show –jazz and hip hop
· Two programs of an original dance version of “Wizard of Oz” by students of Festival Dance Academy: one at Lewis Clark State College and one at Univ. of Idaho Hartung Theatre
· Dance recital program, “A Night on the Town” at Hartung Theatre in Moscow.
· Performance by Genesee dance students at Genesee Jr. Miss program.
· Champagne Benefit Fund Raiser at University Inn Best Western, Moscow
· Irish Dance performance at Lewis Clark Center for the Arts Irish Tea, Lewiston
· Jazz dance performance as part of Kenworthy Performing Arts Center Anniversary Celebration.
· Dance performance at East City Park as part of Moscow Community Walk
· Holiday Open House program at UI Dance Studio, Moscow
· Valentine Dance Program at Lewis Clark State College


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dance Idaho 2009 Showcase Performance!

The Dance Idaho 2009 workshop is taking place this week! The dancers are loving it and I am very impressed with how hard they work everyday. Valerie Bergman and Darryl Thomas of Rainbow Dance Theatre are our guest instructors and they are FABULOUS!
There is a free showcase performance this Saturday, the 18th at 2:00 in the PEB. Join us for a great show!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Belgium Central Railway Station Mass Dance Inspiration

I saw this a few months ago, and was astounded by it, and tried to keep it a secret because I was determined to stage something like this with Festival Dance students.... But now it has been seen by millions of people on YouTube, so I thought I'd better let you know about it - if you don't already. This group "join in" performance is brilliant! What FUN!

In Antwerp, Belgium at the Central Railway Station, on a Monday morning, with no warning to the passengers passing through the station, a recording of Julie Andrews came over the public address system. As the bemused passengers watch in amazement . . . .

(Don't assume it is unrehearsed. It took 200 dancers and 4 weeks of preparation, but the effect is for you to decide)


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Workshops Available!

Summer is finally here! As we all decide how we are going to squeeze all the fun summer activities into our schedule - don't forget about our many workshops! The dancers that participate in our workshops learn creativity, musicality, social skills, confidence, technical dance skills, and more. Why not supplement your child's existing daycare arrangements with some dance workshops, which are an economical way to add some variety to your child's day while you are at work. We have the ever popular Princess Ballet Workshop (it's next week!), Mommy & Me, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet sessions, Celtic Dance, Acting, Lyrical, Choreography and lots of varying times and dates from which to choose. Questions? Call me at 883-3267 and I'd be happy to help you find the perfect workshops for your child!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Incredible Performance of Swan Lake

This is a breathtaking video of the Great Chinese State Circus dancing "Swan Lake" sent to me by my friend Joann Evans.
It's the chills that run up my spine when I see talent and beauty such as this performance that keep me in love with dance and the arts! Such skill! I'm in awe. This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Lion King Summer Workshop!

The Lion King: Imagination Arts Workshop is this July 27th-31st with a performance at the Farmer's Market on August 1st! We're so excited about this wonderful mini musical! Go to www.festivaldance.org to learn more.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ache Brasil Tonight!

Tonight's show of Ache Brasil (pronounced aw- CHAY braw- ZIL) Will have something for everyone - dance, music, acrobatics, martial arts, song- and dancing at the end of the show! Call me for details! 883-DANS or pick up your tickets at Paradise Ridge CD's or at the door!7:30 Moscow High School Auditorium$12-$18

Monday, April 13, 2009

Alice In Wonderland Auditions and Show!

Open Auditions! ‘Alice In Wonderland’
By Missoula Children’s Theatre
Brought to you by Festival Dance & Performing Arts
FREE Audition, Rehearsals, Costumes, Sets and Production for Area Kids!
Open auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ will be held on Monday, April 13th at 4:00 at the Moscow High School Auditorium.
No experience is necessary, and ages K- 12 are encouraged to audition for the 50 parts. Rehearsals will be Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 3:45-8:15. Not all parts rehearse everyday. (Lead characters begin rehearsing Monday night 6-8:00 pm.) Dress rehearsal Saturday AM.
A great chance for area youth to have the fun and experience of performing in a professional production of children’s theater. The final shows will be Saturday, April 18, 3:00 and 7:00 at the Moscow High School Auditorium. Adults $6, Children $4

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Swan Lake A Huge Success!

Swan Lake was absolutely gorgeous and the dancers awed the audience!

Jerry McCollum said, "My first ballet brought tears to my eyes – the sets, staging and costuming were magical. The dancers were uniformly excellent, with the prima ballerina being wonderfully graceful and strong. I was entranced with the entire production. It was like watching flowers bloom in front of me to the music of Tchaikovsky.

What a great introduction to the world of ballet! Many thanks!"
Jerry says it well. What more can I add?

I love this job!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ticket availability update!

We're happy to let you know that tickets are selling FAST! We've sold out of tickets in the Festival Dance office. BUT the Beasley Box office still has plenty of great seats left! :o)

The show promises to be excellent. Don't miss it! Call to get your tickets set aside for you to pick up at the Will Call window. 335-1514

See you at the ballet!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Swan Lake- The Story

Swan Lake- Sunday, March 8th, 3:00 pm at the WSU Beasley Coliseum

Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score and the rich beauty and precision of the dancers have placed “Swan Lake” among the most famous and loved works in the history of classical ballet. Eugene Ballet, one of the leading ballet companies in the west will bring this great work to the stage.

THE STORY: The story of “Swan Lake,” has all the ingredients of a magical fantasy mixed with a great love story and a battle of good vs. evil. Souring music, beautiful costumes, and elaborate scenery all set the stage for the story of a Prince’s love for an enchanted Princess who, with the ladies of her court, are eternally imprisoned as swans under the spell of Von Rothbart, an evil sorcerer. The spell dooms them to be swans by day and maidens by night. Only the true love of a prince can break the spell. The Prince Siegfried does fall in love with the Swan Queen, but Von Rothbart hatches a plot to get the Prince to betray her by substituting a look alike Black Swan to entice him. Go to: http://www.festivaldance.org/ to have a sneak peek of the show.

I'll see you at the Ballet!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Lots of great stuff happening at Festival Dance! First-
Swan Lake- The most popular ballet in the world! Sunday, March 8th, 3:00 pm at the WSU Beasley Coliseum

Watch our videos here: http://www.youtube.com/festivaldance (Look for Swan Lake.) In fact, you should subscribe to our videos on youtube so you'll be notified when a new one posts.

Tickets: $14-$25
Available at: WSU Beasley Coliseum Box Office – (509) 335-1514- http://www.beasley.wsu.edu/
Festival Dance & Performing Arts Association – (208) 883-3267- http://www.festivaldance.org/
TickesWest Outlets and AT THE DOOR!

We will honor our local sponsors - Gritman Medical Center and Idaho Public Television with plaques from stage and backstage passes to our invitation only reception following the show. We couldn't bring in these big productions without the help of our sponsors.

The story of “Swan Lake,” has all the ingredients of a magical fantasy mixed with a great love story and a battle of good vs. evil. Souring music, beautiful costumes, and elaborate scenery all set the stage for the story of a Prince’s love for an enchanted Princess who, with the ladies of her court, are eternally imprisoned as swans under the spell of Von Rothbart, an evil sorcerer. The spell dooms them to be swans by day and maidens by night. Only the true love of a prince can break the spell. The Prince Siegfried does fall in love with the Swan Queen, but Von Rothbart hatches a plot to get the Prince to betray her by substituting a look alike Black Swan to entice him.

Kamri Sams, Anna Sobczyk, Taylor Robertson, Tegan Campbell, Olivia Alexander, Sonia Isenberg, and Samantha Gibbons from Festival Dance Academies in Moscow, Genesee, and Lewiston will also perform in the ballet as heralds and ladies of the court.

Check out our new website! Jarel Remick is our new website developer and he's done a great job! If you haven't already, go have a look. It is professional and user friendly. Thank you Jarel! http://www.jremick.com/

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No dance classes

Remember - no Festival Dance classes on Monday. Also, there looks like some great things will be on tv (CNN) to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Wow! I'm watching CNN and 'The O'Bama Express' and I'm so interested to see the inauguration on Tuesday. After the Festival Dance board meeting on Tuesday, I'm going to the inauguration party at the 1912 Building. What an incredible milestone for our country! The inauguration of Barack O'Bama is touching everyone across the world- even the director of Festival Dance! :o)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New in 2009!

I wish you all could know how excited we are for the new year for Festival Dance! We have so many new ideas to implement.... Like a new website design, mini videos to communicate to the students, parents, and faculty; a fun new class - Acting for Dancers, and more and more! Coming this spring is Swan Lake, Missoula Children's Theatre - Rumlple Stilkstein, Ache Brazil, Wizard of Oz, and our recitals in May. Please, as always, contact us anytime if you have an idea, a way to improve your dance experience, have a question or just want to chat. Have a great 2009!!