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!