Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Nutcracker

By the Eugene Ballet brought to you by Festival Dance & Performing Arts! 
THIS Sunday, December 4th 3:00 Beasley Coliseum

Clara dreams of her Nutcracker Prince, Giant mice appear from the fireplace and the comic Mouse King enters on a pirate ship. Skaters dance in a dreamy winter wonderland and Clara takes a magical trip in a balloon to the Sugar Plum Fairy's enchanted Land of Sweets. There's nothing like The Nutcracker! The Eugene Ballet Company is joined on stage by 57 students from Festival Dance Academy.

Get your tickets now! 800-325-7328

Friday, October 7, 2011

Festival Dance in the UI Homecoming Parade

Anyone Can Join Festival Dance

Join us in the parade even if you
missed the dance class!

You have the option of sitting in the truck and/or walking while we toss candy to the crowd. 


We will need candy tossers, truck riders, banner holders, and
people walking with a smile.

To celebrate dance, movement, and fun, join us at the U of I Homecoming Parade "Viva los Vandals"! 
It's fun for all ages!

The parade starts at 10:00am tomorrow.  Arrive at/near the Rosauer's parking lot at about 9:45 and you will either see the Festival Dance truck with our banner on the front, or you can ask someone in charge what number we are. (Parade headquarters is under the tent.) You can find us based on that information relatively easily. 
It will be great fun... we hope your whole family will want to participate. See you there!!
Festival Dance (208) 883-3267 or email Cindy@FestivalDance.org.
Visit www.festivaldance.org to learn more about
 Festival Dance & Performing Arts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trey McIntyre Dance Company

International choreographic phenomenon, Trey McIntyre gives dance a new look. Playful, creative, and unique, the company’s goal is to advance the form of contemporary ballet in innovative and groundbreaking ways. In December 2010, Trey McIntyre was named the United States Artists Wynn Fellow; the company was featured on PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; and TMP was chosen by the U.S. Department of State as one of four American dance companies chosen to participate in DanceMotion USA. As part of this program Trey McIntyre Project will tour to China, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam in Spring 2012 serving as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. But first, local audiences can experience this new dance sensation right here at the Beasley Coliseum!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Music Man

Festival Dance's summer workshop, Imagination Arts, will perform a mini musical of The Music Man at the Moscow Farmer's Market Saturday, July 16th at 9:00.  Participants are 12 local boys and girls. The workshop is from 9:00 to 1:00 every day this week at the Festival Dance studios on the UI campus in the Physical Education Building.  The workshop instructor and choreographer, Crystal Bain, UI graduate now working in Coeur D'Alene, also former Festival Dance Faculty, teaches the children choreography, musical theatre, voice projection, rhythm, and general stage craft. Students will make some of their own costumes and "back drop" for the final show and keep the costumes and other crafts they make.

"This workshop packs in fun while teaching technical skills that will benefit young people by developing complex social and performance skills, confidence, and coordination," says Executive Director, Cindy Barnhart. "It's amazing to see the older students and the younger students working so well together, while learning and having so much fun with the funny story line of The Music Man."

The workshop will also perform the mini musical at the Moscow Farmer's Market August 27th and at the Latah County Fair, as well as the UI Homecoming Parade.

Festival Dance Academy is the official dance school of Festival Dance and Performing Arts, a non-profit organization that supports cultural diversity, performing arts, arts education, and dance programs for youth. For more information, please contact: Executive Director, Festival Dance at 208-883-3267 or email Cindy@FestivalDance.org. Visit  www.festivaldance.org to learn more about Festival Dance & Performing Arts

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ballet Princess Workshop and June Session Start Monday

Do you know a Princess?

We have the perfect workshop for your little princess. In this fun, but disciplined dance workshop your princess will learn basic ballet positions, balance, point & flex, stretches, releve, plie, posse, tendu, chasse, hop & leap, marches & skips,
physical games, self confidence, performance basics, and more! Your little one won’t want to miss this sweet, dreamy workshop taught by Festival Dance Faculty, Connie Benson.

Princesses decorate their own Pink Tutu, Magic Wand, and
Tiara to take home on the last day. These embellished pieces of artwork will also be worn for the parent’s performance as well as at the Moscow Farmer’s Market June 18 at 9:00am.

June 13-17th

11:00 to noon
University of Idaho PE Bldng
Studio 110

Ages 4 - 7
Cost: $65
(Includes tutu, wand,
and tiara to take home.)
Final Performance at Moscow Farmer’s Market June 18 at 9:00am.
We still have space! Sign Up Now

The June Dance Session begins Monday and offers Ballet, Jazz, and Celtic classes for all levels.  Contact us to register or go to http://www.festivaldance.org/ to see the schedule and print a registration form.

Yours in dance,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 The Summer of Dance

Dance is everywhere. It’s not just in theatres and on stages across the world- it’s on TV and billboards, in movies and all over the web. “So You Think You Can Dance” is now in its eighth season, Natalie Portman took home an Oscar for her portrayal of an obsessed ballerina in Black Swan, and let’s not forget High School Musical and the dance-filled “Glee”! Upcoming movies featuring dance include Footloose, Rock of Ages and Move. More and more dance clubs are being formed every year, and ballroom dance has been elevated to a competitive sport. Dance Schools are getting into the action by offering performance teams, team dance, performance based workshops, and other highly specialized groups that compete for top prizes.
Since the golden days of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and even before, there have been remarkable dancers in Hollywood, many of whom were trained as children in small, inconspicuous, dance studios run by a teacher that was passionate about dance. Today, with so much demand for dance, dance schools are hoping to ride the wave of interest.

Studios know that to produce talented dancers requires commitment from the dancer, the dancer’s care givers, and the instructor. Festival Dance Academy, a local dance school that is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2011-2012, has a tight curriculum for teachers to follow. It is important for a teacher to be personable, care about her students, and encourage excellence – both in the studio and out. An excellent dance education includes the development of properly executed dance technique as well as social skills, artistry, and above all confidence.

For the body, it is well known that dance develops coordination, flexibility, stamina, large muscle strength, small motor skills and control, rhythm, and balance. For the mind, dance develops concentration, discipline, focus, spacial awareness, and a mind/body connection.

To get started in dance, whichever genre is chosen, a summer workshop is often a wonderful way to test the waters. Workshops are a short, intensive dance experience that provides the new dancer the chance to explore dance without committing to a weekly class. Locally, dance workshop selections are rich and variable with options for all ages.

As early as May 23rd, one can begin a week long Celtic Dance workshop for the beginner or intermediate dancer. The same week is a Ballet workshop that is geared toward the dancer that has had a few years of dance to advanced dancers ages nine to adult. There is a very popular “Ballet Princess” workshop June 13-17 for ages four to seven, a mini musical performance workshop themed “The Music Man” July 11-15. A workshop based on the Broadway hit “STOMP” in mid July for students in 4th through 6th grades, and an annual intensive Ballet/Jazz workshop the last week in July called “Dance Idaho.” Many of the workshops perform their final showcase in dance presentations for the community at local Farmer’s Markets, fairs, and parades.

With dance options like these, it is now easier than ever to join into the dance craze while getting fit and connecting your mind to your body.  Go to www.festivaldance.org for workshop and dance class schedules or call 883-3267.

Monday, April 25, 2011

We are living in scary times for the arts...

We are living in scary times…Arts funding from every source has taken a beating, and in general, there is a feeling of unease in the arts world.

Festival Dance is feeling the uncertainty.
Through tough times and good times, we positively impact our community by educating youth in the arts and by providing diverse artistic opportunities that are accessible to all. By bringing world class performances to the area, providing free educational performances for 5,000 youth in 13 area communities, helping the universities with dance classes and programs for students, and offering dance courses in rural communities, we positively impact lives and our community.

Sadly Festival Dance ended last year with a $4,000 deficit. Because of the power of our programs and our strategic vision, we absorbed that loss while continuing to maintain and improve our existing programs that touch the lives of so many. We have made prudent choices and cut expenses where appropriate; however, due to circumstances beyond our control we are projecting an even larger deficit this year. With your financial support, you can help us reverse this trend. We are looking to you to help us continue to make a positive difference. Every dollar matters.
Already this year we have reached 8,600 people through our programs.  Enriching lives is what we do.
This is what your contribution can do:

 $1,000 can allow us to offer free ballet classes in Lapwai, Idaho for an entire semester for all interested youth.

 $500 can pay for 6 hotel rooms to accommodate 12 professional dancers we bring to town to perform.

 $350 can pay for 15 Senior Citizens to attend a world class performance.

 $250 can pay for 10,000 post cards to advertise our enriching and diverse dance series.

 $150 can pay for a bus, driver, and fuel to bring 3 classes of 3rd graders to an educational performance.

 $25 to $100 can contribute to a dance scholarship for a student whose family is struggling financially.

Imagine the feeling you’ll get, knowing you have touched the lives of children and adults by making the performing arts more accessible, enhancing quality of life, and making a positive difference in these scary times. We appreciate your help.

To donate, please contact us at 208-883-3267.
Yours in dance-

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lula Washington Dance Theatre To Appear In Pullman

Sandwiched between tours of Russia and China, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre will visit the Palouse for a two day residency, which will include a public performance at Beasley Coliseum on Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm and two educational programs for area students on Monday, April 4th at Beasley and at Troy High School. The residency is sponsored by Festival Dance & Performing Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation, and local assistance from the Latah County Community Foundation and the Moscow Hotel.

In addition to its recent successful tour of Russia, the Los Angeles based company has danced in over 150 cities in the United States, as well as abroad in Germany, Spain, Kosovo, Mexico, and Canada. The Russian tour follows Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s 2009 performance at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, where some 1,500 viewers stood for an entire two-hour concert without an intermission, and then screamed for more when the dancing ended.

Company founder and director, Lula Washington is a much honored national dance treasure, who is fulfilling her vision of creating a dance company that performs the works of leading African American choreographers as well as her own pieces reflecting Black culture and history. Recently she received notice for her assistance in the movie “Avatar,” for which she created cultural/ritual movements including war scenes, hunting and large dance sequences for the motion capture technology.

Lula is admired as a teacher, leader, dancer, and choreographer with a very unique style and approach to dance. Stylistically, Lula fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance. She also incorporates the dance styles of gospel church, classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical, hip hop, while drawing from various ideas and issues. Her works have been praised by critics for their strong political and social commentary, as well as their avant-garde composition and their roots in African-American culture.

Prior to “Avatar”, Lula choreographed Disney’s The Little Mermaid movie. One of the songs that she choreographed, “Under The Sea”, won an Academy Award. Lula has been the subject of several nationally broadcast news stories including a PBS special that focused on her choreography for “Gospel Kwanzaa” – a blending of gospel and African dance in salute of the Christmas and Kwanzaa holidays.

In 1983, Lula established her own dance school that provides low cost and free dance classes to neighborhood children through an after school program called “I Do Dance, Not Drugs!” Remembering her own impoverished childhood, she wanted to make dance classes affordable for and accessible to children from low income neighborhoods, where her studio is based. Since then, the School has taught dance to over 45,000 inner-city students.

The April 3rd performance will present a wide spectrum of dance styles and themes, including the social commentary piece, “We Wore the Mask;” a jazz piece, “Thanks and Praises;” a high-spirited “Ode to the 60’s;” a tongue in cheek comment on contemporary culture, “WWW.Connections.2010;” and a breathtaking solo, “Angelitos Negros,” by legendary African American pioneer choreographer, Donald McKayle.

“We are thrilled by the opportunity to finally present this internationally acclaimed dance company for both public and educational programs,” said Festival Dance executive director, Cindy Barnhart. “We have been trying to bring them here for several years, and finally a northwest tour has come together.”

Tickets for the April 3rd matinee performance of Lula Washington Dance Theatre are available from Festival Dance office, Beasley Coliseum and TicketsWest outlets. Prices are $14 to $28, with discount for groups of 10 or more. WSU students will be admitted free.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington, award winning artistic director, who helped create the choreography for the Na’vi in James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar,” is bringing her internationally renowned dance company for its premier Great Performances appearance. Lula Washington Dance Theatre has performed from the Kennedy Center to the Olympics, and is popular for its dynamic, energetic dance that ranges from humor and fun to strong emotional themes of Black history. These terrific dancers are sure to delight area audiences with their signature blend of African, jazz, contemporary dance, ballet and hip-hop.

Call 1.800.325.7328 or 208.883.3267 for tickets! Visit festivaldance.org for video.

WSU Students FREE!

 Tickets are $28-$14. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

58 Students Cast in The Princess and the Pea!

58 Students were cast at auditions at the Moscow High School Auditorium Monday, Feb. 28th at 4:00.

96 students participated in the audition. The audition was set up as a free theatre workshop, so even the students that weren’t cast in the show learned stage craft from the Missoula Children’s Theatre directors, Alea Figueroa and Rob Yoho.  It was a wonderful time!

Jack Frost: Jennifer Harrington, Prince Iceman: Hunter Gould, Storm King: Abe Foster, Snow Queen: Jamie Newsome, Glacierdom Phony Princesses: Amelia Steele, Adrianna Kauffman,

Leprechauns: Aidan Barnhart, Angela Paparazzo, Wesley Kirkland, Ariane Peterson

Princess Full Size: Victoria Gregory

Pea: Tara Petersen

King Size: Caleb Stucki

Queen Size: Helena Kirkland

Riverdom Phony Princesses: Kasancra Carston, Reese Miller

Glacierdom Citizens: Yvette Bonney, Nadine Abdel-Rahim, Susanna Fender, Megan Brown, Maggie Daqwkins, Lydia Williams, Brynlee Pupunu Laura Kirkland, Katherine Allen, Cary Jeffrey, Elijah Altman

Riverdom Citizens: Hayley Knott, Samantha Allen, Colin Walker, Alli McIlroy, Hannah Heaton, Marissa Weir, Patrick Robichaud, Isaac Falen, Simone Wulfhorst, Mariah Suquet, Kaylee Mordhorst

Dust Bunnies: McKae Sorenson, Madison Bellknap, Madeline Withrich, Mya Tyson, Amelia Black, Corey Mordhorst, Kenna Pupunu, Emmett Brooks, Rebecca Kirkland, Maddei Lester, Shafer Dickus, Michael Bellmore, Ashlyn Walker, Dillon terry, Ali Terry, Geneva Gregory, Kalena Suquet.

The pianist is Natalie Williams. Helen Smith is the Special Festival Dance Assistant.

Festival Dance and Performing Arts brings Missoula Children’s Theatre to Moscow every year as part of their Youthreach programs that promote the performing arts and touch the lives of 5,000 students annually. Festival Dance’s Youthreach programs focus on cultural diversity, accessibility to the arts, nurturing local talent, community involvement and artistic excellence.

Alea and Rob arrived in Moscow Sunday evening with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play. They will be staying at the home of Patricia Nelson, who is a retired 2nd grade Moscow school teacher.

“As a retired teacher, I think it’s great that Festival Dance brings in the Missoula Children’s Theatre to provide a free theatre experience to local children, so I help out any way I can. Opening my home to the directors is a way for me to do my part,” says Patricia Nelson.

Alea and Rob rehearse the 58 students throughout the week for the 2 performances on Saturday, March 5th at 3:00 and 7:00. Ticket prices for the Saturday show are: adults $6, children & students $4 and can be purchased at the door or at Bookpeople in Moscow. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales.

Also included in the residency are three enrichment workshops presented by the Tour Actor/Directors. These will take place in classrooms in Troy, and Moscow. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project.

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 35 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,300 communities this year with 47 teams of Tour Actor/Directors.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Great Performances Season 2011-2012!

Next year's season is AWESOME!

Trey McIntyre Dance Company
Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm
Beasley Coliseum

Eugene Ballet's “Nutcracker”
Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm
Beasley Coliseum

BYU Ballroom Dance Company
Saturday, March 24, 3:00pm
Beasley Coliseum

Juan Siddi Flamenco Dance Company
Sunday, April 1, 3:00pm
Beasley Coliseum

Info will be on our web page soon, so check http://www.festivaldance.org/ often!

Monday, February 7, 2011

An Dochas and the Haran Irish Dancers Coming Soon!

The “wearing o’ the green” will come early this year. Instead of waiting until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th to hear and enjoy Irish music and dance, area residents can celebrate the Celtic spirit at a dynamic performance of An Dóchas and the Haran Irish Dancers on Sunday, February 20th 3pm at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. The performance is the third offering in the Festival Dance & Performing Arts 2011-2012 Great Performances Series.

Awarded the 2006 Celtic Instrumental Album of the Year, An Dóchas delivers soul stirring fiery Irish music along with musical accompaniment for the fast-paced hard shoe step dancing of the Haran Irish Dancers. An Dóchas, Gaelic for “The Hope,” captivates audiences of all ages with their lively interpretations of traditional and contemporary original Irish music. For the six member band, a driving rhythm section of guitar, bass, and drums supports an array of traditional instruments including Uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhran, fiddle, and mandolin. The band incorporates moving ballads as well as rowdy comical vocals into their sets creating an emotional dynamic performance to accompany explosive Irish step dancing.

The Haran Irish Dancers have been performing for over a decade. The dancers’ tours have included stops in Austria and Japan and multiple trips to the Irish Step Dancing World Championships. Home based north of Spokane, An Dóchas and the Haran Irish Dancers have performed to sold out audiences throughout the U.S.

Adding a home made touch to the program, three groups of Irish dancers from the Festival Dance Academy will join in the performance, dancing to music of An Dóchas. These dancers are taught and coached by instructor, Katie Bouma. In addition, Haran Irish dancers will teach a free master class at noon on the Beasley Coliseum stage. The class is open to students who have had three years of Irish dance training. The class is limited to 30 participants on a first-come; first served basis. To sign up, email Maureen@festivaldance.org and leave your name and phone number.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this fantastic Celtic ensemble for the region,” says Festival Dance executive director, Cindy Barnhart. “Whenever we survey our audience, we get many requests for Irish dance and music. And our last Celtic program performed by Trinity Irish Dance, was a sell out hit.”

Festival Dance is dedicating the performance to the memory of recently departed community leader, Jeff Martin, former C.E.O. of Gritman Medical Center. The Celtic Celebration is funded in part by a grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Tickets for the February 20th performance are priced at $ 28 to $ 14. WSU students are admitted free through support by WSU VPLAC. Corporate Sponsors are: Idaho Public Television, Gritman Medical Center, KQQQ News Talk, National Endowment for the Arts, KHTR Hit Radio 104.3, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and MyRadio 102.5. Tickets are available at Beasley Coliseum, Festival Dance Office and Tickets West outlets.

See you there!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Festival Dance has a New Intern!

My name is Kaylee Suto and I am interning with Festival Dance for Spring 2011. I am a student at the University of Idaho majoring in Public Relations with a minor in dance. I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic organization that provides so much to the community.

I am a huge fan of the arts, especially dance. I began dancing at the age of 12 at a local studio in my hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. It was through the school's middle school and high school dance teams that drove my love for the artistic and competitive aspects of dance. I was able to use my talent in the Junior Miss Scholarship Program where I won the 2007 Sandpoint Junior Miss title and choreographed the following year's program. In high school I also enjoyed teaching a young girls dance class with a friend. As I moved into my college dance career I have been able to encounter many growing experiences with dance through the University. I was a member of the University's dance team for two years, and have been involved with Dancers, Drummers, and Dreamers within the dance program. I have also auditioned for the television show So You Think You Can Dance  and in just about one month I will be auditioning for Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship dancer productions. As you can see, dance is a  huge part of my life!

It is an amazing opportunity I have with Festival Dance to incorporate my love of dance with my career choice. If you are ever passing through the PEB please stop by the Festival Dance office in Room 203, I would love to say Hi!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Free Dance Classes in January & Workshops!

Free Classes at Festival Dance Academy for the month of January!

Is your child interested in learning ballet, tap, Jazz, or Celtic dance? Bring them to classes free for the month of January! Bring a friend, too! Just go to www.festivaldance.org, click Classes, then have a look at the schedule of your choice. Once you've chosen the class(es) you'd like to try, click Registration and print the registration form and bring it with you to class.
We'd like to give everyone the opportunity to experience the joys of dance, so please spread the word. If you think someone you know may be interested in this offer, we would be happy for you to forward this post.
This offer is for New Students Only except for students in the Genesee classes. All Genesee classes and workshops are free for the month of January for all students. See the flier below.


Festival Dance Academy Classes resume January 12th.
(Classes in Genesee resume January 11th.)
*Classes will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day., Monday, January 17th.
We're looking forward to a wonderful spring semester of dance, discovery, and creativity at Festival Dance. Join us!