Kateri Bilay: Company Dancer
Kateri was born in Salt Lake City, but has lived in Idaho since the age of four years old. She grew up dancing at a small studio in Boise called Capital City Ballet Center, and then at the age of fifteen began studying at Ballet Idaho. She has also spent time studying with Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City. As part of her professional career as a dancer she spent a year as an apprentice with Ballet Idaho. Being from a very ballet focused background the contemporary style of Idaho Dance Theatre is a new and exciting challenge for Kateri. She hopes to continue her growth as a mover and as an artist through the unique and quirky style that Idaho Dance Theatre so often brings to the stage. She is also a student at Boise State University. Kateri is happy to be joining IDT for her first season.
Rachel Chovanak: company dancer
Rachel’s passion for dance began at age five in Helena, Montana. While pursuing a career in nursing at Boise State University, she is enjoying dancing her way through college. Being primarily trained in classical ballet, she has performed in a variety of shows including Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, and Romeo and Juliet. At age 11, she began traveling around the country attending summer dance intensives including Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, American Ballet Theater in California, Ballet West in Utah, Kansas City Ballet in Missouri, Ballet Hawaii in Oahu, and the International Ballet School in Colorado. She has also participated in the Youth America Grand Prix competition for three years and the American Ballet Competition for one. She has recently performed with local groups including Fuse Dance Collaboration, Boise Dance Co-op, and A Dancer's Prologue. This is her second season with IDT.
Jim Cockey: composer
Jim Cockey (1947) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but has spent most of his life in Idaho. He holds a composition degree from the University of Oregon where he studied with Homer Keller and Hal Owen. He has received numerous grants, commissions and honors, including a gold album for his work with members of the Moody Blues, and the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Commissions include works for the Boise Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, Carson City Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Idaho Department of Education, Hammerhead Consort, Jen Drake, Bill Quist, Keith Young, Bunting Dance, Idaho Dance Theatre, Langroise Trio, Darkwood Consort, and the Hyde Park Chamber Players. “Ithaca,” as performed by the Langroise Trio, was aired on NPR’s Performance Today. For the American Composers Forum’s Continental Harmony project, Jim Cockey was the only musician chosen to head two projects simultaneously: conducting the McCall Chamber Orchestra and composing A Land of Sage and Sun for the Carson City Symphony. In April of 2008, Mr. Cockey was selected to compose An Idaho Symphony in honor of Maestro James Ogle’s 20 years of service with the Boise Philharmonic. The Gift of the Elk - A Suite for Native American Flute and Orchestra was premiered by Grammy Award winner Joseph FireCrow and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and has been performed by a number of orchestras nationally. Other works include Sacred Land - A Tribute to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Symphony No. 1. MusicWeb International called Symphony No. 1, "brilliantly crafted." Sacred Land, conceived by Maestro Robert Franz and commissioned by the Boise Philharmonic, was selected as the opening performance of Idaho's sesquicentennial. In 2014, a revival performance of A Land of Sage and Sun, was selected as a signature Nevada 150 event. Jim loves writing music in Idaho, a place where he can combine his love of mountains with his passion for music. He lives in Boise with his award-winning playwright wife, Bernadine Cockey.
Taylorann Evans: Company dancer
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Taylorann Evans has been living her dream since 3 years old, devoted to becoming a versatile dancer in all styles and sharing her fiery passion for dance with the world. Growing up she danced competitively at various local studios until transitioning into company work, developing her artistry and future as a professional dancer. Her last three years of high school were spent at Fresco Arts Academy (Eagle, Idaho) where she found her love for the arts and trained under the direction of many distinguished artists. Taylorann’s training includes multiple styles ranging from Ballet to African from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Boise State University. She has been honored with the opportunity to perform with many local dance companies such as Fuse Dance Company and has performed in shows like Dancer’s Prologue around the valley. While she is not developing herself as an artist and choreographer Ms. Evans spends time earning her degree in Entrepreneurial Management at BSU. Taylorann is humbled by the opportunity to spend her second season with Idaho Dance Theatre.
Laura Haller: company dancer
Laura Haller began her dance training in Helena, Montana. Throughout her young adulthood, she studied classical ballet with the San Francisco Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Kirov Academy of Ballet on merit scholarships. In 2012 she moved to Boise, Idaho in order to pursue her professional career with Ballet Idaho. After dancing with Ballet Idaho for three seasons, Laura transitioned from classical ballet to contemporary dance. This is her second season dancing with Idaho Dance Theatre. While dancing professionally for the past five years, Laura also attended Boise State University on an academic scholarship. She studied Health Science/Pre-Medical studies and Dance, and recently graduated with honors. Laura just finished applying to medical school, and should be hearing back with acceptance results within the upcoming year. Besides dancing, Laura enjoys racing in marathons and triathlons, painting, volunteering for St. Luke’s Hospice, and traveling.
Yurek Hansen: company dancer/choreographer
Yurek was born into the dancing family of Alfred and Marla Hansen and raised on tour and backstage of the American Festival Ballet. He began receiving training with his parents, but continued more formally with IDT and Boise State University’s Summer DanceFest workshop, in addition to study in Suzuki actor training and Viewpoints with Anne Bogarts SITI Co. and multiple martial arts and dance forms. Yurek has danced 13 plus seasons with IDT, during which time he performed in approximately 100 original works and choreographed twelve works. He spent a month in Guinea with his friend and West African dance/drum teacher, Manimou Camara, training in the traditional rhythms and dances of the peoples of West Africa. He has performed in many diverse events including the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival, RawArtists, Ballet Bellevue, Little School of Dance in Kodiak AK, Ballet Idaho, EPAC, with Manimou Camera for the Seattle International Dance Festival, Treefort music festival, Boise’s Tour de Fat and Boise Dance Co-op. He has been an adjunct instructor at BSU for 12 years and taught for Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts, Ballet Idaho, Eagle Arts Charter School, BSU Summer DanceFest workshop, Methods of Movement, Footlight, Columbia Dance, Cornish University, and Grand Valley State University. Yurek has performed with the SunValley Summer Symphonies in L'Histoire du Soldat, and also performs with LED (Lauren Edson+Dancers) performing her works in Boise, NYC, NY, and across the nation.
Selby Jenkins: company dancer
Selby Jenkins started dancing at the age of four in Boise, Idaho where she was born and raised. She studied at different studios, including Dance Pros, Studio C, Elevated Dance Project, BSU, and the IDT/BSU Summer DanceFest Workshop, composing her fourteen years of training in all genres of dance. Selby has toured to multiple conventions and competitions, scoring scholarships and an apprenticeship with dance company 'SoulEscape'. She began dancing with Boise dance company 'Project Flux' in 2014 and has since been training under mentor Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill. Through Project Flux, Selby has been granted opportunities to perform at Treefort Music Fest, MING Studios and in the Boise Dance Co-op. Selby also joined Idaho Dance Theatre for the November 2015 performances and now for the 2016-17 season. She continues to take class, teach, choreograph and find multiple opportunities through dance in the Boise area.
Sayoko Knode: Guest Dancer/Choreographer
Sayoko Knode is a freelance artist from Seattle, where she received the majority of her classical ballet training from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. After earning a BFA and MFA in performance, teaching, and choreography from the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, Sayoko danced with Idaho Dance Theater for three seasons. She performs with LED, a Boise based collaborative arts company, and freelances as a choreographer and ballet educator in Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.
Sayoko is the recipient of the “Most Outstanding Choreographer” Award for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competitions at Denver (2014) and San Francisco (2010). She was also a finalist of Ballet Arkansas’ Visions Choreography Competition (2014). She has choreographed for Valentino Bartes Ballet Company (Japan), Ballet West Academy’s Summer Intensive (UT), Idaho Dance Theatre, Ballet Idaho, Regional Dance America’s Craft of Choreography Conference, the University of Utah’s resident company-Utah Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance’s Choreographic Residency, Palos Verdes Ballet (CA), Focus Dance Ensemble (ID), Barlow Arts Academy (UT), Wasatch Dance Center (UT), Municipal Ballet Company (UT), and Ballet Bellevue (WA).
Thomas Kresge: composer
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, conductor, and educator Thomas Kresge has had the pleasure of providing music across a wide spectrum, including films, video games, concert productions, albums, and dance shows. He is pleased to premiere a new work for the Idaho Dance Theater, and has previously received commissions from the American Festival Pops Orchestra, BYU-Idaho, Jazz 4 Justice, and the Teen Dance Challenge, as well as producing concerts of his own. He is a member of the Materia Collective, a group that seeks to arrange and honor the work of video game composers. He is also an active educator, teaching students of all ages from all across the country how to compose, and play saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, and piano.
Lounge on Fire: composer/musicians
Lounge on Fire is a steel cut, blackened and peppered, cock-eyed, funk-trunked, hip-dipped flat-on-your-back pants-off-dance-off machine, also known as a sexadelic freak funk band. Lecherously charged spitfire vocals from singer and guitarist Nathan Norton are backed by co-founder Josh Gilmore’s precision finger-funk bass and Wade Ronsse’s pulsing disco-rock drums. Alan Schwaderer’s dexterously ripping keyboard, guitar, and accordion joins in, as well as an indomitable horn trio of Seth Hoffman on trumpet, Matt Patterson on saxophone, and Kevan Ash on trombone, to create a cabaret that offers a dance party for the dubious listener and a mélange of musical dynamics for those ambitious to engage beyond the beat. Combining at times elements of funk, rock, jazz, latin, psychedelia, and hip hop, Lounge on Fire explores the spectrum of eclecticism, drawing from such influences as Frank Zappa, Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Talking Heads, and Led Zeppelin. The vigorous live performances channel the paisley-shirted members’ passion for making people move, often with synchronized choruses of howls, the horns running into the crowd to provide an intimate yet vociferous experience for the crowd, and the stage tremoring from the gyrations of the ensemble itself.
Lounge on Fire, formed in 2013, has been making waves and turning heads in the Boise music scene for almost as long as they have been together, as four-year Treefort Music Fest veterans and a headliner at the 2016 Alive After Five concert series. They also recently headlined a showcase at Reno’s Offbeat Music Festival and nearly caused a riot for an encore in a late night slot at the Sawtooth Music Festival, and have played over 100 shows in Boise and the Pacific Northwest since their conception. This includes festivals, bars, private parties, après ski resorts, and even farmers’ markets. They have had the opportunity within the last few years to open for acclaimed national acts such as St Paul and the Broken Bones, The Suffers, Turkuaz, Orgone, and Polyrhythmics.
Sam Mughrabi: Dancer/Choreographer
Sam originated as a hip hop dancer with Funk Beyond Control in San Francisco. He began studying at The Talent Planet on a full scholarship under the direction of Katy Varner, where he trained in Contemporary and Jazz. Making his way to Santa Monica, he spent a year training and performing with Jacob Jonas the Company, performing in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Theatre after placing in the Capezio Ace Awards. Now at 23, Sam has found his way to Boise, Idaho where he has been given an opportunity to teach at a couple local studios and perform with Idaho Dance Theater.
Taylor Munson: company dancer/choreographer
Taylor grew up dancing in the Treasure Valley, starting at the young age of two. For sixteen years, she received phenomenal training from Studio C Academy of Dance in multiple styles including ballet/pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, Bollywood, contemporary, and more. After dancing in Boise for so long, she decided on a change of scenery and attended Chapman University in Orange, California as a dance major. While there she trained with a long list of amazing teachers, then circumstances led her to transfer to Boise State. Now twenty years old, Taylor has immersed herself in the dance scene of Boise through performing, choreographing, and teaching. She has taught and choreographed at studios such as Focus Dance Ensemble, Dance Arts Academy, Pivotal Dance Company, and Echo School of Dance. She has done many different choreography projects and is excited to choreograph her first piece for IDT for this year’s fall show. Taylor is also attending Boise State full time, studying journalism with minors in psychology and dance. This is her second season with IDT, and she is thrilled at the opportunity to further her training and performance experience while living and going to school in beautiful Boise, Idaho.
Evan Stevens: company dancer/choreographer
Evan Stevens, a Boise State Senior Theatre Arts Performance Major and Dance Minor. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Evan lived in Europe, primarily Germany and Italy, the majority of his life. He began dancing at Idaho Arts Charter School under the direction of Kelli Brown in 2010 and was a member of their 2012 State Champion Platinum Dance Team. Evan then joined Idaho Dance Theatre’s (IDT) pre-professional company, Focus Dance Ensemble for the 2012-13 season and performed as an IDT guest artist during its 25th Anniversary Season. Next, he joined the IDT Company in 2014, as well as the Project Flux Dance Company and LED in 2015. Evan has toured with LED performing in Seattle, Portland, and Sun Valley. His formal training includes BSU’s Summer DanceFest (2011-15), Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Apprentice Program, SITI Company’s Suzuki / Viewpoints Master Class Workshop, and BSU’s Winter Move Dance Intensive. Evan’s Boise State Theatre performance credits include: Philoctetes (The Cure at Troy), Rodrigo (Little Women), Craig (Weathergirl), Juror #5 (Twelve Angry Jurors), Gene (Consider the Oyster), Fabrizio (The Light in the Piazza), Solyony (Three Sisters), Letch/Ira Gershwin (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet). Evan sincerely appreciates the superb support and tremendous training provided by Marla Hansen, Carl Rowe, Kelli Brown, Gonzalo Valdez, Yurek Hansen, Lauren Edson, Jason Hartley, Amanda Bromund, Jenn Freeman and Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill throughout his development as a dancer!
Zackary Anderson: company dancer
Zackary was born in Pocatello, Idaho where he lived for twelve years, and where his passion for the arts started to blossom. He moved to Nampa, Idaho in the year 2008, and it was here that he would find his passion for dance. He first started dancing in middle school at Idaho Arts Charter School under the direction of Kelli Brown. His love for the art started to grow. As he entered high school, he started taking summer dance intensives at both Boise State University and Balance Dance Company. During his junior year of high school, he joined Focus Dance Company. He graduated from High School in 2014. In 2015 he served a mission in Culiacan, México where he became bilingual. He returned to Boise and is now a new member of Idaho Dance Theatre. Zackary has many hobbies other than dance which include cooking, drawing, singing, and learning new languages. He doesn’t know what the future holds for him but he is positive it will be an experience worth living for.
Ansley started her training when she was three at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, a small studio near Portland, Oregon. During High School, she attended several dance intensives including the BSU/IDT Summer DanceFest Workshop here in Boise. For the past three years she has been training with Marla Hansen in the Boise State Dance program and performed in numerous dance concerts. Ansley spent the summer of 2016 in Paris as a live- in nanny. She is a French Secondary Education major and hopes to be a French teacher.
Bayley was born and raised in Coeurd'Alene Idaho. She studied classical ballet for several years at the Ballet school of Coeurd'Alene under the direction of Ceci Klein. Bayley received Merit and Young Choreographer honors through professional ballet adjudications at Musicfest Northwest. She traveled to Seattle monthly for training in International Standard Ballroom Dancing under the instruction of Alexandria Hawkins. At the age of 14 she received four national USA Dance titles in Standard Ballroom Dancing, and starred in a music video called "Through My Father's Eyes." At 15 years old, Bayley moved to Boise and attended Idaho Arts Charter School. She was captain for two years of the back-to-back state champions Platinum Dance Team. She fell in love with contemporary dance after attending Summer Dance Fest. She began training at several different studios in the Treasure Valley, and joined a competition team at Dance Unlimited. Bayley became a company member of Project Flux under the direction of Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill in the summer of 2015. She has performed with FUSE and Dancer's Prologue. Bayley is attending Boise State for a year for general credit, and will be transferring to University of Utah to attain a dance major in the fall. This is Bayley's first year with Idaho Dance Theater.
McKenzie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, lyrical, and Hip Hop. McKenzie is a dance instructor at Dance Unlimited as well as a certified Hot Yoga instructor and Barre Instructor at Essentials Hot Yoga. She is currently attending Boise State University studying in Kinesiology.
Kylie grew up on the Kenai Peninsula in Soldotna, Alaska and started dance lessons at the age of two and a half. She has trained in all genres, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and hip hop. Kylie has performed, competed and traveled extensively throughout the United States with her home studio taking classes from Doug Caldwell, Mark Meismer, Suzy Miller, Mark Goodman and Stacey Tookey. Kylie began teaching and choreographing under the mentorship of her instructors in Alaska at age 15. She began training under Marla Hansen at Boise State University her freshman year and is honored to be invited to apprentice with Idaho Dance Theatre while she studies as a nursing major with a minor in dance.