Fall 2018 collaborators
Sabrina was born and raised in Seaside Oregon where she started her ballet training at Maddox Dance Studio focusing on classical ballet training and other styles including jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop. At age ten, Sabrina was invited to be a part of Little Ballet Theater where she performed in productions of The Nutcracker as Clara as well as Dew Drop Fairy. At the age of fourteen, Sabrina was offered a full scholarship with Eagle Performing Arts Center, in Eagle Idaho, under the direction of Jeff and Cathy Giese. While training there she performed many original works as well as classical pieces such as Paquita, Gloria, and an excerpt from Serenade. From 2010 to 2013, she taught technique classes at Melody Lane Dance Academy as well as choreographing works for many different age groups. Sabrina attended Utah Valley University as a dance major on a full performing scholarship. She was a member of Repertory Ballet Ensemble, directed by Mark Borchelt, where she has performed excerpts from Paquita, La Bayadere, and Sleeping Beauty as well as many contemporary and modern works. Sabrina also performed with Utah Regional Ballet, presently Utah Metropolitan Ballet, a professional company under the direction of Jackie Colledge, performing in works such as The Nutcracker, a world premiere of Snow White, Balanchine’s Serenade, and various contemporary works in the Choreography Design Competition. Sabrina graduated summa cum laude from Utah Valley University with her BFA in Dance--Ballet Emphasis. This is her first season with Idaho Dance Theatre.
Julen is very excited to be apprenticing for his first season with IDT. Born in Twin Falls, he was originally introduced to dance by his sister, Savina, and would like to thank her and his mother for their love and support. He hopes to pursue dance at SUNY Purchase next year. He would also like to thank Marla and the Company for their instruction and Lydia for her support.
Since he was a young boy, Alex has been a self-taught mover in the Hip Hop style. In 2016 he started training at Boise State in classical ballet, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, modern, and movement for performing artists, pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Theatre with a Dance Minor. In addition to apprenticing with IDT, he teaches at Artistic Dance Company directed by Jaime McLean. He is also in his fourth year volunteering for the non-profit organization, Boise State Dance Marathon, which raises money for the children at St. Luke's hospital. Alex, “I strive to make a difference every day through dance. I'm a firm believer in giving back. Being able to dance is a gift, and it's our purpose to protect it by sharing it with others. I am forever grateful for what dance has done for my life. I cannot wait for what else it has in store for all of us.”
Founder of Off Center Dance and Artistic Director for Flamenco Idaho. While with OCD, Ms. Brown choreographed over 30 modern dance works and 5 short dance videos. Her flamenco journey has taken her to Spain four times including two grants for study in Granada. She was an adjunct professor Boise State University and is a dance educator at Idaho Arts Charter School. Ms. Brown has performed with groups including, Flamenco Idaho, Off Center Dance, MahaVia, Flux, Boise Dance Co-op, Drop Dance Collective, and Idaho Dance Theatre. In addition to her performance work, she has choreographed for Alexa Rose Gallery, Drop, College of Southern Idaho and University of Texas, PanAmerica. Brown has taught flamenco workshops for the College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University and will be setting a flamenco inspired piece on Idaho Dance Theater this fall. She obtained her Master of Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Ms. Brown has been the recipient of Alexa Rose Foundation Artist Grant (2017), Fund for Teachers Grant (2015), Boise Arts and History AiR Award (2009) and project grant (2010, 2015), Idaho Commission on the Arts Awards (2010), a Surdna Foundation Fellowship (2010), Bates Dance Fellowship (2011, 2013), and was awarded IDEO Dance Educator of the year 2016.
Antonio Carnell was born in St. Louis Missouri and at age of 3 was adopted and brought to Boise by his adoptive family. Antonio started his dance training at Ballet Idaho in the fall of 2009 after being given a full tuition scholarship at the end of a two week outreach program put on by Ballet Idaho for 3rd grade students at his elementary school. Antonio has continued his training in Ballet Idaho’s Academy and was given opportunities to perform alongside Ballet Idaho’s professional company with his most recent appearance being in Daniel Ojeda’s Fleetwood Mac Collection.
Antonio has received many offers for summer training programs and apprenticeships with companies and schools around the country such as, Alvin Ailey, Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, James Sewell Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and Burklyn Ballet Theater where he performed lead roles in many productions and also had the opportunity to choreograph his very own piece called Almost.
Antonio has also made multiple appearances in Boise State's University’s BSDA program where Boise State students have the opportunity to choreograph a work to be performed in the dance showcase. This is his first year with Idaho Dance Theater.
(photo credit: Emily Marie)
Rachel’s passion for dance began at age five in Helena, Montana. Her desire to study nursing, dance, and fine arts prompted her move to Boise, ID and Boise State University. Being primarily trained in classical ballet, she performed in a variety of performances 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 third season as an IDT company dancer. Rachel is also pursuing a career as a registered nurse working in Labor and Delivery at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Kylie grew up on the Kenai Peninsula in Soldotna, Alaska where she started dance lessons at the age of three. She’s trained in all genres, including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She performed, competed, and traveled extensively throughout the United States with her home studio and began teaching and choreographing at the age of 15. She began training under Marla Hansen the fall of 2014 when she moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University, where she is currently majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in dance. Now at the age of 21, this is her second season with Idaho Dance Theatre and she is excited to also have an internship with them this semester, helping with social media and marketing.
Taylorann 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 dance studios until transitioning into company work, developing her artistry and future as a professional dancer. Her remaining three years of high school were spent at Fresco Arts Academy where she found her love for the arts and trained under the direction of many distinguished artists. Taylorann also had the honor of being part of Elevated Dance Project's ensemble "On the Verge", a company involved in helping people through dance and love. Recently, she is grateful to spend her days working full time towards a business administration degree in entrepreneurial management and a minor in dance at Boise State University. She is humbled by the opportunity to dance and teach with various local companies and thrilled to enjoy her third season with our very own Idaho Dance Theatre.
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 14 plus seasons with IDT, during which time he performed in approximately 100 original works and choreographed 13 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 13 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 with LED (Lauren Edson+Dancers) performing her works in Boise, NYC, NY, and across the nation
Selby Jenkins started dancing at the age of 4 in Boise, Idaho where she was born and raised. She studied at multiple studios in the Boise area, composing her 15 years of training in all genres of dance. Selby 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 performed at Treefort Music Festival, MING Studios, and in the Boise Dance Co-Op. She joined Idaho Dance Theatre in November 2016 for their 2016-2017 season, performing in annual shows as well as traveling through Southeast Idaho to be a part of IDT's Ed-Outreach Program. Selby studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance’s Year-Round Program, from 2017-2018 under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. During her year in San Francisco, Selby apprenticed with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and performed in the work “Toward 45”. Selby currently resides in Boise, further honing her craft and saving up for the next leap.
This is Kennedy’s first season with Idaho Dance Theatre. Kennedy began her dance training at the age of 6 at Desert Shores Dance Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. There she trained in tap, jazz, and ballet. When her family relocated to Roseville, CA, Kennedy continued her training at the Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC) with classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, pointe, tap, and hip hop. At NCDC, she had the opportunity to learn from Sidra Bell (Sidra Bell Dance New York), Lee Wei Chao (Lines Ballet), Anthony Lomuljo (Royal Swedish Ballet) and many more. After graduating high school, Kennedy enrolled at Boise State University, where she is currently studying Nursing, but continues to be involved with dance. Along with training with Marla Hansen at BSU over the years, Kennedy is also a member of F.U.S.E Dance Collaboration and a dance teacher at Artistic Dance Company.
Sam is a dancer originally from San Francisco, CA. Sam has previously danced as a member of Jacob Jonas The Company in 2014. His performances include "In a Room on Broad Street" at The Capezio Ace Awards and Alvin Ailey Theatre. His TV and film credits include Transcendent and Lucid in New York. Sam is now continuing his career as a dancer and choreographer for Idaho Dance Theatre. He was recently featured in Marla Hansen’s Corona and premiered his first work for the company, Infinity, in the spring of 2017. Sam has also taught for the IDT/BSU Summer DanceFest Workshop and toured with IDT’s Educational Outreach Program.
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. 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 including two works for IDT. Taylor is also attending Boise State full time, studying journalism with a minor in dance. This is her third 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.
Katie was born and raised in northern Idaho, and studied dance at the University of Idaho with Festival Dance Academy. She moved to Boise to attend Boise State University, where she graduated with a BA in Theatre with dance emphasis, Cum Laude. While attending Boise State she spent two years performing with Idaho Dance Theatre, one year with Stampede Spirit Dancers and two seasons with Drop Dance Collective. As an original member of Off Center Dance (OCD), Katie has danced and choreographed many works throughout the years. She is now the Artistic Director of OCD. Katie is also an adjunct ballet instructor at Boise State University and is head of the dance department at College of Idaho, teaching jazz, ballet and rhythmic skills. In addition, she directs the high school dance department at Idaho Fine Arts Academy, a public arts school in Eagle, ID. In 2012 she was the recipient of the independent artist grant from Idaho Commission on the arts for her dance piece "Ball Change".
Rachel Ranum started dancing at the age of 4 in her hometown of Hamilton, Bermuda. After moving to Boise, Idaho she danced with multiple studios and attended various conventions across the United States and Europe. This includes training under Jen Freeman, Jimmy Stuart, Chelsea Thedinga, Marla Hansen, and at the Centre de Danse du Marais, Marseille Danse Academy, and Offjazz. She is in her 4th year attending Boise State majoring in Biology and minoring in dance. She is honored and excited to be invited into the upcoming season for Idaho Dance Theatre!
"Write a Bio" she said. "Write a bio!" Like bio hazard. It's dangerous. How much do you want to know? If I tell you too much your brain will explode, and that would be unpleasant. I will proceed with care for your sake. I started dancing in Hailey Idaho at Footlight Dance Centre directed by Hilarie Neely when I was seventeen. I recently danced the role of the prince in their production of Swan Lake. I have spent two summers training at the BSU/ IDT Summer DanceFest workshop, and I attended Dell Arte’ International in California, a three week clowning workshop. I am a BSU Theatre major and dance minor. Body language is the most effective way we communicate with one another. In essence I think dance is the most truthful way of telling stories.
Gonzalo is excited to return and be part of IDT’s 30th anniversary season. His dance career was nurtured by Idaho Dance Theatre, as he was part of a decade in the company’s history. Company member, choreographer, and artistic director of Focus Dance Ensemble were some of the many incredible opportunities IDT gave Gonzalo. He is extremely grateful and looking forward to see IDT continue its production of amazing dance concerts.
For the last year and a half, Gonzalo has been performing with Viking Ocean Cruises as a dancer and company manager. With Viking he had the opportunity to visit over 30 countries and perform for thousands of people from all over the world on an ever sailing stage.
Gonzalo is very happy to be back home and beyond excited to celebrate the 30 incredible years of Idaho Dance Theatre.
Brandon Washington: lighting designer
Brandon is a lighting designer who works in Portland, OR and Boise, ID. He is currently studying Theatre Arts with a Design Emphasis at Boise State University. Past theatrical lighting design credits include: Journey’s End (Boise State University), The Flick (Boise State University), Little Women (Treasure Valley Children's Theater), Peter Pan In Neverland (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Aladdin Jr. (Treasure Valley Youth Theater). Past dance lighting design credits include: All Embracing (Idaho Dance Theatre), Tattered Testaments (Project Flux), Slantways (Boise State University Dance Concert). Coming up: Sweeney Todd (Boise State University). Many thanks to Raquel and Gene. Endless love to Mom and Dad.
Spring Collaborators 2019
Megan Brandel: Founding Artistic director Open Arms Dance Project
Megan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance choreography and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, graduating with distinction as a Van Ek scholar, and studying under recently awarded Guggenheim Fellow, Michelle Ellsworth. She has also trained extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, and Integrated Dance, studied Elementary and Special Education and is a certified yoga instructor.
Megan has performed professionally with Idaho Dance Theatre, 3rd Law Dance/Theater (CO), Speaking of Dance (CO), and the University of Colorado Legacies project. As a part of the Legacies project, Megan was honored to dance in the choreography of Martha Graham and Trisha Brown and perform these pieces in New York City. Her own choreography was featured at the American College Dance Festival in March 2005. Megan has also choreographed for University of Colorado Opera, Eagle Performing Arts Center, Balance Dance Company, and Open Arms Dance Project.
In 2006, Megan became a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha yoga instructor through the Shoshoni Mountain Ashram in Rollinsville, CO. She has also attended workshops in Integrative Yoga Theraputics with Bo Forbes and meditation at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO.
In addition to teaching yoga, creative movement, modern dance, and choreographing, Megan is strongly committed to reaching populations not typically involved in dance and building and fostering community through dance. In 2009, funded by a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History, she founded Open Arms Dance Project. To enrich her teaching of dancers with disabilities, Megan has trained in Brain-Compatible Dance Education with Anne Green Gilbert (2012), Integrated Dance with Jurg Koch (2013), the Dance for Parkinson's Disease program (2014), and the AXIS Dance Company Integrated Dance Summer Intensive (2016).
Open Arms Dance Project
A multi-generational and inclusive modern dance company; welcoming people of all ages -- with and without disabilities.
The mission of Open Arms Dance Project is to move the community towards greater compassion through our actions and our art.
Open Arms dancers range in age from 7-70+ years young. Some dancers have physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and others do not. All are valued for what they add to the group, whether that be youthful energy, humor, wisdom, dance skills, the ability to foster community, or a myriad of other indispensable contributions. Open Arms Dance Project is delighted to be performing with Idaho Dance Theatre for the first time and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with a wider audience!