Fall 2019 collaborators
Anna Adaska received her BFA in Dance from San José State University in 2018 and was the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Choreography. During her undergraduate studies she was a three year member of University Dance Theater (SJSU’s pre-professional performing company) and performed contemporary works as well as José Limón repertoire. Ms. Adaska has also performed in a staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah oratorio and in the shelter of the fold with Doug Varone and Dancers. After graduation Ms. Adaska joined AROVA Contemporary Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama. She now lives in Boise, Idaho where she dances with Idaho Dance Theatre.
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.
Kateri began her ballet training in Boise, ID at Capital City Ballet Center. At age 15 she was offered a scholarship to train at Ballet Idaho Academy where she continued her ballet training until graduation. During her years in the Ballet Idaho Academy she performed frequently with their professional company in ballets such as Serenade, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. She then spent a year training with Ballet West's Academy in Salt Lake City, UT on scholarship. Her main mentors were Jeff Rogers, Heather Frixell, and Jan Fugit. She also spent five summers studying under scholarship at Ballet West. Kateri then returned to Ballet Idaho as an apprentice for their 2015/16 season.
Kateri performed as a company artist with Idaho Dance Theatre for their 2016/17 season. There she danced a variety of new and contemporary choreographic works by IDT director Marla Hansen, and choreographer Sayoko Knode. Returning to her ballet roots, Kateri danced with Central West Ballet in their 2017/18 season as a company artist where she performed many soloist roles. Among her favorite roles were Jewell Doll and Chinese lead in The Nutcracker, and the Spring Fairy in Rene Daveluy’s Cinderella. During the fall of 2018 Kateri also performed as a company artist with Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, OR.
Kateri is pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree majoring in the field of biology at Boise State University..
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.”
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)
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
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.
Charlie McMullen was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Rick and Amy McMullen, then moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where she trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre. Some of her favorite performances include The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, and her first performance with Marla Hansen in the BSU dance program semester showcase Experidance.
Charlie is a sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering through Boise State University. This is her first season with Idaho Dance Theatre and Charlie would like to express her gratitude to all of the company members and Marla for their support and encouragement throughout the rehearsal process.”
Anne grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and has been dancing for 10 years at a number of different dance schools including three years at Dance Ally followed by a year at 5678 Dance studios. She then danced with the company at Harbor Dance for two years, studying a variety of dance styles: hip hop, contemporary, jazz, modern, and tap. Throughout high school she danced with the Tacoma City Ballet Company, the first year as an apprentice and the last three as a senior company member, training under the instruction of Erin Ceragoli. Anne had the opportunity to dance in Tacoma City Ballet performances of Nutcracker, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Carmina Burana. In 2017 she attended Ballet Memphis summer intensive and in 2019 attended Idaho Dance Theatre’s Summer DanceFest. This is her first season with Idaho Dance Theatre.
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 the IDT/BSU Summer DanceFest Worskhop and 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 three works for IDT. Taylor graduated from Boise State with a degree in journalism with a minor in dance. This is her fourth season with IDT.
Meaghan Novoa is a native of Atlanta, GA, where she began her professional dance career at 18 with Southern Arc Dance Theatre under the direction of Paulo Manso DeSousa. While in Atlanta, she also had the opportunity to dance with companies such as City Gate Dance Theater, Room to Move Dance Company, Professional Bodies and Liquid Sky in addition to freelance opportunities such as Dance Canvas, Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD fest), Body art Cabaret and collaboration with singer/songwriter Kate Coleman to name a few. Meaghan was a featured background aerialist for CW’s “The Originals” season 5 and was a choreographer for the 25th annual MAD fest. In the summer of 2018, Meaghan relocated to Portland, Oregon and began dancing with Automal Dance Company. While in Portland, Meaghan performed works by Kate Rafter and Sara Himmelman and had the opportunity to perform at Polaris Dance Theatre’s Galaxy Dance Festival as well as with local band Lili St. Anne at their most recent EP release concert. In January 2019 she premiered her experimental work “Submerge” during Groovin’ Greenhouse Dance Festival as part of the city-wide Fertile Ground Festival. She is excited to be a part of Idaho Dance Theatre for their 31st season and grateful for the opportunity to live her dream. When she’s not dancing, Meaghan teaches Pilates at Thrive Pilates and practices single point trapeze.
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!
Lemuel Reagan started dancing when he was seventeen. He grew up in Fairfield Idaho, a 45- minute drive from the nearest dance studio. Lemuel trained at Footlight Dance Centre, directed by Hilarie Neely, where he studied a variety of styles ranging from modern dance to ballet. Lemuel also trained at BSU’s Summer Dancefest, which provided him training that advanced him further in his pursuit of dance. In addition, in 2016 Lemuel attend a three week Commedia Dell'arte workshop. At the workshop he found new ways to project stories with his gestures and body movements. For the last three years Lemuel has been training with IDT and pursuing a BA in Theater Arts at Boise State University. During his time at IDT he has grown as a dancer and a person. He is grateful for the support that his parents and sister have given him through the years and to his teachers who have had the patience to cultivate his potential.
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.