Fall 2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally from Twin Falls, Idaho, Mady grew up training in classical ballet, jazz, and tap with several local studios before transitioning into an intensive study of ballet under the direction of Cynthia Jones. Mady was introduced to Boise’s blossoming dance community in 2014 when she was invited to join Balance Dance Company, a prominent modern dance company for high-school students. Ms. Thornquest studied at Balance for two seasons on full scholarship and it was here, under the mentorship of Leah Clark that she discovered a love of contemporary movement. With this newfound passion, Mady has had the honor of spending summers studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Since relocating to the Treasure Valley in January, Mady has had the pleasure of studying under Marla Hansen, Lauren Edson, and Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, as well as apprenticing with Project Flux for their 2016/17 season. She is looking forward to graduating from high school this year with the intention of pursuing a professional dance career, however she loves being able to call Boise home for now! Mady is so excited to be joining IDT for her first season as an apprentice with the company.
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!
Brian Hodges: Cellist
Cellist Brian Hodges is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With his wife, pianist Betsi Hodges, he has given recitals across the US, Canada and Italy. They have premiered works by noted composers such as Lee Hoiby, David Biedenbender, Mark Olivieri, Carolyn Steinberg and were featured on a recording of the works of composer David H. Johnson. He has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Baroque Orchestra, the Boise State University Orchestra, and was the featured soloist with the Tuacahn Performing Arts High School Orchestra on their tour in Seattle. He has performed at the Idaho Bach Festival and was a featured guest artist at the 2011 Elizabeth Cowling Cello Festival in Greensboro, NC.
Brian is the principal cellist of the Boise Baroque Orchestra and performs regularly with Classical Revolution: Boise, which has been featured at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and performed live on Radio Boise. He is a founding member of the Rothko Piano Trio, with Betsi Hodges on piano, and Jo Nardolillo on violin, which has performed nationwide and has commissioned several new works.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he soloed with the San Antonio Symphony as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music earning his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and stayed on to complete his Master of Music degree in cello performance where he was the teaching assistant to Marcy Rosen. While at Eastman, he was the founding member of the Genesis String Quartet, which had several residencies in the U.S., including Roberts Wesleyan College and a rural residency in Madisonville, KY, where they performed for over 10,000 schoolchildren. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence.
Brian is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Before joining the faculty at BSU, he was on the faculties of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, Spring Arbor University and Albion College and served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. At UNCG, he was the administrative assistant for the Luigi Silva Centennial Cello Celebration and the Bernard Greenhouse Cello Celebration and performed at both festivals. He has given presentations at national American String Teachers Association conferences, as well as other regional and state conferences, and writes for The Strad Magazine website.
During the summers, he performs and teaches at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has been on the faculty at the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival in Las Vegas, the Summer Music Institute in San Antonio, TX, and the String Camp of Rochester. As a student, he attended such festivals as Aspen, Interlochen, Roundtop, the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, the Thy International Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
As a chamber musician, he has appeared as guest cellist with the Penderecki String Quartet, performed with the Kandinsky Piano Trio, the Chimera Duo, and has been coached by members of the Cleveland Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, and the Guild Piano Trio.
He performs on a Carlo Galbusera cello, circa 1828.