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.
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.
She is excited to rejoin Idaho Dance Theatre for the 2019 spring show.
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.”
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)
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 in the fall of 2014 when she moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University. In December 2018, Kylie graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and minor in dance. She’s now excited to be dancing with Idaho Dance Theatre for a third season and will be choreographing a piece for their upcoming performance in April.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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!
Jenn Freeman, Artistic Director of Freemove Dance, is an American choreographer, dancer, and educator based in New York City. Just recently in October 2018, she self- produced and debuted her first evening-length work, …it’s time…, at The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Jenn’s choreography has been commissioned by Marymount Manhattan College, Wayne State University, Brigham Young University, and The University of Texas at Austin (nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award). Her works have been presented in NYC at The Reverb Dance Festival, The 14th Street Y Cabaret, and The Young Choreographer’s Festival, and she was a finalist in both Division I and II of the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2017. This year she choreographed JJ Lin’s performance with Peiju Chien-Pott for the 29th Annual Golden Melody Awards in Taipei. Music Video choreography credits include: Avan Lava’s Wanna Live, directed by Alexander Hammer. Jenn has worked alongside choreographers as an associate in the development of projects and pieces for Florence and the Machine, Madonna, The X-Factor, Target, The Brit Awards, Cirque du Soleil, The Martha Graham Dance Company, LA Ballet, SYTYCD, and Encores! at NY City Center (The Wild Party). Professionally, Jenn has danced in works by choreographers Sonya Tayeh (Tayeh Dance, Principal Dancer), Kyle Abraham (Abraham.in.Motion, Founding Member), Larry Keigwin (Keigwin and Co.), Charlotte Boye-Christensen (NOW- ID), Mia Michaels, Brook Notary (The Pulse Project), and many others. Jenn was raised in Idaho and was a member of Idaho Dance Theater from 2000-2004. Jenn is a graduate of NYU TISCH.
Barry Gans has been dancing since the age of 3 and trained as a student at both Ballet Idaho and Boise State University. He participated and assisted at BSU's Summer DanceFest for eight years and has been a part of multiple dance companies within the Boise and Salt Lake City communities. Barry was featured as a guest artist in Idaho Dance Theatre's 2015 spring performance of Elements of Kin, choreographed by Jenn Freeman. Barry has helped Freeman set many pieces across the U.S. including “When” on Wayne State University in 2017. Barry has worked as a company member for Boise’s Project Flux for 4 years and, in 2017, was part of an interactive performance in collaboration with Whyteberg Dance Company. He has also attended many Summer Dance intensives including San Fransisco Conservatory and Spring Board Danse Montreál. He is currently in his third year at The Juilliard School in New York where he has performed works by various choreographers such as Peter Chu, Crystal Pite, and Martha Graham. He has participated in outreach programs such as Table of Silence in collaboration with The Juilliard School and The Martha Graham Dance Company. Barry is excited to be working with The Gluck Fellowship through The Juilliard School starting in the Fall of 2018.