Boise must have been blessed by the fouette fairy; the city boasts myriad dance companies, which provide enthusiasts with a healthy dose of dance. And while pop culture would have us believe that dance is a world of conniving, competitive, creative types looking to stab each other in the back, Boise dance companies are bringing about a different perspective.
The Boise Dance Co-Op is a new project founded by Ballet Idaho principal dancer Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti and former Trey McIntyre Project dancer/rehearsal director Jason Hartley, featuring talent from many of the city's dance companies. The co-op will give its inaugural performance Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Annex Auditorium.
In the roughly five-month-long off season, Boiseans have been left anticipating the arrival of new work from the companies, and apparently, dancers have as well. According to Hartley, "There is quite a large amount of artists out there that are hungry ... the co-op really came out of need. ... I'm discovering hidden talent that for no reason should be hidden. These artists have a lot to offer."
Hartley said audiences can expect "quite a variety of a show," with everything from classical ballet to brand-new work.
"It's everybody that you've already seen in the dance community coming together," Hartley aid. "It's not just Idaho Dance Theatre dancing its part, then Ballet Idaho—we're mixing together all these dancers. It's a melting pot."
But what happens when companies begin their next season? "We continue," Hartley said. "You can work your full-time job and still want to do more. These kids are what, 21? They have plenty of energy. They're hungry."
The biggest challenge, Hartley said, was learning the "other side of the arts," such as marketing and advertising. The group took the ever-popular Kickstarter campaign route and exceeded its $5,000 goal.
As for future performances, Hartley said the sky is the limit, and welcomes ideas and feedback from Co-op members and audiences. "There's 1,000 ways it could go. We can put on anything. We can mold into any avenue that is needed," Hartley said.
Purchase tickets by calling 208-867-3275.