Need Something to Do This Weekend? Try Dance

by

ANNE CIRILLO
  • Anne Cirillo
This is a big weekend for dance connoisseurs, with two performances scheduled from two of Boise's hottest companies. While Ballet Idaho's New Dance: Up Close  performance on Saturday is sold out, there's more than enough kinetic excellence to go around at Balance Dance Company's production of Alchemy, going down Thursday-Sunday, March 8 at Boise Contemporary Theater.

Readers first learned about Alchemy following Balance's "Works in Progress" performance in mid-January. That's when Artistic Director Leah Stephens Clark discussed preparing her mostly teenage dancers for a professional-level dance show, telling the audience that Balance has the "luxury of process that maybe many dance companies don't."

Boise can see the fruits of many months of labor and preparation on groundbreaking choreography by artistic associate Helene Peterson, Johanna Kirk, Amanda Micheletty, Sadi Mosko and others. The performance also includes a collaboration between Clark and former NASA engineer Christine Chang Gillespie.

As always, the dancers are front and center, and enthusiasts won't want to miss virtuoso performances by William Bowers, Maya Garabedian, Moyo Tian and rising stars from the Balance 2 company.