A reception to welcome Ballet Idaho's new academy director Carol Roderick was held last Saturday at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Annex. Roderick will officially begin her new job on August 1, 2005. She was introduced to Ballet Idaho by Anna-Marie Holmes, former artistic director of Boston Ballet. "Carol Roderick is wonderful woman who knows how to teach, run a ballet school and produce beautiful dancers," Holmes said.
Roderick has taught upper level classes in the intensive division at Boston Ballet and in the professional division of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her extensive experience includes teaching variations, repertoire and men's classes, as well as setting both classical and original works for student productions. Roderick has also served as artist in residence at Colorado State University for many years. Most recently, she served as the school principal for Tulsa Ballet, where she taught all levels including company classes, in addition to directing the administration of the school and the summer program.
During the interview process with Ballet Idaho, she taught professional company class and the dancers actually cheered at the conclusion of class! Artistic director Toni Pimble is confident the addition of Roderick to the faculty will further strengthen the ties between the professional company and the school.
Roderick will be filling the new position, which was created after Head Teacher Arlene Larson announced her resignation. Larson has missed her friends and family in Michigan, and decided she would return to her hometown after Ballet Idaho's spring recitals. On behalf of Ballet Idaho, Toni Pimble would like to thank Ms. Larson for her hard work. "We wish Arlene great happiness and success," she said.
Wendy de la Harpe will remain a key member of Ballet Idaho's management team and will continue teaching classes for the Academy. However, her primary focus will once again be the management of Ballet Idaho's award-winning educational outreach programs. Ballet Idaho Executive Director Karla Bodnar says, "Wendy has achieved what no one believed possible. This past year, she managed both the educational outreach programs and the academy classes, developing a wonderful rapport with parents and students. We are deeply grateful for her support."