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Ballet Idaho: New Voices

Continuing Sunday, March 16

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The so-called Great Recession taught American companies like Costco, Trader Joe's and REI to get more value out of their employees by recruiting from within. Instead of hiring administrators from outside their companies, they promoted driven, longtime employees, whose insights have encouraged innovation and loyalty--and driven sales.

Relying on the expertise of insiders has also worked for Ballet Idaho, which calls on its dancers to occasionally produce their own ballet choreographies. It's a chance for BI's dancers to cut loose and exercise their creative muscles; for attendees, it's a reminder that ballet is a dynamic artistic force that produces new talents and dances all the time.

This year, five BI dancers are trying their hands at choreography with seven new dances performed by company dancers as part of BI's New Voices program, which runs Thursday, Friday and Sunday, March 13, 14 and 16, at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Dances include "Nekollage," choreographed by Nathan Powell with music by Neko Case and others; "All The Signals Are Sent: (In the case of Modern Lovers)" by Daniel Ojeda, with music by Arctic Monkeys; and "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" by Lauren Menger with music by Philip Glass.

Throughout the BI performance season, audiences get the chance to see these dancers on stage. New Voices is an opportunity, in an intimate setting, to see those dancers step into the role of creator.