Summer is nearly at an end but, as things begin to cool down, Boise's dance community is heating up. On Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, the Boise Dance Co-op, a collective of dancers, musicians and choreographers from around the Treasure Valley, kicks it up a notch with Anno V at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.
More live music has been incorporated into the program and, this year, audiences will be treated to the talents of musicians Rebecca Baranco, Aubrie Church, Critter Soup, MahaVia and Leta Neustaedter along with the works of local choreographers Frank Affrunti, Kelli Brown, Lauren Edson (LED), Marla Hansen (Idaho Dance Theatre), Sayoko Knode, Chris Mackenthun, Katie Ponozzo and Lydia Salosky-Basquill (Project Flux), as well as works by special guest choreographers Jeffrey Scott Bailey and Company C's Charles Anderson. Tickets are $20-$30 and available at boisedancecoop.org.
P.S. If after watching Anno V, inspiration hits, advance-ticket holders get in free to Salsa Idaho's Hot August Salsa on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Knitting Factory.
Because apparently she can't sit still, LED's captivating co-founder/choreographer/dancer Lauren Edson and former Trey McIntyre Project/current kick-ass dancer Brett Perry will perform Chamber Dances with music by the incredible Dave Eggar, world-renowned cellist and Surel's Place artist-in-residence for August, on Friday Aug. 26 at Visual Arts Collective.
Eggar, who has performed with everyone from Queen Bey to Tony Bennett, will perform works by Bach, Faure, Gershwin, Kodaly, Ravel and Villa-Lobos, accompanied by Mario Diaz on classical guitar and Heather Mastel-Lipson on violin. Tickets are $12 adv., $15 door. Visit surelsplace.org/eggar for tickets and info.
Just because the weekend is over, doesn't mean the dancing ends. Monday, Aug. 29 is the first day of the 2016 fall session of Dance for Parkinson's Idaho, which was launched by Ballet Idaho principal dancer Elizabeth Keller. The national Dance for Parkinson's program was developed to help those with Parkinson's and others with limited mobility through music, dance and movement. The free classes will now be available in Eagle as well as Boise. Visit danceforparkinsonsidaho.org for more.