- Mike Reid
- During NewDance, Ballet Idaho gives a host of choreographers the reins for a series of short performances.
Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has been inspiring the Treasure Valley with top-notch productions ranging from works like George Balanchine's Serenade to family favorites like The Nutcracker. This First Thursday, the company is stepping out once again with a debut performance that promises to be "edgy, raw, and thrilling" in equal measure. Twice each year, Ballet Idaho gives its dancers and choreographers—as well as artists from around the community—an opportunity to bring their ballet brainchildren to life in NewDance, a series of short performances guaranteed to keep audiences riveted. On First Thursday, NewDance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy theater, with choreographers Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, John Frazer, Daniel Ojeda, Nathan Powell and Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill filling the lineup. Considering tickets start at $20, this spectacle is a steal.