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Garrett Anderson to Replace Peter Anastos as Ballet Idaho Artistic Director

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It has been nearly a year since Ballet Idaho announced its artistic director, Peter Anastos, would retire at the end of the 2017/18 season. Since then, the company has been in search of a replacement, and according to Anastos, it had narrowed its choices down to two by mid-January. One of those finalists was Garrett Anderson, and a press release today revealed he earned the top spot.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Garrett into our Ballet Idaho family,” Ballet Idaho Board President Randy Anderson wrote in the press release. “His commitment to artistic excellence, community engagement and collaboration, development of new work, and classic favorites will resonate with our audience."

Anderson may be a familiar face to Boise dance devotees, having performed in the past with the Trey McIntyre Project and local dance nonprofit LED. In addition to his experience in the City of Trees, Anderson studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, chaired the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts and has danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago and the Belgium-based Royal Ballet of Flanders, among others. He will take up the post of artistic director in July.

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