Rounding out another successful year of dance education, the Sun Valley Ballet School has scheduled two performances at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum this Sunday, May 19.

The first of these, at 1 p.m., is a recital by the school’s student body. The second is a major fundraising gala featuring performers from Boise’s premier dance company, Ballet Idaho.

Ballet Idaho just concluded their spring season at the beginning of the month. Under the leadership of the newly appointed artistic director Garrett Anderson, Ballet Idaho received accolades for its season and recent run of “Cinderella.”

Featuring original choreography by world-renowned dancer and choreographer Edwaard Liang, and set to Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless score, Ballet Idaho’s rendition of this beloved fairy tale mixes magic, romance and comedy with staggering artistry and athleticism to achieve new heights of performance.

Ballet Idaho will perform excerpts from its season, including highlights from “Cinderella,” to help out the valley’s nonprofit dance school.

The evening will also feature a piece called “A Stroll in the Park,” by Alexander Tressor, artistic director of the Sun Valley Ballet School. Tressor’s choreography sets a duo of dancers to three pieces of music by famous American composer Leroy Anderson.

Speaking of his inspiration and choreography, Tressor said “A Stroll in the Park” represented his “thank you and homage to George Balanchine.” Like Tressor, Balanchine was a Russian-born émigré to the United States. He served as artistic director for the New York City Ballet for nearly four decades and is widely regarded as the most influential of all modern ballet choreographers.

Prior to the gala, the students of the Sun Valley Ballet School will hold a matinee recital showcasing all they have learned in the past year. This performance, titled “Jeux D’Enfant”—or, roughly, “Child’s Play”—will start at 1 p.m. Tickets for this event are available via the Sun Valley Ballet website.

Approximately 40 students will dance in Sunday’s recital, showcasing another year’s achievements.

“The parents can see the work we do, and see the kids perform in the best light possible,” Tressor said.

Tickets for the benefit gala featuring Ballet Idaho can be purchased online at theargyros.org or by calling 208-726-7872. Prices range from $40-$80, according to seating priority. The top-tier tickets also include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and light libations prior to the show, and a meet-and-greet with Ballet Idaho dancers afterwards.

The Sun Valley Ballet Foundation is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing top-quality dance education at affordable costs.

“We have a big scholarship program,” Tressor said. “We try to help as many kids as possible, whether their parents have the means or not. We don’t want a parent or a kid to come in only to be turned away because they can’t afford it. We’ll figure out a way to provide space for them.”

The events on Sunday act as considerable fundraisers for the Sun Valley Ballet School. All proceeds benefit the mission of the artistic nonprofit to continue fostering creative minds in the valley.

For more information about the Sun Valley Ballet School and Foundation, visit sunvalleyballet.org. To learn more about the Boise-based Ballet Idaho company, visit balletidaho.org.

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