Founded in 1997, Balance Dance Company is a contemporary training company based in Boise, Idaho. We empower dancers and train them for the demands of a dance career in the 21st century. Balance has educated hundreds of dancers since its inception, many have pursued college studies, graduate work and careers in the field of dance. The school of Balance Dance Company offers classes in Modern and Ballet Techniques for dancers of all ages and abilities from the most creative three-year-old mover to an adult beginner. In residency at Balance is our sister company, Open Arms Dance Project, under the direction of Megan Brandel. OADP engages a multigenerational population of dancers with and without disabilities. Students in the school have the opportunity to perform in two showings in December and May.
Balance Dance Company and Balance 2 are pre-professional companies for dancers ages 12-18. In order to to train the most versatile dancers, emerging and professional choreographers from a local to an international level work with Balance. Over the past decade and a half, we have presented dances made by choreographers from Boise, Salt Lake City, New York City and London, to name a few. We are committed to creating "thinking dancers" and encourage them to collaborate in the choreographic process with strong improvisation and composition skills. Balance often performs throughout the community and has fostered partnerships with organizations as far reaching as Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and The Boise Art Museum. In 2011, Balance Artistic Director Leah Stephens Clark was honored with the Boise Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Part of Balance’s mission is to create dances that challenge young artists and audiences of all ages. The company performs two annual dance concerts. Our “works-in-progress” concert in December, encourages a dialog between the audience and artists about the process of making contemporary dance. One week in March is spent at Boise Contemporary Theater producing and performing our evening-length repertoire concert. Dancers often perform to sold-out audiences and present the choreography of as many as seven choreographers.
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