Idaho Regional Ballet (IRB) is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the art of dance and provide excellence in training for its company members; to provide funding and support to enable performing opportunities that enrich the education of our dancers and the community; and to provide the opportunity to work with invited guest teachers and choreographers.
Idaho Regional Ballet has been a member of Regional Dance America for six years. Regional Dance America (RDA), is an organization which promotes the artistic development of regional dance companies through the United States. With over two hundred member companies RDA provides a national identity and support for its regional members. RDA fosters the education and growth of dancers, choreographers, directors and dance companies through regional and national festivals and by affirming the artistic tankards of appraisal, evaluation and performance to which all member organizations are held.
As a member of RDA, Idaho Regional Ballet is now considered to be the only pre-professional dance company in Idaho.
In May of 2016, IRB will travel to Phoenix, AZ to participate in the Pacific Festival. Senior Company members will perform, take master classes and have the opportunity to audition for summer intensive scholarships, as well as for colleges and universities. Junior Company members who choose to participate will take master classes, attend seminars and watch performances.
IRB Company dancers have developed a network of friends from the following past Festivals:
2011 Pacific Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada
2012 National Festival, Montreal, Canada
2013 Pacific Festival, Phoenix, Arizona
2014 Pacific Festival, Spokane, Washington
2015 Pacific Festival 50th Anniversary, Sacramento, CA
2016 Pacific Festival, Phoenix, Arizona
IRB Members train vigorously during the summer months. Some dancers will choose to train with EPAC over the summer and some will attend national programs across the United States. We encourage our dancers to audition even if they choose not to attend programs out of state. Auditioning is a skill that improves with practice.
Summer Programs and Colleges/Universities that IRB members have attended or are currently attending: