Ballet Idaho Opens Academy in Meridian 

At a time when so many businesses and nonprofits have been forced to cut back, one local arts organization makes an unexpected jump.

Along with its recent move from the Special Events Center to the Morrison Center (thanks to a Morrison Center Family Foundation grant) for performances, Ballet Idaho recently opened a satellite school in Meridian.

According to a statement from executive director Paul Kaine, the new West Side Academy will "better serve... families in Meridian Eagle and Nampa." More than that, though, it may also serve as a sign that the after-effects of the recession--especially on nonprofits--are beginning to wane.

Before choosing the Meridian location, which is near Chinden Boulevard and Discovery Way, Ballet Idaho looked closely at where growth in the Treasure Valley was happening.

"All the demographics research came back positively in terms of us expanding west," said Kaine in his statement.

Classes have already started at West Side Academy and although it currently only has one studio, its growth is likely.

"This is a significant step for Ballet Idaho and our academy," Kaine stated, pun possibly unintended.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. West Side Academy is located at 12554 West Bridger St., Ste. 100. Let's hope the Jets and the Sharks don't show up.

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