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Best Local Dance Company 

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho wins on all fronts. It attracts not only local talent but also dancers from across the country, and its productions of classics like The Nutcracker are so important, attending performances is part of many a Boise family's holiday traditions. Lately, the Boise-based nonprofit has been upping its game, collaborating with other local dance companies for its NewDance, Up Close series and qualifying to perform highly technical, visually stunning ballets by the modern master, George Balanchine.

2nd Place: Red Light Variety Show—Burlesque has always been the bread and butter of the Red Light Variety Show. Bawdy humor and sexy times have been its game, but it couldn't have these things without a little dancing, which is how one of Boise's most prominent variety shows twerked, grinded and dry humped its way into the our hearts—and the Best Local Dance Company category.

3rd Place: Idaho Dance Theatre—It's a feat for any business to be around four decades, particularly a nonprofit arts organization. IDT's longevity is, in part, due to performances that dazzle audiences with their kinetic daring and emotional oomf. IDT is also a well-respected incubator for young dancers working through the ranks, providing a platform from which many launch long careers.


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