Thursday, January 20, 2011

Basketball-et: TMP at Idaho Stampede Halftime

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Whether you’re an avid ball-watcher or an inebriated, foam-finger yielding uber-fan, the usual leaders of cheer will be replaced by Boise’s local Trey McIntyre Project dancers at next weekend's Idaho Stampede game, Thursday, Jan. 20, against the Austin Toros.

This nine-member company of ultra-rhythmic and seemingly boneless dancers keeps popping up all over the Treasure Valley. Three seems to be the magic number, indicating both the third time the company has been invited to dance during halftime at the Idaho Stampede, and it’s also the third anniversary of the company’s creation in Boise.

Both of the previous year's TMP performances, although met with initial Stampede fan skepticism, was ultimately very positive, leading to an expanded audience base and igniting interest amongst a more varied demographic.

You may have a tough time seeing the natural correlation between a sports event and a dance performance, but executive director and TMP dancer, John Michael Schert believes that, “building a relationship with the Stampede allows TMP to reach audiences who might not normally be exposed to dance, simultaneously the Stampede gains the attention of TMP's audience base. For art to be a part of people's lives, it really has to bridge the boundary of the stage and exist as a part of their everyday life. That means on the street, in a school, in a hospital and on the court.”

“The Idaho Stampede and the Trey McIntyre Project have had a great relationship for several years,” said Idaho Stampede managing investor Bill Ilett. “Not only has there been a respect between the owners and management of both organizations, but also a mutual understanding between the performers. Both have tremendous athletes who use their god-given talent, along with precision and teamwork to entertain their respective fans and audiences.”

When asked if the company would be performing new choreography or reviving some older favorites, and as to what the crowd can expect to see during halftime, Schert coyly replied, “You’ll just have to come and see.”

For tickets and more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., $12-$15 for adults. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-424-2200,

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