Stuff Stockings With Ballet Sun Valley Early-Bird Tickets 

For a lot of Boiseans, Ballet Sun Valley may be as out of mind as it is out of sight this holiday season, but dance enthusiasts ought to keep its 2019 calendar on their radars, particularly because it will once again bring the renowned San Francisco Ballet company to town for its annual festival at the Sun Valley Pavilion next summer. The SFB performed at the inaugural BSV Festival in 2012, and its top-notch dancers and staff have been regular guests ever since.

"Bob Smelick, who is the person who founded Ballet Sun Valley, has been on the board of the San Francisco Ballet for a long time, so his relationship with with [it] started that way," said BSV representative Shannon Atlas. "He also has a long-term relationship with the Sun Valley community as a resident there."

In 2017, the BSV Festival made the pages of The New York Times when Sun Valley native and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston joined with its organizers to plan a three-day event centered around the solar eclipse. That festival included free dance education classes, which will also feature in the 2019 programming slated to run Friday-Sunday, July 5-7, 2019. There will be options for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, with various levels of experience required. Applications will open on the BSV website in January, and those who earn spots will also score free tickets to the festival.

"Students will be able to select which classes they wish to attend, rather than having a mandatory three-day program," wrote Atlas in an email. "... We want to make this program as flexible as possible so that many levels of students can be exposed to the teaching skills of professional dancers and to instructors from [the] San Francisco Ballet."

The 2019 festival includes two performances from the SFB under the guidance of Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson: a gala-style production and set of short dances (Friday, July 5) and a longer, mixed-repertory performance of three different works (Sunday, July 7). More information can be found at balletsunvalley.com, where tickets went on sale Dec. 5 at prices ranging from $50-$500 per night.

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