Celebrated Dancers Work With Dance Students

What inspires a young dancer to pursue a professional career in dance? What leads a young person to commit to the dedication and focus required to succeed in ballet? Clearly, an important element is encouragement from family and teachers, along with natural gifts of physicality, musicality and love of dance. But, must there be more that lights the flame? There must be some time, some place, when a dance aspirant makes the decision to move to that next level of training difficulty, that next level of commitment, a point where those who regard early ballet instruction and practice as just ‘fun’ move on to other interests. Can one trace such a decision to a single day? An event? A moment?

Each of us likely has a different answer to this question. But, on July 19th, Ballet Sun Valley will provide an opportunity for young dancers to be inspired and hopefully moved to continue to that next level.

After performances at the Sun Valley Pavilion on July 17th and 18th, some of the world’s most famous dancers will take time from their rigorous rehearsal schedules to participate in a Day for Dance Education. And, a once-in-a-lifetime class session with these dancers will be offered to students who are selected to participate. The hope is that this day will provide these young dancers with memories and experiences that might light that flame and provide the inspiration to reach for that next level and to better prepare themselves for either a professional dance career or a life that is enriched by the dance experience of discipline, commitment, graceful movement, healthy exercise and knowledge of one of the world’s most beautiful art forms.

View the 2018 Class Schedule

The Application andThe Application Process

Ballet Sun Valley, in coordination with an anonymous Lead Sponsor of this Day for Dance Education, are both very excited about this opportunity to educate, provide instruction, and most importantly, to inspire.

There will be no charge for the classes offered. And, each selected student will receive one, non-transferrable, Pavilion Terrace seat for one of the two performances. All minors attending classes and a performance must be escorted to the location by an adult. Ballet Sun Valley, Footlight Dance Centre, and Sun Valley Ballet School will provide supervision while at classes and during a performance.

All classes will be taught by dancers who are performing in the Ballet Sun Valley Festival. There will be classes in two levels of ballet experience. There will also be a class in advanced variations on pointe, and a class on Jazz dance.

Questions should be directed to Kate Weihe, Director of Day for Dance Education, who can be reached by email at or by phone at 208-720-8770. Please note, the deadline for the Application is July 15, 2018. 



“From the Mountains to the Met”
Presentation and Q&A with Isabella Boylston
Thursday, July 19
Limelight Hotel, Ketchum
10:00 – 11:00 am

**Registration begins at 9:30 am on-site and is on a first come first served basis
as space is limited.

As part of our Day for Dance Education, Ballet Sun Valley 2018 Artistic Director Isabella Boylston will give a talk about her journey from her hometown of Sun Valley to reaching the top of her industry as Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Come hear Isabella speak on how her youth in Idaho shaped her journey, how she got to where she is, and plenty of anecdotes from traveling the world performing on some of the most prestigious stages around the globe.