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Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise State is a metropolitan university reflecting the character of Idaho's capital city - a center of business, government, technology, and culture - and serving the needs of the state of Idaho through workforce training, undergraduate and graduate prog
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Idaho Dance Theatre
Marla Hansen | Carl Rowe
Marla Brattain Hansen, Co-Artistic Director
early professional training as a Harkness Ballet company trainee in New York City.
She attended the University of Utah where she earned her BFA and MFA in ballet while dancing as an apprentice with Ballet West.
She was principal dancer with Portland Ballet Company for three years and choreographed several ballets for PBC and other Northwest companies.
From1981 to1989 she danced with American Festival Ballet (AFB), during which time she was a principal dancer, teacher, ballet mistress, choreographer and acting artistic director.
choreographed the full length Cinderella, Firebird and numerous other shorter ballets for AFB
received the 1988 Idaho Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship
In 1989, she
husband Alfred founded Idaho Dance Theatre
has choreographed more than 60 ballets for IDT
She is an Associate Professor at Boise State University, and directs the Dance Minor, the Dance Option BA Degree in the Department of Theatre Arts and the BSUSummer Dancefest workshop.
In addition, Marla
choreographs regularly for BSU Theatre and Music Department productions including Cabaret
, HMS Pinafore
, Into the Woods and Damn Yankees.
In 2007 the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance named Marla "Dance Educator of the Year" in the Northwest District.
In the fall of 1989 Marla ...
In the fall of 1989 Marla and Fred Hansen, former dancers with the American Festival Ballet, were invited to do a concert in Jackson, Wyoming at the Red Garter Theater.
Fred and Marla invited Carl Rowe, a modern dancer living in Sun Valley, to join them as a performer and choreographer.
In 1991 Carl Rowe became a co-artistic director along with Marla and Fred.
Marla became a full-time, tenured professor at BSU.
During this time Carl and Marla
continued to choreograph, direct, and manage the company, expanding their seasons to three annual concerts and touring Idaho and Oregon.
A Boise native, Yurek has received all his training in the city of trees, particularly with his parents, Fred and Marla Hansen
, the BSU Summer DanceFest workshop with numerous guest instructors, and study in multiple martial arts and dance forms: capoeira, break dancing, tai chi, aikido, and hip hop.
After graduation Caitlin trained with Carol Roderick as a Ballet Idaho trainee, studied at Eagle Performing Arts Center, and then began comprehensive training with Marla Hansen
at Boise State.
After graduating from Boise ...
After graduating from Boise High at the age of 17 in the top ten percent of her class, Kirsten attended Boise State University and took classes with Marla Hansen of Idaho Dance Theater while also dancing as a member of Balance Dance Company under the direction of Leah Stephens Clark.
Marla Brattain Hansen, ...
Marla Brattain Hansen, associate professor & artistic director, Idaho Dance Theatre
Director: Marla Hansen
...Notable faculty: Marla Hansen, co-artistic director and founder of Idaho Dance Theatre
Notable alumni: dancers employed in several companies, working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, New York City and in masters degree programs across the nationBoston Conservatory
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