Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Enter the galaxy

This artsy universe is for kids

Express Staff Writer

Idaho Dance Theatre from Boise will have two performances, one at nexStage Friday night and a free, special show “Galaxy of Dance” at the Community Campus Saturday morning, March 17. Courtesy photo

Take your children's imagination to an alternate universe this weekend as the Community Campus in Hailey becomes performing and visual arts central.

This year's Wood River Art Alliance's Children's Art Festival is on a slightly different orbit to capitalize on the inspiration that comes with change and to energize participants by building around a theme—this time, outer space.

All the great, free programming will still be offered Saturday, March 17, with the anchor of a special, free, live performance of "Galaxy of Dance" by Idaho Dance Theatre, Boise's oldest professional modern dance company.

"We will always strive to expose as many kids as possible to the various forms of creative arts," said Hilarie Neely, Footlight Dance founder. "You never know when we will spark a new interest and if we spark an interest in any kid, it's worth it."

Also new this year is a juried art show with art work submitted by art students throughout the valley in grades 6-12. The 18 pieces selected have been framed and will hang in various locations around the Community Campus for a year. There will be a reception for the artists tonight, March 14, from 6-7 p.m. at the Hailey campus.

Neely said the exhibit is in response to art teachers who wanted a showcase for their students' work.

"It's amazing to see what the kids are doing," said actress and alliance member Claudia McCain, "My jaw was dropped."

When Neely was hanging the exhibit, some people training service dogs began perusing the work while the dogs sat patiently by. McCain said that with some additional light streaming into the campus thanks to some refurbishments, people will be pleased with the makeover.

"It's wonderful what art work can do for people's psyche," she said. "It's like sunshine after a rain shower."

Project coordinator Shannon Finnegan said that with the shortened day, the emphasis will be on the individual classroom experience. Parents with small children too young for classes can sign their older children up and let the younger ones retreat to the bouncy house, or grab a day pass for use of the Blaine County Recreation District's fitness center.

Parents can print out a registration form before arriving on campus by visiting the Alliance's website at:

Wood River Arts Alliance Children's Arts Festival

With special guest Idaho Dance Theatre

Where: Community Campus, Hailey

When: Saturday, March 17, from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Registration: Starts at 8:45 a.m. Classes start at 10:30 a.m. Parents must be present at sign-in.

Special free public performance:

9:30 a.m. "Galaxy of Dance" with the Idaho Dance Theatre.

Classes from 10:30-11:15 a.m.

"To the Moon and Back" with Boulder Mountain Clay for grades 3-5.

"Fly to the Stars" with Footlight Dance for grades 3-5.

"Galaxy Play" with Idaho Dance Theatre (two classes) for grades K-2 and 3-5.

"Space Jammin'" with Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music for grades K-2.

"Star Wars"-style stage combat with St. Thomas Playhouse for grades K-2.

"Rising Stars" with nexStage Theatre, for grades K-2.

Classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

"To the Moon and Back" with Boulder Mountain Clay for grades K-2.

"Fly to the Stars" with Footlight Dance for grades K-2.

"Galaxy Play" with Idaho Dance Theatre (two classes) for grades K-2 and 3-5.

"Space Jammin'" with Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music for grades 3-5.

"Shooting Stars" with Kirsten Shultz Photography for grades 2-5.

"Star Wars"-style stage combat with St. Thomas Playhouse for grades K-2.

"Rising Stars" with nexStage Theatre for grades 3-5.

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