Deborah Bean has a diverse dance background that includes training from leading teachers Natasha Grishin of Ballet Arts, Michael Simms of Stephens College, Harriette Ann Gray (formerly of Humphrey Weidman), and Bella Lewitsky. Deborah danced professionally with the Harriette Ann Gray Dance Company and Ballet Oregon. After retiring, Deborah became known for her teaching skills at programs including Reed College Dance Workshop, School of Ballet Omaha, Minnesota Dance Theatre School, the Academy of Professional Ballet in Portland, and she is frequently invited to guest teach. After moving to Idaho Falls, she founded Idaho Falls School of Ballet, which has a record of producing dancers who receive college dance scholarships and positions in preeminent summer intensive programs. Idaho Falls School of Ballet has been involved in collaborations with professional musicians as well as the Idaho Falls Symphony. The school has an ongoing relationship with Eugene Ballet and Ballet Idaho. Students have participated in YAGP, the Northwest Dance Festival, community events in Sun Valley, Idaho as well as local productions with the Idaho Falls Arts Council. Her credentials also include a BFA in Dance.
Arynne Belger began dancing at age three and has continued dancing ever since. She received extensive training in classical ballet with esteemed professionals including Janice James and Becky Gili. She performed multiple solo and principle roles in several dance productions, including regional competitions and full length ballets. After high school, Arynne was the recipient of several talent and academic scholarships that allowed her to continue her education at the University of Utah, Department of Ballet. Arynne received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and graduated with honors. While at the University of Utah, Arynne completed course work in the following aspects: classical ballet technique, variations, pas de deux, jazz and modern dance techniques, choreography, teaching principles and philosophy, musicality, injury prevention, and nutrition. She was also involved in the majority of departmental productions. Arynne was a member of the internationally recognized Utah Character Dance Ensemble. Arynne has enjoyed dancing and teaching in Utah, but is excited to be returning to her hometown of Idaho Falls, sharing her love of ballet.
Annie Browne began her dance career studying jazz at the age of seven, and fell in love with ballet at the age of nine. Her early training in Little Rock, Arkansas, introduced her to ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. She began her pre-professional training under Arleen Sugano, and joined Ballet Arkansas’ Second Company at the age of 14. Most recently, Annie completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet at the University of Utah (Fall 2015), where she also earned her Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate. While at University, Annie was privileged to have studied under professors such as Maggie Wright Tesch, James Ady, Jan Fugit, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, Michael Bearden, and Jay Kim. She was challenged to dance versatile works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Eric Handman, and Tong Wang, among others. She is also currently working towards a graduate degree in Physical Therapy. Annie has experience teaching all levels – from three year olds to adults. This past year she created a year-long syllabus and lesson plan for the intermediate level. She loves teaching young dancers the joy of movement. Annie also loves coffee, yoga, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to join Idaho Falls School of Ballet for the 2016-2017 season.
Mariko Downs is a Southeast Idaho native who has been dancing since the age of five, training primarily in advanced gymnastics and ballet. She studied under Janice James of the Ballet Society for three years, and then moved to Boise to pursue an education and dance career. In Boise Mariko studied ballet with Marla Hansen, Co-Artistic Director of Idaho Dance Theatre. She later joined the company and performed contemporary ballet for three years in the Boise valley and on tour. She has been featured as a soloist in many of Idaho Dance Theatre's original works, and also worked with young children in the Leaps and Bounds Educational Outreach program. While dancing with the company, she did receive a BA in Communication and hopes to continue on to receiving a Master's Degree in Dance. Mariko teaches contemporary dance at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet and has received recognition for her innovative choreography. In addition, she is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor.
Suzanne Richebacher began her ballet training as a scholarship student at the Harkness School of Dance in New York City and continued her studies under scholarship at the National Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. She studied with such renowned teachers as David Howard, Patricia Wilde, Diana Adams, Alexandra Danilova and Thalia Mara. While training at American Ballet Theatre she studied extensively with Maria Yurieva Swoboda from the Bolshoi Ballet and with world-renowned Kirov-trained teacher Gabriella Taub-Darvash. At 17, she graduated from Professional Children's School in New York City, and attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh majoring in dance.
Her professional ballet career included dancing with the New York City Opera Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Garden State Ballet Company, Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Greater Bridgeport Ballet Company and others.
Suzanne’s teaching career has spanned over twenty years beginning as a young faculty teacher at the prestigious Dancerschool in New York City under the direction of American Ballet Theater's principal Dennis Wayne. She has also been on the faculty at Dance Center Seattle (Bill Evans), Florida Dance Conservatory, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and served as the artistic director and principal ballet teacher for the Washington Dance Forum for ten years. The Joffrey Ballet School highly commended Washington Dance Forum for its excellence in training. Most recently Suzanne has been a master/guest teacher across Colorado and Nebraska.
Jeanna Ritter began dancing at the age of three and was trained in classical ballet under the instruction of Deborah Bean at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet. Jeanna received a BS from the University of Idaho in Sociology, Psychology, and Women's Studies and is currently pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology. She enjoys encouraging children in their discovery of dance. In addition, Jeanna spent three years teaching functional behavioral skills to children with cognitive delays. Jeanna enjoys hiking, skiing, softball, crocheting, and reading.
Rachel Vanevenhoven has studied at IF School of Ballet for the last eleven years with Deborah Bean, Mariko Downs, Suzanne Richebacher, and Linda Heine Cooper. In addition, she has also received instruction from Phyllis Affrunti, Jennifer Martin, Risa Mochizuki, Liuba Kozireva Paterson, and Edward Villella. In 2015 and 2016, she attended Ballet Magnificat’s summer dance intensive in Jackson, MS as a scholarship student. Rachel has danced in Eugene Ballet’s production of Nutcracker and Swan Lake with the Idaho Falls Symphony. She has been a class assistant at IFSB for four years, in six different levels, and looks forward to working with Pre-Ballet students for the second year.