The Trey McIntyre Project invigorated Boise's dance community for nearly 10 years from the first time it started performing here as a summer company. Much of that came from the dancers who moved to Boise. Many fell in love with the city and bought homes here. When the company disbanded this past year, the dancers moved onto the next thing in their careers — and for some, that includes staying in Idaho.
Fortunately for Boise audiences, the dynamic Liz Keller will stay in Boise and dance with Ballet Idaho. She joins the company ranks this season, along with three other new dancers from across the country. She also performed with the Boise Dance Co-operative this summer.
Lauren Edson, who grew up in Boise, danced with TMP from 2009 to 2012 when sh left the company to start her own project Lauren Edson + Dancers. She launched her company with a grand prize winning performance at the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, Calif., in 2012, then went on to tour to Texas, New York and California. She won the audience favorite award at Milwaukee Ballet's Genesis festival and took the top prize at Pensacola Ballet's 2013 National Choreographic Competition.Edson lives in Boise with her husband, musician and composer Andrew Stensaas and their new baby Finn.
Brett Perry also is staying in Boise, at least for now, and pursuing freelance work. He is currently in New York working with choreographer Aszure Barton for some upcoming tour to Russia, Siberia, Maryland and Connecticut. He performed with the Boise Dance Co-op this summer and took up DJ-ing on the side.
Christina Johnson, TMP's former rehearsal director, is continuing her freelance career as a teacher, dance coach, ballet master and certified life coach, using Boise as a base. She's been traveling for the past few months, teaching and assisting Trey with his recent creation for Pennsylvania Ballet. She also recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance studies with Hollins University in collaboration with the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany and The Forsythe Company.
Travis Walker is staying in Boise and will retire from dance to become a winemaker.
Chanel DaSilva moved back to her native New York and is pursuing dance, singing and other opportunities. She’s currently working with modern choreographer Lar Lubovitch.
Rachel Sherak relocated in the San Francisco area to be with her boyfriend and wants to pursue ways to develop dance engagement and enrichment programs similar to the programs she helped create for TMP.
Ashely Werhun returned to her native Canada, where she dances with the internationally renowned Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal.
Jason Hartley, who came with the first wave of TMP dancers in the summer of 2004, teaches at Ballet Idaho and Eagle Performing Arts Center.
TMP cofounder and social entrepreneur John Michael Schert is staying in Boise. He will continue his fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business for another year. He's doing some freelance dancing and is now getting involved in Treefort Music Fest as an executive producer and leadership partner.
Trey McIntyre still calls Boise home and is working on his freelance career. This summer he’s been working with companies in Queensland, Australia, and Portland, Ore. He recently created a new piece for Oregon Ballet Theatre titled “Robust American Love,” which premiered at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on Aug. 27. He's also working with Keller to develop Dance For Parkinson's, a class series that will use dance and music to address PD-specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, isolation, and depression while building artistry, grace and community.
Former TMP executive director Caty Solace is now the executive director of Sacramento Ballet.