LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

 

09.22.11

Edward Villella, the founder and director of Miami City Ballet, will be leaving the company he has built into one of South Florida’s leading artistic institutions and one of the nation’s top dance companies at the end of the 2012- 2013 season, it was announced Thursday.

The move marks a milestone for a troupe that has been a keystone of South Florida’s cultural growth. The change also marks the end of the second period of Villella’s long and storied career, first as a star dancer with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, and then as the creator of a ballet company that has become renowned across the United States and, increasingly, beyond...

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