$3M In Donations Lift Troupe

The Miami City Ballet, which has struggled in the past year with financial shortfalls and conflict related to the departure of founding artistic director Edward Villella, has raised $3 million in new donations, company officials said Monday evening…

Miami City Ballet Continues Revival By Naming New Executive Director

After a tough year, Miami City Ballet is suddenly coming back strong. First, the troupe announced $3 million in new donations, a life-saving influx of nearly a quarter of its $13 million budget. And Tuesday, MCB announced the hiring of a top fundraiser at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington as executive director.It’s not that there are no financial issues, but we have really turned a corner, said arts-institution turnaround expert and Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, who has been consulting with MCB since July. We are heading into a very good time.Kaiser, who engineered rescues of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theater and England’s Royal Opera House. said the moves ensure the company will recover from the most difficult period in its 26-year history.The new executive director is Daniel Hagerty, 40, who as director of individual campaigns at the Kennedy Center heads a staff of 25 that raised $40 million last year. Kaiser introduced him to leaders of MCB’s board a month ago.Hagerty, who starts in late October, said Tuesday he is thrilled at the prospect of working with new artistic director Lourdes Lopez , who took control this month…

Villella Leaves Miami, And The Dance World, A Richer Place

In his 18 years as a dancer, Edward Villella earned fame as an enormously gifted interpreter of George Balanchine, the Russian-born choreographer who transformed American and classical ballet, and as a charismatic figure who brought ballet to popular culture. But his greatest contribution to the art form he loves may have been his 26 years as artistic director of Miami City Ballet…

Edward Villella Turns Over Reins Of Miami City Ballet

EDWARD VILLELLA TURNS OVER REINSOF MIAMI CITY BALLETFamed Ballet Figure’s Early Departure Allows Successor Lourdes Lopez to Begin ImmediatelyMiami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, saying he was ‘confident the future of the company, the dancers and the school was secure and bright,’ has decided to accelerate his transition and leave today (Tuesday, Sept. 4).Villella said he had given the matter a great deal of thought, and over the weekend he and the MCB Board leadership decided it was in the best interest of the company to speed the transition to the newly appointed artistic director. Lourdes Lopez, previously named to succeed Villella, is in place to assume responsibility. ‘Leaving early was not an easy decision,’ said Villella, who was originally slated to leave next April. ‘I have always been committed to preserving the legacy of the Miami City Ballet and its stellar international reputation. This Company is in excellent hands and I am excited about its future.Villella also expressed his gratitude to the MCB board. ‘For many years, the board has provided support, stewardship and leadership, and allowed this company to grow to world acclaim. They have also supported me personally in my quest for excellence, and I am enormously grateful to them.’ ‘We offer Edward Villella our gratitude for his contributions to Miami City Ballet,’ said board president Jim Eroncig. ‘The artistic brilliance of Miami City Ballet is without question. He has created a world-class ballet company. We are poised for an amazing future because of Edward’s years of commitment to excellence.”Edward is responsible for bringing world-class dance to Miami and Miami dancers to the world,’ added Miami City Ballet co-founder Toby Lerner Ansin. ‘He will forever have a place in Miami’s history. He transformed the Miami City Ballet into an international cultural icon

Message From Edward Villella To Subscribers Of Miami City Ballet

Dear valued subscriber:I am writing to thank you for your patronage of Miami City Ballet. Your continued support has helped us build an internationally acclaimed brand of ballet that is a local treasure for the entire South Florida community to take pride in and enjoy. While we stand on the accolades of the past, we are also ready to build a strong future. That is why I have decided that with the leadership transition plan well underway, it is time for me to leave the company now.I commend the board for its years of support, stewardship and leadership. Through the efforts of their succession planning, I am satisfied that the ballet’s future has been secured. Lourdes Lopez is ready to begin work immediately on the highly anticipated Paul Taylor, Liam Scarlett and George Balanchine performances scheduled for the opening of the 2012-2013 season. I am confident it will be brilliant.I offer one last heartfelt thank you for your support of myself and the ballet. The devotion of ballet lovers like yourself enabled us to bring word-class dancers to South Florida and Miami dancers to the world, and will be what propels Miami City Ballet to its next great milestone and secure its place as one of the world’s great ballets.All in all, my time here in Miami has been life changing and it has been my honor to be part of this community.Thank you for your support,Edward Villella

Message From Edward Villella To Supporters Of Miami City Ballet

TO MIAMI CITY BALLET DONOR COMMUNITY:I am writing to thank you for your dedicated support and unwavering commitment to Miami City Ballet. Through your efforts, we have built an internationally acclaimed brand of ballet that is also a local treasure for the entire South Florida community to take pride in and enjoy. While we can stand on the accolades of the past, we are also ready to build a strong future.That is why I have decided that with the leadership transition plan well underway, it is time for me to leave the company.I commend the board for its years of support, stewardship and leadership. Through the efforts of their succession planning, I am satisfied that the ballet’s future has been secured. Lourdes Lopez is ready to begin work immediately on the highly anticipated Paul Taylor, Liam Scarlett and George Balanchine performances scheduled for the opening of the 2012-2013 season. I am confident it will be brilliant.Our students will not only benefit from Lourdes’ talents, but many of the company’s finest former dancers, trained right here at Miami City Ballet, now serve as teachers at our world-class ballet school. In addition, the board has brought in nationally recognized arts management expert Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to work with Lourdes to create plans that will be of benefit to all donors. Without the important role you as donors serve, the ballet’s ability to fulfill its mission would be diminished. I offer one last heartfelt thank you for your years of support of myself and the ballet. Your devotion to the company enabled us to grow to world acclaim, and will be even more integral as Miami City Ballet aspires toward its next great milestone to solidify its place as one of the world’s great ballets.All in all, my time here in Miami has been life changing. It seems like only yesterday when Toby Lerner Ansin first reached out to me to explore the bold idea of creating a world-class ballet company. Thank you Toby for your vision, and I thank each and every one of you for the critical role you have played and will continue to play in bringing the vision to life. It has been my honor to be part of this community.Thank you for your support,Edward Villella

New Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Makes History

In the world of ballet, where women tend to be stars, few females grace the administrative offices.When a ballerina has retired from the stage, she may teach, she may inspire but rare is the woman who leads a whole company.So when Lourdes Lopez was named artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, history was made. She is the only Latina to lead one of the largest ballet companies in the U.S…

Miami City Ballerina Dancing Through Pregnancy

Oh, to watch the Miami City Ballet dancers in rehearsal. They are so graceful, so effortless, so…pregnant?It doesn’t take much to spot principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. She’s the one with the belly, a six months pregnant belly, that is…

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