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…

Lourdes Lopez: On Top Of Miami City Ballet Without Stepping On Toes

Last week, Miami City Ballet announced its new artistic director: Lourdes Lopez, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and current director of the New York-based dance company Morphoses, who will take the post on May 1, 2013. Following a five-month search, an 11-member committee chose Lopez from among 35 candidates considered to replace outgoing artistic director Edward Villella, who co-founded Miami City Ballet in 1985 and who will stay on through the company’s 2012-2013 season. Following MCB’s successful first Paris tour last summer, some say Villella, 75, was pushed out unexpectedly by the company’s board of directors in November. The founding director and some members of his company were not happy about the move. And in the end, the replacement decision was not unanimous — Lopez was awarded the position after a vote of 9-2 in her favor. The other finalist, Jennifer Kronenberg, 35, a principal dancer with MCB, received the votes of Villella and one of the two MCB dancer representatives on the committee, as the dancers were split between the candidates.

Lourdes Lopez’s Dance With Destiny

As a young ballet prodigy, Lourdes Lopez was quiet and methodical, a modest, obedient student who listened and watched intently, then wowed her teachers not only by effortlessly executing difficult moves with which much older girls struggled, but by absorbing and transmitting feeling and style.But at each major step in her life, Lopez has taken chances. Moving from Miami at 14 to live in New York with her sister and study ballet. Leaving her job as a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, despite being a single mother and not knowing her next move. Becoming a TV reporter, and then executive director of the George Balanchine Foundation, a major nonprofit, both without experience. Launching a contemporary ballet troupe with famed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. And now, succeeding Edward Villella, a legendary figure in the dance world, as artistic director of Miami City Ballet, the troupe he has shaped and led to national and international acclaim. Lopez will take over in May 2013, after Villella has led the troupe through its 27th season…

Miami Dances A Showcase ‘Coppelia’ Without Losing Its Comic Touch

When Neapolitans, a normally reserved lot, start cheering, it’s a sign that the performers are so adept at their art they own the program. Tuesday night, it wasn’t just a sign; it was a billboard, with flashing neon letters, for the Miami City Ballet, which took title to Coppelia with style and grace.The audience’s instincts were right. The Arthur St. Leon dance sparkled from start to finish, its standards raised considerably with Jeanette Delgado and Renato Penteado in the star couple slots…

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