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…

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

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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