Edward Villella To Step Down From Miami City Ballet

Edward Villella, the founding and current artistic director of Miami City Ballet, will step down at the end of the 2012-2013 season, the company announced on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Villella, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, who founded the company with Toby Ansin in 1985, is leaving to continue other professional pursuits…

Front Page News: Edward Villella Retiring From Miami City Ballet

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…

Edward Villella To Depart The Company At The End Of The 2012-2013 Season

(Miami Beach, FL: Sept. 23, 2011): Ron Esserman, Interim President of Miami City Ballet’s Board of Trustees announced today that Edward Villella, the company’s founding and current Artistic Director, will be departing at the end of the 2012-2013 season, twenty-nine years after his first discussions about creating a classical ballet company in Miami. Villella is leaving to continue his professional life.Esserman states: ‘As we all know, Edward has had an extraordinary success. From its modest beginnings

Dance Takes New Leaps This Season In S. Florida

Best BetsMiami City Ballet: The company has commissioned its first new work in three years, a still untitled world premiere from rising young British choreographer Liam Scarlett. Jan. 6-8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Jan. 27-29 at the Kravis Center.

The Arts Reap Benefits For S. Florida Businesses

By Lewis Mike EidsonSpecial to The Miami HeraldMiami is in the midst of a cultural awakening. What started in 2002 with the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach and continued with the construction of the Adrienne Arsht Center and New World Symphony’s new home, is now culminating with the development of Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum in downtown’s Museum Park.When the science museum is completed, Miami will have lured the world’s largest art fair, and built four world-class arts and science institutions in a 12-year span

Pbs’ Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp

WNET/Thirteen, New York’s PBS station, puts the spotlight on one of America’s finest dance companies, Miami’s own Miami City Ballet in the new television program Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp.The screenings will take place at the Miami City Ballet Studios, located at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center…

The New Season

MIAMI CITY BALLET Like many a ballet honcho Miami’s founding artistic director, Edward Villella, tends to stick to a blockbuster roster: Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, et al. This year he’s added an intriguing addition: a premiere, in January, by the Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett, in his debut for an American company. Oct. 21-April 15. (877) 929-7010, miamicityballet.org.

Naples Nutcracker Auditions This Weekend!

Naples Philharmonic Performances Audition: Saturday, September 17, 20119:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (see specific times below)Approximate ages: 8-16 years old Location: Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts (5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples)Performance dates: November 26-27, 2011Audition times:Height* Age Registration Time Audition Time4′-4’5 8-10 9:45-10:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (age 8 as of Nov. 26, 2011)4’5-4’11 10-12 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 12:15-1:30 p.m.4’11-5’3 12-16 1:00-1:30 p.m. 1:45-3:00 p.m.*attend the session according to closest height of dancer rather than age Girls’ Attire: Solid color leotard (black preferred), pink tights, ballet slippers (pointe shoes for girls currently working on pointe). Hair must be in a secure bun; short hair should be pinned back. No jewelry, skirts or leg warmers.Boys’ Attire: Black tights, white T-shirt, ballet slippers. *All students must register one half hour before their audition time. Registration must be complete (including parent signature) before auditioning. Only Miami City Ballet staff and auditioning children are allowed in the studio. Registration form must be completed (including a parent signature) before auditioning. Only Miami City Ballet staff and auditioning children are allowed in the audition.

Miami City Ballet To Present Free Screenings Of Its Upcoming Pbs Special

Miami City Ballet will present two free preview screenings of the upcoming PBS special Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp at the company’s Miami Beach studios. The film presentation on October 2 opens the company’s Open Barre Dance Series. Great Performances is public television’s award-winning, flagship performing arts series.

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