Miami City Ballet To Receive Grant From Nea For $50,000

Miami City Ballet was recently informed that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Company $50,000 for direct support through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).The funds will go to add an additional work week for all MCB dancers. As part of a 25% reduction in Miami City Ballet’s budget, the Company had cut the number of contract weeks for dancers from 38 to 35 for the upcoming season. This grant award allows for the addition of another work week, providing dancers with a total of 36 paid weeks.’This is an example of how our government’s economic stimulus funds are helping to offset the negative impact that the recession is having on artists. We appreciate the work that the NEA has done to help us during these difficult times,’ said Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet.###

MCB School Launches Facebook Fan Page

Miami City Ballet School has expanded into social networking by launching an official fan page on Facebook. The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/miamicityballetschool and contains information on the School’s happenings. Already with approximately 300 fans, the School’s fan page has been focusing on the Summer Intensive Program, currently underway at the Miami City Ballet until July 24. Photos of the students in the program and on weekend activities are being posted regularly. The page also displays a series of videos that gives fans a peek into the program. This includes lunch and therapy time, classes, and interviews with students as well as with Miami City Ballet School Director, Linda Villella. The school plans to continue posting content on the Summer Intensive Program until its final day. Thereafter, there will be postings on the School’s other news and year-round activities. Miami City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet schools and attracts students from all over the world. The School runs year round with the Summer Intensive Program in late June and July and a Winter Program from September to mid-June. MCB School features a professional faculty including accomplished instructors and Miami City Ballet dancers. For more information on the School or the Facebook page, please contact (305) 929-7007 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. ###

American Academy Announces 2009 Class Of Fellows And Foreign Honorary Members. New Members Include Edward Villella

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences recently announced the election of leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector. The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members join one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research.Among those elected this year are Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Miami City Ballet. Villella was a star principal dancer at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine in the late 1950s through the early 1970s. Since 1986, he has focused his talent, his intelligence, and his energy on creating and maintaining a world-famous ballet company in South Florida. In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented Mr. Villella with the 1997 National Medal of Arts.

Miami City Ballet School Holds Auditions For Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Program

Miami City Ballet School will hold auditions for children ages seven and up who are interested in studying ballet. The auditions will take place at Miami City Ballet located at 2200 Liberty Avenue on Miami Beach. The cost of classes depends on level placement. For more information the public should call (305) 929-7007.

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