Ballet in America
Home State Ballet
Iris Fanger, theater and dance critic
Florida is home state to a pair of highly regarded troupes in the international dance world: Miami City Ballet and the Sarasota Ballet. Founded on opposite sides of the state in the mid-1980s, they share a dedication to presenting the highest quality performances of classic and contemporary ballets and educating the next generation of dance artists in the schools attached to their studios. Where they differ is in their lineage. Miami City Ballet’s founding artistic director and current director were star performers with George Balanchine at New York City Ballet while the British-born directors at the Sarasota Ballet worked closely with Sir Frederick Ashton of England’s Royal Ballet. This talk will explore the history and current seasons of both companies, augmented by film excerpts of several Balanchine and Ashton ballets represented in each company’s repertory.
This presentation is part of Iris Fanger's Ballet in America series.
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