Lourdes Lopez, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, has been named the next artistic director of Miami City Ballet, John Fleming reports for the Tampa Bay Times. She will succeed Edward Villella, who founded the company in 1985 and made it the most internationally acclaimed arts organization in Florida.
Lopez, 53, was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in Miami. She joined New York City Ballet at 16 and danced with the company for 24 years, performing many leading roles in ballets by the legendary founder, George Balanchine. Currently director of Morphoses, a dance company in New York, she has taught at Barnard College, headed the George Balanchine Foundation and been an on-air arts reporter for WNBC-TV.
Villella, 75, also a former New York City Ballet principal, has said publicly that he was not interested in retiring, but reportedly was forced out by a group of donors. The Miami Herald reports that Lopez was chosen over Jennifer Kronenberg, a popular principal dancer at Miami City Ballet who was Villella’s choice to be his successor. Lopez will begin on May 1, 2013.
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