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The Conversations On Dance Podcast: Edward Villella, Part I

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Happy #ConversationsTuesday! DanceWear Corner is the proud sponsor of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.  Most recently, we helped take the podcast hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden to New York to conduct in-person interviews with the ballet world’s best and brightest.  In the coming weeks they will be posting this content, and we can’t wait to share it with you!


Welcome to the first of three installments with Edward Villella, Balanchine Dancer & Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director.  Edward was hired into the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine in 1957 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1970.  Balanchine created many famous roles on Edward including Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Rubies section of JewelsTarentella, and many others.  Edward became quite famous, not only for his dancing, but his innumerable TV appearances during his career including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and an appearance on “The Odd Couple.”  After his dancing career, Villella founded the Miami City Ballet in 1985 and would remain at the helm for 27 years, developing it into a world renowned company.  Today Rebecca and Michael talk with him about his start in ballet, his time at the New York Maritime Academy, how he came back to ballet, and his early years in the company.


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