Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri of The Sarasota Ballet to Participate in the 2013 Ashton Symposium in London

Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri of The Sarasota Ballet
to Participate in the 2013 Ashton Symposium in London

Sarasota, Fla.  – Sept. 17, 2013 –  Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet and Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director, will be participating in the Sept. 22 Ashton Symposium at The Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden, in London. Hosted by The Frederick Ashton Foundation, the one-day symposium will focus on the role of Ashton’s works today and into the future. Discussing their expertise in staging Ashton ballets, Webb and Barbieri are excited to be part of this important event.

With six sessions planned throughout the day, audience members will get the chance to hear 23 industry experts speak on the following topics:

·         The Continuing Power and Ambition of Ashton’s Work
·         What Makes an Ashton Work an Ashton Work
·         The Changing Training and Perceptions of Dancers
·         Masterclass: The Dream
·         Staging an Ashton Ballet
·         Securing Ashton’s Legacy for the Future

Webb, who is already in London and networking with leaders within the ballet world, will be joined by Barbieri later today.“Iain and I feel privileged and honored to be invited to take part in the Ashton Symposium.  It goes without saying that the Ashton ballets, and Sir Fred himself, are very special to us both,” Barbieri explained.  “We are most fortunate to have danced so many of his ballets and to have been coached by him, and now it is a joy to bring his works to our dancers and to the Sarasota audiences. Because of our passion for the Ashton repertoire, The Sarasota Ballet will end its 23rd Season with a four-day Festival to honor Sir Fred.”

Webb and Barbieri have brought nine Ashton ballet’s to The Sarasota Ballet since 2007. Sited as being “America’s foremost exponent of Ashton ballets” by The New York Times, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international acclaim for their rare and unique repertoire. Most recently, the Company staged Les Patineurs in their 2013 Ballet Across America III performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Their 2013-14 season, starting in October, features four additional Ashton works and will culminate with the four-day Ashton Festival in April, where 11 of the choreographer’s ballets will be performed.

About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne. Receiving national and international recognition for their diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, The Sarasota Ballet was recently noted by Sarah Kaufman, a dance critic for The Washington Post to be “…the jewel of this year’s ‘Ballet Across America,’” a 2013 showcase of the best ballet companies from across the nation

For more information, please visit or call (941) 359-0099

About The Ashton Festival
The 2014 Ashton Festival is being staged by The Sarasota Ballet to honor the life and works of the Royal Ballet’s founding choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton (1909-88). As one of ballet’s most notable choreographers, Ashton has been a lead influence for The Sarasota Ballet’s repertoire since 2007, with the Company presenting more Ashton ballets each season than any other American troupe. A dance and theatre critic for the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, noted “…The Sarasota Ballet has suddenly become America’s foremost exponent of Ashton ballets.” Held in Sarasota, Florida, the four day celebration spans from April 30th to May 3rd, and will feature lectures, demonstrations and an eclectic grouping of 11 Ashton ballets performed by The Sarasota Ballet.

For more information, please call (941) 359-0099 x110

Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri – Photo credit Barbara Banks


Sir Frederick Ashton and Margaret Barbieri off stage of Ashton’s Two Pigeons – photo credit Spatt

Sir Frederick Ashton and Iain Webb off stage of Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée

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Moving Current begins a season of dance, here and beyond the bay!

Moving Current begins a season of dance, here and beyond the bay!

Artistic Directors Shelley Bourgeois, Erin Cardinal & Cindy Hennessy will share the stage with Guest Choreographers Melissa Torres & Kristin O’Neal!
Moving Current’s 16th season continues with one of Tampa’s choreographers, Melissa Torres and the amazingly talented Kristin O’Neal (University of Florida)
“We have a lot to celebrate this fall!” Director Erin Cardinal says regarding the upcoming season for MC. Not only will Moving Current be performing in their home state in places like Naples, Lake Wales, and Bonita Springs, but also touring to Atlanta and New York!
Cardinal’s work, “The Arc between two Deaths” part of the company’s repertory was chosen out of 250 submissions for The Dance Gallery Festival in New York, October 11-13.
“Our focus is still in our community. We are here to help bring the national modern dance scene to the Bay Area and to support local dance artists. This season, we are also able to bring a little bit of Tampa to audiences beyond our own!”

WHAT: MOVING CURRENT dance collective
WHEN: September 20 & 21 @ 8:00 pm
September 22 @ 2:00 pm
WHERE: University of South Florida, Theater 2
3839 W Holly Dr. USF, Tampa, FL 33613
TICKETS: $16 Adult, $12 Senior (60+) & Student
Advanced tickets at Ticketmaster
or cash only at the door
INFO: 813-237-0216 or info@movingcurrent.com

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Boca Ballet Theatre Announces 22nd Annual “A Princely Affair”

Boca Ballet Theatre Announces Honorary Chairs and Grand Prize Raffle for 22nd Annual
“A Princely Affair” Signature Luncheon and Performance



Boca Raton, FL – A Princely Affair, Boca Ballet Theatre’s annual social event and fundraiser luncheon, kicks off the 2013-2014 season of dance in a festive and fashionable way.  Each year this elegant event attracts more than 400 people to the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club for a memorable afternoon of dining, dance and fabulous prizes. On Sunday, November 10th, the festivities will begin at noon with a mimosa social hour, followed by a delicious luncheon, spectacular dance performances, and incredible raffle prizes and silent auction items. A Princely Affair features performances by professional guest artists along with Boca Ballet Theatre dancers. Past guest artists include New York City Ballet’s Principal dancers Ashley Bouder, Daniel Ulbricht, Megan Fairchild, Wendy Whelan, and more.


Ashley Bouder and Matthew Dibble in Stars and Stripes; choreography by George Balanchine

Photo credit: Mary Roycraft


Boca Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce that Kim and Stephen Lazarus will serve as the Honorary Chairs of this year’s event.  As devoted patrons of the arts, Mr. and Mrs. Lazarus have embraced Boca Ballet Theatre as an organization that they believe in.  Mrs. Lazarus expresses that they are “honored and delighted to be able to support BBT as this year’s honorary chairs of the annual Princely Affair.
We have been extremely blessed to watch our daughter Sasha grow and flourish as she pursues her dancing dreams under the guidance and care of Dan and Jane and all the other wonderful teachers at BBT.” Boca Ballet Theatre and the Princely Affair Chairperson, Carrie Gibbons, are grateful for the dedication and support of the Honorary Chairs.



Carrie Gibbons, Chairperson of Princely Affair with Kim Lazarus, Honorary Chair (along with Stephen Lazarus, not pictured).


This year’s grand-prize raffle features an enchanting 7 Day “Choose Your Destination Cruise” for two, sponsored by Boca Raton Travel & Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The raffle winner can select a cruise destination with itineraries in Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Europe, or the Caribbean – any of Royal Caribbean’s destinations. For over twenty years, Giuliano and Judy Lorenzani ofBoca Raton Travel & Cruises have sponsored the grand prize raffle.  Crystal Green, the new Director of Operations at Boca Raton Travel & Cruises, a division of LUXE Travel, is proud to partner with Royal Caribbean International to continue the tradition. “We have been honored to sponsor Boca Ballet Theatre’s Princely Affair for 22 years and look forward to helping this dynamic organization for many years to come”, she says.  


(L-R): Maria Scherer,Chair of Grand Prize

Raffle; Crystal Green, Dir. of Operations, Luxe Travel; Abby Cauff-Brown, Royal Caribbean Intl.; Carrie Gibbons, Chairperson of Princely Affair; Giulianoand Judy Lorenzani of Boca Raton Travel & Cruises; Irene Herrmann, Co-Chair of Grand Prize Raffle



Boca Ballet Theatre’s classic production of The Nutcracker, presented by Marleen & Harold* Forkas*, will follow A Princely Affair, with performances running from November 29th – December 1st, 2013 at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater in Boca Raton.    



Tickets for A Princely Affair are $90 per adult and $45 for children 13 and under.  For reservations and for more information, please call 561.995.0709 or visit .


All proceeds will benefit the many programs of Boca Ballet Theatre. 


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Join the Movement!!

We are looking for Dancers, Singers, Actors & models 6-22, who are ready for the next level, and to be working professionals. Please post and send kids who are ready for Broadway, ready for LA, ready for NY, ready to work with a major record label – these are the kids that we’ll be working with!

Work with Retired Agent  Holly Caputo and her staff of Celeb Coaches who will be raising the bar on all of these Models and Talent, providing them with proper marketing materials, and they will be working with Celeb and Top Industry Coaches, Teachers & Photographers on a 1:1 basis, before going before V.I.P’s where hopefully each Model and Talent will be directly on a path to success


The Star Movement is looking to discover the “Best of The Best” kids, ages 6-22 to package, intensely train, and put into the “right hands.” We will be bringing in Top Industry Coaches, Teachers, Choreographers, and Photographers to help us develop and train our future stars for 3 weeks, and 2 weekends in each of our cities and consolidated cites.  From there, our future stars will attend, and perform, at our showcase December 17-20th in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria located on the Walt Disney WorldResort property.  Our Stars will go in front of Top International and National Industry V.I.P’s, – Agents, Managers, Casting Directors, Record Labels, Cruise Lines, Production Companies, Magazines, as well as Disney & Universal!

Our Intensive will provide the following:

  • Education about the Business; The Process; Do’s & Don’ts; How to be a Professional; How to Audition; What Happens on a Go-See; Parents Role in the Business
  • Proper Materials – Professional Pictures with Top Photographers, Demos & Videos with Videographers and Top Recording & Engineering Professionals;
  • All Marketing Materials
  • Personal Website
  • Personal Social Media & Following
  • Professional Styling, and Most Marketable Look
  • Nutrition, Health, Fitness & Posture
  • Daily Celebrity Coaching & Training with Top Professionals in the Business
  • 1 on 1 Trainings
  • How to Work with other Talent in a Group Setting
  • Polishing to take it to the Next Level
  • Work with Agents & Former Agents
  • 4 learned Performances in their Category to be Performed at the Showcase
  • Learning of Opening Number for The Showcase

The  V.I.P. Showcase what’s Included:

  • Hotel (4 Days 3 Nights)
  • 2 full days of Rehearsal & Polishing By Celebrity Coaches
  • Opening Number with all Talent & Models
  • Performing for V.I.P’s
  • Callback 1 on 1’s with V.I.P’s
  • Success Stories


Holly Caputo

The Star Movement

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Miami City Ballet currently hiring the following positions:

  • Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Executive Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Director of Development
  • School Administrator
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Ballet Teacher
  • Pre-Professional Division Ballet Teacher
  • Children’s Division Ballet Teacher

G to website for detailed descriptions:

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