Edward Villella, one of the leading names in American dance, will lead a lecture-performance with four members of the Miami City Ballet on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in Yulman Theater.
Admission is $10 for members of the Union community.
Villella, artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, will be introducing dancers from his company who will perform Nutcracker Pas de Deux (choreography by Balanchine,
music by Tchaikovsky), Nous Sommes (choreography by De Los Heros, music by de
Marlaret), Flower Festival Pas de Deux (choreography by Bournonville, music by
Paulli) and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, music from Swan Lake Act III
(choreography by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky).
Dancers are to be Iliana Lopez, Franklin Gamero and Paige Fulleton of the Miamia City
Ballet, and John Welker of the Atlanta Ballet. Villella, who is not scheduled
to perform, will explain each piece and narrate the choreography. (This marks Villella's
second lecture-performance at Union; he appeared last year with a different program and
Villella also will lead a master class (open to invited students in the Union College
Dance Practica) on Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Arts Building Dance Studio. The
class will serve as the audition for the Edward Villella Prize.There is a $10 observation
Villella received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Union in 1991.
Union's dance program recently was paired with Villella by Charles Lothridge, Union
Class of 1944, when Lothridge established the Edward Villella Prize, an endowment for
fellowships for promising dance students.
For more information, call ext. 6545.