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New Carreño Dance Festival in Florida

Posted on October 5, 2010

The newly-formed Sarasota International Dance Festival in Florida, US has launched the Carreño Dance Festival, named for the American Ballet Theatre star Jose Manuel Carreño, who will lead the team of guest artists.

The festival will be launched with an International Dance Spectacular at the Sarasota Opera House on December 21–22, featuring Carreño and Julie Kent of ABT, Tiler Peck and Joaquin de Luz of New York City Ballet and contemporary artists Drew Jacobi and Rubi Pronk, with performances and masterclasses. This is a taster for the month-long Intensive Dance Workshop, to be held in August 2011, with classes, coaching and four performances. For more information, including audition details, see carrenodancefestival.com. Carreño has announced that he will retire from ABT in August 2011.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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