Ballet icon, Edward Villella, will appear at The Community Library for a conversation about his unparalleled life as the American dancer who paved the way for many generations of male ballet dancers. Villella, who trained at the School of American Ballet as a young boy, under the guidance of George Balanchine, is a legend in the dance world, and has garnered every possible award in the arts, including a Kennedy Center honor. At present, he is actively coaching, and teaching the present generation of dancers.
Mr. Villella, who co-founded Ice Dance International along with his wife Linda, who is a Canadian Figure Skating Champion and Dick Button, Debbie Gordon, and Douglas Webster, is also currently passing forward his creative intellect to the ice dance world, choreographing and advising for Ice Dance International.
New York City Ballet Principal dancer, Tyler Angle, will participate in the conversation with Mr. Villella. Tyler joined the New York City Ballet in June 2004, and was promoted to Principal in the fall of 2009. The talk will include selected film clips from Mr. Villella’s career. Tyler Angle appears courtesy of Ballet Sun Valley.