Artist of the day: St. Petersburg City Ballet
Dancers in the area may have heard of the Florida West Ballet. But the name "St. Petersburg City Ballet" may not mean much.
But that'll change this year, when organizers re-launch the company this fall as a professional entity with a new, more ambitious focus.
Though Florida West has been teaching young dancers and holding performances in St. Petersburg for 30 years, instructor Michelle Starbuck hopes to transform it into a training center and professional company that explores more creative, modern forms of ballet.
"St. Petersburg needs to get its self-esteem back," she said. "There's that label that everything good comes from the major centers like New York City. I've found throughout years of travel that small villages have as much talent and raw material as New York."
Auditions for the St. Pete City Ballet were held over the weekend, but an additional round of auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (8/20) at 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, St. Petersburg. Click here for registration forms and details.
For more on the dance company, click here for Aubrey Whelan's story.
Photo: Melissa Lyttle, tbt*