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Festival Ballet Providence

Originally conceived by the late Lydia Petine, Festival Ballet was founded in 1978 by Christine Hennessey and Winthrop Corey, formerly principal dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Christine worked tirelessly to develop and grow the young company, bringing in talented international choreographers to set their works while also working with the local community to advance dance education and appreciation for dance.

Ms. Hennessey led the company artistically until her death in 1997. The Board of Trustees launched an international search for her successor and Mihailo "Misha" Djuric was hired in the summer of 1998. At the same time, the Board of Trustees purchased the Dance Center from the Hennessey family, making it an integral part of this non-profit performing arts organization.

A native of Yugoslavia who previously had served as artistic director of Ballet New England, Mr. Djuric's career in Europe and the United States includes that of actor, dancer, choreographer and costume designer. His vision for the company focused on increasing the number and the variety of performances, developing a strong resident company and increasing community collaboration and outreach throughout New England.

In September 2001, the newly renamed Festival Ballet Providence moved to its current home, 825 Hope Street, on Providence's historic East Side. A dream for over ten years, the facility has three state-of-the-art studios. The FBP Center for Dance Education offers over 80 hours of classes each week during the academic year, providing comprehensive training for students ages 2 1/2 through adult.

The school's association with the Company provides opportunities for talented dance students to appear with the professional company dancers in major productions. The CDE also offers an eight-week summer program, including an intensive four-week SummerDance program for serious young students. The school has become the foundation for the development of future dance professionals in Rhode Island and abroad.

Under Misha's direction, the Company's programming has grown to include The Nutcracker, important works from the classical and post modern periods, innovative World and Rhode Island Premieres and ground breaking ballets by emerging choreographers. Reviews and articles featuring FBP in Dance Magazine, Dance Europe and Pointe Magazine are indicative of the growing national and international reputation of the company.

In November 2006, the company toured throughout Venezuela as part of the 1st Internacional Ballet del Siglio XXI Festival. With the generous support of corporate, foundation, government and individual donors, FBP remains passionate in fulfilling its mission, "To thrill and move our audience, dancers, choreographers, students, supporters and staff, with art and discipline. We dance to enrich and inspire lives."

School name:Festival Ballet Providence
Address:825 Hope St.
Zip & city:02918 Rhode Island

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