BOSTON BALLET TAKES THE STAGE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
BOSTON BALLET PRINCIPAL LORNA FEIJÓO PERFORMS WITH SISTER AND SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’S LORENA FEIJÓO AND AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S JOSE MANUEL CARREÑO
BOSTON, MA – April 11, 2011 – Boston Ballet principal dancer Lorna Feijóo makes a guest performance on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 pm. Feijóo’s appearance will be part of Classical Week and the season’s first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance. Feijóo will appear with her sister, San Francisco Ballet principal Lorena Feijóo, and American Ballet Theatre principal Jose Manuel Carreño. Together, the three will perform a specially choreographed excerpt from Swan Lake.
Lorna and Lorena Feijóo and Jose Manuel Carreño, all born in Cuba, danced with the National Ballet of Cuba before joining Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. This will be the first time the three artists perform together on national television.
Lorna studied at the National Ballet School in Havana and became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba. She joined Boston Ballet in 2003 from Cincinnati Ballet. Lorna has received numerous awards, including a gold medal at both the Vignali-Danza Contest and the Positano Contest of Young Talents in Italy. She has performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, La Scala, and Zurich Opera Ballet.
Lorena Feijóo has been a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet since 1999. She previously danced with the National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet of Monterrey, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Joffrey Ballet. She has guested with companies including The Royal Ballet.
Jose Manuel Carreño trained at the Provincial School of Ballet and the National Ballet School in Cuba. He won the gold medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1990. Carreño danced with the English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1995.
Dancing With The Stars is an ABC hit show featuring hosts Tom Bergeron, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Brooke Burke with judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman. The show, which pairs celebrities with professional dancers, is currently in its 12th season.
Bostonians can see Lorna on stage at The Boston Opera House later this week performing with Boston Ballet in the role of Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She will dance in performances on Friday, April 15 at 8pm and Sunday, April 17 at 2pm. Lorna will appear in Boston Ballet’s spring season programs Bella Figura, April 28-May 8, and Balanchine/Robbins, May 12-May 22.
For more information about these and other events visit www.bostonballet.org.
About Boston Ballet
Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.
Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today’s finest choreographers. Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance programs are held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead with additional programs throughout New England, as well as community centers and in Boston Public Schools.
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker, The Boston Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts