Sarasota Ballet Dancer Promoted During Theatre of Dreams
At this weekend’s Theatre of Dreams performance, director of The Sarasota Ballet, Iain Webb, announced the promotion of Mirella Costa Neto from Apprentice to Corps de Ballet. Taking the stage at current call, Webb announced to the audience that Theatre of Dreams was not just a way of giving budding choreographers a chance to express themselves, but also gives him a chance to see new dancers on stage.
“Since welcoming Mirella to our Company this past August, she has shown tremendous talent,” said Webb. “Her stage presence, combined with her strong work ethic, contributed to her promotion and I expect great things form her.”
Neto previously danced for Orlando Ballet II and decided to audition for The Sarasota Ballet to achieve her dream of being a core member of a professional dance company. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 20-year-old trained at the Miami City Ballet School.
“I’m thrilled and honored to receive the promotion,” said Neto. “It’s a privilege to be dancing for this Company and to be recognized so early in the season makes all my hard work worth it.”
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne. Receiving national and international recognition for their diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, The Sarasota Ballet was recently noted by Sarah Kaufman, a dance critic for The Washington Post to be “…the jewel of this year’s Ballet Across America,” a 2013 showcase of the best ballet companies from across the nation.