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Nevada Ballet Theatre appoints Meunier and Martins co-directors of aca

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For Nevada Ballet Theatre followers and Monique Meunier and/or Nilas Martins fans:



LAS VEGAS, NV (Thursday, May 30, 2013) Nevada Ballet Theatre has appointed former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and American Ballet Theatre Soloist Monique Meunier and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Nilas Martins as Co-Directors of the Academy of NBT. The husband and wife team will oversee the Las Vegas-based Academy's faculty and 400 students.

Founded in 1979, the Academy is the official school of NBT. With a 36,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, it is the premiere ballet training center in Southern Nevada.

"Monique and Nilas are internationally acclaimed artists and teachers who have excelled at the highest levels of our profession," said Beth Barbre, Executive Director and CEO of NBT. "They have the vision and skills to build our Academy into one of the nation's leading ballet schools."

Ms. Meunier and Mr. Martins have worked with companies, universities, schools and festivals throughout the world, and are repetiteurs for The George Balanchine Trust. Ms. Meunier has served as Ballet Master for The Washington Ballet Trainee Program and full-time faculty member in its affiliated school. Mr. Martins recently completed a fellowship in the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at The Kennedy Center.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive the opportunity to shape the future of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and to contribute and share our knowledge and expertise with the faculty and students," said Meunier and Martins.

"Monique has transitioned from her career as one of the most brilliant ballerinas of her generation at both New York City Ballet and ABT into a leading voice in dance education in America today," said Heather Watts, former NYCB Principal Dancer and Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair.

"I have known Nilas as a student, dancer, choreographer and repetiteur and he has distinguished himself in all of these roles," said Kay Mazzo, Co-Chairman of Faculty for The School of American Ballet. "He is an accomplished ballet professional and an outstanding choice for this position."

"I applaud NBT for having the foresight to select Monique and Nilas as Directors of their Academy," said Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet. "They have a wealth of experience and knowledge which will add immeasurably to the school, company and community."

The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre is currently in preparations for its annual Spring Concert June 1 and 2 at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at the UNLV Performing Arts Center. The Academy¡¦s Pre-Professional Program will present Don Quixote; the Children¡¦s Program will present Alice in Wonderland; and the Dance Program will present Live Inspirations. For more information, visit www.nevadaballet.org.

Upcoming Summer Programs at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre include the Summer Intensive for students ages 8 ¡V 18 from June 17 ¡V June 28. This extensive one and two week training includes a variety of disciplines for serious dance students. Additional summer offerings include the new Adult Adv. Beginner/Intermediate class beginning Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 2, as well as a week of ¡§fall preparation¡¨ classes in August, designed to prepare students for the upcoming fall semester. For more information or to register, call the Academy at (702) 243-2623.


The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre is the official school of Nevada Ballet Theatre and the premiere ballet and dance training center of Southern Nevada. Founded in 1979, as part of Nevada Ballet Theatre, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, the Academy is guided by a philosophy of commitment to classical ballet tradition. Offering training in many forms of dance for students 18 months of age through adult, the Academy is housed in a 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, offering the highest standard of artistic education taught by distinguished and world-renowned instructors.


Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501©(3) non-profitorganization and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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Very interesting choice -- the organization has been stepping up into the next level, and this seems part of that transition. I cannot remember -- who was running the school previously. Was it someone Canfield brought with him from Portland?

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