Artistic Mission of The Florida Ballet
To utilize dance as a form of communication. Through this language, The Florida Ballet will preserve and reproduce the past as well as discover and create the future.
About The Florida Ballet
The Florida Ballet at Jacksonville, Inc. (d/b/a The Florida Ballet) was founded in 1978 by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael F. Byrd.
The Company debuted at the old Civic Auditorium Little Theatre in March of 1979. In addition to the theater performances, the company dancers also gave educational programs in schools. The service to Jacksonville’s young people was established from the first season. The next season a federal grant allowed the dancers to present over 125 in-school programs, in addition to the dance concerts in the theater.
Today, the Florida Ballet is housed at 300 East State in downtown Jacksonville. The facility encompasses three large sprung-floor studios, dressing rooms, professional sound system, and offices for staff. Staff members include Artistic Director, Administrative Director, Development Director, and 8 full and part-time professional teachers with over 25 years’ experience in dance education. Many of the faculty are also certified in ABT curriculum.
The Florida Ballet is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and civic leaders from across the northeast Florida area and is IRS registered 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Florida.
The Florida Ballet presents
Featured Guest Artists Sara Webb and Ian Casidy, Principal Dancers with the Houston Ballet
Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker is one the last of Tchaikovsky’s full-length ballets and is performed in two acts. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was first performed at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 18, 1892.