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Miami Dade College to Host a Welcome Reception for Miami City Ballet’s New Artistic Director, Lourdes López, on Oct. 12


Miami, October 3, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) and its conservatory arts program, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), will host an invitation-only welcome reception for Lourdes López, Miami City Ballet’s new artistic director at 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 12, at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. This reception will officially welcome López to Miami’s artistic community. The working media is welcome to attend. 

López, who has been credited as being the first Latina woman ever to head a major U.S. ballet company, is a former Miamian who left to study at the School of American Ballet under the tutelage of ballet legend George Balanchine, eventually becoming a principal dancer in the world famous New York City Ballet. In 2007 she co-founded Morphoses with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which aims to revitalize ballet by fostering interdisciplinary artistic collaboration. She also has held positions as an arts correspondent for WNBC-TV in New York, an arts educator, and as executive director of The George Balanchine Foundation.

The evening will include a performance by dance students from the New World School of the Arts.

Welcome Reception for Lourdes López (invitation-only)

  • WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College 600 Biscayne Blvd.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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