Central Florida Ballet's mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire through the universal art form of dance. With a diverse repertoire of dance productions and programs from classical to contemporary and beyond, each attendee is to be culturally enriched while developing an appreciation for the arts.
- The 2nd international partnership of “The Nutcracker" was presented in Sibiu, Romania with the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu. A total of eight performances were held in Orlando, Florida, USA and Sibiu, Romania with dancers of both companies to great acclaim.
- Our board fundraiser, Nutcracker Silent Auction, was expanded to two days with great success and the highest dollar amount to date was raised.
- Our Nutcracker Brunch event was moved to the Peabody Hotel in December 2012 (held prior year at the OCCC) and was sold out! The Peabody Hotel is eager to host the event in December of 2013.
- Our Nutcracker production at the Orange County Convention Center had the highest attendance in more than 5 years. More than 2,200 were in attendance for the school performance and both general public performances were sold out!
- A second regional of the World Ballet Competition was held in March 2013 in Sibiu, Romania to great success. All costs for travel, production, and staff are paid by the government of Romania. TV specials were aired and magazine features printed in Europe and the USA on the regional.
- Presented the 7th World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida where more than 525 participants gathered representing 22 countries, 18 states, 12 Florida counties. The competition has built an elite level, international dance platform in Central Florida. In 2013 alone, the WBC awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships for dance students ages 9-24, garnered more than 10,000+ unique worldwide viewers in just one week, and an economical impact reaching $1.5 million (estimated) was generated into the local community.
- Another record was set for the 3rd consecutive year when 560 hotels rooms were booked through the World Ballet Competition in 2013. General Manager of the Sheraton - Downtown Orlando once again noted that "This is unprecedented in the city to date! Of all the arts organizations in the Orlando and Orange County area combined, the World Ballet Competition has generated the highest occupancy for this type of event."
Upcoming 2013-14 Season Highlights & Goals:
- Collaboration with Northland, A Church Distributed is currently in negotiation to present a “Nutcracker” excerpts for the community in the fall of 2013.
- Continue expansion of Nutcracker Silent Auction and brunch events held in December of 2013.
- To present a Nutcracker production in December of 2013 with three sold-out performances (one for schools and two for general public).
- To present the 8th World Ballet Competition (WBC) to continue to expanding the international dance platform in Orlando built by the WBC and providing an economical impact over $1.5 million for Central Florida in 2014.
- A third regional of the World Ballet Competition will be held in Sibiu, Romania is March of 2014. Another regional location for 2014 is also currently in negotiations.
In 2000, world-renowned dancer and director, Vasile Petrutiu, along with “Orlando ballerina” Heather Sanders-Fryxell, created Central Florida Ballet. Mr. Petrutiu had come to Orlando to direct Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), where Ms. Sander-Fryxell was the principal dancer. Their common artistic goals led them to start their own dance organization made up of a school, the Ballet Academy of Central Florida, and a ballet company, Central Florida Ballet. In its first year, the “Movement Mentor/Dance Therapy” program (free of charge for participants) was created to offer children with varying disabilities the rare opportunity to receive dance instruction.
In 2001, the first ever company production “Tutus, Tango, and More” was presented to sold-out audiences. Informances, an outreach program for Orange County school children was also introduced and has since brought ballet to thousands of Central Florida students.
That December, the Central Florida Ballet mounted The Nutcracker and since its premiere has become the most popular Nutcracker in the area. Under the choreographic expertise of Mr. Petrutiu, the production has received rave reviews, including being mentioned as one of the nation’s top Nutcrackers by CNN and USA Today Headlines News. CFB is also the first organization in the Central Florida area to use pyrotechnics in The Nutcracker.
In 2003, the Children’s Ballet Series opened to sold-out audiences. During the next couple of years new shows were added including The Fairy Doll and the Ugly Duckling. Performances of the Children’s Ballet Series have been held in the area’s most popular venues including, our home theater, the Linda B. Chapin at the Orange County Convention Center, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, amphitheatres at Lake Eola and Avalon Park, Plaza Theater, and the Winter Garden Theatre.
In 2006, CFB premiered “9/11 An American Moment” an original ballet based on the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. In 2007, the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. recognized CFB as the only dance company in the nation to present a ballet based on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. That same year, The Nutcracker was voted “One of the Top 20 Events” in the southeast region by the Southeast Tourism Society.
In July of 2007, Vasile Petrutiu inaugurated the World Ballet Competition (WBC) in Orlando,Florida,USA. The inaugural WBC received the “Excellence in Arts” award from the United Arts of Central Florida and was also documented by Terpishore Entertainment to be featured on arts & entertainment television channels in the USA and abroad. In 2008, the World Ballet Competition became the first ballet competition to be entirely broadcast live on the internet and the first to use unique computerized scoring system similar to the Olympics.
Each year the WBC culminates in a star-studded gala, the “WBC All Stars of Dance”. The performance brings a multitude of international talent to Orlando, which have included principal dancers of: American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Momix, Alvin Ailey, and Boston Ballet. With widespread audience acclaim and numerous international features, the community has been buzzing with excitement about this enthralling event that has become a surprising treat in Central Florida and is unlike any other.
By the Summer of 2013, the World Ballet Competition had generated an estimated economical impact of over $7.25 million for the Central Florida community and over 4 million views through the internet.
The Central Florida Ballet looks forward to continue providing the community with innovative productions and programs of the highest quality.
Each year the Central Florida Ballet brings international guest artists for its annual Nutcracker production at the Orange County Convention Center and for the World Ballet Competition's All Stars of Dance with ticket prices starting as low as $10 for Nutcracker and $25 for the WBC All Stars of Dance. By exposing the local community to the highest caliber of dance, it has given local aspiring artists the opportunity to set higher personal goals for their own performance quality. Bringing in new artists of a high caliber, never before seen in Orlando, has educated, excited and uplifted our community's respect and appreciation of ballet. The word is spreading quickly about the CFB's high quality and innovative performances; bringing in new patrons and visitors referred by regular audience attendees. WBC has been labeled a top event by local publications including the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magazine, and Orlando Weekly and has generated more than 4 million views through YouTube and Livestream.com.
- Increasing international exposure and sales for local businesses and organizations.
Through the World Ballet Competition, CFB has created an international dance forum for advancement of the art form which each year draws hundreds of statewide, national and international visitors to Orlando. WBC has brought Orlando into the international spotlight of the dance world and participants are now viewing Orlando as a community that supports and embraces the Arts, and are looking favorably on future opportunities of employment through WBC as the competition continues to grow. This outstanding professional competition and its educational programs will continue to draw acclaimed artists, teachers, choreographers and aspiring students from around the world, further improving the image of Orlando as a premier Arts destination. Plus, the WBC's international visitors often bring extended family who spend the week at area attractions, shopping, dining, and enjoying Florida's beaches.
The Greater Orlando area is one that is growing, particularly with families with children; according to the United States Census, over 21% of Orange County's population are children 15 years or younger, yet many have never had the experience of attending a live performance. Our "School Informances" programs have allowed thousands of students from kindergarten through 12th grade, regardless of their family's economic status, to be exposed to the arts and provided them examples of how to express themselves in positive, constructive ways.
Through the Central Florida Ballet’s Studio Company, young dance students are given vast performance opportunities, extensive educational dance instruction through weekly rehearsals, and experiences performing with a professional company through CFB's The Nutcracker and international experiences. In 2011 and 2012, select Studio Company dancers traveled to Romania for a performance tour of "The Nutcracker".
Our "Movement Mentor" program has had a waiting list since the initiation in 2001 and continually provides an outlet for children with disabilities to experience the art of dance. During the nine month program, weekly classes are offered free of charge and held at Central Florida Ballet's Academy where each student is partnered with the same mentor each week. During the ballet lesson, students complete a number of dance exercises to strengthen their coordination, flexibility and muscle control. Dance Therapy students are delighted to attend this program each week.
Through the international ties of the Central Florida Ballet directors, partnerships worldwide are planned for the future.
Entering into our 14th season and hosting events of such an international stature, we have established great loyalty from our vendors and outside contractors.
ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS, GREAT EXPERTISE
- Artistic Director, Vladimir Bykov holds a Master's Degree from Kiev National Institute of Arts, toured worldwide as principal dancer, & entering his 10th season as CFB Artistic Director.
- Technology & Software Director, Florin Petrutiu has 10+ years IT management experience, created a custom scoring system for WBC, and manages ticket/website systems since 2001.
The Central Florida Ballet's events and performances are generating interest and press internationally.
▪ Worldwide, the World Ballet Competition was the cover story with 2 five-page layouts in Dance for You magazine and another 4 page layout in 2013. Danca Brasil published a feature in 2013 with a partnership planned for the future. Our regional competition in Romania received great media coverage with features in Sibiu publications and TV interviews.
▪ Nationally: Top American dance publications, Dancer Magazine, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and Pointe Magazine have published multiple features of the Central Florida Ballet. In 2012, the NY Times interviewed Mr. Petrutiu for a feature story in regards to an increase in male dancers competing.
▪ Locally: Channel 13 News aired a TV segment of WBC in 2011 and a segment on CFB's Nutcracker production in 2013. Articles have been published twice in Orlando Magazine's "Short List", Orlando Weekly's "Top Issue", chART Magazine, Orlando Arts Magazine, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, El Osceola Star, Orlando Sentinel, Linha Alberta, Tu Revista Mujer, El Sentinel, El Osceola Star, El Sol de la Florida, CMD Magazine, and La Prensa Newspaper.
A) In the words of the Orlando Sentinel: ..."Central Florida Ballet rises above the traditional crowd..." The Central Florida Ballet incorporates interactive effects to transform ballets into full productions for the general public. Glowing international recognition has been received from ABC News, USA Today, CNN Headlines News, Wall Street Journal, and the Southeast Tourism Society.
B) Diversity of Children's Programming, through the "Children's Ballet Series" and the "School Informances" offers young people three unique opportunities.
- Children can see and be entertained by live ballet performances.
- Participate in structured activities that bring the performances closer by meeting characters, touching the costumes and interacting with the performers
- Our "Informances" provide study units meeting the Sunshine State Standards which are available online to educators, coupled with live performances and interactive demonstrations which allow for greater student involvement.
- Studio Company dancers are provided with a variety of performing opportunities and invaluable experiences.C) The Movement Mentor is an extraordinary program giving students with varying disabilities what may be their only chance to take dance classes because of their disabilities, while the mentors take pride in sharing their love for dance, earn community service hours, and create special bonds with the children and their families.D) The World Ballet Competition is the sole international ballet competition geared towards professional dancers held annually in the USA. WBC is the 1st ballet competition to be broadcast entirely on the internet and the only ballet competition to use a computerized scoring system similar to the Olympics. Hundreds of competitors apply to the WBC, from which only 60% are accepted and representative of being part of an elite group of dancers. As such to receive a gold, silver or bronze medal means a competitor has demonstrated near perfection on stage, a clear mastery of the ballet technique, outstanding artistic talent and a relevant and clear contribution to the future of ballet as a performer. Former medalists include Taras Domitro, principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet, Joseph Gatti and Jeffrey Cirio soloists of Boston Ballet, Natalia Domracheva principal dancer of Kiev Opera and Ballet, and Rui Huang of the National Ballet of Canada to name a few who are enjoying professional careers at the top of their field.
After the loss of two long time sponsors due to the economic downturn in 2009, new sponsors have been found and CFB is in the black.
New Team & International Expansion
In the 2010-11 season, CFB revived its lower management, establishing a new school director and a new office manager generating great outcomes.
In the 2011-12 season, CFB began the first joint venture of "The Nutcracker" with the Ballet Sibiu of Romania. A total of 8 performances were presented in Orlando and Romania with dancers of both companies to great acclaim and popularity (and repeated with 9 performances in 2012). That same year, the Board of Directors implemented a successful fundraising campaign with new events at each performance while actively seeking in-kind service partners and donations. We partnered with TRG and discount ticket sites to receive increased marketing exposure. With these new fundraising events and partnerships, CFB saw a 36% increase in attendance in the 2011 Nutcracker production and two full houses in 2012.
Success of International Expansion and Plans for Future
For the 2013-14 season, CFB plans to continue the joint venture for the World Ballet Competition. The WBC OPEN has been hosted twice in Sibiu, Romania in July 2012 & March 2013. The next edition is planned for March 2014 in Romania. Negotiations with new locations for 2014 are underway with governments of Puerto Rico, Columbia, Phoenix (AZ) and Providence (RI).
Central Florida Ballet’s Nutcracker rises above the traditional crowd with its use of fiber optics and thrilling pyrotechnics. Premiering in 2001, just two years later this production was highlighted by USA Today as the “pyrotechnic Nutcracker” and was also named “one of the top-five outstanding productions in the nation” by CNN Headline News! The Southeast Tourism Society named it “One of the Top 20” events in the southeast region in 2007. ABC Nightline News filmed the production in 2011 for a feature on the national news program.
The Central Florida Ballet brings this beloved holiday tale to life with an annual rendition onstage at the Linda W. Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center. A number of local and international stars have been featured in the production including, Sascha Radetsky (ABT & Star of feature film “Center Stage”), Irina Dvorovenko (ABT), Maxim Beloserkovsky (ABT), Israel Rodiguez (Orlando Ballet), Heather Sanders-Fryxell (prev. Southern Ballet Theatre), Dragos Milhacea (Royal Swedish Ballet), and Joseph Gatti (Boston Ballet).
The “Nutcracker” ballet is a classic holiday tradition performed all over the world. The story is based on a fairytale in which the Nutcracker doll comes to life as an enchanted prince who saves the pretty young maiden Maria, from distress. Prince “Nikita” then takes her through a magical journey to his kingdom “The Land of Sweets” where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The Prince tells them about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances from all around the world.
CFB's production has been filmed by ABC Nightline News for a feature on national television; highlighted by the USA Today as the “pyrotechnic Nutcracker”; Named “one of the top-five outstanding productions in the nation” by CNN Headline News; Voted “One of the Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society; and the Orlando Sentinel proclaimed CFB's Nutcracker "rises above the traditional crowd" among other numerous features.
CFB’s “The Nutcracker’ builds excitement and appreciation for the arts within the community by exposing Central Florida audiences to performances of internationally acclaimed world-class dancing, who would otherwise not be seen in Orlando, at affordable prices. Such international talent has included principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
A one-of-a-kind Outreach program since 2001 that provides special needs children with physical or developmental challenges the opportunity to benefit and grow through dance. Program concludes with a special performance at the CFB Academy - Annual Recital at the Linda Chapin Theatre (OCCC).
During the nine month program, weekly classes are offered free of charge and held at Central Florida Ballet's Academy where each student is partnered with the same mentor each week. During the ballet lesson, students complete a number of dance exercises to strengthen their coordination, flexibility and muscle control.
Dance Therapy students are delighted to attend this program each week. They enjoy forming friendships with their mentors who help them progress throughout the school year and of whom become role models for the students. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet and bond with other children with disabilities that may be similar or very different from their own.
- Katrina Cohens
“Thank you for teaching our girls this year. It was their best year yet. You are great with them. I hope it continues next year with you as the teacher. Have a wonderful summer. “
- Love Sammy, Espe & Tamez Family
“The Recital was such a big success!! Everything went well and the kids were so good! Thank you for making it possible for our kids to shine. I can’t wait for the Fall classes to start!”
Created to introduce even the youngest viewer to the art form of dance.
Premiering in 2003 to sold-out audiences, the Children's Ballet Series consists of hour-long, narrated performances adapted specifically for children. These shortened presentations bring dance to the young viewer’s level through an intimate atmosphere. For each performance, children are able to sit next to the front of the stage with their friends; allowing them to see each dancer up close and in person.
Evaluation of the Children’s Ballet Series consists of attendance records, audience comments, letters, and repeat sold-out performances.
The WBC having just completed its 7th year in June of 2013 is one of the world’s top ballet competitions and places a strong emphasis on the professional dancer. The vision and mission of WBC is to be the most objective and fair competition in the world and to attract the highest level of talent that exists. This has been well documented in Dancer Magazine and Dance for You Magazine (based in Europe). In 2008, the WBC became the first ballet competition to be entirely broadcast on the internet and the first to use a computerized scoring system similar to the Olympics.
The competition is an exhausting and thorough test of any competitor. Each year hundreds of competitors apply to be accepted into the competition, from which less than 65% are accepted into the competition. Those that are accepted pass through three elimination rounds and, as a result, even to reach the final round is an accomplishment in itself, and representative of being part of an elite group of dancers. Over 10,000+ viewers watched worldwide during the WBC 2013 where competitors received cash prizes, dance apparel, scholarships to leading dance schools, and job offers totaling more than $120,000.
The WBC also includes:
· International Master Class Workshop consisting of master classes in ballet, modern, jazz and dance related seminars.
· International Job Fair – an intercontinental vehicle for dancers seeking professional careers in dance. Dancers audition onstage at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in front of directors worldwide via LIVE internet broadcast.
· Judges and Competitor Conference – A rare feature the WBC provides where competitors can receive a coveted one on one evaluation from the judging panel.
· “All Stars of Dance” – Highly acclaimed by directors and critics worldwide, this concluding performance features world renowned artists of the world’s leading dance companies and winners of the WBC.
- In 2013, the WBC provided an estimated economic impact of $1.45 million through the arts in just five days for the Central Florida community and increased international exposure for local businesses.
- Offers career growth for the 150 competitors who are seen by directors worldwide (offering scholarships and job contracts). Daily classes are given allowing participants to be taught by famed artists.
- Attracting international performers and audiences to Central Florida, thus building the international dance platform in Orlando, Florida, USA established by the World Ballet Competition.
- Enhances dialogue between the U.S.A. and international dance professionals.
- Builds excitement and appreciation for the arts within the community; thereby developing a new audience of attendees (previously of whom viewed ballet as bland and unexciting).
- Exposes Central Florida audiences to performances of internationally acclaimed world-class dancing, who would otherwise not be seen in Orlando, at affordable prices.
- Increases arts & cultural awareness for the local community
Without a doubt, the World Ballet Competition (WBC) has established an international dance platform in Orlando, Florida.
- Economical impact for the Central Florida community
- Number of audition dvd’s received from potential participants
- Number of participants and percent increase from previous year in each program (competition, master class workshop, job fair)
- Number of attendees for all performances and concluding “All Stars of Dance”
- Caliber of talent recruited during the event
- Number and "star power" of international guest stars who are judges and/or perform in the week-long event
- Feedback from participants, attendees, staff, and/or partnering organizations
Orlando is finally “on the map” culturally with this event. – T. Dutton, Orlando, Florida
Thank you for a great competition. On your end you get a gold-it was flawless. We learned a tremendous amount from all the faculty/ judges. Congratulations to you and all your hard work on an excellent competition and gala. The gala was a true delight. – Mrs. Craddock
Each program contains lesson plans meeting the Sunshine State Standards (available online to educators) which allows teachers to prepare students with information about the upcoming performance. A follow-up student survey and contest-like quiz aids in giving students a better understanding of each ballet and is also used to evaluate the program’s success.
Each year thousands of students experience the emotional thrills and powerful athleticism of a CFB ballet performance. The concluding follow-up student surveys and contest-like quizzes give students a better understanding of each ballet. Most importantly, with each performance, students continue to develop an appreciation and increase their understanding of the arts.
To date, tens of thousands Central Florida students have experienced the excitement and awe of a CFB Informance. Each performance allows students to envision themselves in a career in the arts. Most importantly, these students have the opportunity to create a brighter future for themselves, as it has been proven in numerous studies that early exposure and participation in the arts leads a greater chance of increasing cognitive function, earning better grades, living a drug-free lifestyle.
I cannot begin to tell you how heart sick I am that all of my students did not get to experience the performance. How? When? Can we get the Central Florida Ballet back here?? Please!!!! It was a moment my students will never forget.
Thank you for sharing it with me. And, really, how can we get a chance for others to see it?
What a treat,
MMHelton, OCPS School Teacher
Vasile Petrutiu- Founder & Executive Director
Born in Transylvania, Romania, Petrutiu trained at the Romanian Academy of Fine Arts and graduated at the top of his class with the highest degree in the field of dance. After graduation he joined the Romanian National Opera and Ballet in Bucharest where he was spotted by the great director Oleg Danovski, who invited him to join The Classical and Contemporary Ballet of Romania, as principal dancer and tour extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. In 1982 he defected while on tour in USA, establishing his residency in 1984 and later his US citizenship. He has held the Principal Dancer position with companies including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Alberta Ballet. His distinguished career encompasses an extensive list of leading roles in the great classical ballets and many contemporary master pieces.
During his dance career, Petrutiu worked with noted personalities such as Frederick Franklin, Reid Anderson, Natalie Krassovska, Laura Alonzo and Flemming Flindt. Petrutiu has also acted as master teacher, school director, ballet master, choreographer, and artistic director for several companies, most recently Southern Ballet Theatre, now Orlando Ballet. Under his direction, Orlando Ballet successfully eliminated its trailing deficit of over 400K, tripled season subscriptions and earned a surplus of 100K by the third year of his leadership.
In 2000, Petrutiu founded and incorporated The Ballet Academy of Central Florida and the Central Florida Ballet, guiding the two organizations to great success. The Academy reached an enrollment of over 300 students in just four months, and the professional company made its debut with featuring several of Mr. Petrutiu's ballets and was a smash-hit debut for the new company. In 2004, Petrutiu’s Nutcracker production reached international attention being featured in USA Today and CNN Headline News as one of five outstanding productions in the nation. Petrutiu has engaged many international stars during his career including Gelsey Kirkland, Fernando Bujones, Angel Corella, Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Sascha Radetsky, Yanis Pikieris, and Maria Kochetkova.
In 2007, Petrutiu inaugurated the World Ballet Competition becoming the first ballet competition to be entirely broadcast on the internet and now established as one of the top ballet competitions worldwide. In 2011, he led the Central Florida Ballet on its first international tour of "The Nutcracker" to Sibiu, Romania. The production received rave reviews and is set to tour in more cities internationally. In April 2012, Petrutiu announced the expansion of the World Ballet Competition with a new format entitled "WBC Open". Petrutiu is excited to continue working with professional dancers and students worldwide and continue to establish an international arts platform in Central Florida.
Ballet Sibiu of Romania –Partnering in a joint venture for CFB’s “The Nutcracker” and the World Ballet Competition (performances held in Orlando and Sibiu).
Orange County Convention Center–Hosting the CFB’s general public and student performances since 2001.
Orlando Ballet– Providing scholarships and job contracts for the World Ballet Competition totaling more than $52,000 in 2012.
WMFE - Central Florida Radio Station promoting annual productions and events through interviews and airing public service announcements.
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida- Promoting and enhancing group sales, and hotel and restaurant packaging.
Windy Ridge School (K-8 grade)– Hosting CFB’s “School Informances” held at the Windy Ridge School.
Dr. Phillips High School– CFB provided 55 tickets to be raffled for the “Most Dancers En Pointe” World Record event.
N’Styl Performance Wear– Offering dancewear discounts and a leading dancewear vendor of the WBC since 2007.
Sheraton – Downtown Orlando– Official Host Hotel of the WBC since 2007.
Orlando Venues -Supported the WBC since 2007 for the use of Centroplex premises.
Livestream.com – Broadcasting the WBC, free of charge, on a premium channel.
Diacom Video Productions– Providing video services, free of charge, for CFB performances.
Visual Arts Masters- Broadcasts the WBC live on the internet via and provides video and photography services, free of charge.
Orlando Science Center & Enzian Theater– To premiere an exclusive WBC documentary (tentative).
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