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.
● Presented the 10th Anniversary World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida where attendees represented 22 Florida counties, 16 states, and 25 countries. The competition has built an elite level, international dance platform in Central Florida. WBC generated an estimated economical impact of $2 million for the region!
● World Ballet Competition's 10th Anniversary Gala Performance featured stars of San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Metropolis Productions, and New York City Ballet!
● Our Nutcracker production was featured on WESH Channel 2 News and held at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center to sold-out audiences.
● Among regular fundraising activities, our Board of Directors added two fundraising events: 1) A Nutcracker Raffle and, 2) Concessions were sold during the annual World Ballet Competition event. With the addition of these fundraisers, the Board of Directors raised the highest dollar amount in five seasons.
Upcoming 2016-17 Season Highlights & Goals:
- To present a Nutcracker production in December of 2016: three public performances and one performance for schools. Since we sold-out performances for the past four consecutive years, our goal is for a minimum of three sold-out performances out of four performances total.
- The acclaimed CFB Studio Company will travel to a variety of Central Florida schools to present FREE performances of "The Nutcracker" and "Kaleidoscope" for a total of 2,400 Central Florida students, and save the schools $24,000!
- To present CFB's original dance production "9/11 An American Moment" on Sunday, September 11th; the 15th Anniversary of the 9.11.2001 terrorist attack.
- To celebrate and present the 11th World Ballet Competition (WBC) to continue expanding the international dance platform in Orlando built by the WBC; providing an economical impact over $2 million for Central Florida in 2017.
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 2016, the World Ballet Competition had generated an estimated economical impact of over $13 million for the Central Florida community and over 7.5 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.
- Providing outstanding, innovative dance performances for the local community and visitors at affordable prices
- Bringing international guest artists of a caliber never before seen in the area
- Exposing new audiences to ballet through innovative and exciting productions
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 $24. 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.
- Drawing worldwide visitors to Orlando by promoting the city as an international destination for the arts by offering outstanding events; ultimately increasing tourism related to the arts.
- 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. Plus, the WBC's international visitors often bring extended family who spend the week at area attractions, shopping, dining, and enjoying Florida's beaches.
- Introducing k-12 students to the arts:
The Greater Orlando area is one that is growing, particularly with families with children; according to the U.S. 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.
- Providing educational programs & performance opportunities for aspiring young dance students
Through the CFB'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. From 2011 - 2013, select Studio Company dancers traveled to Romania for a performance tour of "The Nutcracker".
ORIGINALITY AND INNOVATIVE VISION
From its inception, the Central Florida Ballet has been a leading arts innovator in the community: being the first organization to use pyrotechnics in "The Nutcracker" and the only to use aerial acrobatics in the Arabian scene, the first to create a dance performance tribute to the lives lost and the heroes of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, and presenting the first ballet competition (World Ballet Competition) to be entirely broadcast live on the internet and using a computerized scoring system similar to the Olympics.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORKING
Through the international ties of the Central Florida Ballet directors, partnerships worldwide are planned for the future.
STRONG COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
Entering into our 16th season and hosting events of such an international stature, we have established great loyalty from our vendors and outside contractors.
ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS, GREAT EXPERTISE
- Central Florida Ballet is co-founded and led by Vasile Petrutiu. He has engaged many international stars including those of American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Momix, Complexions, San Francisco Ballet, Corella Ballet of Spain, and Boston Ballet. In 2007, he solely founded the World Ballet Competition which has grown exponentially and is now expanding in a regional edition to be hosted in cities worldwide.
- Artistic Director, Vladimir Bykov holds a Master's Degree from Kiev National Institute of Arts, toured worldwide as principal dancer, & entering his 12th season as CFB Artistic Director.
MEDIA ATTENTION & GREAT EXPOSURE
The Central Florida Ballet's events and performances are generating interest and press internationally. Central Florida Ballet's productions have been featured by USA Today, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and ABC News. The World Ballet Competition was the cover story with three 4+ page layouts in Dance for You magazine based in Europe as well as features in Danca Brasil. Top American dance publications, Dancer, Dance Studio Life, and Pointe have published multiple features. In 2012, the NY Times interviewed Mr. Petrutiu for a feature story in regards to an increase in male dancers competing.
EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMMING & OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC TALENT
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. Moreover, the Central Florida Ballet offers a number of educational and diverse programs to introduce the arts to our community's youth: educational and diverse programs for our youth in the community School Informances, Movement Mentor, and the Children's Ballet Series.
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 Wall Street Journal highlighted the production's "mini-explosions and aerial acrobatics" in 2012.
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.
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 10th year in June of 2016 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, Dance for You Magazine (based in Europe), and Danca Brasil Magazine. 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 21,000+ viewers watched worldwide during the WBC 2016 where competitors received cash prizes, dance apparel, scholarships to leading dance schools, and job offers totaling more than $360,000.
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 2016, the WBC provided an estimated economic impact of $2 million through the arts in just seven days for the Central Florida community and increased international exposure for local businesses.
- Offers career growth for the 200 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
A program for Central Florida students to attend a live ballet which is presented by the Central Florida Ballet’s Studio Company.
FREE performances are held directly in local public schools throughout the season. Plus a major performance of "The Nutcracker" is held every year at the Orange County Convention Center for area schools which has been recognized by CNN, USA Today, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and ABC News!
These school "informances" introduce Central Florida students to dance while providing fun and memorable education about the art form. Each ballet is narrated and adapted to make the performance student-friendly, and also involves a pre-show Question and Answer session to increase student involvement.
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.
Ms. Tevaga was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in the Central Florida area. During her training at South Beach Dance Academy, she was invited to attend the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida on a full year merit scholarship and also trained in the summer at Virginia School of the Arts on a full merit scholarship. She graduated from the Dr. Phillips High School Visual and Performing Arts Dance Magnet Program. Immediately after, she joined the Netane Polynesian Productions as a professional dancer performing in corporate conventions, special events, and private productions. She traveled the world and the U.S. including New York, Georgia, Indiana, and California. For more than a decade, Ms. Tevaga performed full-time in the Makahiki Luau at Seaworld Orlando and also Walt Disney World Entertainment.
As a master instructor she trains students in a variety of dance styles: ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, and contemporary. Her teaching career spans nationwide including Seattle, Honolulu, and various major cities in Florida. Her choreography has won countless awards at the competitive level in dance competitions nationwide. In 2012, Ms. Tevaga and her daughter were featured in a popular television series that aired on a national network. That same year she joined the Central Florida Ballet & Academy's teaching faculty. In 2014, she accepted the position of Academy Coordinator. She currently resides in the Orlando area with her husband and four children. She is thrilled to be a part of the talented staff at Central Florida Ballet Academy and dedicated to inspiring Central Florida community's youth.
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. Hosted the WBC for the first time in 2015 (prev. hosted by Orlando Venues).
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.
Orlando At Play - Promoting events and ticket sales.
Windy Ridge School, Windermere Elementary, Sun Blaze Elementary, Dillard Street Elementary, Grassy Lake Elementary, the First Academy, Trinity Lutheran School – Hosting CFB’s “In-School Informances”.
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.
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.
Michael Cairns- Provides photography services, free of charge, for the World Ballet Competition.
Orlando Science Center & Enzian Theater– To premiere an exclusive WBC documentary (tentative).
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For FY2013 and 2014, the Central Florida Ballet ended with a large surplus, which enabled the increase of CFB's cash flow reserve fund. Central Florida Ballet aims to continue generating surpluses in order to establish part-time marketing and development positions in future years.
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