The Tampa Ballet Theatre is now the new in-house ballet company for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts, according to an announcement made on March 23. Considering the theatre's humble beginnings, this residency is a huge step toward Tampa Ballet expanding to other cities in Florida — a goal President and Artistic Director Lindsay Clark has had in mind since the company's founding in 2008.
“I am completely thrilled for our company and school to be partnering with Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts,” says Clark. “The opportunity that this partnership brings to the community abroad and everyone involved is endless.”
In a public post on Facebook, Clark announced the theatre's new residency, gleefully writing, “The future is so bright! We are all so excited about the many opportunities to come!”
But Clark isn't the only one celebrating Tampa Ballet's new-found growth — the President and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall supports the union of the two companies, and it's likewise a milestone for the Clearwater venue.
“Partnering with the Tampa Ballet Theatre will give our students the opportunity to be educated with the highest standards of instruction,” says President and CEO Zev Buffman, “and to also perform in professional productions on our Main Stage.”
There is also an annual production of the Nutcracker scheduled for December, where students and professionals dance together on-stage. In the past, this show has been known to sell out early in the season. Unsurprisingly, the threatre expects it to do the same this year—well before opening night.
For now, though, Tampa Ballet Theatre is focused on settling in to its new residency and preparing for the summer season, while Clark hopes to thank those who have allowed the company to get this far.
“Thank you to my family and friends and everyone at TBB TBT REH AND MPH!” wrote Clark on Facebook, “You may now spread the word [smile emoticon] thanks!”