PROVIDENCE, RI (September 6, 2018) —
Festival Ballet Providence School has begun its 2018-2019 academic year
and entered a new chapter in its history with Vilia Putrius as its new
director. A leading dancer with Festival Ballet Providence for 11 seasons,
Putrius was appointed School Director last month, taking over for Mary Ann
Mayer who stepped down to pursue another opportunity in dance education.
Putrius said, “I’m excited to get to know all of the School’s
students and their families. As educators it is our responsibility to ensure
each student has the tools to achieve individual and meaningful success both in
their dance education and in other areas as well. It’s an honor that this
position allows me to take a leading role in that process.” Putrius brings 22
years of experience as a professional dancer and 16 years as a teacher. “As a
mother myself, I am mindful of the impact the arts have on a child’s
development and education. My ballet career has led me all over the world, as a
company dancer, guest artist, and guest teacher. I’m looking forward to
starting this new and exciting journey of developing the next generation of
dancers and lovers of dance.”
FBP Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric said, “Over the years, our
audiences fell in love with Vilia and her dancing. I’m thrilled that our
students now have the chance to experience the level of artistic excellence and
respect for this art form that Vilia brings to her work.”
Putrius will also lead rehearsals of The Nutcracker
children’s cast, a group of more than 125 young dancers accepted from an open
audition which takes place this Sunday September 9, 2018 at the FBP Studios.
The children will perform alongside the FBP Company at PPAC in December. More
information can be found on the Company’s website,
The School, located on the East Side of Providence, has more
than 250 actively enrolled students ranging from toddlers to adults beyond 60.
Many of its graduates now dance in the FBP Company, and others have gone on to
join major companies around the world. Registration for the 2018-2019 school
year is open and ongoing.
Students and their families have a chance to meet Vilia and learn
about new changes she will be making at a September 8 informational meeting.
Call 401-353-1129 for more information.