Tampa Bay Ballet (TBB) and Tampa Ballet Theatre (TBT), recently named in-house resident ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall, are all jazzed up to have Christopher Liddell, from New York City, joining the company as an artist in residence and faculty starting in September. As an artist in residence, Liddell will be bringing new original repertory for TBT and REH to help expand the growth of dance in the Tampa area. Liddell will also be joining the Murray instructing classes at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tampa Bay Ballet is currently registering students (ages 3+) for classes with Liddell and the other talented instructors at TBB for the 2015-2016 season (September-May). Liddell will be teaching many different classes at TBB including: Ballet, Pointe, Men’s, Pas De Deux, Broadway Jazz, and Adult Ballet.
“TBB and TBT are ready to grow and expand the art of dance throughout the Tampa area” states Lindsay Clark, Artistic Director of Tampa Bay Ballet and Tampa Ballet Theatre, “with the support of people like Chris, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the community, Tampa will soon be known for its exceptional dance performances.”
Christopher Liddell is an ABT certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He has taught alongside some of the world’s greatest artists at prestigious establishments like Steps on Broadway NYC, Cecchetti Ballet Council of America, and in September, Yale University. His students have been accepted into schools such as American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and La Guardia Arts and Professional Performing Arts. Other students of Christopher have also gained work on Broadway, TV, and film. Recently, Christopher has released, “B.A.L.L.E.T. a Romance”. “B.A.L.L.E.T. a Romance” is a short film Christopher had directed and choreographed with dancers from American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. This past year, Christopher has also been directing and choreographing several successful musical productions along the East Coast.
“I was helplessly lured away from NYC by the amazing growth and talent at TBB and TBT.” states Liddell, “This company is becoming the new standard for great performances and I want to be a part of that! I hope Tampa is ready for all the amazing dance that is coming its way this season.”
Tampa Bay Ballet opened in 2008 and is the official school of Tampa Ballet Theatre. Tampa Bay Ballet’s mission is to provide the highest standard of dance instruction and professional performing experience for students of all ages. The school follows a structured ballet curriculum, following a unique syllabus developed by the director, but also offers classes in other dance forms so dancers receive a well-rounded dance education. Through auditions, students are given the chance to perform alongside their talented instructors and are often given the opportunity to perform in special community performances.
Tampa Ballet Theatre is a non-profit professional ballet company in the Tampa Bay Area since 2012 and in May 2015 was named the in-house resident ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts.
For more information on registering for classes at Tampa Bay Ballet with instructors like Liddell for the upcoming season, please call Tampa Bay Ballet at (813) 814-0587.