We caught up with Lourdes Lopez, the new artistic director of the
That night she would introduce herself formally - for anyone even casually acquainted with dance has been following the backstage/boardroom drama - to the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton audience.
But when we interviewed her for this video, she was cordial, cool and clearly in charge.
You'd never know that she was asked to tour jete into her position eight months earlier than scheduled after the company's co-founder Edward Villella was ousted. So for the first time in 27 years, the company was under different leadership with this performance which got strong reviews the previous week when it debuted at Adrienne Arsht in Miami.
As a matter of fact, the only question she bristled at was when I asked her about being the only Latina to head up a major ballet company. Indelicate? Yes. But a must-ask nonetheless...in SoFlo.
The evening included the nostalgic ice-skating party of Sir
Born in 1958, Lopez' family moved from Havana to Miami in 1959 (her father was an army officer who opposed
After that there were stints at WNBC in