Mar. 22, 2012


NAPLES, Fla. (March 22, 2012) He has danced for Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Ford and is recognized as the greatest male ballet dancer ever produced in America, yet his most proud professional accomplishment has been founding the Philharmonic Center for the Arts’ resident dance company, Miami City Ballet, which has achieved international acclaim and further enhances the cultural vitality of Naples.

On Monday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m., Talis Park will honor Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, at a private luncheon held at Talis Park located at 16990 Livingston Road in Naples.

Guests will celebrate Edward’s storied career and hear how he rose from being a brash New York City kid who became a major artist, and in doing so, changed the way men danced in America, as well as the way male dancers were perceived. Guests will also be among the very first to see Talis Park, a new 450-acre master-planned community, which was conceived to become one of the finest golf club communities in the country. Talis Park is now being reinterpreted for a new era in Naples luxury, one that is more relaxed, refined and on par with today’s healthier, more active lifestyle.

“Naples cultural life is greatly enriched because of Edward Villella and the world-class company he created. The arts are an integral part of what makes Naples such a special place to live and supporting them is extremely important to Talis Park,” said Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, the community’s developer. “It is a privilege to honor this American icon.”

Since 1986, Villella has focused his talent, intelligence and energy on creating and maintaining a world-famous ballet company. A living legend, his illustrious career spans five decades. He was presented with the 1997 National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and his portrait hangs in the National Gallery. As former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Villella was the original male lead in many important ballets in the Company’s repertoire, among them Tarantella, the “Rubies” section of Jewels, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Symphony in Three Movements, Bugaku, Dances at a Gathering and Watermill.  He was the only American ever to be asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

The private luncheon is a precursor to Miami City Ballet’s season finale performance of Coppélia, which will be held on April 3 and 4 at the Naples’ Philharmonic Center for the Arts. For tickets or more information, please contact: (239) 597-1900 or visit

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About Miami City Ballet

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, MCB was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has more than 40 dancers, and a repertoire of over 90 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school: Miami City Ballet School. For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or visit You can also join the Company on Facebook, follow the Company on Twitter and subscribe to the MCB Blog.

About Talis Park

Located at 16990 Livingston Road, Talis Park is poised to become one of Florida’s premier luxury golf and residential destinations. This spring they will introduce a collection of three new neighborhoods offering an inviting network of meandering trails and pathways leading to the village center. Overlooking the water or championship golf course, three refreshingly distinct home collections will be built by the area’s top builders with no detail spared, offering free-flowing indoor/outdoor living spaces, beautiful views, and prices ranging from $700,000 to $2 million plus. For more information, or to join our registry to follow the progress of Talis Park and receive advance notice of upcoming events/ offerings, call (239) 261-6798 or visit 

Philharmonic Center for the Arts

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is the premier arts center in Southwest Florida, hosting more than 400 events a year including world-class theater, dance, classical and popular music. The Phil is also home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Coast Florida home to Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, which presents a series of three programs each season as well as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Also on the Philharmonic Center campus is the three-story Naples Museum of Art, Southwest Florida’s only full-scale art museum. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts opened on November 3, 1989.

About Kitson & Partners Kitson & Partners was founded in 1992 and currently owns approximately 21,000 entitled residential units, 6.2 million square feet of commercial entitlements and 1.6 million square feet of existing retail shopping centers in Florida. Kitson & Partners received a substantial entity-level equity investment in 2006 which has enabled the company to continue pursuing real estate opportunities throughout the downturn. The company’s pension fund backing provides Kitson & Partners with significant financial strength and allows the company to take a long-term view of the market. For more information, visit