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Future perfect: Ballet Next

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 10:50 pm, Thu May 1, 2014.

For a ballerina, is there life after Swan Lake? At 30, Michele Wiles left a position as principal dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theatre to start a small company — Ballet Next, which appears at the Lensic Performing Arts Center this weekend. The company is presented by Performance Santa Fe, formerly the Santa Fe Concert Association, which has changed its name after 77 years, staking its claim as an organization that brings in more than musicians.

Wiles had a stellar career at ABT. She danced the Odette/Odile role in Swan Lake, was picked out of the corps by Dame Alicia Markova for a solo in her staging of La Bayadère, made her debut as a principal in Le Corsaire, and danced leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Apollo. She spent 14 years with the company and was frequently partnered by David Hallberg, who, in 2011, became the first American principal dancer with Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet.

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