Miami City Ballet Cuts Some Dancers Amid Funding Woes

Ballet spokeswoman Nicolle Ugarriza says the corps and
apprentice dancers' contracts will not be renewed next season.

The dancers were notified Friday in a letter from the ballet's
artistic director and CEO, Edward Villella.

The cuts will reduce the troupe from 53 to 45 dancers.

The ballet aims to trim its budget from $14.8 million to about
$11 million next season.

In December, it dropped the live orchestra from the second half of the 2008-09 season because of declining ticket sales and donations.

Two teachers were laid off from the ballet's school last month.

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