Villella leaves Miami ballet sooner than expected

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Edward Villella, founding artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, watches dancers during a company class in Miami Beach, Fla. Villella, who built the Miami City Ballet into an internationally recognized company, has left sooner than expected, the company announced Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Villella, 75, said last year he would retire after the 2012-2013 season ends in April. But ballet officials announced Tuesday that Villella has decided to leave now. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Edward Villella, the artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, has abruptly left the company after nearly a year of financial struggles and management shake-ups that threatened to overshadow the troupe he founded and built into an internationally recognized company.


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