Vinton embarks on new venture


Longtime Sarasota ballet teacher Deborah Vinton, founder and director of the recently-folded West Coast Civic Ballet, is setting off on her own once again with the opening of Deborah Vinton Dance.

The for-profit business, which will remain in the previous quarters of the WCCB at 1370-D Blvd. of the Arts in the Rosemary district, will begin classes on August. 19.

Deborah Vinton

Deborah Vinton

WCCB, a nonprofit community dance organization, began its dissolution in June after Vinton and the board could not come to an agreement regarding the future and direction of the company.

In her new venture, Vinton will be joined by two of her former students, who will complete the faculty. Megan Wors is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance and is an emerging choreographer. She studied with Vinton, a certified fellow/examiner of Cecchetti USA, through elementary and high school, passing the Cecchetti exams through the advanced level. Jennifer Maecker graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in dance and has been teaching for the past 10 years; she will add some contemporary classes to the school offerings.

Vinton will continue her position as a faculty member at the Visual and Performing Arts Centre at Booker High School, where she has taught for more than 20 years.

The new school will hold placement classes on July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Aug. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 400-6277 or visit to reserve a spot.


Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: July 30, 2013
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