The Sarasota Ballet has announced the addition of James Jordan as ballet master for the 2014-2015 season. Jordan, who recently staged the company's performance of Antony Tudor's "Gala Performance," has spent the past 30 years with the Kansas City Ballet.
Pavel Fomin, who has been with the Sarasota Ballet since its founding in the late '80s, will remain with the company, retaining his title as ballet master also.
"We are elated to welcome James to our company," said Artistic Director Iain Webb. "He is a natural fit for us and the dancers are already so comfortable with him. We expect an easy transition and an immediate impact."
Jordan began his career as a dancer with the Kansas City company from 1981-1987 and continued as ballet master there from 1991 to the present. He has also worked for the past 18 years as a repétitéur for The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust and with its director, Sally Bliss, the trustee of the organization. In his new position, he will work directly with Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri to stage works for the company.
"I was impressed by the way James not only looked after Tudor's choreography, but the way he related to our dancers," said Webb. "But more importantly, there is a natural synergy between him and Margaret. They both clearly express the passion and understanding for the history of the ballet which, of course, is one of our missions here."