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Edward Villella is an American professional ballet dancer and choreographer. He is often regarded as America’s most celebrated male dancer of ballet at the time. He has won numerous awards, including the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Special, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts.
|Occupation||Ballet dancer, Choreographer|
Edward Villella was born on October 1, 1936 (age 86 years) in Bayside, New York, United States. Villella was admitted to the School of American Ballet at age ten, and then the High School of Performing Arts, but then interrupted his dance studies to complete his college education. He attended the New York Maritime Academy, where he lettered in baseball and was a championship boxer. He graduated with a marine science degree in 1957 and rejoined the School of American Ballet.
Edward Villella became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1957, rising to soloist in 1958 and principal dancer in 1960, last dancing there in 1979. Among his most noteworthy performances was Oberon in George Balanchine’s ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with music by Felix Mendelssohn), Tarantella, Rubies in the Balanchine ballet Jewels, and Prodigal Son.
Villella was the first American male dancer to appear with the Royal Danish Ballet, and the only American ever asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He danced at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy and performed for Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.
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Villella won an Emmy Award in 1975 for his CBS television production of Balanchine’s Harlequinade. He danced in two television versions of The Nutcracker (in different roles), in a ballet film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in a 1966 TV production of Brigadoon, in which he played the tragic suitor Harry Beaton. During the 1960s he and his dancing partner Patricia McBride, who starred together in a 1965 television version of The Nutcracker, appeared often on The Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1973, Edward Villella appeared as himself in an episode of The Odd Couple titled “Last Tango in Newark” during which he said (much to Felix’s dismay) that he always wanted to be a professional football player and that he took up ballet to meet girls; his son, Roddy, also appeared.
In 1983, Villella guest-starred on the soap opera Guiding Light. After retirement as a performer, Villella was the artistic coordinator of the Eglevsky Ballet from 1979 to 1984 and the director of Ballet Oklahoma (now Oklahoma City Ballet) from 1983 to 1985.
Edward Villella has also been an artistic advisor to New Jersey Ballet since 1972 and currently is a special artist at the New Jersey School of Ballet. He was named founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet in 1985 and served in that role until 2012.
Edward Villella is married to his wife Linda Carbonetto, they had their wedding in April 1981. His wife is a former professional Olympic figure skater. The couple has two daughters named Lauren Villella and Crista Villella. Villella also has a son, Roddy Villella, with his first wife, former New York City Ballet dancer Janet Greschler, to whom he was married from 1962 to November 1980. As of 2023, Villella and his wife Linda are still married.
Edward Villella net worth
How much is Edward Villella worth? Edward Villella net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a ballet dancer and choreographer. Edward Villella’s salary per month and other career earnings were over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential journalists in the United States. He stands at an appealing height of 1.83m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.
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