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NEVADA BALLET THEATRE WELCOMES
MONIQUE MEUNIER AND NILAS MARTINS AS CO-DIRECTORS
OF
THE ACADEMY OF NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

Nevada Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and American Ballet Theatre Soloist Monique Meunier and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Nilas Martins as Co-Directors of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, following a national search. The husband and wife team will oversee the Las Vegas-based Academy's faculty and student body of almost 400 students who comprise its Pre-Professional Program, Children's Program and Dance Program. Following relocation to Las Vegas, they will begin their duties in August for the start of the Academy's fall semester.

"I applaud Nevada Ballet Theatre for having the foresight to bring in Monique Meunier and Nilas Martins as Directors of their Academy. Between them, they have a wealth of experience and knowledge which will add immeasurably to the school, company and community."
- Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

NBT ANNOUNCES
NEW ACADEMY DIRECTORS

MORE ABOUT MONIQUE MEUNIER
& NILAS MARTINS


MONIQUE & NILAS IN THE NEWS



Ms. Meunier in The News:  
NYT: Up and Coming: Monique Meunier
"New Choreographic Voices"
Time Out New York: "And all that Jazz"

Mr. Martins In The News:
NYT Review: Nilas Martins Dances Apollo
NYT Review: Nilas Martins Dance Company
Explore Dance: Interview with Nilas Martins

WHAT THE INDUSTRY SAYS:
“Monique Meunier has transitioned from her career as one of the most brilliant ballerinas of her generation at both New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre into a leading voice in dance education in America today. Her wealth of experience as a Principal Dancer, respected teacher and ballet master, make her a perfect choice to be at the helm of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. I am excited to see the future unfold under her leadership.” 
-Heather Watts, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair Magazine.

“I had the pleasure of mentoring Nilas Martins when he was a fellow at the DeVos Institute for Arts Management and I was impressed with his commitment, his innovative and artistic mind, and his ability to research and follow through on his ideas. He will be a great asset to the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.”
-David Kitto, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

“I have known Nilas as a student, dancer, choreographer and repetiteur and he has distinguished himself in all of these roles. He is an accomplished ballet professional and therefore, is an outstanding choice for this position.”
-Kay Mazzo, Co-Chairman of Faculty for The School of American Ballet

ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre is the official school of Nevada Ballet Theatre and the premiere ballet and dance training center of Southern Nevada. Founded in 1979, as part of Nevada Ballet Theatre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Academy is guided by a philosophy of commitment to classical ballet tradition. Offering training in many forms of dance for students 18 months of age through adult, the Academy is housed in a 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, offering
the highest standard of artistic education taught by distinguished and world-renowned instructors.

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