Edward Villella

Distinguished as the greatest male ballet dancer in America, Edward Villella created the world-renowned Miami City Ballet in 1986 and today holds the title of artistic director. Revolutionizing the way men danced in America, Villella was awarded with the 1997 National Medal of Arts and was named the Kennedy Center Honoree. Today, as a member in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the only American ever to perform an encore at Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Villella serves on the Board of Trustees of the School of American Ballet.

Where were you born ?
Queens, N.Y.
How long in Miami:
25 years
Miami Beach
Artistic director of Miami City Ballet
Favorite Restaurant:
Joe Allen Restaurant
Best Sushi:
Sushi Siam
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Cafe Avanti
Best place for late night dining:
Pacific Time
Best dessert:
Best place for a romantic date:
Poolside at my home
Best Sunday brunch:
The Palms Hotel & Spa
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Not a clubber
Best place for a power business meeting:
My office
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
My home
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Raleigh Hotel
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Mayda Cisneros Couture
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Best Spa:
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Miami City Ballet’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala
Favorite Cultural Event:
Anything from Art Basel to Wine & Food Festival to the Opening Night of Miami City Ballet
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Miami City Ballet
Best Aspect of Miami:
Best Steakhouse:
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Andiamo PizzaMiami Beach Golf Course
Best Lunch:
Miami Beach Golf Course
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Massage:
Miami City Ballet’s Physical Therapists
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Aventura Limousine & Transportation Services
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Wolfsonian—Florida International University
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Vizcaya Museum & Gardensa
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