Dierdre Miles Burger joins The Sarasota Ballet as Assistant Education Director
Sarasota, FL (January 17, 2019) – The Sarasota Ballet’s Director Iain Webb and Education Director Christopher Hird are delighted to announce that esteemed dance educator Dierdre Miles Burger will be joining The Sarasota Ballet as Assistant Education Director. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in dance education as well as her position as a member of the Board of Examiners for American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum® add another key element to The Sarasota Ballet’s Education Programs. As a professional dancer Dierdre performed as a Soloist for Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet before joining the artistic staff as Ballet Mistress for Boston Ballet. As Dierdre transitioned towards dance education, she took on the roles of Principal of Boston Ballet School, and most recently was Director of Orlando Ballet School.
“I am so excited to join the Education Department of The Sarasota Ballet,” enthuses Miles Burger. “I have been so inspired by the company and the leadership of Iain Webb, Joseph Volpe, and Margaret Barbieri. Being trusted to join forces with Christopher Hird to bring to fruition their vision for the education programs of The Sarasota Ballet is tremendously exciting. It is also a particular honor to have this opportunity to work closely with Margaret to connect the training of our students with the artistry of the professional company.”
As Assistant Education Director, Dierdre Miles Burger will assist in all aspects of The Sarasota Ballet Education Program, concentrating on the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, International Intensive, and The Sarasota Ballet School. In collaboration with Christopher Hird, she will focus on the development of The Sarasota Ballet’s Education and outreach programs, with particular emphasis on attracting students from across the United States and abroad.
“Together with Christopher, Dierdre will enable The Sarasota Ballet’s Education Programs to continue to attain even greater heights,” says Webb. Barbieri adds, “The caliber and depth of Dierdre’s knowledge and experience will give our students an outstanding education and path to becoming professional dancers. She will be an integral part of The Sarasota Ballet Education team, and I look forward to working with her.”
Born in Burlington, Massachusetts, Dierdre Miles Burger joined the Boston Ballet Corps de Ballet in 1974. From 1978 until 1982 Miles Burger danced in New York City and with Houston Ballet before returning to Boston Ballet in 1983. During her career she danced countless principal roles in the classical and contemporary ballet repertory but was most known for her portrayal of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and the Principal Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling. In June of 1993 Miles Burger retired from performing and joined Boston Ballet’s Artistic Staff. In September 2002 Miles Burger was appointed Principal of Boston Ballet School, having been a member of the faculty of The Boston Conservatory since 1991. She is also certified in the dance notation method Labanotation.
In the summer of 2006 she left Boston Ballet to move to Florida with her husband David Burger, where she continued to teach and coach on a freelance basis. During this time Miles Burger became an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and was later appointed to the prestigious Board of Examiners for the curriculum. In addition she has served on the jury for a number of ballet conventions and competition including Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals and New York City Finals. In July 2010 she was appointed Director of Orlando Ballet School, serving there for eight years until August 2018. Under her leadership Orlando Ballet School grew and developed programming, most notably the Orlando Ballet School Academy which develops young dancers for professional careers. Reaching out to the community, she instituted several programs for children with special needs including Adaptive Dance for students with Down Syndrome, Come Dance With Us for children with physical challenges, and Kids Beating Cancer for children recovering from cancer.
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990, the mission of The Sarasota Ballet has been enriching lives, captivating emotions, and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, Executive Director Joseph Volpe, and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international recognition for its diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, as well as the integrity and artistry of its performances. The Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Matthew Bourne, Dame Ninette de Valois, Michel Fokine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. During Webb’s tenure, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as week-long residencies at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York. In May 2017 The Sarasota Ballet performed at the inaugural National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City and in August of 2018 returned to the Joyce Theater for another sold out week-long residency.