The Colorado Ballet made a huge announcement this week in naming Gil Boggs as their new Artistic Director. The Denver Post provides coverage, here are highlights from their story.
Boggs, 45, takes over the position at a time when the company is struggling financially and trying to overcome ill feelings and bad publicity generated by Fredmann's controversial departure.
More than 35 people applied for the position, said Ann Frick, an attorney and ballet board member who headed the company's search committee.
Boggs, a Pensacola, Fla., native who grew up in Atlanta, began his career at the Atlanta Ballet. In 1982, he was invited by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the American Ballet Theatre.
After retiring in 1999, he turned to his second love: golf. He started as special-events manager at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers in New York City and now serves as director of its academy, overseeing 14 pros.
Besides helping to restore the company to financial stability, he hopes in future years to expand its roster to 40-45 dancers and increase the number of annual productions.