Florida Gulfshore Ballet is a new ballet company in Southwest Florida under the direction of the internationally renowned dancers, Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero. They bring their life’s work, experience, and reputation to Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas with the goal of producing and performing a diverse repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works after successfully leading the Florida Gulfshore Ballet school for 10 years.
Florida Gulfshore Ballet will be the first and only professional ballet company in Southwest Florida, delivering excellence on stage, as well as a commitment to the widest possible public audience through touring, educational programs, and community engagement. The company is planning its inaugural full season in 2023-2024, with two introductory Feature Performances in April and May of 2023 in Fort Myers and Naples, respectively.
Throughout the country and the world, the existence of major cultural institutions in a community is a strong indicator of a healthy economy and an appealing quality of life for its residents. The City of Fort Myers Community Economic Development Strategy Competitive Assessment 1 suggests that available housing, good schools, and a well-established arts community provide the key ingredients for attracting investment to any metropolitan area. We believe that Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas stand ready to experience significant growth and become an even more important destination for business, families, tourism, and entertainment.
It is with this belief in mind that we propose to build Florida Gulfshore Ballet as the premiere dance company and a major arts institution cornerstone for Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas. As artistic directors, Iliana and Franklin will leverage their professional reach around the country, in Europe, and Latin America to attract talent to Southwest Florida that might not otherwise consider us as a place to explore and advance their careers. Iliana and Franklin’s exemplary reputation worldwide, along with their exclusive access to the repertoire of famed choreographer Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, gives Florida Gulfshore Ballet the needed stimulus to bring together the necessary elements which will make this enterprise a success. Florida Gulfshore Ballet will combine athleticism and beauty to bring an unparalleled level of artistry that is sure to help put Southwest Florida on the map as a major cultural destination.
The company serves to offer Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding communities professional standards of dance with the goal of contributing to the overall quality of life for the community. The mission is accompanied by a commitment to diversity of talent and a focus on making ballet accessible to the widest possible public through touring, education programs, the creative use of media, and multi-community outreach efforts.
Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero bring their life’s work and experiences to Southwest Florida with the goal of producing and performing a diverse repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works. Paired with exclusive access to the repertoire of choreographer, Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, Florida Gulfshore Ballet will provide the highest level of artistry on stage and tour nationally and internationally as ambassadors of Southwest Florida to the world.
“When ballet takes to the sea, even the sunsets comes to take a sneak peek.”- Anthony T. Hinck