Former NYC Ballet Soloist, Zippora Karz, to Stage Balanchine’s Sonatine

Ballet Palm Beach Announces Former NYC Ballet Soloist Zippora Karz is Arriving Early Next Year to Stage Sonatine by George Balanchine™

PREMIERES by Ballet Palm Beach will be Presented at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, March 25-27

Colleen Smith, Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach today announced that the highly acclaimed professional ballet company will host former New York City Ballet soloist Zippora Karz in early January.

Karz will work with Ballet Palm Beach to stage Sonatine by the legendary George Balanchine, to be presented at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, March 25-27, 2019, as part of PREMIERES, which will include several additional “new to  Ballet Palm Beach” works by other choreographers. Sonatine will feature two dancers, accompanied by a guest pianist. PREMIERES will be performed at 7:30 pm, Monday-Wednesday. Tickets are $45 each. For tickets, click HERE.

A former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet, Karz performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Today, as a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, she stages Balanchine ballets for schools and companies around the globe.

Zippora-Karz-Header2Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 21, the dancer is passionate about motivating others to take care of themselves and live their dreams, regardless of what they see as obstacles. She is the author of The Sugarless Plum, as well as her children’s story, Ballerina Dreams. For more information, please visit

“Ballet Palm Beach is grateful to the Chastain Charitable Foundation for their generous sponsorship in underwriting Balanchine’s Sonatine with music by Maurice Ravel. Having Zippora Karz in our studios to set this beautiful work and coach our dancers will be a joy,” says Smith. “Ms. Karz’s history with NYC Ballet, not to mention having danced the leading female role in Sonatine herself, will certainly elevate the experience – not only for the company but also our audience.”

Karz will also conduct a Master Class for advanced students at Ballet Palm Beach on Thursday, January 3, at 5 pm. The cost to participate is $25. To register for this Master Class with Zippora Karz, please call 561.630.8235 or email To learn more about Ballet Palm Beach’s ballet academy, click HERE.

Upcoming performances by Ballet Palm Beach include:

+ Feb. 8-10
Romeo and Juliet
in residence at The King’s Academy

Page Family Center for Performing Arts

+ March 25-27
at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse

+ May 10-12
in residence at The King’s Academy

Page Family Center for Performing Arts

How to Purchase Performance Tickets:

For information about prices and how to purchase tickets, please call Ballet Palm Beach at 561.630.8235 or visit

For tickets to performances at the Kravis Center, please call 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471, or visit

For tickets to performances at The King’s Academy, please call 888.718.4253 or visit

About Ballet Palm Beach:

Ballet Palm Beach (BPB), the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ballet company dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet by cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting the next generation through the discipline of dance, and enriching the community through this universal art form. Established in 2001, the company has become a fixture in Palm Beach County. Each year BPB produces main stage ballets as well as outreach shows, both locally and abroad. For more information about the professional company or its school, Ballet Palm Beach Academy, or to support BPB’s outreach efforts call 561.630.8235 or visit

Featured photo: Zippora Karz performing Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 with New York City Ballet; (c) Steven Caras, all rights reserved.

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