Just two years after being appointed director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, former PAB principal Arantxa Ochoa (DT, November 2012) has stepped down and relocated to Miami. Last month she began her new position as Miami City Ballet School director of faculty and curriculum.
Ochoa’s departure comes on the heels of some significant changes at PAB. As of the end of last season, more than 40 percent of the company’s dancers have left the company, either by choice or because their contracts weren’t renewed.
Born in Valladolid, Spain, Ochoa joined PAB in 1996, was promoted to principal in 2001 and retired in 2012. She served as a principal instructor at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet for two years before being appointed director.
Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of Miami City Ballet