The Florida Ballet is Jacksonville’s first and only professional dance company.  Founded by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael Byrd, the company made its debut in 1979.  Since then, the company has continued to present unique and innovative pieces from its repertory as well as new pieces created by established and emerging choreographers.



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“Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing.Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him.”
– Judy Collins

Veteran blues guitarist Walter Parks has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo the Nudes, and leader of the southern swamp-blues group Swamp Cabbage.