The Biltmore Hotel’s iconic pool brings back the glamor of Esther Wiliams

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Miami, Oct 28 (EFE News) .- “Splash!”, An aquatic ballet by the synchronized swimming group “Las Aqualillies”, recreated the world of Esther Willams on Thursday in the pool of the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables (Miami-Dade ), one of the most photographed in the world and for a long time the largest in the United States.

“Splash!” served to launch the new season of the GableStage, a 140-seat theater that has a place in this hotel built in 1926 and with a past full of history and famous guests.

GableStage’s new artistic director, Bari Newport, today unveiled the 2021-2022 season program, which will raise the curtain on November 12 with a montage of Arthur Miller’s The Price.

The Aqualillies, dressed in coral-colored bathing suits and white swim caps and carrying oriental umbrellas, performed a water ballet inspired by Esther Williams (1921-2013), an American actress famous for her musical films with water shows.

Williams was one of the most popular stars of the Golden Age film production company Metro Goldwyn Mayer with such films as “School of Mermaids” and inspired her by the Aqualillies, a professional synchronized swim / dance company founded in 2008.

Aquallillies has teams in California, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Canada, France and Australia and is recognized as pioneering the renaissance of water ballet as entertainment.

Newport decided to make their presentation with them when they learned about the famous people who have stayed at this hotel and swam in its famous half-acre pool (about 2,000 square meters), such as Williams or Johnny Weissmuller, the most famous Tarzan, who was a coach. swimming at the Biltmore before turning to movies.

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Flanked by a Moorish tower and imitation Roman statues, the Biltmore’s pool is a one-of-a-kind Miami gem open only to guests at this vaguely Spanish-style hotel, with a tower inspired by Seville’s Giralda, which was built in 1926 by property developer George Merrick.

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