MundoFox  //  08.29.14

Una compañía a la altura de las mejores de los Estados Unidos deja su huella cultural en la comunidad hispana.

Miami City Ballet  //  08.28.14

Aspiring dancers from Naples and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to perform with the internationally acclaimed Miami City Ballet (MCB) during its annual performances of the beloved holiday extravaganza -- George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM.

Miami City Ballet  //  08.27.14

This winter, our dancers will dig out their winter coats and boots as they travel to Canada for some special performances.

Miami City Ballet  //  08.26.14

Aspiring dancers from Palm Beach County and nearby areas will have the opportunity to perform with the internationally acclaimed Miami City Ballet (MCB) during its annual performances of the beloved holiday extravaganza -- George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM. Auditions will be held Sunday, September 28 at Ballet East in West Palm Beach and are open to students ages 8 and up with previous ballet training.

El Nuevo Herald  //  08.21.14

El gran triunfo de Miami City Ballet esta última temporada 2013-14 es que las ventas de entradas han subido alrededor de un 18 por ciento con relación a las de 2012-2013.

Tallahassee Democrat  //  08.19.14
The troupe will perform with a street art backdrop again in March, this time on their own stage in a collaboration between choreographer Justin Peck and contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey.
Miami City Ballet  //  07.21.14

A crop of fresh new faces armed with fierce talent will grace the stage during the 2014-2015 season as Miami City Ballet (MCB) proudly welcomes eight new dancers to the company, including four 2014 graduates from MCB School.

SouthFlorida.com  //  07.03.14

You can’t accuse Miami City Ballet of being stuck in a rut.

The company just announced its season for 2014-2015, and the programs include a comedic piece by Jerome Robbins, a world premiere of a commissioned work by hot young choreographer Justin Peck, and a classical lineup with “Romeo and Juliet” and “Carmen.”

Miami City Ballet  //  07.02.14

Miami City Ballet (MCB) School, the official school of Miami City Ballet, will host its second annual Open House on Saturday, August 9, 2014, inviting prospective students, parents, and members of the community to tour the studios, learn about the many types of classes offered, and try sample classes for free.

Knight Foundation Blog  //  07.02.14

“The Art of Collaboration” is what the latest installment in the National YoungArts Foundation’s Salon Series was all about, with a discussion that took place on Thursday evening at the organization’s main campus in downtown Miami.

Miami City Ballet  //  07.01.14

Tickets to Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) 2014-2015 season of dance as well as holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM are on sale July 14, 2014. Marking its 29th season, Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez has assembled one of the Company’s most compelling and adventurous offerings of dance to date.

Miami Today  //  06.26.14

Lourdes Lopez came back to South Florida to lead Miami City Ballet as artistic director, not only bringing her 40 years of experience to the company but also introducing premier performances that challenge audiences and dancers alike. 

Ballet Review  //  06.23.14

A conversation with Lourdes Lopez on Miami City Ballet, Morphoses, dancing for Ballanchine and Robbins, classical ballet, and much more. 

Palm Beach Daily News  //  06.19.14

Miami City Ballet has added two prominent members of Miami’s cultural community to its staff. 

Miami Herald  //  06.09.14
Miami City Ballet has hired two Miami women for central fundraising and community outreach positions, expanding the administrative team that will work with incoming executive director Michael Scolamiero.
MCB Press  //  06.04.14
Miami Beach, Fla. (June 4, 2014) – Eva Silverstein has been named Director of Development at Miami City Ballet. She joins the company June 15, 2014.
MCB Press  //  05.29.14
Miami Beach, Fla. (May 29, 2014) – Terry Schechter, the well-known Miami-based arts advocate has joined Miami City Ballet (MCB) as the organization’s Director of Community Outreach and Special Projects – a position created by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.
MCB Blog  //  05.19.14
Principal dancer Jeanette Delgado shares the ballets that she is most looking forward to performing next season.
Press Release  //  05.15.14
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., (May 15, 2014) – Miami City Ballet (MCB) Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and the Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Scolamiero as the Company’s new Executive Director. He will join MCB June 30, 2014.
Miami Herald  //  05.15.14
Miami City Ballet has hired a new executive director to partner with artistic director Lourdes Lopez. Michael Scolamiero, who has led the Pennsylvania Ballet, will join the Miami troupe on June 30. He replaces Daniel Hagerty, who left MCB last month for family and personal reasons.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  05.15.14
Miami City Ballet has a new executive director and he’s no newbie when it comes to running ballet companies.

Michael Scolamiero, who starts work June 30, has helmed Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia for 17 years. He succeeds Daniel Hagerty, who left recently for family reasons after 18 months in the post.
MCB Blog  //  05.13.14
Corps de ballet dancer Michael Breeden shares the ballets that he is most excited to perform next season!
Miami Herald  //  05.12.14
Toby Lerner Ansin, co-founder of Miami City Ballet and preparing for its 30th anniversary season, is on daughter Stephanie Lerner Ansin’s turf inside the Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores.

Stephanie, founder and artistic director of the all-ages theater, is in her 10th season opener, Everybody Drinks the Same Water, a medieval murder mystery set in 13th century Spain that she is directing and co-wrote with Fernando Calzadilla.
MCB Blog  //  05.08.14
Wonder what it was like raising sibling ballerinas Patricia and Jeanette Delgado? Their mom tells all!
Palm Beach Daily News  //  05.07.14
Our critics have looked back on the best of the 2013-14 season. And the winners are … well, the season isn’t a boxing match nor yet a drawing. But quality does separate the champions from the also-rans. Our choices are ....
MCB Blog  //  05.05.14
We loved hearing your favorite moments of the 2013-2014 Season! Read them on our blog!
MCB Press  //  04.24.14
Here is a summary of our favorite quotes from the 2013-2014 Season!
MCB Blog  //  04.23.14
Share your top moments of the 2013-2014 Season to be featured on our blog and for a chance to win 2 tickets to opening night of Romeo and Juliet next season.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  04.21.14
A Miami City Ballet season is about challenging and satisfying the dancers. And, of course, the audience.

That’s what Lourdes Lopez says about programming the 2014-15 season — her third as artistic director and the second she has selected for the company.
El Nuevo Herald  //  04.09.14
Al escribir El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra se atrevió a decir muchas cosas en 1605 cuando había gran censura por parte de la Iglesia Católica, la Contrarreforma y una fuerte Inquisición.
Miami New Times  //  04.08.14
The standing ovation at the matinee of Miami City Ballet's season closer, Don Quixote, on Saturday, March 22 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts was a good indication that classical ballet lives and breathes in South Florida. It showed furthermore that it holds its own against the ultra/winter/music fests that dominate the local season.
Pointe Magazine  //  04.08.14
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and four other dance professionals weigh in on the important conversation about the future of dance.
Don Quixote at the Arsht Center  //  04.07.14
Casting for performances of Don Quixote at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now available.
Press Release  //  04.03.14
On Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm at the Miami City Ballet Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson, II Theatre Miami City Ballet School – the official school of Miami City Ballet – will hold performances by the newly formed MCB School Ensemble – a 30-member performing troupe comprised of tomorrow’s stars of ballet.
MCB Blog  //  04.03.14
With a little makeup magic, watch dancers Andrei Chagas and Carlos Guerra transform into our favorite dynamic duo -- Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, himself!
Palm Beach Illustrated  //  04.01.14
The Miami City Ballet wraps its 2013-14 season at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from March 28-30 with a flourish — and an epic windmill battle, with Don Quixote.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  03.31.14
Do you like tambourines, castanets, sassy girls shaking their skirts, macho toreadors twirling their capes, mysterious gypsies whirling about — along with a story of a noble old gentleman searching for his lost love and fighting a windmill dragon? If so, then you will love the lavish, full-length production of classic Miguel de Cervantes’s story of Don Quixote, presented by Miami City Ballet at the Kravis Center.
Don Quixote at Kravis Center  //  03.24.14
Casting for performances of Don Quixote at the Kravis Center is now available.
El Nuevo Herald  //  03.21.14
Un grupo de bailarines de Miami City Ballet (MCB), la compañía que dirige Lourdes López, colaboraron con músicos de la New World Symphony (NWS) para crear obras originales que se ofrecieron al público el martes 18 en el New World Center de Miami Beach.
The Miami Herald  //  03.18.14
The dancers of Miami City Ballet and the musicians of New World Symphony have spent most of their careers doing what they’re told by teachers, choreographers, conductors and directors. But Tuesday evening, members of both ensembles will present a show of original choreography to live music they’ve created and put together entirely on their own, a collaboration that’s unprecedented for both.
Don Quixote at the Broward Center  //  03.17.14
Casting for performances of Don Quixote at the Browad Center from March 21-23 is now available.
 //  03.13.14
Find out which dancers are getting promoted for our 2014-2015 Season.
MCB Blog  //  03.10.14
Dancer Michael Breeden tells all about our creative exchange with New World Symphony.
MCB Blog  //  03.06.14
Get a sneak peek of the all-time popular work Don Quixote.
Palm Beach Arts Paper  //  03.05.14
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez opened Miami City Ballet’s Program III at the Kravis Center on Friday night and introduced two company premieres that two dance legends — George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins — created decades ago.
Naples Daily News  //  03.05.14
The Miami City Ballet was premiering its West Side Story Suite in Miami and, to our dismay, Artis--Naples would not be getting it this season. But Naples received its own premiere performance Wednesday, Episodes, which more than made up for the oversight.
El Centro News  //  03.05.14
Miami, 27 feb (EFEUSA).- La exbailarina y actual directora del Miami City Ballet, la cubana Lourdes López, ha dedicado más de cuatro décadas al arte, tanto dentro como fuera de los escenarios, un trabajo que continuará desde la Fundación Ford, que la ha elegido como miembro de su junta directiva.
Program III at Kravis Center  //  02.25.14
Casting for Program III: Triple Threat at the Kravis Center is now available.
South Florida Gay News  //  02.21.14
Last year, when she announced the 2013-14 season, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez promised she would challenge her dancers in ways they had never imagined. Challenging new works have consistently peppered her programs, but this Saturday in Program III: Triple Threat, her company not only danced, but provided audiences with a thrilling theatrical experience that included acting and singing.
El Nuevo Herald  //  02.21.14
El Nuevo Herald nombra Lourdes López 'la figura del día'!
The Miami Herald  //  02.20.14
Lourdes Lopez has made a life in art, first as a dancer, then cultural arts reporter, instructor and dance company leader.
Now, the Miami City Ballet artistic director will bring that background to a new role: board member of the Ford Foundation.
Ford Foundation News  //  02.19.14
The Ford Foundation announced today the election of Lourdes Lopez to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees. Lopez will be the first artist to join the foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Miami New Times  //  02.19.14
Emotions ran high even before the dancing started. Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet's artistic director, stepped in front of the curtain Valentine's night to speak lovingly about her two teachers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and announce that George Chakiris was in the audience.
El Nuevo Herald  //  02.19.14
El Tercer Programa de la Temporada 2013-2014 del Miami City Ballet (MCB), titulado Triple Threat, se presentó el fin de semana pasado en el Adrienne Arsht Center e incluyó dos estrenos para la compañía.
Program III at Broward Center  //  02.18.14
Casting is now available for Program III: Triple Threat at the Broward Center.
The Miami Herald  //  02.18.14
Fierce and fresh, Miami City Ballet claimed the vibrant territory of musical theater for its own Friday night with the company debut of West Side Story Suite at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
The Miami Herald  //  02.18.14
Miami City Ballet will feature a major new commission and three company premieres in its 2014-2015 season, the company announced on Friday.
Press Release  //  02.13.14
Miami City Ballet's 29th season promises to be as exciting as ever with programs sure to delight both avid ballet fans and newcomers to the art alike by presenting an impressive array of works -- including four Company premieres.
Miami New Times  //  02.12.14
Known for its strength and versatility, Miami City Ballet will flaunt a new set of skills this Friday as the company debuts its world premiere of Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. In addition to tackling Robbins' dazzling choreography, several dancers will also sing. Yes, ballet dancers will sing.
El Nuevo Herald  //  02.12.14
Un gran júbilo se experimenta entre los bailarines del Miami City Ballet, al enfrentarse por primera vez a la ejecución de la s uite de un musical clásico por antonomasia en la historia del teatro de Broadway y en el de las películas musicales, West Side Story.
Program III at Arsht Center  //  02.11.14
Casting for Program III: Triple Threat at the Arsht Center is now available.
MCB Blog  //  02.11.14
Go behind-the-scenes of West Side Story Suite and watch as our dancers discover what it takes to become a true Triple Threat.
The Miami Herald  //  02.10.14
Miami City Ballet dancers are used to whirling and leaping to a big finale, but as they rehearse the ending of their next premiere, their feet are planted firmly on the floor. The only things moving are their mouths, in a familiar, yearning ballad: “There’s a place for us,” they sing, “somewhere a place for us,” before dropping their heads into stillness.The song is Somewhere, from the renowned musical West Side Story. And singing was not the only ... more
Arts Meme  //  02.07.14
The distinction — true, false or otherwise — between so-called commercial dancers and those of the “concert” dance world will be breached February 14, 2014, whenGeorge Chakiris, “Bernardo” in WEST SIDE STORY (1961), hosts a gala to benefit Miami City Ballet, one of the nation’s leading classical ballet companies.
Media Alert  //  02.07.14
On Friday, February 14, Miami City Ballet (MCB) will hold a black-tie gala in celebration of the Company's West Side Story Suite premiere hosted by Hollywood legend George Chakiris.
MCB Blog  //  02.06.14
Dancer Jovani Furlan shares his experience learning the "lost" Paul Taylor solo in George Balanchine's Episodes.
MCB Blog  //  02.05.14
WATCH a sneak peek of Program III: Triple Threat, featuring Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.
Miami New Times  //  02.04.14
Miami City Ballet's Program III: Triple Threat makes Miami New Time's 'Ten Best Valentine's 2014 Events in Miami' list.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  02.03.14
Miami City Ballet leapt onto the Kravis Center stage Friday for program II, which features four works that demonstrated the vast range and depth that this company has achieved in a short time underLourdes Lopez’s leadership.
MCB Blog  //  01.28.14
Find out how Apprentice Leanna Rinaldi landed a leading role in her first year with Miami City Ballet.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  01.27.14
It’s a good thing Justin Peck is young and resilient, as well as talented. Peck, 26, juggles a budding career as a choreographer favorably noticed by critics with his responsibilities as a soloist with the New York City Ballet.Mid-December found him in Miami Beach, rehearsing his pas de deux Chutes and Ladders with Miami City Ballet for the program the company will perform Friday through Sunday at the Kravis Center. The night before his arrival, he’d been on stage with New ... more
Program II at Kravis Center  //  01.27.14
Casting for Program II: See the Music at the Kravis Center is now available.
ConcertoNet.com  //  01.27.14
The centerpiece on this program is a 30-year-old work that is new to Miami City Ballet. Yet it feels fresh. Jardi Tancat (“Closed Garden”) is performed to Catalan folksongs. Three couples, probably farmworkers, enact their struggles with the land and their love for each other.
Broward/Palm Beach New Times  //  01.22.14
There are many reasons to rejoice in Miami City Ballet's second program of the season, called "See the Music," but chief among them is this: the company premiere of Nacho Duato's Jardí Tancat. It is a gem, a major addition to the company repertory, and above all, it is beautiful. Flanked by a Balanchine classic as well as by other new and recent works, the program runs at the Broward Center January 24 to 26 and at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach ... more
Program II at Broward Center  //  01.21.14
Casting is now available for performances of Program II: See the Music at the Broward Center.
Naples Daily News  //  01.17.14
If there's a link among the three works by Miami City Ballet that audiences saw Wednesday at Artis--Naples, it's, well linkage. Sylphlike strings of dancers thread through each other in the opening "Concerto Barocoo," the first of two George Balanchine works, in ways similar to the ensemble daisy chains in its elegant bookend, "Serenade."
El Nuevo Herald  //  01.15.14
Una invitación a “mirar la música y escuchar la danza” es la que hace el Programa II de la temporada 2013-2014 del Miami City Ballet (MCB), que se estrenó el fin de semana pasado en el Adrienne Arsht Center.

El título del programa integrado por cuatro obras ( See the Music, en español Mira la música) proviene de una frase de George Balanchine, según explicó Lourdes López, directora ... more
The New York Times  //  01.14.14
MIAMI — Miami City Ballet, widely known as one of the world’s leading exponents of choreography by George Balanchine, also has a record of new choreography. Its current quadruple bill, labeled “See the Music,” opens with Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” (1941) and has Nacho Duato’s “Jardí Tancat” (1983), a new company acquisition, as a centerpiece. But it also features two works recently made for the troupe, Justin Peck’s ... more
Miami New Times  //  01.14.14
There are many reasons to rejoice in Miami City Ballet's second program of the season, called "See the Music," but chief among them is this: the company premiere of Nacho Duato's Jardí Tancat. It is a gem, a major addition to the company repertory, and above all it is beautiful.
MCB Blog  //  01.14.14
Enter the 'closed garden' of Nacho Duato's profoundly, Spanish work Jardí Tancat, in this video interview with répétiteur Kevin Irving.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  01.13.14
Jennifer Lauren, soloist with the Miami City Ballet, was named in the January issue of Dance Magazineas one of “25 to Watch” in 2014. The talented Tuscaloosa, Ala., native began her career with the Alabama Ballet Company.
El Nuevo Herald  //  01.08.14
Un programa de ballet en el que se nos pida mirar la música y escuchar la danza es intrigante. Esa es la invitación que nos hace la publicidad que el Miami City Ballet le hace al Programa II: See the Music ( Mira la música), que se estrena este fin de semana en el Ziff Ballet Opera House del Adrienne Arsht Center.
Program II: See the Music  //  01.06.14
Casting for performances of Program II: See the Music at the Arsht Center is now available.
MCB Blog  //  01.06.14
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez gives a sneak peek of Program II: See the Music.
Achei USA  //  01.03.14
Renan Cerdeiro e Nathalia Arja fazem papéis de destaque na companhia de balé do sul da Flórida
Dance Magazine  //  01.02.14
Soloist Jennifer Lauren makes Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' list for 2014!
The Nutcracker  //  12.30.13
Casting for performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ at the Broward Center is now available.
The Nutcracker  //  12.19.13
Casting for performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ at the Kravis Center is now available.
El Nuevo Herald  //  12.18.13
A los siete años Rachel Armengol comenzó a estudiar ballet en Coppelia Ballet, en Hialeah, y fueron sus propios maestros quienes le sugirieron, hace un par de años, que se trasladara a la escuela del Miami City Ballet (MCB), porque tenía muchas posibilidades de convertirse en bailarina.
MCB Blog  //  12.18.13
It's the most wonderful time of the year and we are capturing all of the excitiment on Instagram! Find out who is taking over our feed for The Nutcracker at the Arsht Center.
Knight Foundation Blog  //  12.17.13
You expect to hear music wafting through the windows of Lourdes Lopez’s Miami Beach office. She moves across the space like the principal ballet dancer she once was: athletic, graceful, aware—and in charge.
MCB Blog  //  12.16.13
In the first act of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Uncle Drosselmeyer reveals three large gifts. Watch our latest video to find out what’s inside!
The Nutcracker  //  12.13.13
Casting for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now available.
AzureAzure  //  12.12.13
After a long history of accomplishments and success in the field of dance, Lourdes López, former principal dancer of New York City Ballet, is seeing a new dream come true. López was, until recently, the director of the New York-based avant-garde dance troupe, Morphoses, which she co-founded with the British dancer and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Earlier this year, Lourdes López took on a new role as artistic director of Miami City Ballet.
El Nuevo Herald  //  12.11.13
Un programa muy especial de expansión artística del Miami City Ballet, MCB, patrocinado por la ciudad de Miami Beach, atrae a estudiantes de bajos recursos todos los años.
Dance Spirit Magazine Blog  //  12.06.13
Dance Spirit Magazine writes about our photo shoot with Jordan Matter on their blog.
MCB Blog  //  12.05.13
Interview with our very own Sugar Plum Fairy -- Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg.
ARTBURST  //  12.04.13
Interivew with Principal dancer Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg on her book So You Want to Be a Professional Dancer?
Pointe Magazine  //  12.04.13
George Balanchine’s Apollo follows three muses—Calliope, muse of poetry, Terpsichore, muse of song and dance, and Polyhymnia, muse of mime—as they teach Apollo, son of Zeus and god of music, about their art. Here, Miami City Ballet principal Tricia Albertson gives her advice on Polyhymnia’s fast, tricky variation.
MCB Blog  //  12.02.13
Photographer of The New York Times Bestseller Dancers Among Us -- Jordan Matter -- visits Miami to exhibit his work and shoot our dancers!
MCB Blog  //  11.26.13
Dancer Rebecca King takes over our Instagram feed for the first Nutcracker performance of the season and shares how this classic ballet has become a Thanksgiving tradition at MCB in its own right!
Naples Illustrated  //  11.26.13
Just as turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are sure to bring friends and families together November 29, the popular Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, is set to officially start the Southwest Florida holiday season when Miami City Ballet brings its version to the Hayes Hall stage at Artis—Naples from November 29-December 1.
MCB Blog  //  11.25.13
Get a sneak peek of Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™!
The Miami Herald  //  11.21.13
Like most ballerinas, Jennifer Kronenberg has been absorbed with dancing since she was a little girl. But the Miami City Ballet principal dancer has long loved another sort of expression, too.

“I’ve always liked writing. In school English was my favorite subject,” says Kronenberg. “It just flowed, and I enjoyed it. I always said one day I’d like to write a book. But I never saw it happening.”
The Miami Herald  //  11.21.13
The 19-story dancing lady still has her moves, but after adorning the side of the InterContinental Miami for the last year — and earning plenty of second glances — she’s ready to retire.

Thursday, the downtown hotel will hold auditions to find its next “mover and shaker.” But unlike the current dancer, whose style is more stripper than salsa, the new generation will likely shake a little less suggestively.

“We won’t rule anything ... more
M&V Magazine  //  11.21.13
Ballet figures into each and every day for Patricia and Jeanette Delgado. Miami, for that matter, does too. Born and raised in the city, the Delgado sisters are homegrown stars, who have worked their way up from the Miami City Ballet School to the main company, Miami City Ballet, where Patricia was named an apprentice in 2000 and principal in 2007 and Jeanette in 2003 and 2008.
Palm Beach Daily News  //  11.18.13
Miami City Ballet appears to be thriving under the leadership of its new artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, who is now in her second season with the company. The troupe presented a strong Program I: First Ventures, at the Kravis Center on Friday night, that illustrated Lopez’s commitment to maintaining the works of masters such as George Balanchine while also breathing new life into the company by performing ballets by esteemed living choreographers.
Miami City Ballet School  //  11.18.13
Miami Beach, FL — On Friday, November 1 at Fienberg-Fisher Elementary School in Miami Beach, the Miami City Ballet School, the official school of the critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet (MCB), auditioned over forty 2nd and 3rd grade children for the School’s 28-week long Explore Dance outreach program. Explore Dance is an educational outreach program designed to promote the arts to our community’s youth through weekly-held classes that take place at MCB’s 63,000 square foot, state-of-the-art ... more
MCB Blog  //  11.13.13
Give Miami Day is only one week away! Find out what project we are raising money for this year!
MCB Blog  //  11.12.13
Christopher Wheeldon breaks down the ballet that made him one of today’s most important choreographers in our latest INSIGHTS video!
Palm Beach Daily News  //  11.11.13
New York City Ballet dancer Merrill Ashley was returning from a seasonal layoff in 1977, feeling out of shape and nursing a scraped foot, when ballet master George Balanchine hailed her on her way to class.
Casting is now available for performances of Program I: First Ventures at the Kravis Center.
Dance Magazine  //  11.05.13
Miami City Ballet principal Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg had a clear vision of how things would go when she and her husband, fellow MCB principal Carlos Miguel Guerra, decided to have a baby. Then she passed her due date by two weeks and had an unplanned cesarean section. “I had to take off longer than expected and couldn’t do any physical activity other than walking for eight weeks,” says the mom of Eva, now 1. “I was devastated. I had this whole plan in mind and it got ... more
The Miami Herald  //  11.05.13
Saturday night at Miami City Ballet, there were plenty of dancers stalking and spinning around the stage of the troupe’s studio theater. But the dancer who was the star of the show hardly moved at all. She didn’t have to. Chita Rivera, the Broadway legend who played Anita in the original production of West Side Story, charmed the adoring audience with sass, stories and pungent opinions on TV talent shows.
South Florida Gay News  //  10.31.13

Broward audiences got their first glimpse this weekend into Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez’s vision for the Miami City Ballet, and it was stunning.

Although Lopez returned to Miami last year, she triumphed with an inaugural season conceived by her predecessor, MCB founder Edward Villella. Program I: First Ventures, which debuted two weeks ago in Miami and repeats at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center Nov. 15-17, is the first programmed by Lopez.

ConcertoNet.com  //  10.28.13

Anyone who had doubts about the direction of Miami City Ballet can put them aside after this opening program. Two of the standards looked as fresh as ever and a work new to the company was performed with the confidence of a staple of the repertory.

Palm Beach Post  //  10.24.13

Of course they dance. But did you know Miami City Ballet dancers also sing? 

Casting Announcement  //  10.21.13
Casting for Program I: First Ventures at the Broward Center is now availalbe. *Casting is subject to change.
The Miami Herald  //  10.20.13

Miami City Ballet added a striking new facet to its profile with the startling, off-kilter architecture of Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia on its season-opening program. But it was Serenade, the nearly 80-year-old Balanchine work that has been a company mainstay, that got the strongest applause Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House.

Miami New Times  //  10.17.13

It took some coaxing, but Lourdes López has finally moved into Edward Villella's impressive old corner office at the Miami City Ballet studios in South Beach.

"It's nice, isn't it," says the company's new artistic director with a shy smile, "and I can grow my gardenias out in the terrace."

WLRN  //  10.17.13

Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off. 

The Miami Herald  //  10.15.13

Balanchine created 'Ballo della Regina' for Merrill Ashley, and she taught it to MCB dancers for Friday's season opener.

El Nuevo Herald  //  10.15.13

Miami City Ballet comienza la temporado 2013-2014 este viernes 18, con un proyecto de cautro estrenos de importantes coreógrafos, con Polyphonia, de Christopher Wheeldon, en el prmier programa.

Casting Announcement  //  10.15.13
Casting for Program I: First Ventures at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now available. *Casting is subject to change.
Broward County Cultural Quarterly  //  10.15.13

It is the morning of Monday, July 29, 2013, and the lobby of Miami City Ballet studios in South Beach is alive with the kind of electric energy only a roomful of dancers can generate.

WLRN  //  10.09.13

South Florida doesn’t (yet) have a modern dance company on the same scale as its ballet company, Miami City Ballet, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the region to see some phenomenal contemporary dance.

City & Shore Magazine  //  10.06.13
“Ballet is important and significant, yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.” So said the late George Balanchine, often called “the father of American ballet.”
Sun-Sentinel  //  10.06.13

Miami City Ballet is a Top 5 Pick of the 2013-2014 Season for Dance! 

Miami Magazine  //  10.02.13

All eyes will be on the Miami City Ballet in more ways than one this month. Artistic Directo Lourdes Lopez will finally get to show audiences what she's been working on since she took over this past fall.

Sun-Sentinel  //  10.01.13

In the dance world, all eyes will be on the Miami City Ballet.

This is the debut season from artistic director Lourdes Lopez, who set tongues wagging last year when she was asked by MCB’s board to take over eight months earlier than previously scheduled, replacing company co-founder Edward Villella who was at the helm for 27 years. Lopez gamely finished out the season planned by Villella and triumphed with the wary dancers.

Ocean Drive Magazine  //  09.30.13

HOTTEST TICKET - This season, Miami City Ballet debuts anticipated company premieres from new Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.

MCB Blog  //  09.30.13

As we count down the days to the opening of the 2013-2014 Season, dancers share their most memorable opening night experiences on our blog. First up, Principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg.  

The Miami Herald  //  09.25.13

Miami City Ballet's Program III: Triple Threat is named a top 5 dance event for the 2013-2014 season.

MCB Blog  //  09.24.13

Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez shares the discusses the meaning behind First Ventures and why Miami City Ballet's first program of the 2013-2014 Season is not to be missed in this NEW VIDEO!

The Miami Herald  //  09.22.13

The Miami Herald asked its arts writers to pick the highlights for the upcoming arts season. Miami City Ballet made the cut...read more.

MCB Blog  //  09.22.13

Principal dancer Tricia Alberton writes about her experience working with legendary Balanchine ballerina Merrill Ashley on Ballo della Regina

Miami City Ballet  //  09.18.13

Miami Beach, FL — Miami City Ballet proudly presents Tony Award-winning Broadway star Chita Rivera in an exclusive discussion about West Side Story Suite, along with live performance excerpts from Miami City Ballet’s upcoming Triple Threat program. Ms. Rivera will also discuss working with some of the greatest artists in the history of musical theatre and film, including Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Vogue LatinoAmerica  //  09.12.13
La directora del Miami City Ballet, Lourdes López, hable sobre su carrera y de estapa con la agrupación de la Meca del Sol...Read more.
MCB Blog  //  09.11.13

Meet our next new dancer Nieser Zambrana.

Fisher Island Magazine  //  09.10.13
"No, no, no." Olivier Pardina stops the pianist in a rehearsal room inside the Miami City Ballet building. Pardina is famous; a French dancer and renowned ballet teacher, he's now a faculty member at the Miami City Ballet. He's commanding and insistent. He's taught some fo the best...Click the PDF to read more.
MCB Blog  //  09.05.13
Meet our next new addition to the company...corps de ballet member Christina Spigner!
MCB Blog  //  08.28.13
Famous Balanchine Ballerina Merrill Ashley joins us this week to set George Balanchine's Ballo della Regina on the company. Find out who is capturing it all on Instagram on our blog!
MCB Blog  //  08.26.13
There will be several new faces onstage this upcoming season, so we are introducing them on out blog! Get to know new corps de ballet dancer Damian Zamorano. 
MCB Blog  //  08.20.13
Meet our next new dancer, Sarah McCahill!
MCB Blog  //  08.19.13
Find out what dancer is taking over our Instagram feed while the company learns Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia and why we are so excited to perform this work.
MCB Blog  //  08.14.13
Learn the ins and outs of new corps de ballet member Eric Trope.
El Nuevo Herald  //  08.13.13
Por primera vez este año, Lourdes Lopez puede diseñar su propio programa para la temporada 2013-2014 del Miami City Ballet. Aunque había asumido su posición como directora artística de la compañia desde el año pasado, Edward Villella, se marchó un poco ante de tiempo, había dejado organizada la temporado 2012-13.
The Associated Press  //  08.11.13
The Associated Press covers Miami City Ballet School's August 10th Open House. 
The Miami Herald  //  08.11.13
The Miami Herald covers Miami City Ballet School's August 10th Open House in a photo gallery online.
MCB Blog  //  08.06.13
Learn about our two visiting répétiteurs who are staging George Balanchine's Episodes this week and who is capturing it all on Instagram!
MCB Blog  //  08.01.13
Miami City Ballet is welcoming several new dancers to the company this season - get to know them on our blog!
MCB Blog
Wrapping up the ‘MCB Summer’ series, principal dancer Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg writes about her homecoming trip to New York, where her ballet career started in a small, local dance studio in Queens.
MCB Blog
Check out our latest video to discover what exciting dance masterworks Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez has in store for Miami City Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season. 
The Miami Herald
You won't find Miami City Ballet’s dancers, scattered for vacation, at the troupe’s Miami Beach studios during the summer. But there was plenty of movement there on a recent summer day as the Miami City Ballet School’s summer intensive program kicked off.
Soloist Jennifer Lauren shares what she and fellow dancers have been up to this summer in the Big Easy.
The New York Times
Can you have ballet without ballerinas? Yes. In the 18th century, women were the second sex in Western theater dance. Though some female stars were called “queens” of dance, men were known as “gods.” Yet for the last two centuries, mainly since the establishment of female point work, the ballerina has been the quintessence of ballet.
Legendary choreographer George Balanchine once said, “ballet is woman,” and that seems to be the case, considering the scarcity of boys aspiring to become ballet dancers compared to the legions of girls. But of the girls who grow up to become top dancers, few have actually graduated into the upper levels of leadership. Right now, the biggest U.S. ballet companies are run by men — with one exception: Miami City Ballet, where Lourdes Lopez is ... more
 //  05.15.13
Pictorial of Miami City Ballet Dancers performing 'The Frog Prince' during Sunday's season finale of Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children at the Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. 
Miami, FL (May 9, 2013):  Miami City Ballet’s Board of Trustees today elected Susan D. Kronick as its new President of the Board. Kronick is regarded as one of the nation’s most effective retail marketing and merchandising strategists. She is the former Vice Chairman of Macy’s Inc., where she was responsible for approximately $25 billion in sales and 850 Macy’s and Bloomingdales stores nationwide. ”I am ... more
If you ask someone to name a valuable commodity, they may say gold, or oil. Ask someone in ballet the same question, and there’s good chance they’ll say boys. Most ballets have almost equal part male and female roles. But in the U.S., boys who want to do ballet are hard to come by.  For that reason boys often receive full scholarships to ballet schools and other forms of special treatment in order to attract them to the ... more
MIAMI - More than 20 years after making his major-league debut, Mike Piazza, considered one of the best-hitting catchers in history, made another debut. This time he traded a baseball jersey for a tan suit, loud tie and dark fedora, and a baseball bat for a gun. Well, sort of. Piazza, who retired from the big leagues in 2007 and holds the record for most home runs by a catcher with 427, made his ballet debut Friday night. He played a hit ... more
Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza made his cameo with Miami City Ballet Friday night.

The 44-year-old retired Miami Beach native and father of two put on his gangster face for a performance of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” Piazza’s daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School...read more
The last time we saw Mike Piazza, it was in a familiar place — on the baseball diamond. The 12-time All-Star who hit the most home runs ever by a catcher served as the hitting coach for the Italian team at the World Baseball Classic in March, a scrappy overachieving squad that made it to the semifinal round at Marlins Park with less than a handful of major leaguers. These days, the 44-year-old retired Miami Beach native and father ... more
Un asesinato está a punto de ocurrir en la 10ma avenida de Nueva York. El responsable será un gángster, que este viernes 3 de mayo estará representado por el legendario beisbolista Mike Piazza.
The heady mix of ballet and Broadway was brought to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in April. The result was a resounding success. The first part of the program, which lasted just over an hour, was a superb staging of Jerome Robbins' masterworkDances at a Gathering. A showcase for balletic dance moves, the work unfortunately has no plot, which ensures it cannot be regarded as one of the world's greatest ballets. This, however, did not stop the ... more
 //  04.30.13
The Miami City Ballet Company (MCB) will close its 2012-2013 season this weekend at the Arsht Center with Broadway and Ballet, a valentine to Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. No surprise there, since the MCB has been acclaimed far and wide for its devotion to the masters, especially Balanchine. What makes this program so delicious is the unpredictable pairing of the works as well as the works themselves. The first part of the performance belongs to Jerome Robbins. ... more
Inside a studio at the Miami City Ballet, dancers rehearsed for a performance of the George Balanchine classic “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” At one side of the room waifish ballerinas warmed up, while on the other side of the room 12-time major league All-Star Mike Piazza waited for cue. Piazza will make his ballet debut in a cameo performance for the production on May 3. “What do you know ... more
Casting for performances of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now available. 
In a single weekend, we will be able to see two of this country's reputable dance companies, both selecting ballets made in the United States and in a variety of American styles, in one Broward setting.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is offering a ticket deal -- $99 to see both companies on two separate days. And, like many things American, each of the five ballets delivers a distinctive taste, influenced by a worldly palette. The red hot contemporary ... more
Principal dancer Renato Penteado explains why he was been looking forward to performing Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering more than any other ballet this season...read more
OK, wiseguy, we know what you’re thinking: “Mike Piazza performing with Miami City Ballet? Well, so much for the rumors that he’s gay!” Har-dee-har-har.
But while you’re laughing about it, know that Piazza is laughing, too. The baseball great has heard all of your jokes and then some from friends and former teammates. As he points out in his new autobiography, “Long Shot” (Simon & Schuster), he’s comfortable with ... more
Casting for performances of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Broward Center is now available. 
Here's the challenge: Teach Miami City Ballet's classical dancers how to tap-dance like a Broadway hoofer. Here's the solution: Bring in Palm Beach's Philip Neal. The former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet is not only Miami City Ballet’s Palm Beach liaison, but also the repetiteur for George Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue," the ... more
MIAMI BEACH — On a recent afternoon here in the spacious rehearsal halls of Miami City Ballet, where palm trees frame oversize windows, the sisters Patricia and Jeanette Delgado rehearsed Jerome Robbins’s “Dances at a Gathering” and swapped pointers. As Jeanette struggled in a high lift over her partner’s head, Patricia, sprawled on the floor below, stretching, suggested that her sister soften with the music. Later Jeanette returned the favor — as Patricia ... more
The pas de deux Justin Peck created for Miami City Ballet was just one element of the New World Symphony’s “New Work” evening, but Chutes and Ladders, vibrantly performed by Jeanette Delgado and Kleber Rebello, made a vivid impression even amid the rich array at New World Center Saturday.
Lit up by spontaneous energy derived from the music, the first movement from Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 1, this densely constructed dance was a strikingly fresh take on a traditional form...read more

The New World Symphony’s second annual multi-media cornucopia of new music, dance, film and poetry on Saturday night drew a full house of culturally adventurous South Beach hipsters. Utilizing the full audio and visual resources of the New World Center, the program was a festive celebration of artistic creativity, the music and production values maintaining a consistently high standard.
Ian Dicke’s O Bury Me Not, a NWS commission, is a funky mashup ... more
Christina Spigner starts her day feasting on egg whites and oatmeal.
Then, she prepares her meal for her time away from her Miami Beach apartment: generally, a turkey sandwich, green salad, protein shakes and dried fruit.
Before walking the 1½ blocks to Miami City Ballet studios, she takes time out for a daily devotional spiritual moment.
That routine keeps her grounded day after day as she pushes her body to become the best...read more
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Mike Piazza knows that some people think it's funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.
"You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive," Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a ... more
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Mike Piazza knows that some people think it's funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.
"You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive," Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a ... more
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Mike Piazza knows that some people think it's funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.
"You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive," Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a ... more
Two young artists are at the center of the adventurous “New Work” program the New World Symphony will present April 20. Choreographer Justin Peck, 25, created a pas de deux for Miami City Ballet for the occasion, and Zosha Di Castri, 28, composed a piece the orchestra will premiere. Rather than a traditional night at the symphony, “New Work” will be a whirlwind tour of the contemporary arts world, with a fresh palette of commissioned dance, ... more
Miami City Ballet saved the best for last, dazzling the audience at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center last weekend with both classical ballet and a little Broadway in the closing program of the 2012-13 season. Program IV, planned last year before the departure of founding Artistic Director Edward Villella but executed by his successor Lourdes Lopez, began with Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Set to a series of 14 ... more
Dances at a Gathering has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest ballets of the second half of the twentieth century. When Miami City Ballet first did it in 2006, the audience response was not especially positive. It is a beautiful work but it has neither the enormous size nor a score that knocks people out. The choreography is proudly and honestly subtle and the score is simply a series of Chopin piano works so that alone explains that one had better not be looking for ... more
On Friday at the Kravis Center, Miami City Ballet finished off its 2012-2013 season by presenting an evening that crisscrossed Broadway with ballet, and ballet with Broadway. The program featured two works of two great choreographers, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. The works were created by colleagues who seemed to have traded their signature dancing shoes for each other’s. Broadway choreographer Robbins chose pointe shoes and tights and master ... more
Miami City Ballet presented its Program IV Friday night at the Kravis Center, closing the season with a two-act evening of dance aptly titled Broadway & Ballet. While the program was well-rehearsed, expertly performed and easily endured, it lacked the wow factor that has made some of the company’s recent offerings so thrilling. It is essential to preserve the masterworks of choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, and Miami City Ballet does ... more
Four dancers share why they are so excited for the opening of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet...read more
Longtime big-league catcher Mike Piazza will make his ballet debut on May 3 as the gangster in Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
I'd be less inclined to believe this had I seen it on Monday, but it doesn't appear to be an April Fool's joke...read more
Having failed to gain entrance to baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first try, perhaps Mike Piazza now has eyes on a Tony or an Oscar.
Piazza will make his ballet debut as “The Gangster” in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” on Friday, May 3, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
According to the MCB’s press ... more
Mike Piazza has hung up his baseball cleats, but he’s putting on his dancing shoes.
For one night only, the former Mets catcher will have a bit part in a performance of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” at the Miami City Ballet on May 3.
Piazza, 44, will play the role of “The Gangster” — a character who threatens the protagonist of the ballet and then coldly watches the performance unfold...read more
On May 3, Mike Piazza, will make his ballet debut at the Ziff Ballet Opera House when he appears as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. But Piazza won't be doing any pas de deux or even catching ballerinas. According to a ballet rep, he'll be "throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage ... more
Miami City Ballet just signed a new dancer: former major league baseball catcher Mike Piazza. The  company has been loving sports stars recently...read more
I’ll admit it: When I got the press release announcing that former baseball star Mike Piazza would be performing with Miami City Ballet, my first reaction was: Huh? Yes, Piazza was apparently a great catcher and an even better hitter during his 16 years playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. (And yes, I personally have Wikipedia to thank for all that information.) But ... more
Casting is now available for performances of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. 
Miami, FL (April 2, 2013):  Legendary Major League Baseball player, Mike Piazza, known as the greatest hitting catcher of all time, will trade the ballpark for the Ziff Ballet Opera House on Friday evening, May 3, 2013. Piazza will make his ballet debut as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

Mike Piazza, who looked so good in pinstripes during his half-hour as a member of the then-Florida Marlins,  will put on similarly fashionable  stripes when he takes the stage May 3 in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.   
The baseball legend will not be catching any ballerinas, but instead will sport a 1920’s-era costume for his ... more
MIAMI – Christina Spigner used to wonder whether her father wanted her to be a boy. The last of three girls, Spigner tried to fill the male void by being somewhat of a tomboy when growing up.
But her true calling turned out to be one of the most graceful activities to watch: ballet dancing. She has combined her athleticism with her love of dance to forge a way in a dance genre that began in the 15th century in Italy as entertainment for the elite...read more
When Lourdes Lopez began dancing in the New York City Ballet in 1974, she saw firsthand how the energy of George Balanchine’s creative genius and Lincoln Kirstein’s passionate, yet business-minded motivation wove together to put their shared ideals onstage. “Mr. B would say ‘Free tickets for everybody!’ and Lincoln would say, ‘Well, we can’t quite do that…,’” she recalls. “I witnessed that partnership between them, and whether it ... more
It seems like the catwalk has become a sort of second stage for dancers these days. The latest ballerinas moonlighting as runway models are Miami City Ballet's Callie Manning, Suzanne Limbrunner and Adriana Pierce...read more
If you ask Miami City Ballet dancers what makes them shine on stage, most will cite camaraderie, not competitiveness.
“Perhaps the familial atmosphere at MCB has always served as a breeding ground for friendships and romantic relationships,” says principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. “We have a level of mutual respect and understanding that is rare in the dance world. I definitely think it adds to our chemistry as a company.”
Pictoral feature of Miami City Ballet's March Ballet For Young People performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 
Pictoral of Miami City Ballet's rehearsal for Open Barre: Behind the Curtain. 
Watch how New York City Ballet dancer and emerging choregrapher Jusin Peck created a new work for Miami City Ballet. 
Miami City Ballet and the New World Symphony are collaborating for the first time, for an April 20 symphony performance that will feature the premiere of a new pas de deux by an up-and-coming New York City Ballet choreographer...read more

MIAMI BEACH – The New World Symphony will present an evening highlighting world premieres in the disciplines of music, dance, video art and poetry during an event aptly titled New Work, Saturday, April 20, 7:30 PM at the New World Center (500 17th Street).  The event will be led by the New World Symphony’s Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas.  In a special collaboration with Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet dancer and emerging ... more
In April 2012, Lourdes Lopez was named artistic director of Miami City Ballet and was scheduled to begin this May.  However, after outgoing artistic director Edward Villella departed early, she found herself at the helm a little earlier than expected...read more. 
Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado seems to seems to glow softly from within, radiating warmth and charm onstage.  Add to that her crisp, refined technique, and the result is a performer who's captivating in everything from classical full-length ballets to the George Balanchine works that form the backbone of MCB's repertoire...read more. 
Dancer Rebecca Kings tells Dance Spirit Magazine the worst advice she had ever received...read more. 
Program III of the Miami City Ballet at the Broward Center was a fast moving feast for the eyes. The company opened with La Valse, a Balanchine revival with music by Ravel played beautifully by a live orchestra. Dressed in pale chocolate and pink, the women’s tutu’s sailed with them as the lifted their skirts, turned and leapt. Three couples: Zoe Zien and Shimon Ito, Nathalia Arja and Didier Bramaz and Jeanette Delgado and Renan Cerdeiro were elegant with excellent ... more
Casting for Ballet for Young People at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now available. 
The last ballet and the main attraction for this program is Alexi Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances' entry into the standard repertory of Miami City Ballet. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Ratmansky seemed unwilling to label this ballet as one that mainly tells a story. Well, there might be a lot of truth in that, but when one first sees this gripping work, the narrative is where one's focus lies...read more
Anyone who feared that Miami City Ballet’s new artistic director Lourdes Lopez would transform the company beyond recognition will be consoled by her choices for the 2013-14 season. Half of the 10 ballets in the lineup, the first Lopez has programmed for the company, were choreographed by George Balanchine, whose work forms the bedrock of the troupe’s repertory. “What I wanted to do was to look at the artistic foundation of the organization and take that thread and ... more
Casting for performances of Program III: The Masters at the Adrienne Arsht Center is now availalbe.   
Dancers Jeanette Delgado and Nathalia Arja break down Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances in Part One of this video interivew...watch now
Part Two features dancers Jeanette Delgado and Nathalia Arja talking about Ratmansky's artistic process and what makes him such an exceptional choreographer...watch video
Miami Beach, Florida (AP) - Lourdes López había escuchado rumores de que el Ballet de la Ciudad de Miami era una institución en decadencia en que medio del páramo cultural que había abandonado 40 años cuando decidió emprender su carrera en la danza...read more 
Miami Beach, FL (February 25, 2013):  Miami City Ballet, hailed by The New York Times as “one of America’s most beloved dance companies” proudly announces its 2013-2014 season, featuring four Company premieres by four of the world’s greatest ballet and contemporary dance choreographers. This exciting season of dance marks the debut season of Miami City Ballet’s new Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.
When Lourdes Lopez arrived at Miami City Ballet last fall to become its new artistic director, she barely had time to sleep, much less think about what was next. “It was a terrifying September,” Lopez says. “It’s a gulp moment — can I do this?” But she and the company plunged ahead, and have come more than halfway through the season in good shape. Now MCB has announced its 2013-14 season, the first ... more
Casting for performances of Program III: The Masters at the Broward Center is now available. 
No, don't expect to see the Heat players in tights. However, they are teaming up with a couple of ballerinas.
Miami Heat superstars Dwayne Wade and Lebron James are set to star in a new promotional campaign for the Miami City Ballet.
The campaign will center around the 25th anniversary of the Miami Heat and Miami City Ballet. It will also draw parallels between basketball and ballet...read more
13-14 Season Highlights - Premiere Packed Programming!

Song & Dance from the hit Broadway musical West Side Story
Like no other ballet performed on MCB’s stage, a work by Leading Spanish contemporary choreographer Nacho Duato
Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary work
Balanchine masterpieces – old and new - coupled with today’s leading artistic forces
The popular full-length story ballet of ... more
Video featuring Soloist Jennifer Lauren, as she breaks down the delightful, yet tragic love story of George Balanchine's The Steadfast Tin Solider...Watch here
Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, will present the repertory premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, a work commissioned by the company. The ballet will first be performed on February 22-24 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach before continuing on to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on March 1-3 and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on March ... more
Casting for performances of Program III: The Masters at the Kravis Center is now available. 
Associated Press

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Lourdes Lopez had heard the rumors about Miami City Ballet, that it was a failing institution in a city she remembered as a cultural wasteland she needed to leave 40 years ago to pursue a career in dance.

She didn't recognize the Miami that welcomed her in September when she took over as artistic director. The dancers were part of a vibrant arts scene, and the financial struggles that threatened the company's ... more
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Lourdes Lopez says she had heard the rumors about Miami City Ballet, that it was a failing institution in a cultural wasteland.

But she says neither turned out to be true. The dance company’s new artistic director said Thursday that she’s found a vibrant arts scene and support for her ambitious plans.

Lopez’s program for the ballet’s 2013-14 season challenges the dancers and their audience with new choreographers. She’s also planning to create a new ... more
MIAMI – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with the Miami City Ballet to celebrate 25 years of basketball and ballet. On Sunday, February 10th, the team welcomed Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers, sisters and Miami natives Jeanette and Patricia Delgado at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. HEAT game yesterday for various in-game activities...read more
MIAMI – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with the Miami City Ballet to celebrate 25 years of basketball and ballet. On Sunday, February 10th, the team will welcome Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers, sisters and Miami natives Jeanette and Patricia Delgado, who will be present for the Los Angeles Lakers vs. HEAT game, and who will participate in various in-game activities...read more
The Miami City Ballet and the Miami Heat have more than grace under fire in common: They share a 25th anniversary, and basketball superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are helping mark the occasion...read more
Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, discusses Miami City Ballet's recent "turnaround." ...read more
The Miami HEAT has teamed up with the Miami City Ballet to celebrate 25 years of basketball and ballet.
MIAMI – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with the Miami City Ballet to celebrate 25 years of basketball and ballet. On Sunday, February 10th, the team will welcome Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers, sisters and Miami natives Jeanette and Patricia Delgado, who will be present for the Los Angeles Lakers vs. HEAT game, and who will participate in various in- game activities.

The Miami City Ballet shot its best ammunition at the start of the show Tuesday, pairing up a classic noire work, "La Valse," with a sentimental story, "Steadfast Tin Soldier."...read more
Miami Beach, FL (February 5, 2013):  Miami City Ballet Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, has appointed Darleen Callaghan as the new Director of Miami City Ballet School...read more
Video featuring Liam Scarlett's remarks on Euphotic, following its world premiere, and image gallery from the debut performance...watch video  
When the young choreographer of London’s The Royal Ballet, Liam Scarlett, arrived at our Miami Beach studios to choreograph his first work for MCB last season, he was warmly welcomed by the smiling face of Principal Jeanette Delgado...read more
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Miami City Ballet, one of America’s most beloved dance companies, is in an interim condition. Its repertory for the 2013-14 season was chosen by its departed artistic director, Edward Villella, but the company is led by his successor, Lourdes Lopez...read more
In her small office at Miami City Ballet’s headquarters, Lourdes Lopez lights an aromatherapy burner filled with calming lavender oil and inhales deeply.  “It helps me calm down, to decompress,” she said...read more
NAPLES - The last year has not been kind to Miami City Ballet. Financial struggles, internal skirmishes and the earlier-than-anticipated departure of founder Edward Villella combined to create an uncertain and challenging agenda for the future...read more

Casting for performances of Program II: Tradition and Innovation at the Kravis Center is now available. 
Miami City Ballet’s Program II: Tradition and Innovation opens in Fort Lauderdale Friday evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts before it heads to West Palm Beach the following weekend...read more
Last weekend the Miami City Ballet presented their Program II: Tradition and Innovation at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. And what a wonderful program it was. Complete with a live orchestra, there were pieces for the traditionalists in the crowd and one new brilliant piece by British choreographer Liam Scarlett...read more
The comfort of seeing familiar dance qualities and the challenge of having them expanded proved mostly satisfying in Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic. This was the British choreographer’s second Miami City Ballet premiere since his 2012 success in creating Viscera for the company...read more
El fin de semana pasado el Miami City Ballet (MCB) presentó su Programa II de la Temporado 2012-2013 en el Centro Adrienne Arsht para las Artes Escénicas...
Just a year ago, Miami City Ballet premiered Viscera, a commission from then-25-year-old British choreographer Liam Scarlett. Set to American composer Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 1, the work was youthful and energetic, an earnest exploration of movement making use of the entire company…read more
Liam Scarlett brings the buzz. Ballet’s hottest choreographer makes dance headlines everywhere he goes with everything he does (when he recently gave up performing to focus on his artist in residence for The Royal Ballet it was breathlessly covered in no less than the ‘Wall Street Journal’)...read more
Liam Scarlett recently became The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence and is now choreographing full time. He’s in demand the world over and has recently premiered a new work for Miami City Ballet called Euphotic...read more
Photo gallery of Liam Scarlett's Euphotic for Miami City Ballet...read more
Ominous, splendid, melancholy and almost overwhelming, Euphotic, Liam Scarlett’s second dance for Miami City Ballet, surged onstage at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House for the first time Friday night...read more

This glittering gala celebrates Miami City Ballet’s superlative 27th season of dance in Palm Beach County...read more

Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez discusses her future plans for Miami City Ballet and desire to make the company more community-oriented...read more
MIAMI (CBS4) – The dancers from the Miami City Ballet company have been busy these days, rehearsing for Program II, which premieres Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center with four ballets.  Three are classics, and the finale, is the world premiere of Euphotic, an explosive piece of dance written by the famed choreographer from the Royal Ballet Company, Liam Scarlett...read more
Casting for Program II: Tradition and Innovation at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has been announced. 
On Friday, The Miami City Ballet presented the world preview of "Euphotic," the most recent work of Liam Scarlett, artist-in-residence at London's Royal Ballet. Scarlett has an intimate relation with the Miami City Ballet as well as Miami audiences...read more
Lourdes Lopez, the new artistic director, has taken to her hectic schedule with vision and practicality, with a wholehearted commitment to spruce up her present post...
Casting for Program II: Tradition and Innovation at the Adrienne Arsht Center has been updated. 
Los ensayos de la nueva pieza de Liam Scarlett, Euphotic,que cerrará el Programa II: Tradicíon e Innovacíon del Miami City Ballet, resultaron una gran sorpresa... 
The wunderkind is back in Miami with yet another world debut.  Liam Scarlett, that is. He who at age 26 has been appointed artist-in-residence at London's Royal Ballet Company...read more

YoungArts Week 2013 schedule of performances, screenings and exhibition:
Casting for Program II: Tradition and Innovation has been announced.  
Miami City Ballet's Program II: Tradition and Innovation is Flavorpill's Editor's Pick...read more.
A quicksilver performer with musicality and range, 26-year-old Miami City Ballet soloist Sara Esty has continued to hone her talent since she was featured in Dance Magazine's "On the Rise" column in 2011...read more
A year ago, Liam Scarlett’s first dance for Miami City Ballet succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. The company’s premiere of the young British choreographer’s Viscera garnered standing ovations and enthusiastic reviews from, among others, The New York Times…read more
Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, will present Euphotic, the world-premiere of an explosive, innovative work by The Royal Ballet choreographer, Liam Scarlett...read more
Miami Beach, FL (December 20, 2012):  Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, will present Euphotic,  the world-premiere of an explosive, innovative work by The Royal Ballet choreographer, Liam Scarlett. The ballet opens Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. 
Casting for performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ™ at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has been announced. 
El Cascanueces de George Balanchine fue creado por el gran coreógrafo rusonorteamericano con los niños en mente. Fue ésa también la intención inicial del ballet, ya que en la primera producción de 1892, de Mario Petipa y Lev Ivanov, con música de Pedro Chaikovsky, los roles de los niños fueron interpretados por niños...read more
Hours before opening night of The Nutcracker, Miami City Ballet held its final dress rehearsal for a sea of young – but tough – critics: about 1,800 students...read more
At Thanksgiving time I watched, for the first time in many years, Disney's Fantasia. Deems Taylor introduced the different selections and in his commentary about The Nutcracker said, “... and nobody performs it nowadays.”...read more
Throughout my childhood one of the things I looked forward to most was my annual dance recital. We prepared all year, my mother made my custom fitted costumes and my grandfather came out from Brooklyn on the train to see me dance. How exciting it was for me...read more
The Miami City Ballet will present George Balanchine's classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center this Thursday, December 20, but we got a peek at the production last week, during the final rehearsal at Broward Center...read more
Photo essay of Miami City Ballet School students rehearsing for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™.
Owing to a series of coincidences, I have spent a great deal of time in Miami over the past year...read more
Renato Penteado didn't grow up with The Nutcracker the way American kids do. Back in Brazil, it isn't as much of a holiday tradition as it is in America. But that doesn't mean Penteado, now a principal male dancer for the Miami City Ballet, appreciates it any less...read more
Miami Beach, FL (December 3, 2012) -- Miami City Ballet, Florida's internationally-acclaimed dance company, will expand its reach throughout South Florida on a community and artistic level with a new $5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation...
From YoungArts and Museum Park, to the Arsht Center and -- of course -- Art Basel, Miami continues to mature as a center for culture and creativity...read more
Miami City Ballet opened its much-anticipated Program I: Fire and Ice at the Kravis Center after the early departure of its founding artistic director, Edward Villela, on Sept. 4...read more
Every year, dancers around the world get into the holiday spirit with The Nutcracker...
Lourdes Lopez's excitement is palpable...
Principal Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and two top dancers from American Ballet Theatre and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet look back on the intensive teachers who inspired and informed their careers. 
It was a rigorous but rewarding week at Miami City Ballet’s studios.  The renowned choreographer from Russia Alexei Ratmansky visited the company to prepare his work Symphonic Dances for its return to the stage...read more
Miami New Times releases its Miami People 2012 List and names Lourdes Lopez among the top 30...
Miami City Ballet, Florida's internationally acclaimed company, announces its 2012-2013 season of dance in South Florida, which features new works by two of the world's most innovative and sought-after choreographers. 
On the Thursday before Labor Day weekend Lourdes Lopez received a call from Miami City Ballet. In the spring she had been named to succeed the outgoing artistic director Edward Villella. His departure was controversial — an unhappy board, heartbroken dancers, financial problems. Instead of following through on plans to leave in April, Mr. Villella abruptly ended his tenure that weekend; by the time the dancers returned on Tuesday, he was gone. For Ms. Lopez, who like Mr. Villella is a ... more
From ballet to rock 'n' roll, this weekend has something for everyone.  Introduce your child to dance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach or to classic rock at the Pineapple Festival in Jensen Beach...
We caught up with Lourdes Lopez, the new artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, just before rehearsal this past Friday afternoon at the Broward Center.

That night she would introduce herself formally - for anyone even casually acquainted with dance has been following the backstage/boardroom drama - to the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton audience.
I first met Liam Scarlett when he was not long out of teenagerdom. I remember him being shy and slightly awkward, as most young men of that age are, but with a sort of quiet confidence that belied his years. Fresh out of the Royal Ballet Upper School, he was about to present his first choreographic work in the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House.
When I joined Miami City Ballet in 2006, I was overwhelmed by the embarrassment of artistic riches before me. I was trained at the School of American Ballet, where my fellow students and I would obsessively watch videos of Farrell, McBride, Martins and Villella, longing to be a part of that era. I didn’t know until I came to this company that the vibrancy, musicality and beauty of those dancers and the wonderful ballets was still so vividly alive. MCB was dancing the most sophisticated ... more
Miami City Ballet inaugurated its new season with works that underscore the company’s profound and diverse dramatic range. The program also ushered in a seismic shift from the departure of ballet founder and artistic director, Edward Villella to the debut of Lourdes Lopez, MCB’s new artistic director. As Lopez states in the program notes, this season is in many ways not hers. It is Villella who selected the ballets and rehearsed the dancers until his sudden departure in early ... more
MCB has danced George Balanchine’s masterpiece Apollo for 25 years, but their rendition Friday combined assurance with fresh revelations, energetically and beautifully fulfilling the piece’s pristine, idiosyncratic architecture...
Miami City Ballet opened its twenty-seventh season with a new artistic director, former New York City Ballet star, Lourdes Lopez. There is a sense of security knowing that the baton has been passed to another Balanchine disciple. There has been considerable press about Lopez's arrival and introduction to the company and to the public. It looks as if she is the perfect fit and the stability of the company is now a certainty. Her welcome speech was quite moving in its recognition of the growth ... more
All eyes were on the Miami City Ballet this weekend at the Arsht Center as the company opened its first season under the leadership of Lourdes Lopez...
Before the Miami City Ballet dancers performed for the first time without founder Edward Villella last night, new artistic director Lourdes Lopez took the stage to give thanks. Declaring that she was "back home," Lopez reminisced about growing in up a very different Miami -- one without MOCA, or the Colony Theatre, New World Symphony or the Arsht Center.

Since then, the arts scene in town has grown -- and is still growing -- in exciting ways, she declared, saying "I have a ... more

Seis brasileiros são astros no Miami City Ballet que, sob nova direção, dá início à sua nova temporada, no dia 19 de outubro. O talentoso e experiente Renato Penteado – o primeiro bailarino da companhia – é um representante verde e amarelo, assim como os companheiros Renan Cerdeiro, Kleber Rebello, Nathalia Arja, Andrei Chagas e Jovani Furlan. Eles conversaram com o Achei USA sobre essa oportunidade profissional fantástica de representar-nos numa arte tão nobre, difícil e competitiva...

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.

The company may not look so different to the audience, but there’s been a major changing of the guard this season. Former New York City Ballet dancer Lourdes Lopez stepped in as the company’s new artistic director after founding director Edward Villella’s sudden departure last month...
Program III, Miami City Ballet

February 22 - 24, Kravis Center

A new era for Miami City Ballet begins this season, as former New York City Ballet dancer Lourdes Lopez takes over as artistic director after the company’s founder, Edward Villella, was forced to retire early. Yet, the company’s treasured Balanchine repertoire continues with at least one dance from the master in each of the season’s four programs. If you see only one MCB performance this season, make it Program ... more
Despite the enormous pressures of being the new artistic director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez found time recently to promote a new era of artistic collegiality and openness to the community. New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College hosted a reception at the Freedom Tower, providing a forum for more than 200 members of Miami’s dance world, from local independent artists to leaders of longstanding companies and presenters, to welcome and meet Lopez.

She was ... more
La gran noticia del Miami City Ballet esta temporada que comienza el viernes en el Adrienne Arsht Center, es el debut de Lourdes López como nueva directora artística de la compañía.

Nacida en Cuba y criada en Miami, con una larga carrera como bailarina en el New York City Ballet, bajo el legendario coreógrafo ruso americano George Balanchine, cofundadora de la compañía Morphoses con Christopher Wheeldon y ex directora ejecutiva de la Fundación George Balanchine, López tomó las riendas ... more
 Whatever the crowds streaming through Wynwood Walls at Saturday’s art walk were expecting — colorful murals, free wine — they didn’t expect this: a phalanx of sultry dancers moving in taut unison to seductive tango music, a sensual dance fantasy emerging suddenly from the mass of shuffling art viewers.

“Wow, they’re good,” asked one woman, eyeing a line of lean men over her cellphone camera. “Who are they?”

They ... more
This past Saturday, Art Walk goers were minding their business at popular spot, the Wynwood Walls. No one expected a ballet dancer in street clothes to strike a pose right smack in the middle of the crowd as the DJ changed her tune to tango! That dancer was principal Jeanette Delgado, who was soon joined by a group of MCB dancers that trickled into the choreography as the surprise performance mesmerized the spectators. And just like that, Art Walk was flash mobbed by Miami City Ballet!...

Lourdes Lopez debuts as artistic director when Miami City Ballet opens its season Friday...

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/12/3045783/miami-city-ballet-ready-for-new.html#storylink=cpy


Miami Dade College (MDC) and its conservatory arts program, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), will host an invitation-only welcome reception for Lourdes López, Miami City Ballet’s new artistic director at 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 12, at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. This reception will officially welcome López to Miami’s artistic community. The working media is welcome to attend...
Jennifer Kronenberg, una de las estrellas del Miami City Ballet (MCB), está esperando una bebita a principios de noviembre. Esta ocasión de regocijo lo es aun más cuando se siente libre de seguir la rutina de toda su vida artística, que son los ejercicios en la barra, un palo horizontal de apoyo para los bailarines, frente a un espejo en un estudio de ballet...
After a tough year, Miami City Ballet is suddenly coming back strong. First, the troupe announced $3 million in new donations, a life-saving influx of nearly a quarter of its $13 million budget. And Tuesday, MCB announced the hiring of a top fundraiser at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington as executive director.

“It’s not that there are no financial issues, but we have really turned a corner,” said arts-institution turnaround expert and Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, ... more
The Miami City Ballet, which has struggled in the past year with financial shortfalls and conflict related to the departure of founding artistic director Edward Villella, has raised $3 million in new donations, company officials said Monday evening...
Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp
Friday, September 21 at 8:00 PM
17th Street & Washington Avenue (on the wall of the New World Center)
In Miami City Ballet’s national TV debut on PBS’s Great Performances, the company’s internationally-acclaimed dancers perform three spectacular pieces: George Balanchine’s Square Dance and Western Symphony and Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section.”
Miami Beach’s ... more
In his 18 years as a dancer, Edward Villella earned fame as an enormously gifted interpreter of George Balanchine, the Russian-born choreographer who transformed American and classical ballet, and as a charismatic figure who brought ballet to popular culture. But his greatest contribution to the art form he loves may have been his 26 years as artistic director of Miami City Ballet...

Famed Ballet Figure’s Early Departure
Allows Successor Lourdes Lopez to Begin Immediately

Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, saying he was “confident the future of the company, the dancers and the school was secure and bright,” has decided to accelerate his transition and leave today (Tuesday, Sept. 4).
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Dear valued subscriber:

I am writing to thank you for your patronage of Miami City Ballet. Your continued support has helped us build an internationally acclaimed brand of ballet that is a local treasure for the entire South Florida community to take pride in and enjoy. While we stand on the accolades of the past, we are also ready to build a strong future. That is why I have decided that with the leadership transition plan well underway, it is time for me to leave the ... more

I am writing to thank you for your dedicated support and unwavering commitment to Miami City Ballet. Through your efforts, we have built an internationally acclaimed brand of ballet that is also a local treasure for the entire South Florida community to take pride in and enjoy. While we can stand on the accolades of the past, we are also ready to build a strong future.

That is why I have decided that with the leadership transition plan ... more
In the world of ballet, where women tend to be stars, few females grace the administrative offices.

When a ballerina has retired from the stage, she may teach, she may inspire but rare is the woman who leads a whole company.

So when Lourdes Lopez was named artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, history was made. She is the only Latina to lead one of the largest ballet companies in the U.S...
Oh, to watch the Miami City Ballet dancers in rehearsal. They are so graceful, so effortless, so…pregnant?

It doesn’t take much to spot principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. She’s the one with the belly, a six months pregnant belly, that is...
MCB ends 26th year — Café Via Flora, voted the best new business by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, hosted members of the Artist’s Circle of the Miami City Ballet April 13 prior to the company’s opening-night performance of Coppelia at the Kravis Center.
Palm Beach liaison Philip Neal thanked cafe owners Pamela Lomba and Heinrich Lowenberg for “helping us celebrate the closing of a truly spectacular 26th year.” The ... more
Miami City Ballet has elected to close its 2011-12 season with Coppélia, a comedic story ballet that, on Friday night at the Kravis Center, was the perfect showcase for the ebullient Jeanette Delgado and the brilliantly comical Yann Trividic...

MIAMI BEACH, FL (April 12, 2012) – Don’t miss your chance to see the future stars of the ballet world as students from Miami City Ballet School take to the stage with two exciting programs: the Annual Student Showcase May 18 through 20 and the second Annual Student Jazz Showcase June 1 and 2.   

The Annual Student ... more
Last week, Miami City Ballet announced its new artistic director: Lourdes Lopez, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and current director of the New York-based dance company Morphoses, who will take the post on May 1, 2013. Following a five-month search, an 11-member committee chose Lopez from among 35 candidates considered to replace outgoing artistic director Edward Villella, who co-founded Miami City Ballet in 1985 and who will stay on through the company's 2012-2013 ... more
As a young ballet prodigy, Lourdes Lopez was quiet and methodical, a modest, obedient student who listened and watched intently, then wowed her teachers not only by effortlessly executing difficult moves with which much older girls struggled, but by absorbing and transmitting feeling and style.

But at each major step in her life, Lopez has taken chances. Moving from Miami at 14 to live in New York with her sister and study ballet. Leaving her job as a principal dancer at New York City ... more
When Neapolitans, a normally reserved lot, start cheering, it's a sign that the performers are so adept at their art they own the program. Tuesday night, it wasn't just a sign; it was a billboard, with flashing neon letters, for the Miami City Ballet, which took title to "Coppelia" with style and grace.

The audience's instincts were right. The Arthur St. Leon dance sparkled from start to finish, its standards raised considerably with Jeanette Delgado and ... more
a cubanoamericana Lourdes López, de 54 años, ex bailarina principal del New York City Ballet, triunfó sobre unos 35 candidatos, y la otra finalista, Jennifer Kronenberg, en la búsqueda para directora artística del Miami City Ballet.

López, nacida en Cuba y educada en Miami y en la actualidad directora de la compañía Morphoses Dance en Nueva York, sustituirá a Edward Villella, creador y director artístico del MCB, en ... more
El Miami City Ballet (MCB), bajo la dirección artística de su fundador Edward Villella, presentó con éxito el fin de semana pasado el ballet Coppelia en el Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts en downtown Miami, con música en vivo bajo la batuta de Gary Sheldon.

Este ballet clásico, coreografía original de Arthur Sain-Léon, se encuentra ahora celebrando su aniversario número 152 como favorito del público. ... more
Miami Beach, FL (Apr. 3, 2012):  Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lourdes Lopez as its new Artistic Director.  Ms. Lopez begins her tenure on May 1, 2013. She comes to Miami City Ballet from her current position as Director of Morphoses, a New York City based dance company she co-founded with Christopher Wheeldon, whose ballet Liturgy is in MCB’s repertory. ... more
Miami City Ballet has selected Lourdes Lopez, a Miami-reared former New York City Ballet dancer and director of the Morphoses dance company, as its new artistic director. She will start work May 1, 2013.

Lopez, 53, succeeds Edward Villella, the former New York City Ballet star and George Balanchine dancer who co-founded the company in 1985 and guided it to national and international acclaim...
Now that Miami City Ballet has chosen its new artistic director, it seems hard to imagine someone with a better résumé for the job.

The company — one of the premier regional dance companies and a major repository of the Balanchine tradition — announced on Tuesday that it had hired Lourdes Lopez to succeed Edward Villella, the company’s longtime artistic director, who will stay on for next season...
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami City Ballet has tapped the co-founder of the New York City dance company Morphoses to be their new Artistic Director.

Lourdes Lopez will succeed long time director Edward Villela; she begins her tenure on May 1st, 2013.

“To have been chosen to succeed him as Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, a company he co-founded with Toby Lerner Ansin, is a tremendous honor and privilege. I eagerly await working with the company’s extraordinary dancers, ... more
A Cuban-born dancer will be the new artistic director of the Miami City Ballet.

The ballet troupe announced Tuesday that Lourdes Lopez will succeed Edward Villella at the end of the 2012-2013 season...
Lourdes Lopez, a Balanchine-trained dancer, will have big toe shoes to fill when she succeeds Miami City Ballet artistic director Edward Villella next year.

Dubbed a “charismatic former ballerina” by the New York Times, Ms. Lopez co-founded Morphoses Dance Company in New York with renown choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 2007. When Mr. Wheeldon departed as Morphoses’ artistic director in 2010, Ms. Lopez proved her critics wrong by reinventing the dance company ... more
MIAMI — A Cuban-born dancer will be the new artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, the dance company said Tuesday.

Lourdes Lopez will succeed Edward Villella, the founding artistic director who has led the troupe to international acclaim, when he steps down at the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Lopez, 53, is currently the director of the New York dance company Morphoses, which she co-founded with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. She spent 24 years dancing at the ... more
In an electrifying announcement, Miami City Ballet shares the news that Lourdes Lopez, the Cuban-born and Miami-raised former ballerina with New York City Ballet, has been named successor to Edward Villella, the company’s founding artistic director who is soon to retire.

Ms. Lopez’s post will commence in Miami City Ballet’s 2013-14 season.

Mr. Villella’s immense achievement in establishing a world-class ballet company in an unlikely outpost remains ... more
Full length story ballet is not something suited to every ballet lover’s taste, particularly to those of us who were weaned on the Balanchine repertory. Those who have seen Coppélia before with different choreography might not be so eager to try this one. But of the several I have seen, this one is by far the most entertaining and involving. There are even some decent laughs. Bottom line - this one is fun. If you have friends who say that they hate ballet but have never been, trust ... more
Miami City Ballet corps de ballet member Zoe Zien is sweetly sentimental.
¿Cómo una muñeca mecánica puede parecer más deseable que una chica de carne y hueso? Eso es lo que le sucede a Franz, el muchacho campesino que al ver a una muñeca en un balcón se confunde y la prefiere, en vez de a Swanilda, su enamorada, en el primer acto de Coppélia, el ballet en tres actos que trae al escenario de nuevo el Miami City Ballet este fin de semana en el Adrienne Arsht Center.
Miami City Ballet will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, debuting its season-closing production of “Coppelia” before it is seen on the company's familiar stage in Miami...
Long before Julie "Catwoman" Newmar played a robot in the short-lived '60s TV sitcom My Living Doll (episodes of which have just been released on DVD, if you're into that sort of thing), another, different kind of mechanized gal was breaking somebody's heart. Her name? Coppélia.

She was the creation of one toymaker/mad scientist (aren't they all?), Dr. Coppélius. Both  characters originated in an 1870 romantic comic ballet titled ... more
Amid a repertoire that is heavily 20th and 21st century, Miami City Ballet pulls itself back to a classic each season to show it has the same goods the iconic companies of the Western World boast.

Some years the result is admirable. This year it was stunning.

WHO:     Miami City Ballet (MCB)

WHAT:    Final program of the season: Program IV, featuring the full-length production of Coppélia.

Coppélia (Choreography after Arthur Saint-Léon; Music by Léo Delibes), is a classical work that is considered ballet’s masterpiece of comedy.  The ballet takes place in three ... more


Miami Beach, FL (Mar. 8, 2012):  ... more
This Saturday night the best things in life are free in South Beach:
Come down, sit back, relax, and enjoy a FREE outdoor full-size screening of the critically-acclaimed, one hour PBS Great Performances special: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp, this Saturday evening, March 10, 2012 under the stars at Miami Beach SoundScape, 17th  St. and Washington Ave. (on the wall of the New World Center.) Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp ... more
El Miami City Ballet (MCB), presentó el jueves pasado el estreno mundial del ballet Symphonic Dances (en español Danzas sinfónicas) del coreógrafo ruso Alexei Ratmansky, como plato fuerte de un programa en colaboración con The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO), que dirige Franz-Wesler-Möst.

Esta obra en tres partes con música de Sergei Rachmaninoff es el segundo estreno mundial a cargo de un coreógrafo invitado de la temporada 2011-2012 de ... more
Tickets go on sale Monday for Miami City Ballet’s 2012-2013 season, which will bring back Symphonic Dances, the work by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky set to Rachmaninoff’s final score that received its world premiere from MCB last week. It will be the focus of Program III in March 2013.

Another highlight is a new dance commissioned from Liam Scarlett, whose intense, slashing Viscera made such an impression in its MCB world premiere in January. The young Royal Ballet ... more
Miami City Ballet will perform new works by two of the world's most innovative and sought-after choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett, during its 2012-2013 season, the company's last under the leadership of longtime artistic director Edward Villella.

MCB announced next season's programming at a gala Thursday night, with new subscriptions and renewals available beginning Monday...
Miami City Ballet 2012-2013 Season of Dance  The 2012-2013 season will be highlighted by two important premieres: (1) Alexei Ratmansky, today’s most highly acclaimed classical choreographer, has created SYMPHONIC DANCES to Rachmaninoff’s final great score.  It joins our repertory season next February , after a one-time-only preview, in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, at ... more
A coproduction between one of the world’s greatest orchestras and ballet companies is an adventure for any city and for Miami quite a coup.

Offering Dvorák’s Carnival Overture, Ravel’s Valse nobles et sentimentales and La Valse and concluding with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances without dance would still be quite an impressive program. But having choreography by Balanchine and Ratmansky in addition is almost more than one could wish for.
Only once, ever. That was the most electrifying — and poignant — of the many singular qualities of Miami City Ballet’s world premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s haunting and intoxicating Symphonic Dances.

While this tumultuously beautiful new ballet will go into MCB’s repertoire next season, the troupe likely will never again dance it to the gorgeous accompaniment of the Cleveland Orchestra, and certainly never with the hyper-charged ... more
Three of the world’s most influential artistic sensations: Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella; in collaboration with the highly esteemed The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and Tito Munoz, join forces with renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for one spectacular evening to present the World Premiere of SYMPHONIC DANCES, with music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Miami City Ballet gratefully ... more
There is a whole lot going on in Miami City Ballet’s world premiere performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

First, there are the big artistic guns involved. Ratmansky, the Russian former director of the Bolshoi Ballet and current resident choreographer of American Ballet Theater, is the most famous and in-demand ballet choreographer in the world. A new Ratmansky ballet is an event in the dance world, and for Miami ... more
El Miami City Ballet (MCB), bajo la dirección de su fundador Edward Villella, regresó al Arsht Center en downtown Miami para presentar tres funciones a teatro lleno del ballet Giselle con música en vivo. Este es el tercer programa de su temporada 2011-2012, la número 26 de la compañía.

Giselle es considerado uno de los grandes ballets románticos y fue estrenado originalmente en París en 1841 con coreografía de Jean Coralli ... more
The misty romance of Giselle, which Miami City Ballet brought back on Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is stylistic light years — and more than 170 calendar years — from the slashing modernisms of Viscera, the Liam Scarlett ballet MCB premiered in January.

But the depth and self-knowledge the dancers have gained from that experience were visible in their confident performance of this classic dance tragedy.
Es un ballet que oscila entre la magia y la locura, la honestidad y la perfidia, la fatalidad y la esperanza, y en el que triunfa el amor aun después de la muerte.

Lo que encanta de Giselle, nombre de la incauta y frágil campesina que muere, no de otra dolencia que no sea el amor, es el cambio de la fortuna, lo que está debajo asciende y lo que está en la cima desciende. La paradoja de la vida se muestra en toda su incongruencia en forma teatral y ... more
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Valentine’s Day means different things to different couples.

For the couples who perform with the Miami City Ballet, it means they’ll spend their day paired together at home and on the stage...

Miami Beach, FL (Feb. 8, 2012) – Get up close and personal with Miami City Ballet dancers in their 200 seat intimate studio theater when Miami City Ballet presents its “Open Barre: Behind the Curtain” dance series showcasing excerpts from their exciting, just debuted ... more

Where: Ethan Allen Design Center -- 9777 South Dixie Highway, Miami

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Time: 5pm-8pm, Ribbon Cutting at 6pm

Browse the new state-of-the-art Design Center with new products and a fresh look. Bid on a variety of silent auction items, including furnishings from Ethan Allen's 5 signature lifestyles.


Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 6, 2012.

Email info@miami.ethanallen.com or call Rosanita Rey at 305.666.3486.

A world premiere, a white-garbed neoclassical killer and a trio of demanding pas de deux: How do the principal dancers of the Miami City Ballet get out of bed in the morning after performances such as Tuesday's at the Philharmonic Center?

They certainly must: They were performing the same program again Wednesday here. The company is on a high this season with a new work created by British choreography wunderkind Liam Scarlett and the memory of a sold-out summer tour of Paris ... more
Salsa dancing heats up the Miami City Ballet principal’s technique.

“In salsa, you can be totally spontaneous. It’s a chance to let go and express whatever the music makes you feel.” —Katia Carranza
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the past two years the young British choreographer Liam Scarlett has achieved the status of an important classical-ballet choreographer. The images, constructions and textures of “Viscera,” his new creation for Miami City Ballet, show why. I watched it with three different casts over the weekend at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts here. Each time the audience proclaimed its excitement the moment it ended. That’s a natural response to ... more
When Edward Villella leaves the ballet company he founded next year, a good part of his legacy will be its inventory of formidable, lasting dance. Audience will see the newest gem in that treasure chest when the Miami City Ballet brings "Viscera," from Liam Scarlett, to Naples audiences next Tuesday and Wednesday...
The new Miami City Ballet-commissioned work from the current “it boy” of international choreography, Liam Scarlett, moves to the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) for performances Friday through Sunday. “Viscera” will highlight MCB's Program II, along with Jerome Robbins' “In the Night” and Balanchine's “Ballet Imperial.” Tickets: $19-$169. Info: Kravis.org, 800-572-8471. Program II moves to Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center Feb. 3-5. ... more
Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet is back at the Kravis Center for the first time in 2012 with "Program II." The show will feature a world premiere by Liam Scarlett of The Royal Ballet of London, Jerome Robbins' "In The Night," and Balanchine's "Ballet Imperial." Tickets start at only $19 so this makes for the perfect night out.
iam Scarlett has been putting other dancers in motion for almost as long as he has been dancing. He choreographed his first ballet when he was 11, the same year he entered the Royal Ballet School in London.

"I liked organizing people," the 25-year-old Briton says. "I liked patterns. Like a massive chess game, or a flock of birds when you see them change direction and you’re like, ‘Wow, they’re in perfect formation.’ "

The latest flock of dancers Scarlett has set into ... more
Miami City Ballet will dance a newly minted work by one of the ballet world’s hottest young choreographers this weekend at the Kravis Center.

Critics raved about Liam Scarlett’s Viscera when it debuted earlier this month at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The ballet inspired “a ferocity and sense of purpose that held out a whole new sense of possibility for the company,” The Miami Herald said...
MIAMI BEACH, FL – Three of the world’s biggest artistic sensations come together for one spectacular evening when Miami City Ballet, Florida’s Internationally Acclaimed Company; Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director, in collaboration with the highly esteemed The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director present the World Premiere of SYMPHONIC DANCES, by world-renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky with music by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Tito Muňoz, Conductor.  The ... more
Miami City Ballet in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra present
the World Premiere of SYMPHONIC DANCES by Alexei Ratmansky.


MIAMI BEACH, FL (Jan. 24, 2012) – Three of the world’s biggest artistic sensations come together for one spectacular evening when Miami City Ballet, Florida’s Internationally Acclaimed Company; Edward Villella, Founding Artistic ... more
Miami City Ballet welcomed the New Year trumpeting a world premiere by Liam Scarlett, an up-and-soaring choreographer from England who dances for The Royal Ballet. Unlike Asphodel Meadows, the artist’s first work for his home company’s main stage in 2010, this new creation does not boast a pretty title. Yet Viscera certainly announces the deep-centered physicality—indeed, the performance fortitude—that its fleet and fervent configurations demand, revealing the choreographer’s own ... more
Palm Beach, FL –  Celebrating Miami City Ballet's twenty-six years of world class dance in Palm Beach County, the internationally acclaimed Company will present “Palm Beach MODness!” a retro sixties styled cocktail reception and dinner dance scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach.

Co-Chairwomen for the benefit are loyal supporters of Miami City Ballet's Palm Beach presence Cheryl Gowdy and ... more
Interesting second bill by Miami City Ballet: a world premiere, a company premiere and one of the big ones complete the program.
Because of so many choreographic train wrecks over history, it is not unfair that we are suspicious of new works. But Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, Taylor, MacMillan, etc. all had to start somewhere; and though they might not have always been great, because they were true artists, they were almost always interesting. Liam Scarlett has had ... more
Miami City Ballet burst onstage in their new ballet with a ferocity and sense of purpose that held out a whole new sense of possibility for the company. Viscera, the dance by rising British star Liam Scarlett which MCB premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night, not only brought out MCB’s considerable dynamism, but amped it up several levels, revealing new facets to the company’s already prodigious character. The excitement was exemplified in an ... more
There's no doubt that Miami City Ballet is graceful. The debut this weekend of "Viscera," a new work by choreographer Liam Scarlett, proves the company has guts. The 25-year-old choreographer with Britain's Royal Ballet created the piece specifically for MCB dancers by channeling the power of the principal women...
Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour played host to an exclusive, invitation-only, luncheon in honor of Miami City Ballet and its dancers on Thursday, November 17th . The event began with an intimate cocktail reception as guests mingled amongst the beautiful couture on the 2nd floor of the store. Guests enjoyed a delicious gourmet lunch as they viewed a stunning fashion presentation highlighting the latest Fall and Holiday 2011 collections from various designers that can be found at Neiman Marcus. Miami ... more
iam Scarlett is the youngest choreographer ever to have been commissioned by Britain’s Royal Ballet to create a new ballet for its main stage. That work, named Asphodel Meadows and triumphantly premiered when Scarlett was just 24 years old, was seen in London by Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, who promptly invited him to make a new piece for Miami – his first American commission, and a considerable coup for the company...
Hay grandes expectativas para el segundo programa del Miami City Ballet, este fin de semana en el Arsht Center, con la premiere mundial de un coreógrafo que está siendo aclamado en Europa como uno de los nuevos genios del ballet, Liam Scarlett, de sólo 25 años de edad. El artista inglés aceptó la invitación del director del MCB, Edward Villella, a crear una pieza para sus bailarines, su primer trabajo en Estados Unidos, y en agosto del ... more
Miami Beach, FL (Jan. 4, 2012) – Get up close and personal with Miami City Ballet dancers in their 200 seat intimate studio theater when Miami City Ballet presents its “Open Barre: Behind the Curtain” dance series showcasing two exciting works: George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Edward Villella’s “THE MAMBO: Mambo No. 2 ... more
At just 24, Liam Scarlett made history when he became one of the youngest choreographers to stage a new work for the Royal Ballet Company, and now, the Brit is creating a work across the pond for one of America’s most respected companies, the Miami City Ballet.
IT is a little after 7 p.m., and Liam Scarlett, a Royal Ballet corps dancer and the new choreographic wonder boy of British ballet, clad in black jeans and a T-shirt, is courteously escorting a visitor through the backstage corridors of the Royal Opera House here. As the sounds of the orchestra warming up for the evening performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” play through the loudspeakers, Mr. Scarlett casually mentions he’s in the show.

Which role? One of ... more

One of the youngest and most talented choreographers in ballet makes his U.S. debut with a new work for Miami City Ballet.

Liam Scarlett has been putting other dancers in motion for almost as long as he has been dancing. He choreographed his first ballet when he was 11, the same year he entered the Royal Ballet School in London...

Locals and visitors alike are leaving the sand and clubs to dip into the city's lively arts scene. From films to music to arts, it's all happening in South Florida.

Dance enthusiast? Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, which played to sellout crowds during a recent Paris tour, is just one of the resident companies. (Although he's announced his retirement, that doesn't take place for two more years.)
It was an unreal year in South Florida pop culture, especially in the sphere of reality TV where Sunrise teen Melanie Amaro did us proud. Here's what else we spent a lot of time yakking about around the water cooler known as Twitter:

Miami City Ballet dazzles Paris: The impression of South Florida as cultural backwater is not limited to enlightened cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The whole of Europe likely held that opinion until MCB's game-changing three weeks in ... more
As 2011 comes to an end, we're getting all nostalgic about the great moments in Miami culture that took place over the past year. And we know we're not alone. So we've asked some of Miami's top artists, writers, film producers and other cultural geniuses about their favorite 2011 memories.

Bradley Dunlap had a lot to look back on in 2011. As a dancer with the Miami City Ballet, life was pretty good. From performing in Miami in George Balanchine's Western Symphony, based on ... more
If you dreamt of being a ballerina as a child raise your hand. Yep, guilty over here, too. Well, we found someone who actually kept the dream going: Miami City Ballet’s principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. And get this, she’s even the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker ! Amazing, right?

While the rest of us are joyfully eating cookies and pie, Kronenberg is working to stay disciplined ... more
About 100 members and guests of the Artist Circle of the Miami City Ballet enjoyed decadent desserts and champagne at a post-performance reception Dec. 9 at the Founders Room of the Kravis Center. The ballet opened for its 26th season with a performance that included a standing ovation for the thrilling full-company final dance segment, “In the Upper Room,” choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Philip Neal, Palm Beach liaison for the company, accompanied by Nicholas Goldsborough, ... more
When Christmas trees and holiday decorations become part of the urban landscape, The Nutcracker cannot be far behind. Tchaikovsky’s ballet classic has become a perennial of the holiday season and Miami City Ballet’s annual edition opened Thursday night before an enthusiastic audience at the Arsht Center.

George Balanchine’s 1954 production for New York City Ballet was the harbinger for annual performances in December by companies large and small. MCB has the largest ... more
The holiday season has officially begun, with the opening performance of The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. The company has been dancing George Balanchine's dream of militant rats and dancing snowflakes every holiday season since 1990. Just like a seat in Santa's lap, the setting is always the same, but the gifts are different each year...
George Balanchine’s diverse choreography could be compared to the many dialects of a sprawling land. To declare one dance company better than another in interpreting his work would be overly simplistic. But when Miami City Ballet finds that perfect combination of cast and Balanchine ballet, the performance touches both newcomers and seasoned balletomanes in powerful and penetrating ways.

Such was the case Friday night at the Kravis Center, where Miami City Ballet — ... more
In the world of classical ballet, The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. She is ethereal and magical, and most often, she is often the only glimpse everyday folks have of professional ballet. Miami City ballet principal dancer, Jennifer Kronenberg is one of South Florida’s most loved dancers. Kronenberg, who has graced the cover of Dance Magazine, is most admired for her expressive theatricality and impressive technical range. She is also the recent author of the e-book ... more
Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a mainstay to Miami's holiday season. MCB first produced The Nutcracker on Nov. 23, 1990, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Since then the company has performed the Christmastime classic annually throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties...
For three weeks about three months ago, the Miami City Ballet played Paris to loud, raucous standing ovations.

One lasted a full 10 minutes, according to founding artistic director Edward Villella. To Villella, and many of his dancers, this was a defining point in his career.

One of the programs that brought down the house at the Paris Opera will be performed Friday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, a program that contains four selections that run the gamut of ... more
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Enchanting audiences year after year, the Miami City Ballet dancers twirl, glide and jet across the stage to bring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to life. With a cast of more than 100, the ballet is a must-see for all ages. The ballet also features dancing flowers, a whirl of brilliant orange, magenta and green just before the arrival of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ticket prices start at $19.75. The show ... more
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and at the top of my wish list, I've added a must-see holiday classic: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker presented by The Miami City Ballet! After attending an exclusive luncheon in honor of the ballet company and its dancers at Neiman Marcus (located inside The Bal Harbour Shops) last month, I couldn't wait to share all of the exciting shows they have in store for their Miami audiences...
Up-and-coming choreographer Liam Scarlett is quickly becoming a household name across the pond. The deeply musical ballets he has made for The Royal, where he’s also a member of the corps de ballet, have earned raves from the London press. Thanks to Edward Villella, Scarlett is about to get a toehold over here, too: His first ballet for an American company premieres this January at Villella’s Miami City Ballet.
The Artwork by Jordan Schaps & Benjamin Martin Debuts This Week for Art Basel.

In late September, SunPost was invited to photograph Jordan Schaps and Benjamin Martin as they painted a ballerina of the Miami City Ballet. The model posed for a mixed media rendition of the five basic feet positions of ballet.

The idea came to fruition collaboratively from Martin, who envisioned the techniques of painting, photographing, and digitizing, Schaps, who saw the ... more
George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" pirouettes its way into South Florida with several productions this year.

They all have in common dancing children and elaborate costumes. One of the more sumptuous stagings comes from the Miami City Ballet, with performances in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

"It was a huge undertaking," said Haydee Morales, costume designer with the dance company. "Not a big one, but a huge one. I think I went to New York three ... more
Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants
and $22.543 million in funding nationwide.

Miami Beach, FL (Nov. 17, 2011):  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country.  Miami City Ballet is one of the grantees and will receive $40,000 to support the World Premiere of Viscera, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, ... more
MIAMI BEACH, FL (Nov. 14, 2011): Jim Eroncig has been named President, Board of Governors, at Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Florida.  He succeeds Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, who remains on the Board in her new position as Chairman.

“My wife Bobi and I attended our first Miami City Ballet performance in the 1990-91season,” said Eroncig.  That was the beginning of a growing admiration for the Company and its Founding Artistic Director, Edward ... more
Program I of this season’s Miami City Ballet schedule has just finished its run at the Arsht Center and the Broward Center.  Drive to Palm Beach and the Kravis Center the weekend of December 9-11 to see this company at work.  They have amazed New York City and excited Paris.  Don’t miss the chance to see this talented homegrown company in action...
Dedicated and committed to their art, two local young ballerinas Grace Miller, 12, and Victoria Sorhegui, 13 — best friends since age 2 — will soon appear in roles young dancers can only dream about.

Earning two of the most coveted roles of Marie and Chinese Tea, the girls will dance in upcoming performances of Miami City Ballet's 2011 production of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Nov. 26 and 27...
MIAMI BEACH, FL (Nov. 1, 2011): Nicholas T. Goldsborough has been named Executive Director at Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Florida. He replaces Pamela Gardiner, who will remain with the Company in her new position as Executive Vice President, Artistic Affairs.

“Miami City Ballet has grown by leaps and bounds in its first 25 years, and we are now recognized as a world-class ballet company, said Jim Eroncig, MCB Board President.  I ... more
Nicholas T. Goldsborough, a Los Angeles resident since 1980 and a longtime arts fundraiser, has been appointed the executive director of the Miami City Ballet, the company is announcing this week. Goldsborough has helped raise funding for prominent U.S. arts institutions, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Valley Performing Arts Center and the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C...
Advanced students from the School perform exerpts from La Sylphide Act II (choreography by August Bournonville), Carnival of the Animals (choreography by Geta Constaninescu and Rafi Maldonado) and George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (choreography by George Balanchine).

Showtimes at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

This is a free ticketed event.  Tickets are available starting 1 hour before the performance.  Space is limited.

George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER™

In its 26-year history, Miami City Ballet has performed regularly in three South Florida counties, across the United States and even abroad. But on Friday night, the troupe will appear in a single show that could match the impact of all those hundreds of performances for hundreds of thousands of people.

In its national television debut, on the PBS Arts Fall Festival, MCB could be seen by nearly a million people on a broadcast that spotlights a different aspect of Miami than fictitious ... more
Cuatro coreógrafos estuvieron representados la noche de viernes en el Arsht Center for the Performing Arts en el downtown Miami en el primer programa de la temporada 2011-2012 del Miami City Ballet (MCB), bajo la dirección artística de su fundador Edward Villela y con música en vivo a cargo de la Opus One Orchestra.

Esta fue también la oportunidad para disfrutar de una de las ofertas que conquistaron al público parisino durante el viaje ... more
Miami City Ballet experienced a triumph in Paris this past summer finding new devotees. It is great to share the company with the rest of the world, but even better to have them back where they belong.

The season’s opening program presented no new works. This is particularly satisfying because it gives the locals the opportunity to see how far the company has grown since the last time these pieces were presented. Because they are masterpieces, it is impossible to fully ... more
The Miami City Ballet opened its season last weekend at the Arsht Center with a modern program marked by minimalist music and mixed metaphors...
Miami City Ballet opened the season last night with a program of favorites that covered a wide range of modern and contemporary ballet choreography from classic Balanchine to sexy Jerome Robbins and from stately Christopher Wheeldon to sassy Twyla Tharp. The Friday night performance also revealed that the company's greatest strength may also be its greatest weakness...
Miami City Ballet’s opening program of the season found the company in top form on Friday night at Miami’s Arsht Center. Following this summer’s highly successful performances in Paris and the recent announcement of founding artistic director Edward Villella’s retirement in 2013, this program summarized the high standards and versatility that have been the hallmark of MCB’s first quarter century. A literal cavalcade of diverse choreographic styles and aesthetics, ... more
Dance on TV
While PBS has been beaming dance into living rooms through its Great Performances series since the 1970s, it debuts what it calls its PBS Arts Fall Festival this month. Every Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. beginning Oct. 14, a performing arts group from a region across the country is spotlighted. Kicking off the dance portion on Oct. 28 is Miami City Ballet, which recently returned from a smashingly successful three-week tour to Paris. The triple bill, ... more
Ballet icon Edward Villella celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday by celebrating his company, Miami City Ballet, and its latest achievement, an hour-long feature on the PBS Arts Fall Festival (it may be public, but it’s still national TV – catch it on Oct. 28). It was, of course, a fundraiser at MCB's studios on the Beach, across from the Bass, with dinner (including birthday cake, of course) and a viewing of the PBS film in the main rehearsal studio. The ballet recently ... more
El despertar de un adolescente a la sensualidad es el mensaje de La tarde de un fauno, de Jerome Robbins, un ballet al ritmo de la ensoñadora música del Prélude à l’Aprés - midi d’un Faune (Preludio a la tarde de un fauno) (1892-1894), de Claude Debussy. La obra es parte del primer programa de la temporada del Miami City Ballet en el Adrienne Arsht Center este fin de semana.
The Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine's Square Dance as part of its upcoming Program I, kicking off the 2011-2012 season. It's a beautifully symmetric choice: Edward Villella, the founder and director of MCB, was a star protégée of Balanchine. The MCB first performed this quintessentially American dance in 1987, and when they later danced it to great reviews in New York City and most recently in Paris this summer, it has become a signature piece. And ... more
These days, if you’re not 
on Facebook and Twitter, you’re getting left behind in 
the virtual dust. Need some help navigating the ever-expanding online world? Look to Miami City Ballet dancer Sara Esty, who is quickly becoming one of ballet’s must-watch, must-read-about and must-know performers—thanks not only to her solid technique and vibrant stage presence but also to her 
social media savvy.

Miami Beach, FL (Oct. 17, 2011):  Miami City Ballet presents its 2011-2012 season: a celebration of dance by the world’s greatest choreographers.  The new season brings to South Florida audiences ... more
Edward Villella, who turned 75 on Oct. 1, is slowly stepping away from his role as artisitic director of Miami City Ballet (he’ll retain the position until mid 2013). The transition comes at an especially rewarding time for the company, which this summer spent three weeks in Paris for performances that exceeded even the lofty standards of its longtime taskmaster. The opening-night standing ovation was repeated each night, Villella said, culminating in a closing-night love-in that ... more


Miami City Ballet (MCB)

2011-2012 season opens with Program I, featuring four ballets that run the gamut from classic to contemporary:

Square Dance (Balanchine/Vivaldi and ... more
Miami City Ballet fans will have to wait for this season’s world premieres — from Liam Scarlett in January and Alexei Ratmansky in March — but the four dances on next weekend’s opening program are a richly entertaining demonstration of the company’s range and talents.
George Balanchine paved the way for The Nutcracker to become an American holiday tradition when the New York City Ballet debuted his version in 1954.

With that in mind, it might seem strange that Miami City Ballet, one of Balanchine’s heirs and the sole dance company to perform a season at the Kravis Center, performs its Balanchine Nutcracker so sporadically at the center.

The Nutcracker accounts for about a quarter of Miami City Ballet’s ticket sales. Most ... more
Listen to Edward Villella interviewed on WLRN-FM/91.3 on South Florida Arts Beat on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 1 pm.
Miami City Ballet dancers, staff, supporters and friends celebrated the 75th birthday of legendary Founding Artistic Director, Edward Villella, with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a pre-screening of the company’s National PBS special!

(MIAMI BEACH, FL)  On Saturday, October 1st, Miami City Ballet dancers, staff, friends and supporters gathered together to celebrate and honor America's most renowned male ballet dancer, Company ... more
Miami City Ballet has earned raves from performances in Miami, New York City and Paris, but it was a different kind of performance that brought the company mainstream fame.“One of the things that I think helped us to start dispelling the image of what the ballet is was Alex Wong’s appearance on [Fox TV show] So You Think You Can Dance,” said Bill Miller, the company’s director of marketing and communications. “His appearance did more for us over last ... more
Miami City Ballet’s world premiere from British choreographer Liam Scarlett has a name. The ballet, commissioned by MCB and premiering Jan. 6 to 8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is called Viscera. Set to contemporary composer Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Viscera is a dramatic, large-scale work and the first American commission for the 25-year old Scarlett, who has earned critical and audience raves for the piece’s he’s done for ... more
Freed of London came to Miami City Ballet School to do pointe shoe fittings. Meet some of our students as they try on pointe shoes for the first time.
If you didn't get tickets, be sure to catch Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp on your local PBS station on October 28 at 9p.m.
Edward Villella, the founder and director of Miami City Ballet, will be leaving the company he has built into one of South Florida’s leading artistic institutions and one of the nation’s top dance companies at the end of the 2012- 2013 season, it was announced Thursday.The move marks a milestone for a troupe that has been a keystone of South Florida’s cultural growth. The change also marks the end of the second period of Villella’s long and storied career, first ... more
Edward Villella will step down as artistic director of Miami City Ballet at the end of the 2012-13 season. The former New York City Ballet star has headed the company since its founding 26 years ago...
Edward Villella, the founding and current artistic director of Miami City Ballet, will step down at the end of the 2012-2013 season, the company announced on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Villella, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, who founded the company with Toby Ansin in 1985, is leaving to continue other professional pursuits...
Edward Villella, el fundador y director del Ballet de la Ciudad de Miami (MCB), dejará al final de la temporada 2012-2013 la institución que forjó como una de las principales instituciones artísticas del Sur de la Florida y una de las principales compañías de danza del país, se anunció el jueves...
Like some of the most iconic figures in sports and performing arts history before him, Edward Villella, founder and director of Miami City Ballet, announced Thursday that he was leaving the company just as it had reached the pinnacle of success in its more than quarter century of existence...
(Miami Beach, FL: Sept. 23, 2011): Ron Esserman, Interim President of Miami City Ballet's Board of Trustees announced today that Edward Villella, the company's founding and current Artistic Director, will be departing at the end of the 2012-2013 season, twenty-nine years after his first discussions about creating a classical ballet company in Miami. Villella is leaving to continue his professional life.

Esserman states: “As we all know, Edward has had an extraordinary ... more
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Miami City Ballet: The company has commissioned its first new work in three years, a still untitled world premiere from rising young British choreographer Liam Scarlett. Jan. 6-8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Jan. 27-29 at the Kravis Center.
By Lewis “Mike” Eidson
Special to The Miami Herald

Miami is in the midst of a cultural awakening. What started in 2002 with the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach and continued with the construction of the Adrienne Arsht Center and New World Symphony’s new home, is now culminating with the development of Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum in downtown’s Museum Park.

When the science museum is completed, Miami will have lured the world’s largest art fair, and built ... more
WNET/Thirteen, New York’s PBS station, puts the spotlight on one of America’s finest dance companies, Miami’s own Miami City Ballet in the new television program Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp.The screenings will take place at the Miami City Ballet Studios, located at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center...
In this video interview, Artistic Director Edward Villella describes his career path and artistic philosophy.
MIAMI CITY BALLET Like many a ballet honcho Miami’s founding artistic director, Edward Villella, tends to stick to a blockbuster roster: Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, et al. This year he’s added an intriguing addition: a premiere, in January, by the Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett, in his debut for an American company. Oct. 21-April 15. (877) 929-7010, miamicityballet.org.

Miami City Ballet’s Young Professionals Group
Friday, September 23, beginning at 8:30pm.
Performing Arts Exchange
337 S.W. 8th Street

Miami City Ballet will present two free preview screenings of the upcoming PBS special Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp at the company’s Miami Beach studios. The film presentation on October 2 opens the company’s Open Barre Dance Series. Great Performances is public television’s award-winning, flagship performing arts series.

WHO:     Miami City Ballet (MCB)

WHAT:    Open Barre Dance Series presents: “Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & ... more
Melding top dancers from Miami, Atlanta and New York into a cohesive company is no easy matter — especially on three weeks rehearsal — but that’s what Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick managed this past week with shows in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts...
(MIAMI BEACH, FL) September 8th, 2011 – Miami City Ballet’s Upper Room - a dedicated group of art & culture lovers in their 20s and 30s – kicks off MCB’s 2011-12 season with a party on Friday, September 23 at PAX (Performing Arts Exchange), 337 S.W. 8th Street, beginning at 8:30pm.

An exciting night of mixing and mingling with MCB dancers and other young professionals awaits: indulging on scrumptious cocktails and decadent light bites and dancing to the sounds of Spam All Stars ... more
Miami City Ballet dancers, staff, supporters and friends celebrate the 75th birthday of legendary Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a pre-screening of the company’s upcoming National PBS special.SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 1, 2011MIAMI BEACH (Sept. 12, 2011) – Miami City Ballet dancers, staff, friends and supporters will gather on Saturday evening, October 1 ... more

Sunday, October 2, 2011
4pm & 7pm

Miami City Ballet Studios
at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center
2200 Liberty Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Free tickets are available in person Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm at Miami City Ballet Studios, or by phone at 305.929.7010 or toll free 877.929.7010

Did Miami City Ballet take Paris by storm when it made its three-week debut this summer in the City of Light at the famed Théâtre du Châtelet?  

The international press says it all:

“Miami City Ballet is pulling off some of the most refreshing performances ever seen in Paris. An unprecedented undertaking for the company’s founder and director, former Balanchine star Edward Villella. The audience’s reaction has been rapturous.” ... more

PARIS — Edward Villella threads his way through 50 lithe bodies stretching, bending, twisting and spinning through a midday warmup. There will be seven more hours of dancing before the curtain falls late Wednesday night...


Miami City Ballet is working with Dallas-based Dreamfly Productions in the creation of EN POINTE, a reality based television program focusing on the intimate and compelling world of professional dancers.  Dreamfly Productions is currently seeking a television network to air the series.

Miami City Ballet is basking in triumph in Paris, according to press accounts. The Miami Beach-based company, which dances at the Kravis Center, is performing a three-week season at the Theatre du Chatelet as the star attraction of its annual summer dance festival. The festival started July 6 and will continue through July 23...
O ooh, la, la! C’est magnifique! Después de tres semanas de triunfos en la capital de Francia, a teatro casi todo vendido, cuando se le pregunta ¿entonces, quieren volver a París? a Edward Villella, director artístico del Miami City Ballet, éste responde emocionado: “¿Por qué querríamos volver a Miami?”

Villella expresa que han tenido un éxito sin paralelo para la compañía en el festival ... more
It was quite a bet: a little-known ballet company from Florida touring Paris for three weeks in the middle of the summer. And yet Miami City Ballet is pulling off some of the most refreshing performances seen here in a while. With 14 ballets scheduled, it may be an unprecedented undertaking for the company’s founder and director, former Balanchine star Edward Villella, but this tight-knit troupe has coped, and the audience’s reaction to the unfamiliar repertoire has been rapturous...
Each year, Paris welcomes a world-class ballet company for an exclusive miniseason, and this year hosts the Miami City Ballet performing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor. In all, 50 dancers will perform 14 ballets over 17 shows at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. Tickets from around $20; lesetesdeladanse.com.


Check out Edward Villella and Miami City Ballet on France 24 TV News

Check out Miami City Ballet on France 3 TV News
In a humorous video, Miami City Ballet dancers drummed up excitement for their July trip to perform in Paris

They can tendu, but can they parlez-vous? As Miami City Ballet prepares to leave for its debut season in Paris July 6 to 23, company members Rebecca King and Callie Manning put down their toe shoes and picked up a video camera to survey their fellow dancers’ efforts to learn le francais.

The tongue-in-cheek results, posted in a ... more
"An evening at the ballet is a fascinating event; the lights go dim, the harmonious sound of the orchestra fills the theater, and the plush velvet curtain slowly rises on what seems to be a magical scene…," writes stunning prima ballerina, Jennifer Kronenberg, in her new book for aspiring dancers, So, You Want To Be A Ballet Dancer.

"A sea of beautiful, porcelain-perfect ballerinas whirl and twirl…skimming effortlessly across the stage, ... more
Spending the last two weeks dancing for Alexei Ratmansky has been an absolute joy. The first movement of his new 35-minute ballet, Symphonic Dances--with music by Sergei Rachmaninoff--is finished. Even though it lasts only about 10 minutes, a number of events happen. The plot, however, is still unclear, even to Alexei himself. He is leaving it up for interpretation...
By Jordan Levin
The schedule for Miami City Ballet’s 2011-2012 season, announced Thursday, will feature a new work from an up-and-coming British choreographer and two evening-length 19th century story ballets...


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Miami City Ballet, contact Amber Dorsky,
PR Manager, at 305.929.7000 x1602
or e-mail: amber@miamicityballet.org