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.

Its 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, who has been consulting with MCB since July. We are heading into a very good time.

Kaiser, who engineered rescues of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theater and Englands Royal Opera House. said the moves ensure the company will recover from the most difficult period in its 26-year history.

The new executive director is Daniel Hagerty, 40, who as director of individual campaigns at the Kennedy Center heads a staff of 25 that raised $40 million last year. Kaiser introduced him to leaders of MCBs board a month ago.

Hagerty, who starts in late October, said Tuesday he is thrilled at the prospect of working with new artistic director Lourdes Lopez who took control this month...


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