Two of our outstanding dancers Haiyan Wu (Principal) and Yang Zou (Principal Soloist) recently got married. Haiyan and Yang are both from China, but met and fell in love here at Miami City Ballet. The couple was wed at the home of Artistic Director Edward Villella with many dancers, staff, and friends in attendance. Congratulations Haiyan and Yang!Miami City Ballet School’s Student ShowcaseCome see students from Miami City Ballet School perform exciting and challenging works from the Company’s repertoire. Miami City Ballet School’s Student Showcase will take place May 15-17 at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach). Performances are Friday, May 15 at 7pm; Saturday, May 16 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, May 17 at 2pm. Tickets are only $25, and can be purchased at miamicityballet.org or toll-free (877) 929-7010. The advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Valse Fantaisie (1967), and segments from August Bournonville’s Napoli. For many students these performances will be their grand finale before entering careers as professional dancers at ballet companies around the nation. A Special Thanks to Lora and Fred DrasnerIn honor of Miami City Ballet’s Manhattan Debut at New York City Center, board members Lora and Fred Drasner held an extraordinary evening of festivities. The event included an invitation-only, black-tie pre-performance dinner followed by Miami City Ballet’s opening performance, featuring “Rubies,” Square Dance, and Symphony in C. After the performance, a champagne and dessert reception was held in the mezzanine lobby of City Center. Lora and Fred were also sponsors of our Benefit Dinner to celebrate MCB’s collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra. Thank you Lora and Fred for your amazing generosity to this Company. Click here to view photos from the event.Broward’s Adagio Network Hosts “In the Night” Lounge PartyMiami City Ballet’s Broward County Young Friends group, Adagio Network, hosted an ultra-chic lounge party called “In the Night” at the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club. About 150 Miami City Ballet supports attended the event which featured fabulous cuisine and libations sponsored by Ketel One. Edward Villella and Miami City Ballet dancers joined the group on the dance floor to help celebrate the evening. Special thanks to chair Meike Miniaci for all of her hard work. Click here to view photos from the event. MCB On the RoadThe Company will perform August 1-3 at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. If you are in the area, come see us. For tickets and information go to www.vaildance.org or call 888-920-ARTS. MCB will also travel to Chicago in October and perform at the Auditorium Theatre, our first visit to this city. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be soon. Visit www.miamicityballet.org for details.”Prelude to Symphony in C” an Elegant Evening in Palm BeachMiami City Ballet’s Palm Beach supporters recently held a black-tie dinner dance at the Four Seasons Resort. The event included a champagne reception, a silent and live auction, and dancing with the stars of Miami City Ballet. A special $10,000 matching gift was pledged by Monica and Hermen Greenberg at the event. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Patricia E. Lowry and Yvonne Lynam for making the evening such a success. Click here to view photos from the event.Seabourn Cruises Hosts Fundraiser for Arsht Center and Resident CompaniesSave the date for an unforgettable journey onboard the new Seabourn Odyssey, the latest addition to the luxury cruise lines’ fleet of ships. Seabourn Cruises has generously agreed to host a fundraiser on November 13-14 for the Adrienne Arsht Center and its resident companies: New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and Miami City Ballet. For more information contact Nora Weinreich at (305) 929-7000, ext. 1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Renewal ReminderDon’t miss Miami City Ballet’s upcoming season which will include an array of outstanding ballets. Some of the exciting highlights include: Paul Taylor’s Company B, George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom, and never-before-seen on the main stage, Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section.” The renewal deadline is April 15. If you haven’t renewed, please contact us at (877) 929-7010. We begin releasing non-renewed seats on April 16, so act now.To get Priority Seating as a new subscriber, please call toll-free (877) 929-7010 or download an order form at www.miamicityballet.org.Miami City Ballet Closed May 18-29Miami City Ballet offices will be closed May 18-29 for an end-of-the season break. Our offices will reopen on June 1st.