|Stage Experience and Performing Opportunities for Students|
|Throughout a student's training, it is extremely important for him/her to gain performance experience. Miami City Ballet School offers several opportunities.|
Every couple of months parents observe their children in class. A demonstration of their year's work is presented at the end of the season in June at the Lynn & Louis Wolfson, II Theatre located at the Miami City Ballet studios.
There are a number of performing opportunities for students in the School. Every December Miami City Ballet presents the acclaimed million-dollar production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. This production has many roles for children and most are filled by students from the School. Please see The Nutcracker page for further information.
Each spring the School stages an Annual Student Showcase, which is open to the paying public. Upper-level students perform in ballets from the Company repertoire as well as works created especially for them. The Showcase develops discipline, musicality, endurance, choreographic memory and stage presence.
Advanced students also have the opportunity to perform in a number of outreach programs and lecture demonstrations in theaters all over the tri-county area. All performances are done in a professional manner with costumes, lighting, and MCB's professional backstage crews overseeing the performances. The theaters are approved for proper space and flooring.
MCB School works closely with its upper-level students to facilitate the development of students into professional dancers. Edward Villella, the Company Founding Artistic Director teaches class to the Level VIII and Advanced students from time-to-time to observe their progress. Roma Sosenko, the Company Principal Ballet Mistress, also observes classes ocasionally. Some of these students may be invited to perform with the Company in a limited repertoire. These students rehearse with the Company from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., after their school technique and pointe classes. On the days of performances, these students will be allowed to take Company class.
|Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs|