For A Night, Former Baseball All-Star Joins Miami City Ballet

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

Mike Piazza Makes His Ballet Debut In Miami, A Hit Man Again

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 man in a Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami…read more

Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Boys In Ballet

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 profession. Former principal dancer with New York City Ballet Philip Neal was one of those boys…read more

Broadway And Ballet

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 Miami City Ballet from ekeing every nuance from the choreography to lush romantic effect…read more

With Mike Piazza, Miami City Ballet Jazzes Up Its Step

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.

Mike Piazza Readies For Ballet Debut

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 about George Balanchine?’ I asked. ‘Ahhh, George Balanchine

Miami City Ballet And Trey Mcintyre Project Bring A Weekend Of Dance To Broward

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 Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will perform three of McIntyre’s ballets, flavored by traditional Basque dancing, Shakespeare and more, Friday and Saturday at the Center’s Amaturo Theater. South Florida’s Miami City Ballet will present repertory of George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, and Jerome Robbins, best known for his Broadway choreography, Friday through Sunday at the Au-Rene Theater….read more

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