In Ballet, Females Dominate Stage While Males Direct Leadership

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

A Grimm Season Finale

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.

Former Macy’s Vice Chairman Susan D. Kronick Elected President Of Miami City Ballet’s Board Of Trustees

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 excited and honored to be part of Miami City Ballet,’ said Kronick, ‘particularly at a time when the cultural life of South Florida is exploding with energy and creative force. Our internationally acclaimed company has a magnificent legacy, supremely talented dancers and an exhilarating future. The beauty, power and discipline of dance have been important to me since I was 6 years old. And sometimes you are fortunate when life brings you full circle.’

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

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

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.

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