I’ll admit it: When I got the press release announcing that former baseball star Mike Piazza would be performing with Miami City Ballet, my first reaction was: Huh? Yes, Piazza was apparently a great catcher and an even better hitter during his 16 years playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. (And yes, I personally have Wikipedia to thank for all that information.) But what’s his connection to the ballet world, exactly?…read more
Miami City Ballet just signed a new dancer: former major league baseball catcher Mike Piazza. The company has been loving sports stars recently…read more
Casting is now available for performances of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Mike Piazza, who looked so good in pinstripes during his half-hour as a member of the then-Florida Marlins, will put on similarly fashionable stripes when he takes the stage May 3 in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. The baseball legend will not be catching any ballerinas, but instead will sport a 1920’s-era costume for his role as The Gangster, which calls for Piazza to throw out a few lines Al Capone-style…read more
Miami, FL (April 2, 2013): Legendary Major League Baseball player, Mike Piazza, known as the greatest hitting catcher of all time, will trade the ballpark for the Ziff Ballet Opera House on Friday evening, May 3, 2013. Piazza will make his ballet debut as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
It seems like the catwalk has become a sort of second stage for dancers these days. The latest ballerinas moonlighting as runway models are Miami City Ballet’s Callie Manning, Suzanne Limbrunner and Adriana Pierce…read more
When Lourdes Lopez began dancing in the New York City Ballet in 1974, she saw firsthand how the energy of George Balanchine’s creative genius and Lincoln Kirstein’s passionate, yet business-minded motivation wove together to put their shared ideals onstage. ‘Mr. B would say
If you ask Miami City Ballet dancers what makes them shine on stage, most will cite camaraderie, not competitiveness. ‘Perhaps the familial atmosphere at MCB has always served as a breeding ground for friendships and romantic relationships,’ says principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. ‘We have a level of mutual respect and understanding that is rare in the dance world. I definitely think it adds to our chemistry as a company.’
Pictoral of Miami City Ballet’s rehearsal for Open Barre: Behind the Curtain.
Pictoral feature of Miami City Ballet’s March Ballet For Young People performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Watch how New York City Ballet dancer and emerging choregrapher Jusin Peck created a new work for Miami City Ballet.