• Jewels Program 2022


Dear MCB Friends and Family,

Described as "a perfect night at the theater," Jewels is considered the first full-length abstract ballet. It consists of three acts differentiated by its luscious costuming and distinct musical styles: French, American, and Russian. It is also a ballet that perfectly demonstrates Balanchine's genius and has become a company mainstay because it so wonderfully showcases the breadth of the artistic and athletic prowess of our MCB dancers. But there is so much more.

The true beauty lies in its ability to transport us to faraway places while ultimately reminding us just how connected we all are. Through Balanchine's precise choreography and music by three distinct composers – Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky – we are taken on an adventurous journey through a pure dance triptych.

In "Emeralds," we visit an "evocation of France," as Balanchine describes it. A verdant French landscape through Gabriel Fauré's poetic and dreamlike music. It is so lush, fertile, and decadent you can almost smell the sweetness of a luxurious French perfumery.

"Rubies" is a vivacious nod to the great American spirit. Hips swivel, and youthful revelry reigns in this undeniably jazzy, sexy, fun ballet set to Igor Stravinsky's pulsating score.

Finally, "Diamonds" transports us to Balanchine's home country of Russia, with a sweeping pas de deux and a grand finale that showcases almost the entire company on stage, all meticulously performed to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's majestic composition.

Thank you for continuing to join us on this journey and being part of the Miami City Ballet family.

With gratitude,

Lourdes Lopez
Artistic Director
Miami City Ballet

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko
Executive Director
Miami City Ballet


Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music for Emeralds by Gabriel Fauré*
Music for Rubies by Igor Stravinsky**
Music for Diamonds by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky***
Staged by Miami City Ballet
Principal coaching for Emeralds and Diamonds by Merrill Ashley
Principal coaching for Rubies by Bart Cook
Scenic Design by Tony Walton
Scenery built by I. Weiss
Costumes original design by Karinska
Lighting Design by John Hall

*Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock
** Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929), by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner
***Symphony No. 3 in D major



It’s said that a visit to famed French jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels piqued George Balanchine’s imagination. Who knew that those tiny light refracting brilliant bursts of color from some of the world’s most sought-after gemstones would inspire one of Balanchine’s most revered ballets?

In Jewels, each gemstone suggests contrasting moods and situations. When the ballet premiered in April 1967 at the new New York State Theater (now the Koch) at Lincoln Center, Balanchine evoked these moods in terms of dance styles and musical characteristics associated with the countries of its three composers. “Emeralds,” set to music by the French composer Gabriel Fauré, is gracious, elegant, languorous. “Rubies,” to the music of Russo-American Igor Stravinsky, is a spirited jazz essay, brash and irreverent. “Diamonds,” set to music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is reminiscent of Marius Petipa’s Mariinsky ballet and the formal elegance of Imperial Russia.

Each ballet was dominated by its lead ballerina. In “Emeralds,” Violette Verdy, was known for her supremely witty musicality; Patricia McBride’s teasing sauciness made sparks fly in “Rubies”; and the astounding Suzanne Farrell, at the time Balanchine’s primary instrument for reinventing the hallmarks of classical ballet, blazed in “Diamonds”.

“Emeralds,” the first ballet in this full-evening trilogy, is remarkable for its mysterious and plangent romanticism. It is the quietest – and, to some viewers, the most profound – section of Jewels. The Fauré music Balanchine chose to employ is distinguished by a seamless haunting fluidity.

“Rubies” spotlights a small female with a big personality and her dynamo partner, a role created for the amazing pyrotechnics of Edward Villella. The couple flirt and compete with each another, engaging in provocative clashes and amorous contests as Balanchine exhibits a full array of what dance critic Deborah Jowitt called his “Stravinsky” steps: “The pinup-girl poses, the jutting hips, the legs that swing down and up like scythes, the paw-hands, the prances, the big quick lunges, the flexed feet, the heelwalks.” Sensational!

“Diamonds” – to Tchaikovsky at his grandest -- represents Balanchine’s homage to the classicism of late 19th century Imperial Russia. Whereas, “Emeralds” showcased two couples, and “Rubies” a playful pair, “Diamonds” – majestic and daring – is the ultimate statement of Balanchine’s famous credo, “Ballet is woman”.

Miami City Ballet's original production of the full-length Jewels was underwritten by Texaco.

Special thanks to Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca, who underwrote the original and newly refurbished Tony Walton sets for Jewels.

Miami City Ballet premiere on November 22, 1992 at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; West Palm Beach, Florida.

“The performance of Jewels a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®, Service Standards established and provided by The Trust.”



Miami City Ballet has a diverse roster of 54 dancers and a repertoire of more than 130 works. As one of the most renowned ballet companies in the country, Miami City Ballet performs for nearly 125,000 patrons annually during its South Florida home season in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and tours to major cities domestically and internationally, including recent visits to New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris.

Miami City Ballet School, the official school of Miami City Ballet, is one of the most respected ballet training academies in America. The School trains students, ages 3-18 year-round, and grants more than $650,000 in scholarships annually.

Miami City Ballet’s Community Engagement programs, serving more than 12,000 people annually in schools and communities; our free programs use the power of dance to uplift, teach and bring joy.

Miami City Ballet was founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella. It is headquartered in Miami Beach, FL, at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center, a facility designed by renowned architectural firm, Arquitectonica.


Lourdes Lopez has become one of the ballet world’s most prominent and accomplished contributors. Dance Magazine named her a 2018 recipient of its prestigious Dance Magazine Awards, choosing Lopez for her “…admirable stewardship of Miami City Ballet, building upon the company’s Balanchine legacy while also embracing the local culture and community of Miami,” and as “…an exemplary leader, someone whom dancers look up to and are inspired by.” In 2017, the magazine also named her one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today”.

She became Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet in 2012, bringing with her a nearly 40-year career in dance, television, teaching and arts management. As a Soloist and Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, Lopez danced for two legends of the art form, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Under Lopez’s direction, Miami City Ballet has become one of the country’s premier ballet companies. According to The New York Times, “This troupe [is] at the forefront of all those dancing choreography by George Balanchine today…. Bold, light, immediate, intensely musical, the dancing of Miami City Ballet flies straight to the heart.”

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1958 and raised in Miami, Lopez began taking ballet lessons at the age of five, on the recommendation of a doctor. At the age of 11 she received a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, splitting the year between Miami and New York City. At fourteen, she moved to New York permanently to devote herself to full-time studies at SAB, and shortly after her sixteenth birthday, joined the corps de ballet of New York City Ballet. Under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, her star rose quickly at New York City Ballet. In 1984, she was promoted to Soloist, performing countless featured roles including Balanchine’s Violin Concerto, Liebeslieder Walzer, Firebird, Serenade, Symphony in C, Agon, The Four Temperaments; and Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces, Fancy Free, In the Night, Four Seasons and Brandenburg.

Upon retirement, Lopez joined WNBC-TV in New York as a Cultural Arts reporter, writing and producing feature segments on the arts, artists and arts education. She was also a full-time senior faculty member and Director of Student Placement, Student Evaluation and Curriculum Planning at New York’s Ballet Academy East. She served on the dance faculty of Barnard College and guest taught at numerous dance institutions and festivals in the United States.

In 2002, Lopez became the Executive Director of The George Balanchine Foundation, which works to educate the public about dance and to further the art of ballet, with a special emphasis on the work and achievements of George Balanchine. In this position, she oversaw the 2004 Balanchine Centennial Celebration, a worldwide festival honoring the choreographer and his legacy. Lopez co-founded The Cuban Artists Fund, which supports Cuban and Cuban-American artists in their endeavors.

In 2014, Lopez was elected to serve on the Ford Foundation’s Board of Trustees and is presently starting her second term, marking the first time an artist was elected to serve on its board. In 2011, she received the prestigious Jerome Robbins Award for her years in dance. She has served as a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2017, she received an award from the American Immigration Law Foundation honoring Cuban Americans for their accomplishments and contributions to American society. She also co-founded
Morphoses with Christopher Wheeldon in 2007—a New York-based dance company aiming to revitalize dance through innovative collaborations with important artists from the worlds of music, visual arts, design, film and fashion; and by inviting younger and broader audiences to engage in and actively experience dance.

In 2019 she was honored with Ballet Hispánico’s “Toda Una Vida” Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2021 she was awarded the prestigious “Una Vida para la Danza (A Life for Dance) by the International Ballet Festival of Miami.

Lopez is married and is the mother of two daughters, Adriel and Calliste.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Tania Castroverde Moskalenko

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko joined Miami City Ballet as Executive Director in August 2018, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience leading performing arts institutions and guiding them through strategic, financial, and operational turnarounds. As MCB’s Executive Director, she oversees finance, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, community engagement, human resources, and the business side of the Miami City Ballet School. Sixty days after her arrival at MCB, she presented the Board with an ambitious plan for a $55M capital campaign to ensure MCB’s long-term financial health. To date, the 4-year Transforming Lives Campaign has raised 97% of its goal.

Prior to MCB, Castroverde Moskalenko served as the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, revitalizing the organization’s financial health through new programming, increased earned revenue, and expanded philanthropic support.

In 2017, she was named 'Chicagoan of the Year for Dance' by the Chicago Tribune. Prior, Castroverde Moskalenko spent four years as President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation in Indiana where she implemented a strategic plan that increased and diversified programming, audience reach, board membership, and contributed revenue. Before that, she spent seven years as the Executive Director of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Tennessee, where she erased a structural deficit, created a reserve fund, and founded successful programs such as the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra and Jazz in the Box.

Castroverde Moskalenko holds a BFA from the University of Memphis, an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, and a Certification in Non-Profit Financial Management from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the Board of Directors of Philanthropy Miami.

Castroverde Moskalenko was raised in Miami where she and her family arrived as political refugees from Cuba when she was six years old. She is the mother of five children and is married to a former Russian ballet dancer, Alexei Moskalenko, who is Assistant Artistic Director of the Youth America Grand Prix.

FOUNDER Toby Lerner Ansin

When she was 5 years old, at the suggestion of an orthopedist, Toby Lerner Ansin’s parents enrolled her in a beginning ballet class to help counteract a condition known as pronation, which occurs when one’s ankles turn in. That class was the beginning of a passionate love affair Toby has had with ballet that continues to this day. Until she was fourteen, determined to become a professional ballet dancer, Toby took classes six days a week. But one day she looked in the mirror at some of the other students in her class and then at herself and that evening calmly told her parents she was no longer going to pursue a career in ballet because while she had the drive, she didn’t have the body or talent to be a dancer. “I look like a limping giraffe,” she said, with finality. Nevertheless, she continued to regularly take class and whenever American Ballet Theatre made its annual appearance in her hometown of Boston, she attended every one of its performances.

In 1985, Toby became involved in the dance scene of Miami and realized that the reason no professional ballet company had been able to sustain itself in South Florida was because it lacked a “luminary,” a credible star who could attract creative talent as well as the money to support it. About that time, a friend, introduced her to Edward Villella. Toby arranged a meeting at her house with Villella that lasted four hours. By the time he left that day, she had convinced him that Miami was about to launch a professional ballet company. That evening she called 6 friends. Each gave her a check for a thousand dollars. She added her own check for a thousand dollars and shortly afterwards, invited Villella, a former star of New York City Ballet to be Founding Artistic Director. Then she relentless went to work raising more funds and recruiting prominent and influential members of the community to share her vision and join the Board of
Directors of the fledgling company. Toby’s dream of a professional ballet company soon became Miami’s dream. And about a year later Miami City Ballet gave its first performance. Years later, the company appeared at the Kennedy Center and Edward Villella wrote to her, “Our engagement was the culmination of the vision you had ten years ago, and I am so grateful it was me with whom you shared the dream.”

In 2010, in honor of her 70th birthday and MCB’s 25th anniversary, the Ansin Foundation established the Toby Lerner Ansin Scholarship fund. Each year, Toby sponsors a scholarship for a talented young dancer, which has helped numerous dancers become part of the company. Because of her vision, leadership, and unceasing efforts, Miami City Ballet today is an internationally acclaimed company with a growing reputation as a cradle of creativity for young dancers and choreographers. And Toby has received wide recognition for her accomplishments. Among the awards she has received are: the George Abbott Carbonell Award for Achievement in the Arts, the National Red Cross Spectrum Award for Women, the Florida Arts Recognition Award, the Arts Hero Award from the Arts & Business Council of Miami, the Florida International Press Club Imprint Award, the Woman of Style and Substance Award, and Dance/USA's Champion Award.

But the recognition she takes greatest pride in doesn’t even mention her name. In 2016, MCB received an invitation to dance in Lincoln Center for a week in April. The New York Times dance critic wrote three rave reviews about the company’s performance. Here’s a quote from his reviews, “…the dancing of Miami City Ballet flies straight to the heart…What can be done to bring this company here more often?”




REHEARSAL DIRECTORS Joan Latham, Arnold Quintane






Miami City Ballet would like to acknowledge Miami City Ballet School students, Dreyfoos School of the Performing Arts students and artists from the Florida Grand Opera who appear in this production.

Kravis Center | West Palm Beach
Fri, Mar 18 at 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 19 at 2pm
Sat, Mar 19 at 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 20 at 1pm

Arsht Center | Miami
Fri, Apr 1 at 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 2 at 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 3 at 2pm

Broward Center | Ft. Lauderdale
Sat, Apr 23 at 7:30pm
Sun, Apr 24 at 2pm


Mei Mei Luo, Concertmaster
Geremy Miller, Assistant concertmaster
Erika Venable, Assistant concertmaster
Victoria Stepanenko
Anthony Seepersad
Jenny Lee Vaughn
Michael O’Gieblyn
Carole Simmons
Siobhan Cronin

Dina Kostic *
Sheena Gutierrez
Ericmar Perez
Akiko Rivera
Eduardo Martinez

Carl Larson *
Modesto Marcano
Valerie Judd

Ashley Garritson *
Angela Maleh
Philip Lakofsky
Elizabeth Aron

Janet Clippard *
Susan Friend
Douglas Ferreira

Karen Fuller *
Elizabeth Lu

Elizabeth Lu

Erin Gittelsohn *
Kendra Hawley

Kendra Hawley

Richard Hancock *
Amalie Wyrick-Flax

Michael Ellert *
Christina Bonatakis

Hector J Rod *
Raul Rodriguez
Stan Spinola
Sharon Janezic

Craig Morris*
Robert Gallagher

Juan Zuniga *
Karla Rojas
Hugh Harbison

Calvin Jenkins *

Faye Kokkeler *

Deborah Fleisher *

* Principal

Susan Dirgins-Friend, Orchestra Librarian
Kristina Goldson, Orchestra Assistant
Geremy Miller, Orchestra Contractor


Jewels Supporters

Miami City Ballet thanks Toni and Martin Sosnoff for their sponsorship of Jewels on March 18, 2022, at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Miami City Ballet thanks the Murray and Sylvana Klein Family Foundation for their sponsorship of Jewels on March 20, 2022, at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Miami City Ballet is grateful for the support of our Foundation and Government partners, Corporate Council and Donors:

Major funding for Miami City Ballet provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Miami-Dade County support provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Support for Miami City Ballet in the Palm Beaches generously sponsored in part by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Programming and performances in Miami Beach are supported by the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Culture, Cultural Arts Council, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

Foundation and Government
Corporate Council
Donors and Supporters

In Loving Memory of Margot London

This performance of Jewels is performed in loving memory of Margot London, a true friend and avid supporter of Miami City Ballet. Margot joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and served as Co-Chair of the Gala in 2019 and 2020. While she loved watching the dancers perform anytime, Jewels was one of her all-time favorites. Margot loved to be surrounded by beauty, and often said, “Everything is beautiful at the Ballet.” We will always remember her beaming smile and enthusiasm as she sat in the audience and cheered our MCB dancers. Margot was loved, admired, and appreciated by all and will be deeply missed by her Miami City Ballet family. Her memory will live on.

2021/22 SEASON

Over the past 36 years, Miami City Ballet has risen to become a leading light in the nation's cultural landscape. We are proud to reflect on stage the warmth and vitality of our community and our South Florida home.

This season, revel in the joy of dance with us. Escape to far-away places through beloved classics, be moved and delighted by fresh, innovative premieres. We are thrilled to bring the uplifting power of dance into your world, and hope a little of our signature "sunshine in motion" follows you through the year.


Miami City Ballet School fosters artistry, love of dance and respect for one another, while preparing students to be versatile 21st century dancers with the necessary technique and physical strength to perform ballets in the Balanchine repertory as well as other choreographic styles. Through the School’s affiliation to the world-renowned Miami City ballet, students are offered unique performance opportunities alongside Miami City Ballet dancers and more.