Miami City Ballet Dancers Express “Why We Dance” In New Film

Miami City Ballet presents WHY WE DANCE
The Dancers of Miami City Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season

A film by Ezra Hurwitz
Score by Aaron Roche
DP Carlos Reyes

“Ballet is hard. It’s hard on your body, and it’s hard on your mind… we’re constantly pushing ourselves.”

For its 30th Anniversary Season, Miami City Ballet asked members from every rank of its international, 51-member company to tell their stories; what inspired them to dance, and what motivated them to devote their lives to this incredible physical and artistic discipline.

“This career is really a race against time. It’s such a fleeting moment, but there’s nothing more beautiful or more euphoric.”

To dance in one of the world’s top ballet companies is to perform on the knife’s edge between athleticism and artistry: testing the boundaries of human performance, preserving and interpreting a centuries-old tradition, and incubating new choreographic visions while pushing the art form into the 21st century.

“That’s the challenge – hiding the pain behind the beauty. You have to maintain your body as an instrument; otherwise, everything starts to fall apart.”

Why We Dance captures private thoughts and moments from the lives of MCB dancers that audiences never see. Young artists at the peak of their physical and artistic abilities, preparing their minds and bodies for a burst of expression that exists only for a moment, and is gone.

“Right before the curtain goes up, there’s this moment of truth – you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s just you and the music and the audience, and it’s just … magic.”

Miami City Ballet’s Why We Dance premieres online on January 6, 2015 at

Robert Gottlieb on How Miami City Ballet Has Grown, on Its 30th Anniversary

It’s exactly 30 years since Edward Villella, America’s greatest male classical dancer, founded Miami City Ballet. At the start it was a small, modestly funded company in a city hardly known for its appreciation of ballet. Today it’s one of America’s leading companies: together with San Francisco, Pacific Northwest and Boston—Houston, some would say—it ranks in artistic success and national recognition right behind The Big Two: New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  In other words, it’s a miracle.

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All-New Nutcracker “Sweet Seats” are the Ultimate Holiday Experience



MIAMI BEACH, FL – (November 25, 2015) – Miami City Ballet’s 30th anniversary production of the holiday spectacular, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM returns in December to all four of MCB’s home venues.

This presentation of George Balanchine’s holiday classic – one of the few in the nation – has become a beloved tradition throughout South Florida, and is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family, featuring a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. This lavish production includes magnificent scenery, elaborate costumes and a blizzard of snow – all performed to the magical music of Tchaikovsky.


Sweet Seats are a brand-new part of Miami City Ballet’s dazzling 30th Anniversary Nutcracker, an exclusive package for the ultimate holiday experience, including premium seating, commemorative program book with dancer signature, exclusive photo opportunities with the Miami City Ballet dancers, and more festive family fun!

Sweet Seats are available for select performances at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.  Tickets and more information can be found at or by calling 305.929.7010 / 800.929.7010 toll-free.


And ring in the holiday season with Nutcracker Magic, a fun-filled children’s gala for the entire family taking place December 19th at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and December 28th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.   For information and sponsorship opportunities, contact or call 305.929.7000 x1506.

Miami City Ballet School Announces National Audition Tour

Miami City Ballet School, the official school of Miami City Ballet and one of the most respected ballet training academies in America, will hold auditions for its prestigious MCB Summer Intensive. The National Audition Tour, sponsored by Freed of London, will kick off on Saturday, January 9 at two locations – Atlanta and Indianapolis – and continue to 15 additional cities across the United States until its conclusion on February 6.

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Miami City Ballet to debut at New York’s Lincoln Center

Miami City Ballet will make its debut at New York’s Lincoln Center next April, capping off its 30th anniversary season by performing in one of the most storied and important theaters in the world.

The shows were announced Tuesday by the Joyce Theater Foundation, which will present MCB at the David H. Koch Theater, home to the New York City Ballet.

“It’s a landmark season, and to go to New York and celebrate this great company with New York audiences is a confluence of events one could only dream about,” MCB executive director Michael Scolamiero said Tuesday.

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Miami City Ballet Returns for Joyce Season

Miami City Ballet will give a season in New York for the first time since 2009. Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo team up for a program of contemporary ballet pieces with the pianist Bruce Levingston. These are some of the highlights of the Joyce Theater’s offerings for its spring and summer season, announced on Tuesday, which also includes the tap ensemble Dorrance Dance, the Stephen Petronio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet and a Cuba Festival.

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