MCB School Announces Third Annual Open House

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Miami City Ballet (MCB) School invites prospective students and parents to attend its third annual Open House on Saturday, August 8, 2015. This exciting event will give families the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the School and its programs: students ages 8-18 may audition for the 2015-2016 School Year Program; children ages 3-6 may participate in free sample classes; and building tours will be given throughout the day. Located at the state-of-the-art, 63,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Miami Beach’s Collins Park area, visitors can also meet the student dancers featured on Teen Vogue’s “Strictly Ballet,” a web series that follows the teens’ journeys to becoming professional dancers.

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MCB Announces New Dancers and Promotions

Miami City Ballet Announces New Dancers and Promotions
Advancing Three and Hiring Three Dancers, Two from Miami City Ballet School
Featured on Teen Vogue’s “Strictly Ballet”

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – For its landmark 30th Anniversary Season, Miami City Ballet announces the promotions of dancers Jennifer Lauren, Emily Bromberg and Jovani Furlan, as well as the additions to the company roster of Simone Messmer, Ella Titus and Mayumi Enokibara.

Two of the new additions, Ella Titus and Mayumi Enokibara, will join the corps de ballet as recent graduates of Miami City Ballet School and the stars of Teen Vogue’s “Strictly Ballet,” a hit web series that followed the students’ journeys to becoming ballet dancers at a professional company.

“We are thrilled to be promoting these wonderful, deserving artists,” said MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. “And we are so pleased to be adding three new members to our family just in time for the company’s 30th anniversary, including two recent graduates from Miami City Ballet School.  Our audiences are really in for a treat this coming season.”

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Miami City Ballet Announces Social Events Of The 30th Anniversary Season

MCB’s 30th Anniversary Gala to be set on the Sands of Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – (July 14, 2015) – Set on the sands of Miami Beach’s scenic shoreline, Miami City Ballet will present its landmark 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, January 23, 2016 celebrating three decades of artistic leadership and community impact, and featuring elements of the company’s highly anticipated, all-new production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Inspired by the idea of Shakespeare’s midsummer forest transposed onto Miami’s ocean floor, this black-tie affair will unfold directly on the beach, housed beneath a tent overlooking the water. The evening begins at 5:30 pm for sunset cocktails and breathtaking views, followed by a tented dinner under the stars; dessert and dancing with the 51 Miami City Ballet dancers; and an exclusive after party under the moonlight.

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Miami City Ballet Single Tickets On Sale July 6

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Single-show tickets for Miami City Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season go on sale July 6, 2015 including performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Swan Lake, and an all-new production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances take place in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples.

Tickets begin at just $20, and are available at or by calling the MCB Box Office at 305.929.7010 or 877.929.7010 toll-free.

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A Conversation With Michelle Oka Donor

From public space to public stage: A conversation with Michelle Oka Donor.

In this interview, the acclaimed artist and author discusses her craft, growing up in Miami Beach and her future projects, including a special collaboration with Miami City Ballet for the Company’s 30th anniversary season. 

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A Creative Finale for Mainly Mozart

The Mainly Mozart Festival has come a long way since the series’ early years in a Coral Gables hotel ballroom. The past two installments of the annual summer event under new artistic director Marina Radiushina have brought an expanded number of concerts in a variety of venues and more diverse and ambitious repertoire. Sunday afternoon at downtown Miami’s Arsht Center, Radiushina presented her most innovative offering yet.

The sensitivity and tonal coloration of their playing in the softer moments wonderfully complemented the choreography of Adriana Pierce … the athletic leaps and fitful angular movements of the penitents were brilliantly executed by dancers Emily Bromberg, Leigh-Ann Esty, Michael Sean Breeden and Eric Trope from Miami City Ballet.

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Toby Lerner Ansin Recibe Reconocimiento de Organización Nacional de Danza

El miércoles 17, Toby Lerner Ansin, fundadora del Miami City Ballet, se lleva a casa el Dance/USA Champion Award correspondiente a este año.

Establecida en 1982, Dance/USA es una organización nacional líder en proyectos, programas e iniciativas en el campo de la danza profesional, incluyendo una conferencia anual que reúne a cientos de participantes. Durante el evento, se hace entrega del Dance/USA Champion Award a una organización, empresa, fundación o persona de la ciudad anfitriona.

En esta oportunidad, la conferencia se celebra del 17 al 20 de junio en Miami.

“La entrega del Dance/USA Champion Award es un evento anual muy importante”, afirma Amy Fitterer, directora ejecutiva de Dance/USA, en entrevista con el Nuevo Herald. “Sabemos que el alma de la danza profesional proviene de la comunidad local, los residentes locales, todos los que apoyan y creen en el poder de la danza. Esta es nuestra manera de reconocerlos a nivel nacional”.

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Ford Foundation’s Sharpened Focus on Inequality and Operating Funds Draws Praise

Nonprofit leaders were quick to laud a major shift in grant making by the Ford Foundation to focus on fighting inequality — in part because very few charities worry that the new approach will cause them to lose money…

Michael Scolamiero, executive director of Miami City Ballet, which received $500,000 from Ford last year, pointed to the company’s Ballet Bus and Ballet Beyond Borders programs as examples of how it has reached out to communities that historically haven’t had access to formal dance instruction.

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MCB Founder Toby Lerner Ansin Receives Dance/USA Champion Award

Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is making its way to Miami for its 2015 Annual Conference, beginning Wednesday, June 17, with an Opening Night Celebration at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

The kickoff event will honor Miami City Ballet founder Toby Lerner Ansin as the recipient of the Champion Award, given to an organization, business, foundation or individual from the event’s host city that has continuously displayed stellar leadership and support in the local and national dance communities.

Ansin’s impact on dance began 30 years ago when she singlehandedly mustered the drive and funding to create Miami City Ballet. Without any financial compensation, she rolled up her sleeves and worked around the clock focusing her efforts on growing her then-infant company.

“It was just a glorious time,” says Ansin. “When you’re creating something from nothing and you see it blossom, it’s such an exhilarating thing.”

Over the years, she has garnered many accolades for her success in galvanizing community and financial support, assembling a devoted Board of Trustees and in laying the foundation for an unparalleled development program. Miami City Ballet today is an internationally acclaimed company with a growing reputation as a cradle of creativity for young dancers and choreographers.

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MCB Welcomes Simone Messmer

Miami City Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Simone Messmer to the Company, joining the ranks as Principal Dancer. As a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre, she has been acclaimed as “ardently playful… appealingly impulsive” (The New York Times) and as possessing a “magnificent… almost eerie emotional depth onstage” (Time Out New York).

“I am thrilled to welcome Simone into the Miami City Ballet family and I am very much looking forward to introducing her to our South Florida audiences,” says MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. “During the years I watched Simone at American Ballet Theatre, she approached each of her roles with an inborn musicality, a distinct elegance, and a remarkable versatility. Given these qualities she will fit right in among our other magnificent female principal dancers and help usher in Miami City Ballet’s 30th anniversary season.”

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‘Strictly Ballet 2:’ A Look at the World of Ballet

Teen Vogue produced a new documentary “Strictly Ballet 2” offering an inside look at the lives of teen dancers. 

The show follows six ballet dancers from Cuba, Brazil, Russia and Clearwater, Florida at the Miami City Ballet School. 

“I always thought a ballet class was the most democratic place in the world because you walk in and you are judged not by your race or gender or social economic position,” Lourdes Lopez, artistic director Miami City Ballet. “You are judged by your talent and your judged by your effort that you put in.” 

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