Mike Piazza has hung up his baseball cleats, but he’s putting on his dancing shoes.For one night only, the former Mets catcher will have a bit part in a performance of ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ at the Miami City Ballet on May 3. Piazza, 44, will play the role of ‘The Gangster’
Having failed to gain entrance to baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first try, perhaps Mike Piazza now has eyes on a Tony or an Oscar.Piazza will make his ballet debut as ‘The Gangster’ in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ on Friday, May 3, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.According to the MCB’s press release, Piazza ‘will not be dancing, leaping or catching ballerinas. But he will be sporting a 1920s-era gangster costume, throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive ….’…read more
Longtime big-league catcher Mike Piazza will make his ballet debut on May 3 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. I’d be less inclined to believe this had I seen it on Monday, but it doesn’t appear to be an April Fool’s joke…read more
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.
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
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
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.