Miami City Ballet’s Edward Villella Celebrates Birthday

Ballet icon Edward Villella celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday by celebrating his company, Miami City Ballet, and its latest achievement, an hour-long feature on the PBS Arts Fall Festival (it may be public, but it’s still national TV

The Dirt: Sara Esty

These days, if you’re not on Facebook and Twitter, you’re getting left behind in the virtual dust. Need some help navigating the ever-expanding online world? Look to Miami City Ballet dancer Sara Esty, who is quickly becoming one of ballet’s must-watch, must-read-about and must-know performers,thanks not only to her solid technique and vibrant stage presence but also to her social media savvy.

Miami City Ballet’s Paris Sensation Comes Home

Edward Villella, who turned 75 on Oct. 1, is slowly stepping away from his role as artisitic director of Miami City Ballet (he’ll retain the position until mid 2013). The transition comes at an especially rewarding time for the company, which this summer spent three weeks in Paris for performances that exceeded even the lofty standards of its longtime taskmaster. The opening-night standing ovation was repeated each night, Villella said, culminating in a closing-night love-in that lasted for 10 minutes of applause and screams.

MCB Announces Its 2011-12 Season! (Updated 10.17.11)

MIAMI CITY BALLET FLORIDA’S INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED COMPANYANNOUNCES ITS 2011-12 SEASON!A CELEBRATION OF DANCE FEATURING ONE WORLD PREMIERE AND TWO FULL-LENGTH CLASSICS!THE OPUS ONE LIVE ORCHESTRA RETURNS!Miami Beach, FL (Oct. 17, 2011):

No ‘Nutcracker’ By Miami City Ballet At Kravis Center This Year

George Balanchine paved the way for The Nutcracker to become an American holiday tradition when the New York City Ballet debuted his version in 1954.With that in mind, it might seem strange that Miami City Ballet, one of Balanchine’s heirs and the sole dance company to perform a season at the Kravis Center, performs its Balanchine Nutcracker so sporadically at the center.The Nutcracker accounts for about a quarter of Miami City Ballet’s ticket sales. Most years, it’s the company’s biggest seller.Nationwide, for companies in Miami City Ballet’s budget bracket, the ballet provides about 15 percent of total revenues, according to a 2010 Dance/USA survey.’The Nutcracker for almost any ballet company is considered a cash cow,’ said Bill Miller, Miami City Ballet’s marketing and communications director. ‘That’s why they do it.’