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It was quite a bet: a little-known ballet company from Florida touring Paris for three weeks in the middle of the summer. And yet Miami City Ballet is pulling off some of the most refreshing performances seen here in a while. With 14 ballets scheduled, it may be an unprecedented undertaking for the company’s founder and director, former Balanchine star Edward Villella, but this tight-knit troupe has coped, and the audience’s reaction to the unfamiliar repertoire has been rapturous…

Time’s Summer 60: Paris

Each year, Paris welcomes a world-class ballet company for an exclusive miniseason, and this year hosts the Miami City Ballet performing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor. In all, 50 dancers will perform 14 ballets over 17 shows at the historic Th

Miami City Ballet Plies And Parlez En Route To Paris

In a humorous video, Miami City Ballet dancers drummed up excitement for their July trip to perform in ParisThey can tendu, but can they parlez-vous? As Miami City Ballet prepares to leave for its debut season in Paris July 6 to 23, company members Rebecca King and Callie Manning put down their toe shoes and picked up a video camera to survey their fellow dancers’ efforts to learn le francais. The tongue-in-cheek results, posted in a video on the troupe’s website, should captivate all but the kind of snooty cultural purists who gave French fries a bad name. Handsome lead dancer Yann Trividic (who actually is French), beret tilted almost down to his dangling cigarette, hoisting a glass of wine, grades their efforts with the kind of effortlessly loutish

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