Miami City Ballet And The Cleveland Orchestra Launch New Artistic Partnership

See The Music, Hear The Dancing Performance and Benefit Gala January 29, 2009 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade CountyMiami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra will launch a multi-year artistic collaboration initiated by Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Edward Villella and Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-M

Miami City Ballet School Offers Open Classes For All Dance Levels

Miami City Ballet School, one of the top dance schools in the nation, offers classes to adults of all ages and levels of dance experience. Open Classes, held at Miami City Ballet’s Studios at 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, include Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. All levels of dance experience are welcome. Individual classes are $14 and a card of ten classes can be purchased for $100.Open Classes for Fall 2008 have already begun and are on-going. Similar to exercise classes at the gym, participants can simply show up on the day of the class and either pay or present their card. The Open Classes schedule is: Ballet taught by Alex Lapshin Mondays 10:00

Miami City Ballet Opens Its 2008-2009 Season At Adrienne Arsht Center With The Company Premiere Of George Balanchine’s Swan Lake Act II

Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room also featured on the Bill Miami City Ballet’s Program I featuring Swan Lake Act. II, The Four Temperaments, and In the Upper Room will show at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing of Miami-Dade (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.;? Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m.The Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s version of Swan Lake Act II opens Miami City Ballet’s season. In 1951, Balanchine choreographed his own version of the classical dance for the New York City Ballet, at that time only three years old. The Company needed a hit, and this Swan Lake Act II filled the bill, giving Maria Tallchief one of her most triumphant roles and remaining a staple of the repertory for many decades. Balanchine stripped it of its conventional mime sequences in order to emphasize and expand the role of the corps de ballet, incorporating the highly dramatic music Tchaikovsky had written for the end of the final act to create a thrilling finale. Over the succeeding years, he added, subtracted, modified ? at one point, for instance, removing the famous four Cygnets and adding the Valse Bluette for twelve swan maidens ? but his overall conception remained the same. Balanchine’s Swan Lake, although still a sublime vehicle for a ballerina, is less a highly romantic story than a meditation on love, loss, pure dance and, of course, the music of Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake Act II was staged for Miami City ballet by Maria Calegari a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet who now sets ballets for the George Balanchine Trust. Also showing on this program is Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments set to music by Hindemith. He created the ballet in 1946, for the opening program of Ballet Society, the forerunner of New York City Ballet. It is one of his earliest experimental works, fusing classical steps with a lean and angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament. One of contemporary choreographer Twyla Tharp’s most popular works, In the Upper Room, is also featured on this program. The dance is a one-act ballet filled with power, energy and speed. A kind of ballet and modern dance face-off, the work features some dancers on pointe and others in sneakers. Set to music by Philip Glass a cast of 13 performers dance through smoke and light and thrill audiences with what Tharp describes as ?fierce, driving, and relentless moves? that ?burn the retina.? A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella and/or his artistic staff will be conducted, free to the ticketed audience 55 minutes prior to curtain in the theater. Tickets are available at the Miami City Ballet Box Office, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and range from $175-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010. Tickets are also available through The Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office (305) 949-6722 or 1-866-949-6722. ?Rush? tickets (1/3 off the price of any available B, C and D seats) are available starting one and a half hours before each performance. Student discounts are available with proper identification on available B, C, and D seats in advance through Miami City Ballet’s Box Office or at the theater starting one and a half hours before the performance. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Program I will also show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on November 7-9 and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on November 14-16. Programs are subject to change. Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.

Miami City Ballet School Master Classes For Kids Ages 12-15 Years Old

Miami City Ballet School will hold Master Classes in ballet the first Saturday of every month beginning on Saturday, September 6 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for children ages 12-15 years. The cost is $15 per class. Please call (305) 929-7007 to reserve space. No walk-ins please. Participants must call to sign-up.Classes will be taught by Carter Alexander and Kim Sonderegger, faculty members at Miami City Ballet School.

Miami City Ballet Announces Promotions And New Dancers For The 2008-2009 Season

Miami City Ballet’s 57 dancers have just returned to work in late July and are in an intensive rehearsal period. The 2008-2009 season will begin in October with a spectacular line-up of programs. Below are the listings of promotions and new dancers for this exciting season. Dancer Promotions for the 2008-2009 Season Principal Jeanette Delgado (USA) Isanusi Garcia-Rodriguez (Cuba) Principal Soloist Didier Bramaz (Switzerland) Yang Zou (China) Soloist Alexandre Dufaur (France) Allynne Noelle (USA) Corps de Ballet Michael Breeden (USA) Bradley Dunlap (USA) Ezra Hurwitz (USA) Rebecca King (USA) Elice McKinley (Australia) Chaz Meszaros (USA) Christie Sciturro (USA) Amir Yogev (Israel) Company Apprentices Peter Doll (USA) Gabriela Gonzalez (Mexico) Elizabeth Smedley (USA) Nicole Stalker (USA) New Dancers 2008-2009 Corps de Ballet Carlos Quenedit (Cuba) School Apprentices Yoalli Sousa Sanchez (Mexico) Carling Talcott (USA) Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For The Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at the Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is also presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively both nationally and internationally.

Miami City Ballet Tours To Music Center In Los Angeles And New York City Center In 2008-2009 Season

Tours Mark West Coast Premiere of NIGHTSPOT and MCB’s Debut in Manhattan! Miami City Ballet will tour in 2008-2009 to two major national performing arts venues, The Music Center of Los Angeles County’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and New York City Center in Manhattan.The Los Angeles engagement will include the West Coast Premiere of NIGHTSPOT, a Twyla Tharp and Elvis Costello collaboration, as well as works by famed choreographers George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon.The New York City Center performances mark Miami City Ballet’s debut in Manhattan and include two programs. The first features Balanchine and Tharp classics

Miami City Ballet School To Hold Open Auditions For 2008-2009 Fall/Winter Program On Tuesday, August 26

Miami City Ballet School will hold open auditions for its 2008-2009 Fall/Winter Program for children ages 8 and above on Tuesday, August 26 from 5p.m.-7p.m. at Miami City Ballet studios (2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach). To attend the audition call Jesus Vazquez at (305) 929-7007. Kids ages 8-12 will audition from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and those ages 13 and above will audition from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ballet classes are also offered for children ages 5-7 but they do not need to audition. For more information or to register call (305) 929-7007. Miami City Ballet School, recognized as one of the top dance schools in the nation, accepts students throughout the year, from beginner level (age 5) through pre-professional level (age 19). The School runs all year round, with a Winter Program from September to mid-June, and a Summer Program from the end of June through the end of July. Classes are held at Miami City Ballet’s 63,000 square-foot state-of-the-art studios on Miami Beach.

Miami City Ballet School’s Prestigious Summer Intensive Program To Begin

Considered to be among the top Summer Programs for serious ballet students, Miami City Ballet School’s annual Summer Intensive will be held June 23-July 25. The program will draw approximately 200 aspiring young dancers (ages 12-19) from countries all over the world. The students are selected through an audition process.”Our school is garnering an excellent reputation and is considered to be a place to go for quality training in dance,” said Linda Villella, Director of Miami City Ballet School. “Our success with the Summer Intensive has drawn students from around the globe. It is very exciting to see these kids from all over the world come to Miami for ballet training,” she added.The program runs at Miami City Ballet’s 63,000-square-foot facility on Miami Beach and features an outstanding professional faculty including Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet and many other accomplished instructors including some of the principal dancers with Miami City Ballet.Classes are Monday through Friday from 9:30a.m. ? 4:30p.m. and include technique, pointe, partnering, jazz, variations, stretching, and repertoire classes. Most of the students will be housed at the Johnson and Wales University dormitories. Special weekend activities are also planned for the students.Space is filled for the 2008 program, however to audition for the 2008 Summer Intensive interested students ages 12-19 years old should call Miami City Ballet School at (305) 929-7007.Space is currently available for a two week mini summer program for ballet students age 11-12 taking place on July 28-August 8. For more information call Miami City Ballet School at (305) 929-7007.

Dancers And MCB’s Upper Room Host Our Show Post-Performance Party At Plunge, Gansevoort South

On Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. join MCB’s Upper Room, a trendsetting group of arts and culture lovers, as they support the dancers of Miami City Ballet during their exciting program OUR SHOW. Created exclusively by the dancers, OUR SHOW features performances of personal favorites and new works choreographed by the dancers. The show will take place at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach) an intimate 200-seat theater where the dancers normally rehearse. Immediately following the show there will be a party with the dancers hosted by MCB’s Upper Room at Plunge rooftop bar and lounge at the Gansevoort South (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) located walking distance from the ballet studios. The VIP package is $45 and includes the performance ticket and entry and select complimentary cocktails provided by The One Group at Plunge from 10:30 p.m.until 12:30 p.m. Call (305) 929-7010 for tickets. Proceeds from the event go directly to the dancers to fund them during summer break. For information about joining MCB’s Upper Room contact Tracy Galya t (305) 929- 7000, ext. 1408. About Gansevoort South Hotel • Spa • Residences Located on the emerging north end of Collins Avenue between 23 and 24th Streets, Gansevoort South Hotel, Spa and Residences includes 334 oversized guest rooms, with a dramatic Grande Dame Suite; a 110-foot ocean view rooftop swimming pool on a 26,000-square-foot rooftop; a multi-level beach club designed by Stephane Dupoux; a second infinity-edge, ocean view pool surrounded by a 40,000-square-foot pool deck and dining oasis; 45,000-square-foot flagship DavidBartonGym+ Spa; STK and Philippe restaurants; a full city block of luxury boutiques; and the East Coast’s longest seamless shark tank with 27 types of fish and sharks that spans 50 feet of the lobby.A special room rate of $225 will be offered for Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 to ticket purchasers for the MCB Upper Room event. Call (305) 604-1000 and mention

Miami City Ballet School’s Student Workshop

Come see advanced students from South Florida and more than half dozen countries perform exciting works from the Company repertoire. Miami City Ballet School’s Student Workshop will take place May 16-18 at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach). A special Benefit Reception will take place immediately following the show on Sunday, May 18 that will help raise funds for student scholarships. Performances are Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for the performances are $25, except for the Sunday performance/party package which is $100 for adults and $50 for children. Call toll-free (877) 929-7010. The advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s beautiful ballet Allegro Brillante and also the finale from Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. For many students these performances will be their grand finale before entering careers as professional dancers at ballet companies around the nation.

Miami City Ballet Announces Spring Touring Dates

Please see the schedule below for Miami City Ballet’s touring dates in the New York/New Jersey area in April, 2008. Tickets on tour are not sold through Miami City Ballet and should be purchased through the venue.SPRING 2008 April 25-26, 2008, 8 pm, 8 pm Tilles Center Long Island, New York Raymonda Variations (Glazounov/Balanchine) Sonatine (Ravel/Balanchine) Tarantella (Gottschalk/Balanchine) In The Upper Room (Tharp/Glass) Call Box Office at 516-299-3100. *Transportation from Manhattan to Tilles Center on Long Island will be provided for the Friday, April 25 performance. April 27, 2008, 4 pm McCarter Theater Princeton, New Jersey Raymonda Variations (Glazounov/Balanchine) Sonatine (Ravel/Balanchine) Tarantella (Gottschalk/Balanchine) In The Upper Room (Tharp/Glass) Call Box Office at 609-258-ARTS or 888-ARTSWEBU.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management is proud to sponsor Miami City Ballet’s 22nd season of dance. Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is also presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.