Impacting People’s Lives through the Transformative Power of Dance
Miami City Ballet’s 34-year history unfolds in the excellence and breadth of three areas of its mission: The Company, The School and its Community Engagement programs.
At the heart of everything Miami City Ballet does is the belief that classical ballet has the power to uplift, unite, enchant and transform.
Engagement is a verb at MCB. It is how we do, why we do, and for whom we do it.
Our Community Engagement programs eliminate barriers to access to the arts. As an organization reflective of its community, our mission is focused on access, partnership, respect and equity. We work with the elderly, formerly incarcerated, differently-abled, newly emigrated, emerging and established dance artists, and children and families who just want to dance.
Through our Community Engagement programs, we have served more than 19,000 youth, seniors, and historically underserved populations.
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Behind the Ballet
MCB Community Engagement Programs
In its 5th year, Miami City Ballet’s landmark Ballet Bus program is a ten year dance training scholarship program. For nine months each year the MCB Ballet Buses pick up the 40 youth ages 6-13 from communities throughout Miami-Dade County. The Ballet Bus scholarship program provides transportation, dance attire, healthy snacks, and a world class training with the faculty at MCB school for the full academic year in a safe environment. Learn more below.
Summer Dance Camp in West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Summer Dance Camp offers a rigorous and rich dance training program for youth ages 9-13 in underserved communities in the Palm Beaches. Launched in 2017 the Camp was such a success that it was expanded to three weeks in 2018, with classes taught by renowned faculty from Miami City Ballet and the artistic community.
Explore Dance brings MCB’s Teaching Artists into local classrooms to motivate and inspire children through dance, in communities where more than 80 percent of children receive free or reduced-price lunches. Explore Dance engagement programs work closely with schools for both after-school and arts integration dance class during the school day. Explore Dance classes are provided at no cost to schools and culminate in a performance for their parents and peers. Access to the Ballet Bus scholarship is provided for these participants and their families.
Ballet For Young People & Ballet For Families
Ballet for Young People and Ballet for Families are interactive performances that are fun and engaging for all performed by the Miami City Ballet School Pre-Professional Dancers. With a dynamic live narration, the audience is captivated with dance and experiences fully costumed excerpts from the Ballet’s most enchanting and renown repertory like: Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fiery Don Quixote and the beloved Nutcracker — all inspired by great works of literature. Audiences are gifted an educational guide with activities related to the history of ballet, the ballets performed and the exciting world of dance. Ballet for Young People is MCB’s community commitment in eliminating barriers to access in the arts.
For visually impaired community members, patrons participate in a tactile “Touch Tour” discussion-guided experience to explore the intricate costumes, props and sets. Following the Touch Tour session, the patrons listen via special earphones to a live narration of the performance, describing what is happening on stage, the costumes and the movement of the dancers.
Behind the Ballet
Behind the Ballet is a pre-performance lecture series taking place one hour prior to curtain at each of Miami City Ballet’s mainstage repertory performances. Members of the MCB artistic staff (dancers, choreographers, répétiteurs, conductors and musicians) interview each other and explore key concepts of dance making, with a focus on the upcoming ballets. Other performance elements, including musical score, choreography and costumes may also be discussed, followed by a lively question-and-answer session with the audience.
Thank you to our Community Engagement Cultural Partners:
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Auburndale Elementary School
Biscayne Elementary School
Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center
Hubert O. Sibley Elementary School
Little Haiti Cultural Center
Miami Dade County Public Schools
P.A.T.H. Preserving, Archiving and Teaching Hip Hop
PACE Center for Seniors
Pompano Cultural Arts Center
School District of Palm Beach County
Society of the Four Arts
South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center
South Pointe Elementary School
The Bass Museum
The Miami Dade Public Library
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Treasure Island Elementary School
Support for Community Engagement programs is provided by The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation.
Support is provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Stephen A. and Ethel L. Keller Fund for the Miami City Ballet; Joseph S. and Louise B. Rumbaugh Fund.
Special thanks to the following who support Miami City Ballet’s Community Engagement: Pamela J. Garrison, Jennifer Myerberg,Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Silverstein, Eugene and Jean Stark, Yuya Uemura, and The Gail Wasserman Family Foundation.
Special thanks to our Board of Trustees, patrons and the following supporters: