A great ballet company is judged by several achievements, including its number and quality of dancers, variety and quantity of the repertoire, national and global touring schedule and how often it commissions outside choreographers.
Miami City Ballet has all of that, Lourdes Lopez believes, as well as a school where dancers are professionally trained to join the company.
A former soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Ms. Lopez became the artistic director of Miami City Ballet two years ago, bringing a nearly 40-year career in dance, television arts reporting, teaching and arts management.
She said the company is building on all aspects of what denotes a world-class troupe. “You can’t do it all at once,” she said. “It’s like a student in school whose teachers keep looking at what more they need for a full education.”
In just a short time, however, Ms. Lopez has seen the Miami Beach-headquartered company grow and add layers to its national and global reputation.