MCB School Launches Facebook Fan Page

Miami City Ballet School has expanded into social networking by launching an official fan page on Facebook. The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/miamicityballetschool and contains information on the School’s happenings. Already with approximately 300 fans, the School’s fan page has been focusing on the Summer Intensive Program, currently underway at the Miami City Ballet until July 24. Photos of the students in the program and on weekend activities are being posted regularly. The page also displays a series of videos that gives fans a peek into the program. This includes lunch and therapy time, classes, and interviews with students as well as with Miami City Ballet School Director, Linda Villella. The school plans to continue posting content on the Summer Intensive Program until its final day. Thereafter, there will be postings on the School’s other news and year-round activities. Miami City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet schools and attracts students from all over the world. The School runs year round with the Summer Intensive Program in late June and July and a Winter Program from September to mid-June. MCB School features a professional faculty including accomplished instructors and Miami City Ballet dancers. For more information on the School or the Facebook page, please contact (305) 929-7007 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. ###

Miami City Ballet To Receive Grant From Nea For $50,000

Miami City Ballet was recently informed that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Company $50,000 for direct support through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).The funds will go to add an additional work week for all MCB dancers. As part of a 25% reduction in Miami City Ballet’s budget, the Company had cut the number of contract weeks for dancers from 38 to 35 for the upcoming season. This grant award allows for the addition of another work week, providing dancers with a total of 36 paid weeks.’This is an example of how our government’s economic stimulus funds are helping to offset the negative impact that the recession is having on artists. We appreciate the work that the NEA has done to help us during these difficult times,’ said Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet.###

American Academy Announces 2009 Class Of Fellows And Foreign Honorary Members. New Members Include Edward Villella

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences recently announced the election of leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector. The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members join one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research.Among those elected this year are Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Miami City Ballet. Villella was a star principal dancer at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine in the late 1950s through the early 1970s. Since 1986, he has focused his talent, his intelligence, and his energy on creating and maintaining a world-famous ballet company in South Florida. In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented Mr. Villella with the 1997 National Medal of Arts.

Miami City Ballet School Holds Auditions For Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Program

Miami City Ballet School will hold auditions for children ages seven and up who are interested in studying ballet. The auditions will take place at Miami City Ballet located at 2200 Liberty Avenue on Miami Beach. The cost of classes depends on level placement. For more information the public should call (305) 929-7007.

Wedding Bells

Two of our outstanding dancers Haiyan Wu (Principal) and Yang Zou (Principal Soloist) recently got married. Haiyan and Yang are both from China, but met and fell in love here at Miami City Ballet. The couple was wed at the home of Artistic Director Edward Villella with many dancers, staff, and friends in attendance. Congratulations Haiyan and Yang!Miami City Ballet School’s Student ShowcaseCome see students from Miami City Ballet School perform exciting and challenging works from the Company’s repertoire. Miami City Ballet School’s Student Showcase will take place May 15-17 at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach). Performances are Friday, May 15 at 7pm; Saturday, May 16 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, May 17 at 2pm. Tickets are only $25, and can be purchased at miamicityballet.org or toll-free (877) 929-7010. The advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Valse Fantaisie (1967), and segments from August Bournonville’s Napoli. For many students these performances will be their grand finale before entering careers as professional dancers at ballet companies around the nation. A Special Thanks to Lora and Fred DrasnerIn honor of Miami City Ballet’s Manhattan Debut at New York City Center, board members Lora and Fred Drasner held an extraordinary evening of festivities. The event included an invitation-only, black-tie pre-performance dinner followed by Miami City Ballet’s opening performance, featuring “Rubies,” Square Dance, and Symphony in C. After the performance, a champagne and dessert reception was held in the mezzanine lobby of City Center. Lora and Fred were also sponsors of our Benefit Dinner to celebrate MCB’s collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra. Thank you Lora and Fred for your amazing generosity to this Company. Click here to view photos from the event.Broward’s Adagio Network Hosts “In the Night” Lounge PartyMiami City Ballet’s Broward County Young Friends group, Adagio Network, hosted an ultra-chic lounge party called “In the Night” at the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club. About 150 Miami City Ballet supports attended the event which featured fabulous cuisine and libations sponsored by Ketel One. Edward Villella and Miami City Ballet dancers joined the group on the dance floor to help celebrate the evening. Special thanks to chair Meike Miniaci for all of her hard work. Click here to view photos from the event. MCB On the RoadThe Company will perform August 1-3 at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. If you are in the area, come see us. For tickets and information go to www.vaildance.org or call 888-920-ARTS. MCB will also travel to Chicago in October and perform at the Auditorium Theatre, our first visit to this city. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be soon. Visit www.miamicityballet.org for details.”Prelude to Symphony in C” an Elegant Evening in Palm BeachMiami City Ballet’s Palm Beach supporters recently held a black-tie dinner dance at the Four Seasons Resort. The event included a champagne reception, a silent and live auction, and dancing with the stars of Miami City Ballet. A special $10,000 matching gift was pledged by Monica and Hermen Greenberg at the event. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Patricia E. Lowry and Yvonne Lynam for making the evening such a success. Click here to view photos from the event.Seabourn Cruises Hosts Fundraiser for Arsht Center and Resident CompaniesSave the date for an unforgettable journey onboard the new Seabourn Odyssey, the latest addition to the luxury cruise lines’ fleet of ships. Seabourn Cruises has generously agreed to host a fundraiser on November 13-14 for the Adrienne Arsht Center and its resident companies: New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and Miami City Ballet. For more information contact Nora Weinreich at (305) 929-7000, ext. 1407 or nora@miamicityballet.org. Renewal ReminderDon’t miss Miami City Ballet’s upcoming season which will include an array of outstanding ballets. Some of the exciting highlights include: Paul Taylor’s Company B, George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom, and never-before-seen on the main stage, Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section.” The renewal deadline is April 15. If you haven’t renewed, please contact us at (877) 929-7010. We begin releasing non-renewed seats on April 16, so act now.To get Priority Seating as a new subscriber, please call toll-free (877) 929-7010 or download an order form at www.miamicityballet.org.Miami City Ballet Closed May 18-29Miami City Ballet offices will be closed May 18-29 for an end-of-the season break. Our offices will reopen on June 1st.

Miami City Ballet Receives Fellowship Initiative Grant From New York Choreographic Institute For Dancer/Choreographer Daniel Baker

Miami City Ballet has been awarded a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, to support the development of new choreography in a studio setting. The choreographer is Daniel Baker who is a dancer with Miami City Ballet. Baker is from Australia and has performed with the Company since 2006. He was recently promoted to Soloist and has choreographed several works for past Miami City Ballet in-studio shows.Peter Martins, Founder and Artistic Director of the Institute, states: ‘The Fellowship is meant to help ballet companies to create an environment in which a choreographer can develop ideas without the pressure of a stage production. The Institute is committed to classical choreographers who will be creating works for the future.’###This new work was initially developed by a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet.

Miami City Ballet Tours To Vail International Dance Festival And Chicago Auditorium Theatre During 2009-2010 Season

Miami City Ballet will debut at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado in August. The Company will also debut in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre in October.Below is the performance schedule (subject to change):August 1-3, 2009, Vail International Dance Festival Saturday, August 1, 7:30p.m.Miami City Ballet, Vail Debut, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail. Program: Serenade (Balanchine/ Tchaikovsky), Tarantella (Balanchine/Gottschalk), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine/Stravinsky).Sunday, August 2, 7:30p.m.Festival Highlights Spectacular, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail. Program: Excerpts from ‘Rubies’ (Balanchine/Stravinsky)Monday, August 3, 6:30p.m.UpClose: Edward Villella, Miami City Ballet, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek. Program: Excerpts from Tarantella (Balanchine/Gottschalk), ‘Rubies’ (Balanchine/Stravinsky), and Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins/Debussy).Tickets are $45-$85 and can be purchased online or by calling 888.920.ARTS (2787)www.vaildance.orgOctober 2-4, 2009, Chicago Auditorium TheatreFriday, October 2, 8p.m.Saturday, October 3, 8p.m.Sunday, October 4, 2p.m.Symphony in Three Movements (Balanchine/Stravinksy)Valse Fantaisie (1953) (Balanchine/Glinka)Black Swan Pas de Deux (Petipa-Ivanov/Tchaikovsky)In the Upper Room (Tharp/Glass)Auditorium Theatre50 E. Congress ParkwayChicago, IL 60605www.auditoriumtheatre.orgTickets:Groups (10+) and Subscriptions: 312.431.2357Online: Ticketmaster.com/auditorium (after June 22)Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) (after June 22)In person: Box Office at 50 E. Congress Parkway, Mon.-Fri., noon-6pmMiami City Ballet (MCB) performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center for 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 presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.###

Ana Codina Barlick Named President Of Miami City Ballet’s Board Of Governors

Ana Codina Barlick was recently elected President of Miami City Ballet’s Board of Governors. Codina Barlick, a Project Manager for Flagler Development Group in Coral Gables, Florida, served on the Board of Trustees since 2008 and is an active donor and volunteer. She is a native of South Florida and has been attending Miami City Ballet performances since childhood.Codina Barlick is currently overseeing the redevelopment of a tired 120 acre suburban office park into Downtown Doral, an exciting new mixed-use community in Doral, Florida. Prior to rejoining Flagler in August of 2004, Codina Barlick spent two years in Cambridge, Massachusetts completing an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Business, where she was a co-founder of the MIT Sloan Real Estate Club. She went to business school after working four years in the real estate industry: as a leasing agent for Tishman Speyer Properties and as an Assistant Project Manager for Codina Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and also an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business. She lives in Coral Gables with her husband, Robert Barlick, Jr., and their two children.’I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of a magnificent cultural institution such as Miami City Ballet. I look forward to working with the Board and with Edward Villella in this new role’ said Codina Barlick. Codina Barlick moves into the position previously held by Karen Mitchell Curran. Mitchell Curran, who has served on MCB’s Board of Governors for two years, now moves up to become Chairman, and Mike Eidson, former Chairman, will continue to serve on the Board of Governors. At the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, Jim Dubin, Esq. and Marta Ligia Lopez Cantera were also elected to the Board.###