Jazz It Up At Miami City Ballet’s Next Open Barre Dance Series: Urban Jazz Featuring Lounge 2200

Miami City Ballet dancers and advanced school students are trading in their ballet slippers for high heels and jazz shoes, undoing those tight hair buns, letting it all down, and dancing to a different groove during the next Open Barre program featuring the exciting jazz work, Lounge 2200.? The theme of the second Open Barre program of the season is URBAN JAZZ.? Come see MCB move out of the ballet box and perform contemporary pieces to modern beat.? Performances are at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach) on? Friday, March 6 at 7pm (with an open bar reception at 6:30pm) and Saturday, March 7 at 2:30pm (with an open bar reception at 2pm), and at 7pm (with an open bar reception at 6:30pm).? Tickets are $29 and available by calling Miami City Ballet’s Box Office at (305) 929-7010 or online at www.miamicityballet.org.Lounge 2200 is a hot contemporary jazz piece set to the sexy and soulful music of the 50s and 60s. The dance is choreographed by Rafi Maldonado, head of Miami City Ballet School’s jazz department and one of the choreographers of the recent off-Broadway production of Celia about the life of Celia Cruz. Also choreographing for the piece is Liz Malm, MCB School jazz teacher who has worked in the music video industry and Broadway dancer Richard Amaro.Open Barre is part of the Company’s ?Dancer Journal? Program on Miami Beach which is meant to showcase interesting topics related to the Company. 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.Open Barre is sponsored by Bacardi and Aerobar.###

Miami City Ballet’s Company Premiere Of Jerome Robbins In The Night With Live Piano Music, Featured On Program IV At Three South Florida Stages

Miami City Ballet’s Program IV will show Jerome Robbins? In the Night and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Symphony in C in the tri-county area. Shows at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale are Friday, March 13 at 8p.m.; Saturday, March 14 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 2p.m. Performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach are Friday, March 27 at 8p.m.; Saturday, March 28 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.; and Sunday March 29 at 1p.m. Shows at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami are Friday, April 3 at 8p.m.; Saturday, April 4 at 8p.m.; and Sunday, April 5 at 2p.m.In 1970, one year after his triumphant return from Broadway to ballet with Dances at a Gathering, Jerome Robbins once again turned to the music of Chopin. But this time he chose to work with four of the composer’s highly romantic nocturnes. And indeed In the Night is a ballet that is in every way nocturnal ? not only in its title but in its setting and atmosphere. Three couples — three pas de deux (dances for two) — under a star-sprinkled night sky dance to live piano music. The first pair are dreamy, innocent; the second, more mature, more resolved; the third, combative, stormy. Finally the three couples are seen together — in a more public manner, yet still under the stars. In the Night has been an audience favorite from its first performance, presented by countless companies in the United States and abroad and considered one of his masterpieces, together with the three previous Robbins works Miami City Ballet has performed: Afternoon of a Faun, Fancy Free, and Dances at a Gathering. In the Night was staged for Miami City Ballet by Maria Calegari.Also on this program is Concerto Barocco, a ballet that on the surface looks simple: eight women in plain white leotards comprise a corps de ballet; a lead couple performs a pas de deux in the central section, and a secondary soloist provides a retracted image of the ballerina. The music, by Bach, is one of the most popular in the canon of classical music. The ballet’s title is derived from a combination of the words ?baroque? and ?rococo?. With these characteristics, George Balanchine’s ballet, created in 1941, appears conventional and direct.? But the surface, while sculpturally beautiful, is not the whole story. Taking his cue from the composer, self-imposed parameters led the choreographer to create a ballet that was revolutionary, and instrumental in inspiring a whole school of plotless works now described as 20th century neoclassicism.?The closing ballet of the program is Symphony in C. Balanchine learned about Georges Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C major from his close friend Igor Stravinsky and decided to choreograph a ballet to the music. It took him two weeks to create it as Le Palais de Cristal for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947, where he was serving as guest ballet master. The following year he revived the work, with some changes, for the first performance of the New York City Ballet, on October 11, 1948. Symphony in C features four movements with a different ballerina, danseur, demi-soloists and corps de ballet for each part. At the end all 48 dancers perform in the finale. From the start, Symphony in C has been a tremendous and joyful success wherever it has been performed.A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella will be conducted, free to the ticketed audience 55 minutes prior to curtain in the theater.Tickets are available at MCB’s Box Office, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and range from $175-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010 or go to www.miamicityballet.org. Tickets are also available through the Broward Center Box Office (954) 462-0222 or 1-877-311-7469 (SHOW), the Kravis Center Box Office (561) 832-7469 (SHOW) or 1-800-572-8471 (1-800-KRAVIS-1), the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office (305) 949-6722. ?Rush? tickets (1/3 off the price of select 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 MCB’s Box Office or at the theater starting one and a half hours before the performance. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.Programs are subject to change.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.###SPONSORED IN PART BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, THE FLORIDA ARTS COUNCIL, AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.? THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, WHICH BELIEVES THAT A GREAT NATION DESERVES GREAT ART.?? FUNDING FOR THIS EVENT IS PROVIDED IN PART BY THE BROWARD COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE BROWARD CULTURAL COUNCIL AND GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL, THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYOR AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM, CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL. MIAMI CITY BALLET HAS COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 496, FLORIDA STATUTES, THE SOLICIATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT. OUR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH1034. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOTIMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

MCB’s Young Friends Contingent Honors Organizers For In The Night 08-09 Season Benefit

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) January 21, 2009–Over 75 members of Miami City Ballet’s ADAGIO Network recently gathered at a kick-off party for their signature event of the season entitled ?In the Night?.?? Jack Jackson and his staff generously hosted the chic cocktail reception at Jackson’s Bar & Grille in Fort Lauderdale.? Guests enjoyed Ketel One martinis and sumptuous hors d?oeuvres and mingled with other young professionals and ballet enthusiasts.? ???In the Night? will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club from 8 P.M. ? Midnight.? The Grand Ballroom will be transformed into a lavish South Beach style night club with open bars, fabulous fare and dancing into the night with celebrity DJ Michael Sarz.? Miami City Ballet dancers will be on hand to celebrate with the A-list crowd.Meike Miniaci serves as chairwoman for the event.? Committee members include Mark Corbett, Anthony Cupelli, Karen and Dan Curran, Denise Elia, Dianna Greene, Shari Hall, Evaggelia Hatzimanolis, Jack Jackson, Bobby Kyser, Ben Lap, John Magee, Alex Miniaci, Susan Pullin, Don Schneider, Michael Santucci, Jamie Taylor and Terry Stiles.Tickets for the event are $150 and can be purchased by contacting MCB’s Broward County Major Gifts Officer, Christopher Surridge at 305-929-7000 ext. 1401.All proceeds from this high energy evening will benefit Miami City Ballet.###

Partners En Pointe Hosts A Lounge Party February 6 At Adrienne Arsht Center

Contact: Nicolle Ugarriza, Public Relations Manager?(305) 929-7000, ext. 1602, nicolle@miamicityballet.orgFor Immediate ReleasePartners en Pointe Hosts a Lounge PartyOpening Night of Miami City Ballet’s Don Quixote at the Adrienne Arsht CenterPartners en Pointe, a group of savvy chic professionals, will host a post-performance Lounge Party opening night of Miami City Ballet’s spectacular production of Don Quixote. The event will take place Friday, February 6 at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The event begins at 7:30pm, with the curtain rising at 8pm, and the party immediately following the performance. Tickets to the performance and party are $250. For reservations, call (305) 929-7000, ext. 1415, or caroline@miamicityballet.org.The exclusive post-performance soiree will be held in the ?Don Q Lounge? at the Adrienne Arsht Center.? This will be a spectacular evening of Spanish-style classical ballet followed by a nightclub-style party featuring sumptuous cocktails provided by Veuve Clicquot and Bacardi, fabulous fare by Barton G., and dancing with the Miami City Ballet dancers.The evening is being chaired by Tina and Dan Carlo. The premiere sponsor for the event is Merrill Lynch.? Marquee sponsors are Michele and Scott Benesch and Neiman Marcus.? Underwriters for the event are D?cor Design by Godfrey Del Rio, Bacardi, and Veuve Clicquot.? Partners En Pointe Host Committee members are Stephanie Sayfie-Aagard and Morton Aagard, Jillian Jacobson-Altit and Alain Altit, Maria Beguiristain, Michele and Scott Benesch, Lana and Michael Bernstein, Stephen Brunelle, Trudy and Alan Courey, Kara and John Crotty, Ashley and James Cusack, Dr. Rita Dargham, Camille and Luis Diaz, Julie and Brett Dill, Gigi Ganatra-Duff and Alex Duff, Brian Elias, Ricky Elias, Jamie Eroncig and Tony Jones, Paula and Michael Fay, Gina and Peter Gardener, Tiffany and Jim Grippando, Allison and William Holly, Sara and J.P. James, Alan Randolph and Martin Krediet, Megan and Thompson Lykes, Christina Getty-Maercks and Arin Maercks, Julianne and Derek McDowell, Laurie and David McWilliams, Courtney and Darryl Parmenter, Jenifer and Jeff Pfleger, Max and Sharon Polo, Jodi and Wesley Reid, Jill Rose and Kenneth Rijock, Katharine and Anthony Rubino, Susannah and John Shubin, Morgan and Marshall Smith, Amy and Ken Sussman, Leslie Wolfson, and Alison and Mark Zhuk.? ###

MCB Makes Its Manhattan Debut January 21-25, 2009 At City Center

Two Evenings of Balanchine and Tharp ClassicsEdward Villella Returns to City Center ? His First Professional Home?????New York, NY ? Miami City Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Edward Villella, will make its Manhattan debut, January 21 ? 25, 2009, at New York City Center, presenting two programs over six performances, featuring classics by George?Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. This engagement is a homecoming of sorts for Edward Villella; in bringing his world renowned company to City Center, he is returning to the stage where he began his own professional career in 1957, when he joined City Ballet, then based at City Center under the artistic direction of George BalanchineProgram I, an evening of Balanchine and Tharp Classics, opens with Balanchine’s 1972 Symphony in Three Movements, danced to music by Stravinsky. Balanchine’s 1951 La Valse, with music by Ravel, will follow.? The evening ends with Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, a 1986 piece filled with power, energy and speed.Program II features three Balanchine masterworks: ?Rubies? (1967) with music by Stravinsky; Symphony in C, with music by Bizet (1947); and Square Dance (1957), with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli.Note: Square Dance and La Valse were set by Mr. Balanchine and had their premieres on the stage at New York City Center:? La Valse on February 20, 1951 and Square Dance on November 21, 1957.? Mr. Villella appeared in the premieres of Square Dance, Symphony in Three Movements and ?Rubies.? Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers include Tricia Albertson, Katia Carranza, Mary Carmen Catoya, Jeremy Cox, Jeanette Delgado, Patricia Delgado, Carlos Guerra, Jennifer Kronenberg, Renato Penteado, Deanna Seay, Haiyan Wu and Rolando Sarabia.? Principal Soloists include Didier Bramaz and Yang Zou.Miami City Ballet (MCB), under the Artistic Direction of Edward Villella since its founding in 1986, is among the largest ballet companies in the United States, with a company of more than 55 dancers and a repertoire of 88 ballets. The company has four home counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami – Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, where MCB is the resident ballet company of the Naples Philharmonic Center.? MCB tours extensively across the Untied States and Internationally.? Its Miami City Ballet School, opened in 1993, trains students for a professional career in ballet, and its education program reaches thousands of young people annually.?? The dancers of Miami City Ballet are an international mix and come from some of the worlds top training facilities and dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet, among others. New York City Center has long been known and beloved by New York audiences not only as one of the City’s preeminent performing art institutions but also as an accessible and welcoming venue for dance and theater.? New York City Center produces the Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series and its new Encores! Summer Stars series, and is home to some of the country’s leading dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, as well as Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York’s leading theater companies. In 2004 New York City Center launched the acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival, continuing to fulfill its mission to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audience.? In 2006, New York City Center and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London created a partnership to facilitate the exchange of innovative dance works, and new commissions by up-and-coming and acclaimed choreographers and dance companies, both in London and New York City.Miami City Ballet will play for six performances, January 21 – 25, 2009 at New York City Center, West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, according to the following schedule:? Wednesday, – Friday evenings at 8 pm, Saturday January 24 at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday January 25 at 3pm. Tickets are $25, $35, $65, $85, $110 can be purchased by calling CityTix? at 212-581-1212, online at www.NYCityCenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).The Performance Schedule is as Follows:?Program IBalanchine and Tharp ClassicsWednesday, Jan. 21 at 8p.m.; Friday, Jan. 23 at 8p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2p.m.?Symphony in Three Movements (Stravinsky/Balanchine)La Valse (Ravel/Balanchine)In The Upper Room (Glass/Tharp)Program IIBalanchine MasterworksThursday, Jan. 22 at 8p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3p.m.Square Dance (Vivaldi, Corelli/Balanchine)?Rubies? (Stravinsky/Balanchine)Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine)Miami City Ballet’s Manhattan debut at New York City Center has been made possible through a generous grant from Lora and Fred Drasner, Presenting Sponsors for the tour.? Additional funding was provided by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Nancy Magoon and Norma Parker.###

MCB Opens Program II At Broward Center With The Company Premiere Of Paul Taylor’s Mercuric Tidings

Villella’s ?FOX-TROT? and Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial also FeaturedMiami City Ballet’s Program II will show at Broward Center and will feature ?THE FOX-TROT: Dancing in the Dark,? Mercuric Tidings, and Ballet Imperial.? Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue. Performances are on Friday, January 16 at 8p.m.; Saturday, January 17 at 2p.m and 8p.m.; and Sunday, January 18 at 2p.m.When Mercuric Tidings, choreographed by Paul Taylor, one of the greatest contemporary choreographers of our time, had its premiere in 1982, The New York Times hailed it ?as a dance work that burst seemingly into song.?A quarter of a century later, The New York Observer called it ?a glorious outburst of kinetic excitement?From the first moment, [the dancers] are in perpetual motion, blasting through space.? Taylor even acknowledged, ?It’s fast, it’s fast.? And one member of the original cast named it the hardest piece she ever danced with the Paul Taylor Company. Yet there’s no sense of strain as its thirteen dancers fling themselves on and off stage in their flamingo-and-white costumes, originally designed by Gene Moore, to the sublime symphonic music of Schubert; everything is harmonious, happy, uplifting. Mercuric Tidings, possibly this great modern choreographer’s most balletic work, is a welcome addition to Miami City Ballet’s Taylor repertory, which already includes Company B, Aureole, 3 Epitaphs, Esplanade, Funny Papers, Arden Court, and most recently Piazzolla Caldera. Patrick Corbin, former dancer with the Paul Taylor Company, staged the piece for Miami City Ballet.?THE FOX-TROT: Dancing in the Dark? is the third section of Edward Villella’s full-length ballet The Neighborhood Ballroom which premiered in 2003. This section highlights the music of the 1940s World War II era. Swing music – a type of jazz with a heavy emphasis on a syncopated rhythm, – was widely popular and came to define an entire generation.? As played by the extraordinary musicians in the big bands of Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and others, the music was ?loose, free, and completely modern.?? There were ?hot? bands, emphasizing a hard-driving sound suited to dancing frantic, dare-devil lindy hops, and there were ?sweet? bands, emphasizing sentimental emotions and slower ballads suited to dancing romantic foxtrots. Villella’s loving reconstruction of American life and dance during this period is filled with romance, seduction, jealousy–and some other things?that occur when couples go dancing in the dark?Also on the program is George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, a plotless work that is as technically demanding as it is deeply rewarding. Ballet Imperial conveys the spirit and grandeur of imperial St. Petersburg. Balanchine described the ballet as ?a contemporary tribute to Petipa, the father of classical ballet, and to Tchaikovsky, his greatest composer.?Originally choreographed in 1941 for American Ballet Caravan, the ballet was reworked by Balanchine as Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 for New York City Ballet in 1973. If features a large cast of 29 dancers.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 $85-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010 or go to www.miamicityballet.org.? Tickets are also available through the Broward Center Box Office (954) 462-0222 or 1-877-311-7469 (SHOW). ?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 II will also show at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts December 5-7 and at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami-Dade on January 9-11.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 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.Miami City Ballet thanks Funding Arts Broward for its support of Program II.###