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.

Miami City Ballet’s Open Barre Dance Series Honors Celebrity Dance Couple Augie And Margo Rodriguez

Miami City Ballet dancers and guest artists will showcase their ballroom and cabaret dancing talents to pay tribute to international dance legends, Augie and Margo Rodriguez, during the next Open Barre program. Performances are at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach) on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6. There is a 7:00 pm Open Bar in the lobby followed by a 7:30 pm performance on both Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling the Box Office at (305) 929-7010 or toll-free at (877) 929-7010.Augie and Margo Rodriguez performed for many famous stars in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. They opened shows in Las Vegas for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in the early days of the Rat Pack. Sammy Davis Jr. enjoyed working with them so much that he wouldn’t do a show without him. They opened for him for twelve years, and traveled with him to Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Japan. Davis Jr. insisted on referring to Augie and Margo as his ‘Supporting Stars’ rather than his ‘Opening Act.’ Augie and Margo also opened for several other stars, including Harry Belafonte, Liberace, Judy Garland, Petula Clark, Johnny Mathis, Lena Horne, Patti Page and Jack Benny. Augie and Margo appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Dick Clark Show, the Perry Como Show, and on multiple shows with Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan. They danced at The White House for President Kennedy on his birthday, and later, for President Nixon. They also danced for the Queen of England in a Royal Command Performance and for the President of South Africa. 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 The Performing Arts, in Miami -Dade at The Arsht Center, 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.