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One of the hallmarks of a truly great community is its vibrant cultural life.

In 1985, a small group of visionaries were driven to invest in the cultural landscape of South Florida. With a passion and a grand vision, Toby Lerner Ansin and Edward Villella inspired others to dream of creating a world-class ballet company that we could call our own.

And so, the inspired philanthropist and the legendary artist began their humble venture, putting 11 dancers on stage.

Today, with more than 50 dancers, Miami City Ballet has become an iconic cultural institution in South Florida and beyond. With an internationally-acclaimed school and ground-breaking community engagement programs, we have deepened our mission and expanded the reach of our transformational art form to become one of the leading performing arts companies in the nation.

What started as a dream is now a living legacy.

Miami City Ballet is universally admired as one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine. While honoring that tradition, we take pride in nurturing emerging choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations, and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet.

With every new voice and collaboration, with every new company or international premiere, we are building on the Balanchine canon by expanding our own repertoire.

This is our legacy to South Florida and the world.

You can be part of that by creating your own legacy.

When you include Miami City Ballet in your estate plan, you are investing in this beautiful art form we call ballet. You’re bringing new works to life while allowing us to reimagine the classics. You’re helping us produce tomorrow’s dancers who study at the Miami City Ballet School. You’re fostering the healthy development of youth in our community, and making ballet more accessible to children, youth, and families.

When you let us know that you are including Miami City Ballet in your estate plans, we will welcome you as a member of the Apollo Society. Named in honor of Balanchine’s oldest masterpiece and first performed by our company in 1987, Apollo Society members share a passionate commitment to the power of dance and arts education to bring together communities.

To explore how you can create your own legacy, contact Dena Liston, Senior Director of Development, or 305.929.7000 extension 1400.

Types of Legacy Gifts

Will Bequests

The bequest language in your will can specify how and when your gift can be used by Miami City Ballet, whether it is for a general use, a specific purpose or for the MCB endowment. A bequest in your will is non-taxable for estate purposes.

Retirement Plans

By naming MCB as the beneficiary on your IRA or other retirement plan, you can accomplish a charitable goal while achieving significant tax savings.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

This vehicle allows for you and your family to receive an income stream while providing the remainder of the trust to MCB.

Life Insurance

By designating MCB as a beneficiary under your life insurance policy, you receive income tax deductions for any premiums you have left to pay.

Apollo Society Members


Madeline and Stephen Anbinder

Andrew Ansin and Tatsiana Ansin

James Ansin

Toby Lerner Ansin

Louise and Robert Appelman

Merrill Ashley

Bob Benson

Dianne and Michael Bienes*

Estate of Charlene Blue*

Alicia Celorio, Do Unto Others Trust, Inc.

George and Anne Rochette Chamberlin*

Bruce and Martha Clinton, The Clinton Family Fund

Rita* and Jerome J. Cohen

Pamela and Todd* Cole

Dr. Samuel J. Colton

Jeffrey Davis and Michael T. Miller

Sanford Evans

Florman Family Foundation, Inc.

John J. & Patricia C. Foody* Trust

Estate of Batia Fox*

Neil and Ina Rae Fox 

Jody Giberson and *Joanne Mercurio

Evelyn Gilbert*

Janine Gordon and Alvin Schechter

Dr. Gloria U. Greenberg

Edwin and Rita Greiner*

Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation

Lynn and Emil Hubschman

Cathy and Jonathan Iho

Estate of Raymond Jakwerth

Mr. I. Richard Jacobs*

Kristi and Dean Jernigan

Estate of Anne Churchill Jones

William Jones

Stephen A. and Ethel L. Keller Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward

The Kirk Foundation

Gerald and Tyby* Klein

The Murray and Sylvana Klein Family Foundation

Estate of Eric Gilbert Koskoff*

Jacqueline Kott

Nancy and Edward Madden

Susan Mark

Lisa Massirman

Dr. Lewis N. Michaels and Pamela Michaels

Janice and Lloyd Moriber

Betty Lou and Willian Nanovsky

Eleanor and Frank Pao

Adeline and Frank Pannizzo

Michael and Mary Ellen Peyton

Melissa* and Bill Quesenberry

Chevalier Martin Riskin

Eve and Jon Rounds

Gary Rugg and Wendy Joseph-Rugg

The Schwedel Family

In Loving Memory of Robert & Elke Schwedel

Estate of David and Ethel Sommer*

Gary and Roberta* Soren

The Lawrence and Marjorie Stoll Foundation

Estate of Rosalie W. Stone*

Peace Sullivan

Fred Teger and Dr. Jo Ann Mayer

Sandra Thompson

Rebecca and Robert Trentham

Marcos Tychbrojcher and George Dandridge

Gail Wasserman

Ted and Nora Weinreich

Pauline Winick

Lynn and Louis Wolfson*, II Family Foundation, Inc.

Peter Zimmer and *James Stepp