• The Transforming Lives Capital Campaign



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The Transforming Lives Capital Campaign

Miami City Ballet is pleased to announce the conclusion of its comprehensive $55 Million Transforming Lives Campaign. Launched in 2018, the campaign is based on four pillars – artistry, community building, education, and organizational capacity – areas identified as critical to further MCB’s ascending reputation as a globally recognized, leading arts organization.  The campaign has exceeded its goal raising over $58M.

Under the artistic direction of Lourdes Lopez, the Company has experienced a consistent boon in critical acclaim. The Company’s diverse roster of dancers and much of its recent programming are a clear reflection of the vibrant, culturally rich city in which it calls home. The Transforming Lives Campaign is providing vital resources needed to ensure the Company continues its upward trajectory by strengthening its financial footing in the aforementioned areas.

Lopez states, “With the highly successful completion of the Transforming Lives Campaign, MCB’s momentum is at an all-time high. We are excited to build upon this extraordinary moment for the organization and look forward to bringing our audiences performances that honor ballet’s illustrious past while propelling the art form into the future while continuing to develop the organization’s overall capacity.”


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Artistic Investment
The Transforming Lives Campaign will enable the Company to commission new works created by today’s foremost and emerging choreographers. It will allow the Company to expand its existing repertory, introduce audiences to works that have never been staged in South Florida, and enable collaborations among cutting edge scenic, lighting, and costume designers. The impact is already being felt as MCB brought four Company premieres to South Florida during the 2019/20 season: George Balanchine’s I’m Old Fashioned, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth, Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, and Firebird – the iconic Balanchine/Robbins fairy tale that had never been performed by any company outside of New York City Ballet since its New York premiere in 1949.

School Expansion

New funding will allow MCB School to expand its classes and hire top faculty. The Pre-Professional Division attracts talented students from around the globe and today over half of Company dancers are graduates of the School. This campaign will help accommodate a growing student body and increase scholarship awards. MCB aims to make ballet accessible to every student through superior training and proven programs that raise self-esteem, increase problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and embed a lifelong passion for creativity. Not every student becomes a professional dancer but studying ballet provides essential life skills such as discipline, a strong work ethic, creative and mental flexibility, and a host of other invaluable skills not always found in the academic classroom.

Deepening Community Engagement

MCB believes that the arts elevate the cities and communities for all who engage in them and truly have the power to transform lives. The campaign will ensure consistent and increased access to high quality dance by partnering with communities bound by physical conditions or geography. And, funding will support families by providing early stage interventions for children with disabilities and at-risk youth. MCB Community Engagement programs are designed to positively influence lives through dedicated, compassionate, life-affirming programs that are rooted in ballet. In return, participants receive innumerous benefits such as increased self-esteem, a safe space for creative expression, opportunities for artistic achievement and advancement, and an overall enhanced sense of well-being.






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