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11:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Miami City Ballet Kicks Off New Year With Catalán Folk Music And Bare Feet

Miami City Ballet dancers Jeanette Delgado in Jardí Tancat.
Gio Alma/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.

Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.

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Arts
7:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What Do You Think Of The Dancing Lady In Miami's Skyline?

Credit Courtesy / Intercontinental Hotel

  

If you’ve spent any time on the MacArthur Causeway this past year, you’ve seen the 200-foot tall, shimmying silhouette of the dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.

The giant, multi-colored light display on the side of the building danced into our hearts – or danced us into ire—last December. Whether you love or hate the dancing lady, she’s become a staple of the Miami skyline.

But now, the lady and her suggestive moves  are about to be retired. The hotel is holding auditions for her replacement Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Miami City Ballet Opens With Fast, Furious, Toe-Breaker: Ballo della Regina

Mary Carmen Catoya in Ballo della Regina
Steven Caras/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off. 

"Like Champagne"

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Dance
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ballet Provides Cuban Defectors A New Start In Miami

Annie Ruiz Diaz says she left Cuba because she wanted to try out more styles of dance beyond what the National Ballet of Cuba performs.
Credit Gregory Castillo/Miami Herald

The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami operates out of an old, white mansion in Little Havana. Just like any company, the dancers start their day with ballet class.

But what makes this company different is that it’s a holding station for dancers who defect from Cuba, a place where they can stay in shape and get help finding permanent jobs.

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Boys In Ballet

Ballet students during a class at Miami City Ballet School.
Credit Arianna Prothero

If you ask someone to name a valuable commodity, they may say gold, or oil. Ask someone in ballet the same question, and there’s good chance they’ll say boys.

Most ballets have almost equal part male and female roles. But in the U.S., boys who want to do ballet are hard to come by.  

For that reason boys often receive full scholarships to ballet schools and other forms of special treatment in order to attract them to the profession.

Former principal dancer with New York City Ballet Philip Neal was one of those boys.

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Dance
6:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Why Ballet Is A Man's World, Except In Miami

Miami City Ballet Artistic Director rehearses the ballet Apollo during her first series of performances at the head of the company.
Credit Daniel Azoulay

The legendary choreographer George Balanchine once said, “ballet is woman,” and that seems to be the case, considering the scarcity of boys aspiring to become ballet dancers compared to the legions of girls.  But of the girls who grow up to become top dancers, few have actually graduated into the upper levels of leadership.

Ballet’s Glass Ceiling

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MCB
2:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

WLRN's Continuing Coverage of Big Changes At Miami City Ballet

On September 4th, the Miami City Ballet suddenly announced the company’s founder, Edward Villella, had resigned that morning from his post as artistic director 8 months earlier than planned. Not only is Villella one of America’s most famous dancers, he is one of South Florida’s biggest cultural commodities. In 25 years, he created a world-class ballet company from scratch and helped spark Miami’s arts renaissance. But, the last year at Miami City Ballet had been marked by financial troubles and power struggles. Insiders claimed that Villella had been forced out.
 

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Miami City Ballet
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

What Broward And Palm Beach Ballet-Goers Can Expect From Miami City Ballet's New Program

Daniel Azoulay

Miami City Ballet’s Program II: Tradition and Innovation opens in Fort Lauderdale Friday evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts before it heads to West Palm Beach the following weekend.

The program features a couple of ballet staples by choreographer George Balanchine as well as the famous pas de deux from the classic story ballet, Don Quixote, for the 32-fouetté-turns crowd.

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Arts
8:40 am
Fri October 19, 2012

For The First Time In 27 Years, Miami City Ballet Performs With New Artistic Director

Lourdes Lopez looks out over the stage at the Arsht Center during a rehearsal.
Arianna Prothero

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Miami City Ballet’s New Artistic Director, FIU’s School Of Music Director

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On this fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll meet Miami City Ballet’s new Artistic Director, Ms. Lourdes Lopez. Charles Greenfield speaks with this highly accomplished, Ballanchine-trained, Cuban-born, success story now leading Miami’s internationally renowned ballet company. Also, Cuban-born New Music composer and Director of the School of Music at FIU, Dr. Orlando Jacinto Garcia, shares his excitement about a new season of FIU performances taking place all over Miami-Dade County.

Linda Villella Leaves The School She Founded
9:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

What Edward Villella's Wife Will Always Carry With Her

These days, Miami City Ballet and its school have slick, professional brochures and world-renowned performers. Linda Villella started the Miami City Ballet School because she wanted a convenient place for her daughter to dance.
Miami City Ballet

An era is ending at Miami City Ballet. In addition to the resignation of its founding director Edward Villella, his wife Linda is stepping down from her post at the helm of Miami City Ballet School on August 31st. 

A former professional ice skater, she never intended to immerse herself in the ballet world and follow her husband’s artistic pursuits. The idea sprung from her desire to create a ballet school for her daughter, Crista. She wanted a ballet school closer to her husband's Miami Beach company. 

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