Miami City Ballet

Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant Art

Justin Peck is one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers. Shepard Fairey is one of the most famous street artists in the world. Peck is resident choreographer with New York City Ballet and lives in New York. Fairey lives in L.A. Their first collaboration is happening in West Palm Beach.

Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of "Heatscape" on Friday, March 27, before taking it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in April. To hear how it all came together listen to the story above.

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.

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

Nov 22, 2013
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.

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"

Ballet Provides Cuban Defectors A New Start In Miami

May 24, 2013
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.

Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Boys In Ballet

May 3, 2013
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.

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

May 3, 2013
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

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.
 

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.

Arianna Prothero

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.

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