Miami City Ballet (MCB)

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Miami City Ballet (MCB)

Not surprisingly, and when compared to many international ballet companies, MCB is quite young.  The company made its debut in October, 1986, at Miami’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Since 2000, the company – its dancers, administration, ballet school and rehearsal studios, have been ensconced in the beautiful custom-designed building at 2200 Liberty Avenue in Miami Beach, just across the street from the Bass Museum.

The building was design by of the award-winning architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia of ARQUITECTONICA.

Where They Perform

The Company has four home counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier (and there is the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center).

The Company

The year 2012 marks the beginning of a new chapter.  Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella left the company, and will be replaced for the first time in the history of the company.

Edward Villella is largely considered one of the finest male ballet dancers, and performed brilliantly during his long career with the New York City Ballet (1957-1975). His background with the New York City Ballet and choreographer George Balanchine reflects greatly on the MCB style and direction.

Miami welcomes Lourdes Lopez as its new Artistic Director.  Though she lived for many years in New York, where most recently she directed Morphoses, a dance company she co-founded with Christopher Wheeldon, she has deep connections to Miami. Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Lopez was raised in Miami until she moved to New York on a full scholarship to the Joffrey School.

Ms. Lopez had an illustrious career as a ballerina, and danced for twenty four years with the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.  Her experience is perfectly aligned to transition the legacy of Edward Villella as she moves the company forward.

Like most ballet companies, the dancers of MCB have diverse international backgrounds and training. Their former companies include Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Caracas, National Ballet of Cuba, Deutsche Opera Berlin, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and National Ballet of China.  Their training ranges from the School of American Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Miami City Ballet School.

The company has toured across the United States and has danced in more than 100 U.S. cities. Internationally, MCB has performed in Europe, Great Britain, South America, Central America, and Israel, Most recently, Miami City Ballet made its Paris debut at the Theatre du Chatelet (Les Etes de la Danse) in July 2011.

The School

The Miami City Ballet School, which opened in Miami Beach in January 1993, trains students for a professional career in ballet. The School has an enrollment of more than 350 students, and accepts all qualified dancers, regardless of their financial situation. 

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