Miami City Ballet

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Miami City Ballet
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General information
Name Miami City Ballet
Year founded 1986
Founders Toby Ansin, Edward Villella
Principal venue

Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center

2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez
Ballet Master Roma Sosenko (Principal), Joan Latham, Arnold Quintane
Principal Conductor Gary Sheldon
Official school Miami City Ballet School
Exterior view of the Miami City Ballet studios

Miami City Ballet is an American ballet company based in Miami Beach, Florida, led by artistic director Lourdes Lopez. MCB was founded in 1985 by Toby Lerner Ansin a Miami philanthropist.[1] She and the founding board hired Edward Villella,[2] former New York City Ballet principal dancer to be the founding artistic director.[3]

A bulk of the company's repertoire is made up of the work of George Balanchine, though the company also performs works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Trey McIntyre, Mark Morris, Jimmy Gamonet, who was the company's founding Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master from 1986 to 1999, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and others, in addition to traditional full-length works including "Giselle" and "Don Quixote".[4]

In 2012, Lourdes Lopez was chosen to replace founding artistic director Edward Villella.[5]

Miami City Ballet features an international ensemble of over 45 dancers. The company has an active repertoire of 88 ballets and performs over 100 times annually. Miami City Ballet serves as the resident ballet company in theaters in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach areas. In addition, the company regularly tours both domestically and internationally. Its North American appearances include the Kennedy Center, the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the New York City Center;[6] while theaters and festivals in Europe, Central America, South America, and Israel have hosted the company.[7]


  1. ^ The Miami Herald Wednesday, May 21, 1997, Page 1 D, Living & Arts Section, A Woman of Vision
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  4. ^ "MCB Repertoire". Miami City Ballet. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ Wakin, Daniel (April 2, 2012). "Lourdes Lopez Named New Director of Miami City Ballet". New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Miami company makes its mark on the jaded NY crowd". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. January 28, 2009. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Miami City Ballet: About Us". Miami City Ballet. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 

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