Miami City Ballet

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Miami City Ballet
General information
Name Miami City Ballet
Year founded 1986
Senior staff
Chief Executive Michael Scolamiero
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez
Official school Miami City Ballet School

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 former New York City Ballet principal dancer Edward Villella and Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin, and flourishes today as one of America's most respected ballet companies.

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 classics like "Giselle" and "Don Quixote".[1]


In 2012, Lourdes Lopez was chosen to replace founding artistic director Edward Villella.[2] Lopez was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami. She was a principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 24 years under George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. After retiring from the stage, she went on to become the executive director of The George Balanchine Foundation and co-founded the innovative dance company Morphoses.

The Company[edit]

Miami City Ballet features an international ensemble of over 45 dancers, hailing from a diverse array of places including Cuba, Venezuela, China, Switzerland, France, Japan, and Germany. 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 major theaters in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach areas, calling four South Florida counties its home. 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 most recently at the New York City Center;[3] while theaters and festivals in Europe, Central America, South America, and Israel have hosted the company.[4] The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006.

For the 2014-2015 season, performances include The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Hear the Dance, Passion and Grace, and Points of Departure I Heatscape.


The company operates a ballet academy, the Miami City Ballet School, directed by Darleen Callaghan. Approximately 375 students attend the academy during the school year, while 200 are accepted to the annual Summer Intensive hosted by the school.[4]


The Miami City Ballet is currently headquartered at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center in Miami Beach, Florida. This facility, designed by Arquitectonica, houses rehearsal studios, administrative offices and the school.[4]


  1. ^ "MCB Repertoire". Miami City Ballet. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel (April 2, 2012). "Lourdes Lopez Named New Director of Miami City Ballet". New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ a b c "Miami City Ballet: About Us". Miami City Ballet. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 

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