2200 Liberty Ave.
, FL 33139
Web Address: http://www.miamicityballet.org
Michael Scolamiero, Executive Director
The mission of Miami City Ballet is to create dance and arts education programs that reach the highest levels of excellence, spotlighting the cultural fabric of our vibrant and diverse country. Miami City Ballet is dedicated to presenting world-class artistry onstage through beloved masterpieces and innovative new works. Through an expansive education and outreach program, we are making classical ballet relevant, accessible and inviting to the widest possible audience. As a cultural anchor in South Florida, MCB believes it is our responsibility to reach deep into our community to touch young lives and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds, underlining our fundamental belief that everyone deserves great art.
Hailed by The New York Times as “one of America’s most beloved dance companies,” Miami City Ballet is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and is considered a leader in the field, nurturing new choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations, and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet.
Founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director and ballet legend Edward Villella, MCB is universally admired as one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine. Its repertory of 100 ballets, including 12 world premieres, was built upon the Balanchine repertory, style, and technique and then expanded to include beloved classical works of importance and exciting new choreography by contemporary and ground-breaking artists. MCB maintains annual seasons in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Collier Counties, serving more than 132,000 patrons in South Florida through four diverse repertory programs, the treasured holiday spectacular, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and an expansive national touring program.
Founded in 1993, Miami City Ballet School is regarded as one of the premier dance training programs in the nation and serves as the primary talent feeder for the professional Company. MCB School’s expanded national and international audition tours attract more than 1,300 students each season, and MCB School’s scholarship program offers support to children from around the corner and across the globe, providing nearly $500,000 worth of scholarships each year. As one of the most diverse classical ballet companies in the nation, MCB serves as a gateway to the Americas for dancers from Central and South America, resulting in a robust international roster of both dancers and students.
MCB’s transformative Share the Dance: Community Outreach and Educational Programs reach deep into the community, touching nearly 17,000 young people, seniors, and other traditionally underserved community members annually through a wide array of programming – a dramatic 42% increase from the previous year’s activities. This expanded portfolio of programs introduces new and underserved audiences to the art form of classical ballet while building strong community relationships and engagement with the arts.
Miami City Ballet's membership levels include Friends of MCB (supporters at $100-$1,200), Upper Room ($300), and Artist's Circle (supporters at the $3,000 level and above) in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Peach counties. Members receive a wide range of exclusive benefits and recognition for their support, which provides crucial funding for the ballet's year-round operations.