Ballet pirouettes into Miami’s soul

By Shayne Benowitz | Jan 29, 2018
Miami City Ballet Ensemble
Miami City Ballet's repertoire features classical, modern, neo-classical and contemporary works

Miami is home to a variety of professional ballet companies, as well as an international festival that will excite art patrons throughout the year.

Miami’s reputation as an international cultural capital extends to the performing arts and ballet. There are a variety of world-class professional ballet companies that call Miami home with performances held throughout the year. If you happen to visit in September, you can also experience the International Ballet Festival of Miami when over 20 companies from around the world perform throughout the city.

Ballet Companies & Venues

Miami City Ballet

Founded in 1985, Miami City Ballet is Miami’s premiere professional ballet company. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of America’s most beloved dance companies,” they’re not to be missed during your time in Miami. The troupe has scheduled performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and other venues throughout South Florida.

The Miami City Ballet has more than 50 established professional dancers and a repertoire that features classical, modern, neo-classical and contemporary works. In order to preserve the city’s performing arts scene, the company established a pre-professional training academy, The Miami City Ballet School, which serves nearly 900 students annually from its Miami Beach campus.

With a season that runs from October through April, their annual holiday production of The Nutcracker is always a sell out. Other favorite ballets include classics like Swan Lake and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as forays into modern dance with Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Miami City Ballet always presents a dynamic program for the city’s loyal ballet patrons as well as visitors looking for an unforgettable night out.

Ballet Etudes of South Florida
Ballet Etudes of South Florida is a classical ballet company founded in 1974

Ballet Etudes of South Florida

Based in Hialeah, Ballet Etudes of South Florida is a classical ballet company founded in 1974. They produce a season of full-length ballets. It’s also a school for the next generation of prima ballerinas. With performances at the Miramar Cultural Center, Ballet Etudes of South Florida is a cornerstone of Miami’s performing arts and cultural community.

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

Under the artistic direction of Vladimir Issaev, the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida performs classical ballets. To celebrate its 20th anniversary season in 2018, the company will perform a variety of Latin ballets in October, The Nutcracker over the holidays and works by legendary French-Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Don Quixote. The company performs throughout Miami at venues including The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and the Julius Littman North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theatre.

Touring Companies at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

While it’s home to the Miami City Ballet, the Adrienne Arsht Center is also Miami’s hub for touring dance troupes, from BatSheva Israeli Dance Company to Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company. For anyone who loves the performing arts, be sure to check the calendar at the Arsht Center before your visit.

Miami Hispanic Ballet and the International Ballet Festival of Miami

Founded in 1993 by artistic director Pedro Pablo Peña, the Miami Hispanic Ballet Company was created to nurture professional dancers of Hispanic descent in Miami. Peña went on to create the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami based in Little Havana with performances throughout the city and the International Ballet Festival of Miami held every September. One of the most successful ballet festivals in the country, the International Ballet Festival is a wonderful way to experience local, national and international ballet production. The festival features more than 20 ballet companies with spectacular performances by over 100 principal dancers, as well as a dance film series, art exhibitions, book presentations, workshops and master classes.

Performances are held at The Colony Theatre, Miami Dade College North Campus, The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse and other venues. Guests can expect performances from companies like South Africa’s Cape Town City Ballet, France’s B Compagnie, the Dutch National Ballet and Italy’s Ballet Teatro Alla Scala.

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