Miami City Ballet visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on May 23 to bring joy to young patients through the art of dance, as part of an event hosted in collaboration with the hospital.
MCB School’s pre-professional dancers were dressed in magical costumes such as Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming, Seahorse from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and others, offering patients an interactive demonstration of basic ballet steps and movements. Each patient received an educational guide booklet with child-friendly activities related to the wonderful world of dance, a magic wand, and a sword.
Miami City Ballet is dedicated to offering diverse audiences of all ages and abilities an opportunity to engage with its dancers and experience the healing powers of ballet. This initiative is part of MCB’s Share The Dance community outreach and educational program which strives to enrich and strengthen the mission of the company while building strong community relationships, broadening the audience base and exposing new audiences to the world of ballet.
Miami City Ballet, now in its 33rd season, has been led by artistic director Lourdes Lopez since 2012. Lopez recently was named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine. MCB was founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and founding artistic director Edward Villella. The company has 51 dancers and a repertoire of more than 100 ballets. MCB performs for nearly 100,000 patrons annually during its South Florida home season in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples, and tours to top theaters domestically and internationally.