Miami Beach, FL (Jan. 4, 2012) – Get up close and personal with Miami City Ballet dancers in their 200 seat intimate studio theater when Miami City Ballet presents its “Open Barre: Behind the Curtain” dance series showcasing two exciting works: George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Edward Villella’s “THE MAMBO: Mambo No. 2 a.m.”  These exclusive, one-of-a-kind performances will be presented three times only: Friday, January 20 at 7p.m. and Saturday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are only $35 and include a complimentary “open bar”, in the lobby beginning thirty minutes prior to curtain time, courtesy of Bacardi USA. Purchase tickets by calling (305) 929-7010, toll-free (877) 929.7010 or order online at www.miamicityballet.org.  Miami Beach InCard members save $10 dollars when they purchase their tickets in person only at Miami City Ballet, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or day of performance until curtain time, at Miami City Ballet Studios, Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre located at 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach at 22nd St. one block west of Collins Avenue.

George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, set to the music of the incomparable George Gershwin, is a joyous work that suggests a cocktail party in a Hollywood movie. It’s tinged with fleeting touches of melancholy, as one man woos three women with casual flirtatiousness and urban sophistication.    The gentleman in Who Cares? dances a solo and pas de deux with each woman to popular Gershwin tunes including “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “My One and Only” and “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” the latter featuring jumping sequences demanding Amazonian strength.

“THE MAMBO: Mambo No. 2 a.m. (Act IV of The Neighborhood Ballroom) is written, choreographed and directed by Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella.  The “mambo” of “Mambo No. 2 a.m.” ignites with fire and passion at a neighborhood ballroom in New York City during the late 1950s.  Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, a worldwide dance star of the era, an icon of the mambo genre and hailed as one of the greatest mambo dancers ever, consulted with Villella on the creation of the piece.

Miami City Ballet’s 26th season is currently underway at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera
House in Miami, in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center.  
MCB is also presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples,
Florida. For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free
877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also join us on Facebook, follow the
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