MIAMI BEACH, FL (April 12, 2012) – Don’t miss your chance to see the future stars of the ballet world as students from Miami City Ballet School take to the stage with two exciting programs: the Annual Student Showcase May 18 through 20 and the second Annual Student Jazz Showcase June 1 and 2.   

The Annual Student Showcase will be presented Friday, May 18 at 7p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $25.  The program features advanced students from the Miami City Ballet School performing George Balanchine’s masterwork Serenade with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra), Balanchine’s Élégie (from Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3), excerpts from August Bournonville's Pas de la Vestale and original works by MCB School faculty.  

Proceeds from the Student Showcase performances support all aspects of the students’ training, including a scholarship program ensuring that all children who are accepted to the School, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are able to attend.

“The Toby Lerner Ansin Scholarship” – created in 2010 as a gift from the Ansin Family and the Ansin Foundation, to honor MCB’s co-founder, will be presented to one student by MCB School Director Linda Villella, and announced at the Student Showcase performances.

The evocative nature of Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra leads many to see a story in Serenade, but it is actually plotless, danced in four movements without interruption.  
In 1934, George Balanchine had just arrived in America and opened School of American Ballet with Lincoln Kirstein and Edward M.M. Warburg in New York. Serenade was the first dance he invented in the United States. An evening class in stage technique was Balanchine’s setting for the creation of Serenade: its swirling movements and elegant patterns depending, very simply, upon who showed up in class that night.  

On Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7pm, Miami City Ballet School is pleased to present its second Annual Student Jazz Showcase.  The program will feature MCB students, from beginning-intermediate through advanced, performing original jazz pieces choreographed by faculty members Rafi Maldonado-Lopez and Liz Malm. For many students, these performances will be their grand finale before entering careers as professional dancers at ballet companies around the nation, including MCB. Tickets are $25.

All showcase performances take place at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson, II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets are $25 and available online miamicityballet.org or call (305) 929-7010 or toll-free (877) 929-7010.


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