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Miami City Ballet School to Stage Benefit Performances, 5/2-3

Miami City Ballet School to Stage Benefit Performances, 5/2-3

Join us Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm at the Miami City Ballet Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson, II Theatre when Miami City Ballet School - the official school of Miami City Ballet - holds special benefit performances by the recently formed MCB School Ensemble - a new 30-member performing troupe comprised of tomorrow's stars of ballet. Tickets to the MCB School Ensemble Benefit cost $50 for Patron Level and $100 for Benefactor Level. The Ensemble, plus 20 additional Pre-Professional Division dancers, will perform George Balanchine's ethereal Serenade, Marius Petipa's beloved Sleeping Beauty, Act III, and two new ballets by former stars of Miami City Ballet - The Sunshine State by Gerard Ebitz, and Luna Del Mar by Maribel Modrono.

MCB School Ensemble was launched by School Director Darleen Callaghan in November 2013 to provide Pre-Professional Division dancers with invaluable live performance opportunities and to further enhance the artistic growth of its students. Some of these gifted young dancers were even seen on stage during the Company's recent performances of Don Quixote. In addition, the Ensemble now anchors MCB's signature youth outreach program Ballet For Young People and members of the troupe serve as ambassadors to the Company and School.

All Patron and Benefactor tickets include access to a Post-Performance Reception in the lobby featuring complimentary wine and dessert bar. VIP ticketholders also receive reserved seating and a Pre-Show Meet & Greet at 6:30pm with School Director Darleen Callaghan and two dancers from the Ensemble. Tickets go on sale April 1 and are available by visiting miamicityballet.org/school or by calling Miami City Ballet Box Office: 305.929.7010 or 877.929.7010 toll free. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit MCB School Ensemble.

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