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Miami City Ballet's 'Open Barre' dance series: 3 shows on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26

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MIAMI CITY BALLET’S ‘OPEN BARRE’ DANCE SERIES PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE’S TARANTELLA, SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S LITURGY.

3 SHOWS ONLY!  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26.

Miami Beach, FL (Feb. 2, 2011) – Get up close and personal with Miami City Ballet dancers in their 200 seat intimate studio theater when the Open Barre Dance Series showcases three exciting works: George Balanchine’s Tarantella and Symphony in Three Movements and Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy.  These exclusive, one-of-a-kind performances will be presented three times only: Friday, February 25 at 7p.m. and Saturday, February 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are only $35 and include a complimentary lobby “open bar”, beginning thirty minutes prior to curtain, courtesy of Bacardi USA. Purchase tickets by calling (305) 929-7010 or order online 24/7 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. Performances are 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 Ave.

George Balanchine’s Tarantella is a non-traditional pas de deux featuring seven minutes of virtually non-stop dancing.  Set to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, it demands great stamina and exceptional footwork, performed at breakneck speed.  Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy is a haunting pas de deux danced to music by contemporary composer Arvo Part.  It was created for New York City Ballet in 2003. 

Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work, is choreographed to Stravinsky’s 1945 jazz-flavored score said to evoke his impressions of World War II. Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, will offer a sort of “Ballet l0l” on the piece, breaking down sections, narrating and explaining, and adding his own personal experiences with Balanchine having danced in the 1972 original production at New York City Ballet.  This is a wonderful way for audiences to learn more about ballet and Balanchine masterworks.

Miami City Ballet is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season at the Adrienne Arsht Center 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 tickets and information, visit www.miamicityballet.org or call (305) 929-7010 or toll-free (877) 929-7010.

About Miami City Ballet

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Miami City Ballet (MCB) was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has 50 dancers, and a repertoire of 88 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school: Miami City Ballet School.

Visit us at www.miamicityballet.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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