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Miami City Ballet to present 'Ballet for Young People' at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Arsht Center

On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12, Miami City Ballet presents Ballet for Young People at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The free program: Edward Villella’s Harlequin (A Patchwork of Love) and George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony.

Here's a news release from the ballet:

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Miami Beach, FL (Feb. 3, 2011) --  Miami City Ballet’s internationally and critically acclaimed company of 50 dancers will be joined by Miami City Ballet School students to present the second Ballet for Young People program at the Adrienne Arsht Center Ziff Ballet Opera House on Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2pm-3pm.  The school students open the program with Edward Villella’s Harlequin (A Patchwork of Love), followed by the company dancers in George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!  Complimentary tickets are available in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For more information call (305) 949-6722 or go online to www.arshtcenter.org.

Ballet for Young People features two entertaining ballets the entire family will love. They have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years, sure to make dance fans out of children who have never seen a live dance performance:

The Emmy Award-winning Harlequin (A Patchwork of Love) was produced, choreographed – and starred in - by Edward Villella for an original 1974 television broadcast, as part of “The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People.”  It tells the story of a costume-less Harlequin who manages to get a lavish costume designed, piece-by-piece, through the contributions of those who love him.  It’s the sparkling finale from Harlequin that will be performed entirely by students from the prestigious Miami City Ballet School. 

Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, with its lovely allusions to Romantic ballet, has been enthralling audiences for more than 50 years.  With its masterful deployment of Mendelssohn’s rousing symphony, the ballet, based on the novel “La Sylphide” by Sir Walter Scott, is set in the Scottish Highlands and tells the story of James, a restless young man who is entranced on his wedding day by a Sylph – a magical creature visible only to him. Period costumes are by the famed designer Karinska.

This performance of Ballet for Young People is generously supported by Peacock Foundation, Rundgren Foundation, Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc and Marlins Community Foundation.

Ballet for Young People at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2pm-3pm.  All tickets are complimentary and available in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office, by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org. 

For information, visit miamicityballet.org.

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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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