The International Ballet Festival of Miami is one fest that lives up to its name. It involves dancers and companies from 15 countries and will take over stages throughout Miami, Miami Beach, and even Broward, this Friday through September 16. And this year, there’s a new feature: the Dance Film Series, a collaboration with the Dance Film Association of New York. From Friday through September 2, films such as Ballanchine in Paris will screen at 9 p.m. at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center (111 SW Fifth Ave., Miami) and Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Of course, there will be live dance too — five performances in total. The Medal Winners Performance will feature young talent who have won international competitions; another will focus on contemporary ballet. Argentina and Brazil will be represented, as well as dancers from Israel, Turkey, and the Philippines. Organized by Cuban-born dancer and director Pedro Pablo Peña, the fest culminates with the Étoiles Grand Classical Gala Ballet Performance at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).
Aug. 24-Sept. 2, 9 p.m., 2012