Miami City Ballet Debuts First Performance Under Lourdes Lopez Tonight (Photos)

After months of controversy surrounding the departure of founder Edward Villella, Miami City Ballet debuts its first performance under new artistic director Lourdes Lopez Friday, Oct. 19. Program I features three ballets: George Balanchine's Apollo, Sir Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs, and Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera.

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We visited the acclaimed company's final dress rehearsals at the Arsht Center last night, and the performances range from traditional to modern to Latin-inspired. See for yourself in the photos after the jump.

Miami City Ballet's Program I opens tonight at 8 p.m., running through Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets cost $20 - $175. Visit miamicityballet.org.

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