Miami City Ballet's Upper Room Brings Ballerinas to Grand Central

​Ballet isn't all pointy objects and swan feathers, it's also a visually fascinating, physically challenging art form. Now, thanks to Miami City Ballet, it's also a nifty night on the town. MCB's young professionals group, Upper Room, offers the sweet double deal of watching a unique performance and finishing off with a few fancy drinks.

Our local, internationally renowned ballet offers South Florida a well-rounded taste of the breadth and beauty of ballet. This year marks its 25th anniversary season, and features four company premieres by such innovative choreographers as Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp.

The success of Upper Room has allowed dance lovers under the age of 75 to experience the brilliance of Balanchine protégé Edward Villella's internationally renowned company and enjoy some of Miami's snazziest hotspots. This month, Upper Room members, and those under 45 and willing to pay for a night at the theater, will be drinking with the ballerinas after the opening night of Program II.

The premiere of Tharp's Baker's Dozen, danced to the jazz music of Willie "The Lion" Smith, is the highlight of the evening. Also showing alongside Baker's Dozen at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will be a Balanchine story ballet La Sonnambula, and his ode to the U.S. of A., Western Symphony.

The after-party will take place downtown at Grand Central, where attendees will enjoy music by DJs Aramis Lorie and Josh Lecash. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with Grand Central for our after-party because of their involvement in the arts within the community." said Rebecca Interian, MCB's special events manager. Do-gooding and good drinking. A match made in non-profit heaven.

The party starts at 10:30 p.m. at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Both the performance and drinks are included in the Upper Room membership, and both cost $34 to $100 for non-members. Call 305-929-7010 for tickets. 

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