The fall dance season gets an early start with the XIX International Ballet Festival of Miami (InternationalBalletFestival.org), hosted by Miami Hispanic Ballet. The festival includes film screenings, workshops, master classes, book signings and competitions at venues across Miami and Miami Beach, culminating with a closing gala at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. Rising stars of the ballet world will be spotlighted, as well as classical and contemporary works, with an emphasis on Hispanic dancers. Many events are free and open to the public. Tickets to the gala start at $40.
Vladimir Isaaev’s Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (ArtsBalletTheatre.org) pays tribute to the great Russian choreographer and founder of the Ballet Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, at the Broward Center, Oct. 11-12, and the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, Oct. 18-19. The small, but resourceful company will celebrate the centenary of Diaghilev’s controversial, “Rite of Spring,” set to music by Stravinsky. The program also includes the short ballet, “Le Spectre de la Rose,” and “Petrouchka,” the story of three puppets set in the middle of the Russian moor and also accompanied by the music of Stravinsky. Tickets start at $30.
The company then ushers in the holiday season with “The Nutcracker,” the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet performed to the choreography of Isaaev. This family event will be presented at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Dec. 7; the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, Dec. 12-14; and the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Dec. 17 and 20-21. Tickets start at $40.
Miami City Ballet (MiamiCityBallet.org) opens its season with the epic romantic ballet, “Romeo & Juliet.” Widely regarded as the finest choreographic interpretation of the classic play, John Cranko's masterpiece deftly recreates Shakespeare's timeless drama with passion and tragedy, lavish sets, romantic costumes and Prokofiev's thrilling score. This ballet will be presented at the Arsht Center, Oct. 17-19; Broward Center, Oct. 24-26; and Kravis Center, Nov. 21-23. Tickets start at $20.
Miami City Ballet also presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” danced to the choreography of the modern master, George Balanchine. This setting is just as magical, but offers a darker, epic yet lavish interpretation of the cherished holiday tradition performed by the entire company and nearly 100 students from Miami City Ballet School. This production will be presented at the Broward Center, Dec. 12-14; Arsht Center, Dec. 18-24; and Kravis Center, Dec. 27-30. Tickets start at $25.
Fans of contemporary dance will be mesmerized by several touring companies:
The sultry dance of Argentina is the inspiration for “Tango Lovers,” at the Broward Center (BrowardCenter.org), Oct. 18. “Tango Lovers” transports the audience through the history of tango, introducing the different styles and achieves harmony between tango salon and tango show with a powerful finale of avant garde dance. Tickets start at $35.
Diavolo – Architecture in Motion will take over the stage at the Kravis Center (Kravis.org), Nov. 7. Under the Artistic Director Jacques Heim, the company creates an almost cinematic experience of powerful images that develop conceptual accounts of the human condition, utilizing unique architectural creations, to provide the backdrop for an evening of dramatic movement. Tickets start at $25.
The top 10 finalists of Fox’s hit television competition, “So You Think You Can Dance,” will bring the most popular numbers of the season to the Kravis Center (Kravis.org), Nov. 26, and Arsht Center (ArshtCenter.org), Nov. 28. These young dancers were all winners and they showcase the original dances of some of the industry’s most promising young choreographers. Tickets start at $30.