International Ballet Festival Gala Finale Virtual This Weekend

Michelle F. Solomon

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Ballet Festival of Miami closes out a multi-week event that was successful this year as a virtual broadcast of dance from around the world. Three live performances, the Gala Performances, are the grand finale of the festival on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13.

The first Gala, on Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., is dedicated to contemporary ballet and the program is described as a cutting-edge dance program presenting an exciting and eclectic mix of dance styles.

The evening will feature Dance Now! Miami, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Brigid Baker Whole Project, Ballet Inc. and Dancetown Miami.


On Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m., Daniel Lewis will receive the "A Life of Dance" Lifetime Achievement Award at the beginning of the Grand Gala of Stars.

Then Dance Stars from prestigious USA ballet companies perform pieces from the most famous classical and neo classical ballet repertoire including Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Miami City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Washington Ballet.

On Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., the Closing Gala of the Stars will feature all participating live stream companies performing a different program

“Only duets or solos will be presented in the Galas,” Eribeto Jiménez to Artburst Miami's Orlando Taquechel. “But it must be clarified that the duets will be performed by dancers who are a couple in real life, or who have been together all this time. We have tried to keep everything as safe as possible.”

The International Ballet Festival of Miami, organized by the Miami Hispanic Ballet, celebrated its 25 anniversary from Aug. 15 through Sept. 13, 2020.

In a statement the festival said: "Every year we have the pleasure of hosting some of the most important ballet companies from Europe, Asia, Latin America and USA." The Festival has also evolved into a multidisciplinary event, presenting a rare Dance Films Series, Art Exhibits Inspired by Dance, Book Presentations, Workshops and Master Classes.

There's a $10 per program admission for each evening, which includes 24-hour access. The money raised will directly benefit participating companies.

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