Miami City Ballet 31st Anniversary Gala
MCB raises over $1,000,000 at Faena Forum
Alan Faena, Ximena Caminos, MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and George Skouras

MCB Founder Toby Lerner Ansin, Sanford Evans and MCB Dancer Ellen Grocki

Miami City Ballet celebrated its 31st annual gala, the first charity gala hosted at Miami Beach’s cultural cornerstone Faena Forum. The event raised more than $1 million to support Miami City Ballet’s work both onstage and in the community. The theme of this year’s ball—an ice-kissed fairytale—was inspired by the world premiere commission of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, premiering on February 10th at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center.

Guests experienced an evening with dinner, dancing and artistic prowess that began with a cocktail reception showcasing a life-sized glacier and a Miami City Ballet ballerina greeting more than 400 attendees. Notable Miami, Palm Beach and New York philanthropists, together with community leaders and ballet aficionados, sipped Bacardi cocktails from frozen shot glasses while child prodigy pianist Brandon Goldberg played jazz tunes. The dramatic ballroom was furnished with an ice bar and centerpieces featuring pointe shoes frozen into them. Miami City Ballet dancers dined at each guest table then hit the dance floor for an unforgettable party that included a surprise flash mob as snow fell from the balconies of the Forum.

“Tonight we celebrate our dancers and their exceptional artistry on stage, our leadership and distinct artistic élan, and our outreach programming serving thousands of young people and families each year,” said Susan D. Kronick, Gala Chair & Chairman of Miami City Ballet’s Board of Directors. “We extend a sincere thank you to every sponsor who stepped forward to ensure that Miami City Ballet remains one of the most vibrant and beloved dance companies in this country, and right here in our own backyard.”

The fantastical fundraiser, followed by a Remy Martin sponsored after-party at the Faena penthouse, was the perfect setting to announce Miami City Ballet’s new take on their annual production of the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, premiering December 2017 and featuring costume and set design by artistic power couple Ruben and Isabel Toldeo. “We are honored and delighted to collaborate with creative director Lourdes Lopez in visualizing a magical new Nutcracker for Miami City Ballet,” said Ruben Toldeo. “Every great city is reflected in its art forms and Miami City Ballet is certainly a reflection of this loving synergy.”

The gala was co-chaired by Alexa and Adam Wolman, Meghana Rajadhyaksha and Dr. Amar Rajadhyaksha, Tina and Dan Carlo, Susan Kronick and Edward Shumsky, Nancy and Jon Batchelor, Margaret and Mike Eidson, Christy and David Martin, with notable guests including Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos. Specially designed gift bags were presented courtesy of sponsors Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and Aqua di Parma at Brickell City Centre.

Photos by Manny Hernandez, World Red Eye and Daniel Azoulay Photography.

MCB Gala Chair Commitee: Adam Wolman, Alexa Wolman, Amar & Meghana Rajadhyaksha, Robert Morris, Michael Scolamiero, Susan D. Kronick, Edward Shumsky, Lourdes Lopez, George Skouras, Dr. Margaret Eidson, Mike Eidson, Tina & Dan Carlo, Jon & Nancy Batchelor, Christy & David Martin

Gala Co-Chair Alexa Wolman

Gala Co-Chair Tina Carlo, Lesli Brown, Olga Blavatnik, Suzy Buckley Woodward and MCB Board Member Michele Herbert

Mike Eidson, MCB Board Members Dr. Margaret Eidson and Pat Lowry, James Hopkins

MCB Board Member Margot London & Alan London

Tina Carlo and Swanee DiMare

MCB Board Member Mamie Joeveer

MCB Board Member Laura Besvinick and Paul Andreassen at the glacier arrival

Gala Co-Chairs Meghana & Amar Rajadhyaksha

MCB Board Member Bobi Eroncig & Jim Eroncig, Maria Alonso, Christopher & Lee Zoller

MCB Dancers and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez

Isabel & Ruben Toledo with MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez

MCB Board Member Dr. Margaret Eidson and MCB Dancer Patricia Delgado

Bahia Ramos and Rodrigo Gonzales on the dance floor

MCB Vice-Chairman of the Board Kristi Jernigan, Dean Jernigan and MCB Dancer Christina Spigner

Hank Greenberg, Michael Miller, Jeff Davis, Chris Roy and Lynn Herald

Vivek Jayaram & Carolina Garcia-Jayaram

Rene Gonzalez and Criselda Breene

Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard and Kinga Lampert

Gala Co-Chairs Christy & David Martin

Steve & Kathy Guttman

MCB Dancer Ashley Knox and Audre Carlin

MCB Company Dancers performing a surprise flash mob

MCB Board Member Diana Zeydel, Deborah Adelman, MCB Board Treasurer Charles Adelman, MCB Chairman of the Board Susan D. Kronick and Andrew Smulian

Soledad Lowe and Olga Blavatnik

Victoria Rogers, Pedro Jaquez and Amanda Thompson

Gala Co-Chairs Tina & Dan Carlo

Gala Co-Chairs Jon & Nancy Batchelor

MCB Executive Director Michael Scolamiero and Swanee DiMare

MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, Claudia Perles, Natalie Neubert and Steve Wigler

MCB Director of Development Eva Silverstein and Brandon Goldberg at the piano