Miami City Ballet Hosts Nutcracker Magic Children’s Gala
Nutcracker Magic Chairs Ana Marie Codina Barlick and Tina Carlo

Miami City Ballet hosted its annual Nutcracker Magic Children's Gala at the Four Seasons Grand Ballroom, followed by a VIP performance experience of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Nutcracker Magic Chairs Ana Codina Barlick and Tina Carlo created a spectacular holiday extravaganza inspired by the Land of the Sweets, and brought the magic of The Nutcracker to life with centerpieces by Revel Events and artwork by MCB supporter Lesli Brown. The children enjoyed dancing and divine desserts, and went home with a We Love Colors gift bag filled with festive tights, a glittering custom Nutcracker and other goodies provided by Ali’s Sweet Treats. After the performance, children had the opportunity to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, and to take a commemorative photo sitting in the sleigh with snow falling!

Magic sponsors included Toby Lerner Ansin, Ana and Rob Barlick, Tina and Dan Carlo, Margarita Codina, Joely Kauffman and Margot London. Sugar Plum sponsors included Constance Fernandez, Margie Luis MAPFRE Insurance and Veronica Zulueta. Proceeds from this gala directly benefit Miami City Ballet's education and outreach programming serving thousands of local children and families each year.

Allen and Raif London

MCB School students

Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker Magic Children's Gala

Brent & Daniella Reynolds and family

Tina & Dan Carlo and family

Margarita Codina with her Granddaughter Margarita

MCB Development Director Eva Silverstein with son Noah

Family fun!

MCB School dancers get the party started

Hillary Scurtis and boys

Each child received their very own custom Nutcracker

Girls just want to have fun!

The Fernandez Family at MCB's Nutcracker Magic

Boys like Nutcrackers too!

Michelle and Kyla Ann Benesch

Lauren Hunt and Raquel Catalano

Coloring the sleigh

Bronwyn Miller and friends

Lesli Brown and Mom Celebrate the holidays with MCB!

Best friends!

Original artwork by Lesli Brown

Dancing time!

Gift bags courtesy of We Love Colors and Ali's Sweet Treats

Nutcracker Magic on the dance floor!

Family and friends arriving for brunch

Centerpieces by Revel Events

Javier Soto, President of the Miami Foundation and Robert Barlick

Andrea Prado and family

Family time on the dance floor

Best friends at the ballet

All smiles at MCB's Nutcracker Magic

Dan Carlo and Guest

Effie Quintero Kontopoulos and daughter on the dance floor