It's rare for a U.S.-based ballet school to recruit from Latin America, but Miami City Ballet is setting a new precedent. In November, MCB School will conduct its International Master Class Tour, which can function as a MCB summer intensive audition for interested students. The tour will make multiple stops in Brazil, including Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitoria.
Notably, the tour will stop in Medellin, Columbia—the first time an American ballet school has visited the country. Considering Miami's close cultural ties with Latin America, the company's audition tour is a great way to build connections across borders.
Current MCB School students from Brazil: Mayumi Enokibara and Luiz Fernando Silva. Mayumi is in her second year as an apprentice and will dance in MCB’s upcoming Romeo and Juliet. Luiz will also be performing with the company this season. (Photo by Mitchell Zachs)