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Best Ballet Schools In Miami

Their athleticism and beauty have reigned on dance stages around the world like constellations of stars shimmering among a clear night sky. Ever since ballet blossomed in the performance courts of the Italian Renaissance, it has fired the imagination and fostered dreams of ballerinas elegantly on point and fueled the passions of men with outrageous muscle-packed thighs leaping through the air. Cultural influences from Russia, France and Italy lend diversity to the art that makes it the logical starting point for all forms of dance. In Miami, whether one wishes to study classically to pursue a career in dance or merely wish to dance freely at sunset on the beach, there are a variety of schools for every discipline.Related: Best Tips To See The Miami City Ballet
Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet School
2200 Liberty Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 929-7007

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Recognized as one of the finest ballet schools in the nation, Miami City Ballet School expresses the vision of former ballet director Edward Villella. Mr. Villella trained in New York at the School of American Ballet, and in addition to sharing the styles he has performed and taught, the very same traditions have been the foundational basis for the school. The curriculum focuses on the origin and evolution of dance as it enters the 21st century, with emphasis on technique, staging, role characterization, presentation and staging.

Miami Royal Ballet

Miami Royal Ballet
6237 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33143
(305) 728-9587

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Located just south of the University of Miami, the Miami Royal Ballet strives to instill classical ballet orientation and disciplined elegance and grace in children and adults alike. Under the expert guidance of Professor Ballerina Lourdes Arteaga, students are exposed to all types of classical ballet and dances from their very first step to their most scintillating performance. Check out the recital that will be hosted on Friday, June 15 to see what these students have learned.

Coconut Grove Ballet

Coconut Grove Ballet
2829 Bird Ave
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 448-0336

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Tucked away among the bougainvilleas and palms that shroud Coconut Grove like "The Nutcracker" toy soldiers, Coconut Grove Ballet offers an array of programs for dance enthusiasts of all ages. Founded by trained dancer Doris Noriega, a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, ballet is the logical foundational starting point that opens a world of dance in many forms from ballet to hip-hop, jazz, modern dance and even flamenco. This company even offers a family dynamic in its instructors as Doris's daughter is also a teacher at the school.

Vladimir Issaev's School of Classical Ballet

Vladimir Issaev's School of Classical Ballet
15939 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
(305) 935-3232

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Russian culture has a rich legacy in the evolution of ballet. The timeless influence of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov has provided inspiration to countless aspiring dancers. Under the direction of Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, this school has the distinction of being the finest Russian ballet school in south Florida. The school focuses on the Vaganova method of dance, which combines elements of Russian classicism, French romance and Italian athleticism. Check out a performance to see how all of these cultures are culminated into the art of movement.

Ballerinas on stage
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Ballet Concerto School of Dance
4180 SW 74th Court
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 266-0082

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Founded in 1961 by Sonia Diaz, Martha del Pino and recently-deceased Eduardo Recault, the Ballet Concerto School continues to provide classes and training in all forms of ballet and other dance disciplines from beginner to accomplished soloist. Since its inception, over 20,000 students have taken classes at the school, and the studio boasts that more students have gone on to dance professionally around the world than any other school in Miami. Ballet Concerto has produced some of the greatest in the industry such as Rudolf Nureyev, Alexander Gudonov, Fernando Bujones, Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Gregory and Gelsey Kirkland, to name a few.

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Glenn Osrin is a journalist and seasoned consumer products sales professional living in Miami, Florida. A new vegan, his most recent assignment is writing about the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle while learning about the Miami vegan community. His work can be found at

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