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International Ballet Festival of Miami returns with a star-studded lineup

The International Ballet Festival of Miami will include mesmerizing virtual and live performances

This year's International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) promises to be bigger and better than ever. For over 26 years, South Floridians have looked forward to this acclaimed ballet festival that continues to enchant ballet lovers with awe-inspiring performances at various theatres, including the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

The 27th edition of the IBFM will showcase over 100 of the finest dancers from across the globe in live and virtual performances. This year's spectacular festival is scheduled to begin on July 23 and end on August 14.

About this year's performances

This year's festival kicks off with an opening cocktail ceremony unveiling the Official Poster for the festival. This poster is unique and designed by a different artist every year.

This year's performances will feature 20 visiting companies, which audiences can watch at the theater or virtually through the International Ballet Festival of Miami website. In addition to performances by young medal winners from international ballet competitions, the festival will feature a dance film series, a dance-themed fine arts exhibit, master classes, workshops, and a special performance.

This year also features the First Dance Marathon, including up-and-coming performers from Miami's neighborhoods.

Audiences can look forward to performers from Canada, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the U.S.

The IBFM will honor dance maestros and legends

Each year, at the Classical Gala Performances, the International Ballet Festival of Miami honors a living legend of the dance world with the "A Life for Dance" Lifetime Achievement Award. This year the award will be presented to Gloria Castro, a professional dancer, instructor, and creator of Incolballet, Colombia.

The Kind Euphoria of Dance," a documentary directed by Cuban filmmaker Miguel Castanet, will also make its official debut as part of the IBMF dance film series. This documentary will pay tribute to the life and work of Mr. Pedro Pablo Pena, the late director and founder of the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center and IBFM.

This is a festival you don't want to miss! Head to the International Ballet Festival of Miami website to grab your tickets or learn more.

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