MIAMI (CBSMiami) – What started as a free pop-up series by dancers from Miami City Ballet to bring the gift of dance to people during the pandemic is now going a step further with their new program called “To Ukraine, With Love “.
This is a one night only show to benefit the suffering families in Ukraine.
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“I think most of all that art is a way to help heal the world and give help and create a sense of humanity and community,” said lead dancer Tricia Albertson.
Rehearsals underway that day for the show, which will be held Tuesday, May 31 at Miami City Ballet Studios.
The program is entirely dancer-led and initiated by Albertson, who celebrates 25 years with the company. CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo asked her what prompted her to create this program.
“I’ve been following pretty closely everything that’s going on and we have a few employees working here who are Ukrainians and have family there. So it’s a personal feeling that we all have for the country,” Albertson said.
Dancer and choreographer Luiz Silva has created a brand new work dedicated specifically to Ukraine.
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“I think as choreographers we wanted to be together not just to support and be aware of what’s going on in the world,” Silva said. “But as artists who create and inspire people, it’s our job to make sure people know where we stand and what we stand for.”
There are 10 dances on the program, each dedicated to a message of love and support. The money raised will go directly to Ukraine.
“The money will be split between two charities: World Central Kitchen (which feeds families in Ukraine) and a smaller organization called Voices of Children. They help find shelter for families and also provide psychological support for children,” Albertson said.
“I would like the public to come and see that the dancers of the Miami City Ballet want to help not only Ukraine, but the world. It starts little by little,” Silva said.
“To Ukraine, With Love” is at Miami City Ballet Studios on Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, but they would welcome donations.
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