Miami City Ballet is Transforming an Empty Lincoln Road Store Into a Pop-Up Theater


It’s more than shopping that’s getting people to Lincoln Road these days. South Beach’s famous outdoor mall hosts outdoor yoga, is lined with sidewalk cafés and, soon, will be where folks go to watch the ballet.

Starting today, Miami City Ballet takes over the former BCBG store at the corner of Lincoln and Meridian Avenue, transforming the vacant space into a sun-drenched stage for pedestrians. The pop-up theater will serve as a rehearsal area for the dancers, who can already be seen pirouetting throughout the space. Performances will take place weekdays from 1–3pm and 5–7pm, featuring up to six ballerinas in full regalia. Outside, viewers will be directed to stand on pre-marked, socially distanced circles where they can watch as well as listen to streaming classical music. MCB will hold daily shows Monday through Friday now through September 10.

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The community-focused initiative celebrates the company’s 35th anniversary and its humble Lincoln Road beginnings, as well as aims to provide locals with an artistic distraction. “We hope to give people a moment of joy and an opportunity to embrace the healing power of the arts,” says Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. 

A big (virtual) round of applause to that.

*This article was originally published on Time Out Miami by Virginia Gil and can be found here.

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