Miami Proud: Miami City Ballet’s artistic director Lourdes Lopez is a Latina trailblazer

MIAMI – As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, we meet with the Miami City Ballet’s artistic director, Lourdes Lopez

Now in her 11th season as artistic director, Lopez leads the Miami City Ballet with the experienced technique you’d expect from a prima ballerina. 

Her storied career includes roles as soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, led by two legends George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. 

She is also a pioneer.    

“I continue being the only and the first Latina principal dancer in the history of New York City ballet,” she said.  

Lopez is Cuban American, her family came to Miami fleeing the Castro regime in 1960. 

Surprisingly, her introduction to dance was at the advice of a doctor. 

At age 5, she was diagnosed with weak legs and urged to get exercise beyond what was offered in school. And that is when her journey to prima ballerina began.

She progressed to private lessons and then…

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