Miami City Ballet rehearses for 'Ballo Della Regina'

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina," which George Balanchine made to showcase Ashley. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, center, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami City Ballet dancers rehearse the "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami City Ballet dancers cast shadows during a rehearsal. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, right, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, center, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, center, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, center, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, center, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Miami City Ballet dancer rehearses the "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, a famous former New York City Ballet ballerina coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in "Ballo Della Regina." PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Merrill Ashley, former New York City Ballet ballerina, coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in Ballo Della Regina, which George Balanchine made to showcase Ashley. Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald Staff