Raising the Barre

BY Riki Altman-Yee | August 20, 2018 | Feature Features National

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko returns home to help point the Miami City Ballet toward the future.
New Miami City Ballet Executive Director Tania Castroverde Moskalenko in the company's wardrobe department

“My heart has always been in Miami,” says Tania Castroverde Moskalenko while preparing to leave Chicago with her husband, former ballet dancer Alexei Moskalenko, and their 10-year-old twins for their new home near the extended family she left three decades ago. In August, Castroverde Moskalenko became the new executive director of the Miami City Ballet, and her main priority since has been to build a larger budget so the organization can attract more choreographers, commission new works and strengthen its current administration.

Although Castroverde Moskalenko’s career path has always focused on the arts, it took her on a winding route north, first to Tennessee and then Indiana prior to her most recent role as CEO of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Now, with decades of experience centered around fundraising, marketing, operations, finance and programming, Castroverde Moskalenko is confident she can help take the MCB to the next level. Thankfully, she has the company’s fearless artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, by her side. “We both believe in the transformational power of the arts,” she says.

As for the constant fundraising challenges that lie ahead? Castroverde Moskalenko says bring it on. “Fundraising gives people an opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves; part of something exciting, inspirational and compelling,” she says. “I love being able to tell that story and allowing people to be part of something wonderful. This city is so vibrant, so diverse, and filled with culture that I thrive in. It’s such a joy for me to be able to contribute.”

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