As cultural institutions are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami Beach-based Miami City Ballet’s costume department is using its talents to sew protective masks for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
The MCB and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have collaborated “on various initiatives related to dance medicine for a few months,” according to an announcement regarding the latest effort. “The hospital provides the Miami City Ballet School and its community engagement programs with information services on nutrition, injury prevention and dance sport medicine.”
Although Nicklaus Children’s notes that he has been able to maintain a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), “like many hospitals across the country, there is a risk of running out of these resources,” the announcement. The masks will be used for patients, families and staff.
MCB Costume Director Eleanor Wolfe (pictured above) said: “I have never forgotten that sewing is a valuable skill. That it becomes a rescue is at least humiliating and at best motivating! I am not surprised to see that people all over the country are pulling out their sewing machines to meet a need that the industry cannot meet.
Dr Chad Perlyn, Pediatric Surgeon and Director of Operating Rooms at Nicklaus Children’s said: “There is a great saying that goes, ‘dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another’. We are so touched by the outpouring of love and support from all of the staff at Miami City Ballet. Their efforts to turn their costume store into a mask factory are a dance of the heart. “
The Miami City Ballet is in its 35th anniversary season. MCB and the Miami City Ballet School are based in Miami Beach. The company performs in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with tours to major national and international cities, including recent visits to New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Paris.
Photo courtesy of Miami City Ballet and Alexander Iziliaev