The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opens its 2009 - 2010 Dance Series and kicks off its 120th Anniversary celebration with the Chicago debut of the internationally captivating Miami City Ballet. Under the artistic direction of celebrated dancer Edward Villella, Miami City Ballet has thrilled audiences around the world with its "superhuman" dancers and a broad repertoire of classic and contemporary works. Founded in 1985 by Toby Ansin and current Artistic Director Edward Villella, today Miami City Ballet is one of the largest dance companies in the United States with more than 40 dancers from throughout the world. According to Alastair Macauley of The New York Times, "To watch [Miami City Ballet] dance Balanchine is to see aspects of his choreography more clearly than with any other company today." For its Chicago debut at the Auditorium Theatre, the company performs George Balanchine's "Symphony in Three Movements" and "Valse Fantaisie 1953;" the "Black Swan Pas De Deux" from the classic "Swan Lake" choreographed by Marius Ivanovich Petipa; and "In the Upper Room" by Twyla Tharp.