While the company is off for the summer, aspiring ballerina Ella Titus from MCB School will be taking over our Instagram feed this week! She will be snapping behind-the-scenes shots of MCB School students preparing for their upcoming Student Showcase, May 17-19. The Student Showcase celebrates the hard-work, hours of training, and dedication that these outstanding students withstand each year in pursuit of becoming professional dancers. Follow Ella #EllaMCBphotos to check out the dance stars of tomorrow!
Ella Titus in costume for Petipa's Paquita.
Fun Fact about Ella: Ella’s first performance with Miami City Ballet was when she was 7 years old. She was an angel in The Nutcracker and principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg was the Sugar Plum Fairy! For five years, she performed MCB’s Nutcracker in her hometown Clearwater, Florida, when she was a little girl.
Ella Titus as a little girl in MCB's The Nutcracker
Follow Ella for the most up-to-date action at MCB School and watch her onstage during the Student Workshop performances, May 17-19, at the in-house Lynn & Luis Wolfson, II Theatre, right here in our Miami Beach studios!
Miami City Ballet School attracts aspiring dancers from across the nation and around the world to train during its summer intensive programs. Find out why promising boys and girls flock to Miami for the summer, besides to hit the beach, in this fun, informative video about the school’s 5-week and 2-week summer programs!
Soloist Jennifer Lauren will bid farewell on Instagram as we say good-bye to the 2012-2013 Season during Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center May 3-5. She will be catching the best of Broadway, Ballet and Baseball….what? Yes, Baseball! When MLB All-Star Mike Piazza makes his debut as the Gangster in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Jennifer will be snapping shots of all of the backstage action! Don’t miss out on the fun. Follow her at #JenLaurenMCBPhotos.
For our final program of the season, Jennifer will be performing the “blue girl” in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. We asked her why she enjoys this role so much and here is what she had to say:
I enjoy being in “Dances” because it feels like you are dancing with your family. I always tell Jeanette and Patricia that its fun to be their other sister for an hour.
Jennifer Lauren performs Dances at a Gathering with Jeanette (left) and Patricia (center) Delgado.
Join Jennifer and the rest of MCB’s amazing dancers for our final program of the season this weekend at the Arsht Center.
At the beginning of our 2012-2013 season, we asked principal dancerRenato Penteado what ballet he was most looking forward to performing. Now, as we rapidly approach the end of the season, Renato will finally get to perform the ballet that he has been waiting all year to dance — Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Read on to find out why this ballet has kept Renato anxiously waiting!
Dances at a Gathering is a challenge for me personally because I am a high energy dancer. The movements in this ballet require a softness that is difficult to master. As dancers, when we perform for an audience we always want to do more and push ourselves to the full extent. Yet, Robbins would always say that less is more and this ballet, in particular, conveys that sense. There are so many details in Dances at a Gathering that require extra rehearsal time and hard work to accurately portray the choreography. I look forward to perfecting the ballet’s subtleties as one of my career accomplishments.
Renato Penteado and guest artist Katia Carranza in Dances at a Gathering.
This week, we welcome corps dancer Nathalia Arja as our guest photographer on Instagram. Nathalia will take us backstage at the Broward Center this weekend for Program IV: Broadway and Ballet, featuring George Balanchine’s wildly entertaining Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Jerome Robbins’ delightfully beautiful Dances at a Gathering. For all of the action as we wrap up our 2012-2013 Season, follow Nathalia at #NathaliaMCBPhotos.
Fun Fact about Nathalia: She has not always been a big ballet fan…When she was a child, right before her mom picked her up to go to ballet class, she would undo her hair on purpose just to skip class! We are glad to see that she enjoys it now!
See Nathalia perform LIVE onstage at the Broward Center this weekend, April 26-27, or at the Adrienne Arsht Center, May 3-5.
For a SNEAK PEEK at Slaughter on Tenth Avenue click here!
Also, check out Baseball All-Star MIKE PIAZZA rehearsing for his cameo as the Gangster in our May 3rd performance of Slaughter on Tenth Avenuehere.
Former MLB catcher Mike Piazza visited our studios yesterday for a quick costume fitting and round of rehearsals in preparation for his cameo appearance as the Gangster in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Channeling his Italian heritage and adding a mafiosa twist, Mike turned out to be a natural fit for the role. Check out his impressive acting skills in this sneak peek video!
Corps dancer Rebecca King will be snapping pics around the studios as this week’s guest photographer on Instagram. Follow her #RebeccaMCBphotos to catch dancers Jeanette Delgado and Kleber Rebello preparing for the world premiere of Justin Peck’s new work Chutes and Ladders, which will debut at the New World Center on April 20. Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek at our 2013/14 Season as the dancers already begin rehearsals for Balanchine’s dreamlike masterpiece Serenade.
While most dancers are taking full advantage of their one week off before final performances of Program IV: Broadway and Balletat the Broward Center and Adrienne Arsht Center, corps dancer Adriana Pierce is taking over our Instagram feed as this week’s guest photographer. Not only will Adriana be snapping pics, but she is also creating a new work on dancers Leigh-Ann Esty, Sara Esty and Nicole Stalker , in collaboration with poet Barbara Lisette Anderson, for the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Check out how Adriana bridges the worlds of ballet and poetry when our MCB ladies perform Poetic Fusion on Friday, April 12, at The LAB Miami. Follow her #AdrianaMCBPhotos.
We caught up with Adriana to learn more about her upcoming work. Here is what she said!
My choreography is usually derived from images, and so I often find inspiration from text. Barbara Anderson’s poetry has rich descriptive narratives and conjures up a lot of thoughtful imagery for the reader or listener. I’m having a lot of fun in the studio infusing my movement quality with her writing style, and, of course, working with any of the MCB dancers is always a dream.
Check out Poetic Fusion this Friday at The LAB Miami, and don’t miss our multi-talented dancers’ final performance of the 2012-2013 Season during Program IV: Broadway and Ballet.
Broward Center: April 26-28
Adrienne Arsht Center: May 3-5