Behind the Ballets – Program I video trailers are now online

Ever wonder the meaning behind a ballet…even the plot-less ones?  Edward Villella discusses the Program I works, to be performed in October at Adrienne Arsht Center and in November at Broward Center and Kravis Center.  Get a sneak peak of Program I before you come to the theater.

Company B trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/companyb.php

Allegro Brillante trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/allegro.php

Tschaikovsky pas de Deux trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/pasdedeux.php

Symphony in Three Movements trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/threemovements.php

To shoot the trailers, the guys from Wreckingball Media set up shop right here in Studio 8.  Here are some photos.

For a more extensive discussion, Edward or a member of our Artistic staff, conducts pre-performance talks before each show.  It’s free to the ticketed audience!

Video trailers for Programs II, III, IV and The Nutcracker are coming soon.

MCB featured in Florida Travel + Life

It was Saturday at 6 o’clock in the morning when we made our way through the lobby of the Mondrian South Beach, up the elevator to the tenth floor, and into the room designated for the Miami City Ballet dancers, who would be taking part in the Florida Travel + Life photo shoot. Eight dancers had been scheduled to participate in a pool-side photo shoot once the sun came up. After a few cups of coffee the pace started to pick up as everyone put on costumes and retouched makeup. In the midst of all this preparation we began to hear a familiar sound coming from outside–rain! That put a damper on things for a minute. But we were quick on our feet! We decided to take some photos inside the hotel while we waited for the rain to stop. Of course, this being September, the rain continued all morning long.

Although we weren’t able to go outside as originally planned, the shoot was a huge success. The bar in the lobby, where chandeliers hang in over-sized gold bells, became the backdrop for the first set of photos. Creativity flowed as all the cool elements in the hotel were soon captured: the black staircase that jumps out at you in the all-white lobby, the vending machine that contains everything you can think of besides junk food and sodas, the columns, the bubble trees, the curtains….everything was used to our advantage. The contrast between classical costumes with the modern décor of the hotel was dazzling. In the end, the weather did not rain on our parade!

The photo essay will be featured in the January/February issue of Florida Travel + Life. Here’s a sneak peek of that rainy, yet wildly successful Saturday morning.

Mommy and Me

Miami City Ballet School offers an exciting new way for children ages 3 and 4 and their parents to have fun together while introducing the child to the very beginning steps in dance! A new Mommy and Me Music and Movement Class will be held on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., beginning tomorrow (September 10). To enroll or for more information call (305) 929-7007 or email school@miamicityballet.org.

Mommy and Me instructor Jeanne Elser Smith knows both dance and small children — she’s a former dancer at the Kansas City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, has taught dance at the Massachusetts Youth Ballet, has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and has taught first grade for several years. We caught up with Jeanne and her adorable daughter Abby for a taste of Mommy and Me Music and Movement.

Yann Trividic Returns to MCB

Yann Trividic, former MCB Principal Dancer, has returned to the Company as a guest artist. Yann joined Miami City Ballet as a Soloist in 2000 and was promoted to Principal in 2003. Since his departure from Miami, Yann has been residing in his native France and studied osteopathic medicine.  He is back to dance a leading role (The Poet) in Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom, which is Program III of the 2009-2010 Season.

We caught up with Yann to talk about his return to MCB.

Shoe Day

We just had the first Shoe Day of the Season, when dancers visit the costume shop to pick up their shoes for the month.  We spoke with Costume Designer and Director Haydee Morales on Shoe Day…you won’t believe how many pointe shoes a dancer goes through each season! Plus, we take a peek at the shoe room.

You can help keep the dancers ”on their toes.”  For more information about the Toe Shoe Fund, click here.

Alex Wong Promoted to Principal Soloist

Alex Wong chats with us about his promotion to Principal Soloist (he joined MCB as a member of the Corps in 2005), as well as what he’s looking forward to during the 09-10 Season.  Check out his video interview.

Have you seen Alex dance on stage with Miami City Ballet? What was your favorite performance?