Meet The Nutcracker Kids

Post by Crista Villella, Ballet Mistress

The Nutcracker Intensive rehearsal week has come and gone, and I am happy to report that the kids know all of the choreography and proper rehearsal behavior. Every year they get better and better! My angels are close to perfect and my soldiers can count the music, which is really difficult to do. I couldn’t be more impressed! Diana, one of the Marie’s, just came from Cuba and doesn’t understand English. I don’t speak Spanish, but amazingly we communicate quite well despite the language barrier and she is doing great work. Mariana, the other Marie, knows every part in The Nutcracker. She may just have to take over my job one day! The two Fritz’s are best friends and they are so funny. As sweet as they are, they are always testing to see how much I will let them get away with. They certainly have the gift of charm. The best part of my day is when I see the little ones in the hallway and they light up and say, “Miss Crista!” as they run to give me a hug. What could be sweeter? I have a pretty cool job.

Behind-the-scenes of opening weekend with Rebecca King

Post by Rebecca King

Miami City Ballet Dancers are back in the studios after an exciting opening weekend at Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was a wonderfully successful weekend!

On Friday night (opening night), there were obvious nerves onstage before the curtain went up at 8:00 p.m. Everyone was waiting impatiently while welcoming speeches were made. I was standing in the wings on stage right with the rest of the Company to cheer on our friends and colleagues as they performed. Personally, I just love the moment when the curtain comes down on a ballet and everyone in the wings explodes with applause and screams “bravo!” The whole evening was filled with smiles, roses, and energy both onstage and offstage, which was simply contagious.

The next couple of days, we returned to the theater to receive a congratulatory speech from our Artistic Director, Edward Villella and a wonderful review in The Miami Herald.

I brought the Flip camera with me to the theater this past weekend to document backstage moments as we prepare for opening night. There is so much that happens behind the scenes, and I hope this will give you a little insight into what our performances look like from our point of view.

Edward at the podium

Earlier this month we shared our pride in Edward Villella’s induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Watch his poignant acceptance speech here.

Hello 2009-2010 Season

Yesterday marked the end of a very successful opening weekend at Adrienne Arsht Center. Finally, after so much anticipation, the Season is underway!

Click here to read MCB’s review in The Miami Herald.

From dancer to photographer

Dancing since age 3, Alexandre Dufaur has a keen eye for ballet and a fond love for photography. What better person than a former MCB soloist to photograph the Company during Program I of the 2009-2010 Season?! We caught up with Alex at the dress rehearsal Thursday night to talk about this new “role” with Miami City Ballet. It’s so nice when dancers remain part of the MCB family once they hang up their shoes. Can’t wait to see his shots!

UPDATE: Click here to view Alex’s photos.

Florida Travel + Life visits MCB

It seems like just yesterday the dancers were posing on the black staircase of the Mondrian South Beach. The January/February issue of Florida Travel and Life will soon go to print and we will be able to see the article about Miami City Ballet, which is sure to include gorgeous photos of our dancers. Ana Connery, Florida Travel and Life Editor In Chief, visited us last week to finalize the story. During the time she spent here she talked to Edward, got a tour of the building and even watched rehearsal!

Click here to read about Ana’s experience with MCB.

The Cover Girl Experience

You’ve seen Jennifer Kronenberg on the cover of Dance Magazine. Now hear what she has to say about the experience! Jennifer, who’s been dancing since she was seven, has dreamed about this all her life.

Come watch our cover girl perform this weekend at Adrienne Arsht Center.

Daniel the Bugle Boy

Daniel Baker is one of the dancers who will perform the role of the Bugle Boy in Company B! This Paul Taylor work will be featured by MCB during Program I, which kicks off at Adrienne Arsht Center on Friday, October 23.

Before you watch Daniel boogie woogie on stage, watch this video about his very exciting role.

Leigh takes you to Chicago – plus Stephen’s exciting experience

Post by Leigh-Ann Esty

Hello everyone! It’s Leigh Esty back with another video installment of Miami City Ballet on tour–this time we traveled to Chicago! I’ll take you from hot Miami weather to chilly temps in the Windy City! You’ll see excerpts of performances, rehearsals and backstage action. Chicago welcomed us with open arms, blessing us with grand applause, full houses and wonderful reviews. This tour was full of exciting moments! Principal Dancer Patricia Delgado got her hands on the Flip and added her commentary during backstage activities. Two of our corps members danced new roles! To say the least, this tour was quite eventful. I hope you enjoy my video journal as much as we enjoyed Chicago!

Stephen Satterfield, MCB Corps de Ballet, had the opportunity to dance a principal role in Symphony in Three Movements on the Chicago tour. Check out this video about his experience.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Rebecca King documents the Company preparing for opening night

Post by Rebecca King

My name is Rebecca King and I am a member of the Corps de Ballet. This week, the Company gave me the Flip camera and asked me to document the activities that go on while the dancers and staff prepare for opening weekend. I am so excited to take you from the studios to the theater!

While preparing for opening weekend, we spend most of our time working on the ballets that we will be taking to the theater. Everyday our director, Edward Villella, teaches an hour and a half ballet class, which is followed by six hours of rehearsals. Needless to say, it is busy around the studios during this time, but all the dancers are very excited to get into the theater. We all enjoy performing at the Arsht Center here in Miami and appreciate the wonderful audiences who always receive us so warmly.

This week I filmed some rehearsals and other behind the scenes moments that I hope will give you a bit of insight into our studio rehearsal days.

So, the Company is off to the theater on October 22 for a dress rehearsal and I will be taking the camera with me to capture all the exciting moments of our 2009-2010 Season opening weekend!

MCB will be performing Allegro Brillante, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Company B and Symphony in Three Movements at the Adrienne Arsht Center on October 23rd and 24th at 8:00 p.m. and October 25th at 2:00 p.m.