LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Renato Penteado talks ‘Dances at a Gathering’

At the beginning of our 2012-2013 season, we asked principal dancer Renato 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!

Renato Penteado

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

Renato Penteado and guest artist Katia Carranza in Dances at a Gathering.

See Renato perform Dances at a Gathering LIVE as part of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet!

Broward Center: April 26-27
Adrienne Arsht Center: May 3-5

Photos: Headshot © Gio Alma. Performance shot © Alexandre Dufaur.

Nathalia Arja takes a stab at Instagram!

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.

Nathalia Arja

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 Avenue here.

Baseball All-Star Mike Piazza becomes the Gangster!

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!

Don’t miss Mike Piazza’s ONE NIGHT ONLY performance during Program IV: Broadway and Ballet on Friday, May 3, at the Adrienne Arsht Center!

For more on this baseball all-star and his ballet debut, check out this story by the Associated Press!

Here are some fun pics too!

Mike Piazza got a surprise ballet lesson from principal dancer Patricia Delgado.

Costume Designer & Director Haydee Morales takes down Mike Piazza's measurements.

Our costume/wardrobe team with Mike Piazza and Philip Neal, Répétiteur for George Balanchine Trust (on right).

Rebecca King is back on Instagram!

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.

Rebecca King

FUN FACT: You might already know Rebecca from her blog Tendus Under a Palm Tree. Now, she has created her very own blog logo wear! Check it out!

MCB dancer Jennifer Lauren. Photo by Leigh Esty.

ABC Channel 10 covers campaign with Miami HEAT!

The coverage continues!  ABC Channel 10 released the following footage about our campaign with the Miami HEAT just before their game against the Chicago Bulls.

For more on our collaboration with the Miami HEAT, check out the following:

Exclusive interview with Dwyane Wade

MCB in TIPOFF – Miami HEAT’s official in-game program

ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie: What percent of Sports Nation wants to see Lebron James and Dwyane Wade do ballet?

Behind-the-scenes of our photo shoot with the Miami HEAT!

Adriana Pierce captures ‘Poetic Fusion’ on Instagram!

While most dancers are taking full advantage of their one week off before final performances of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet at 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.

Adriana Pierce

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

From Our Dancers to YOU!

We can’t believe that its already our final program of the 2012-2013 Season!  While we feel like the year has just flown by, many of us have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Program IV: Broadway and Balletespecially our dancers who can’t wait to get onstage.  Find out why!

Emily Bromberg

Emily Bromberg, Corps de Ballet, on Program IV: Broadway and Ballet – I’ve been looking forward to Program IV since last July [2012] when we started rehearsing for both ballets!  I was overjoyed when I saw that I would be learning the “mauve” girl in Dances at a Gathering.  For me, this part has a lot of meaning. From what I understand, her character is portrayed as a bit internal and full of thought.  Finding my own way of portraying this has been my favorite part of the rehearsal process because everyday I get to go into the studio and experiment with how I want to feel, while dancing each movement.  This experimentation along with the personal molding of each of the difficult, but liberating steps is such a fulfilling process.  I couldn’t look more forward to performing such a role!  Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is so much fun to perform with the audience! We use their energy, applause and reactions to fuel our every step!  I’m happy to get the chance to be a part of it!

Bradley Dunlap

Bradley Dunlap, Corps de Ballet, on George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue –  For the first time I am performing a pre-dominantly, comically-driven “character” role.  This new experience has given me a chance to take a break from my technique and just have fun. Without Slaughter I wouldn’t have realized the satisfaction of an audience responding to my work with laughter.

Callie Manning

Callie Manning, Principal Soloist, on Program IV: Broadway and Ballet – Personally, this program is like visiting old friends.  I’ve performed in both Dances at a Gathering and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue before and have very fond memories of both.  They are roles I love and can’t wait to dance them again. The part I do in Dances, “Green Girl”, is a really special part to me.  She’s a little cooky, flirtatious, reminiscent and quite complex.  I love diving into her character and discovering new things about her.  Every performance I do brings out something different.  Slaughter satisfies me in a completely different way.  Don’t tell anyone, but I always secretly wanted to be a Fosse dancer on Broadway.  The “Strip Tease Girl” in Slaughter, is the epitome of Broadway — high kicks, jazz hands and all!

Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg

Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, Principal, on Program IV: Broadway and BalletSlaughter on Tenth Avenue and Dances at a Gathering are ballets that are very dear to me since I’ve had the great opportunity to “grow into” my roles in both — having danced them since the company premiered them years ago.  The “Striptease Girl” in Slaughter is such fun to dance onstage.  I learned it back when it was staged for us by Susan Hendl, and it was very different than anything I had yet danced with MCB – almost more Broadway than ballet!  It was a great chance to let go, have fun and even show a little of my wild side in the jazzy, upbeat second pas de deux.  It was especially fun to dance years later with Carlos [Guerra] as the “Hoofer”!

Dances is another ballet that I learned from Ms. Hendl back when she staged it for the company.  I was originally cast, fittingly, as the “Mauve” girl – a role that seems, to me, much like the older sister.  She is a bit more serious, pensive and mature than the pink, blue and yellow girls.  After dancing that role for years, it seems natural to now move on and transition into the role of the “Green” girl, who has an unusual cameo sort of part in the ballet.  Her solo, originally choreographed for Violette Verdy, is one that portrays an older, nostalgic, maybe even retired dancer reflecting on the joys of her career as a great ballerina.  Though I’m not not yet retired (I’m confident I have more than a few good dancing years left in me), I’m certainly at a point in my career where I can identify with the idea of “reflection”.  With each step of the solo I can really bring myself back to a special moment I had onstage — engaging the audience or getting lost in the steps, the music, the lights and the special perfume of a  ballet. With a flick of the foot, the solo ends with the “Green” girl simply walking offstage with a unique satisfaction.  She seems very proud of what she has accomplished …. not necessarily in that specific moment, but in general throughout her career.  That is something I can definitely relate to.

See Emily, Bradley, Callie and Jennifer  in our final program of the season Program IV: Broadway and Ballet!

Kravis Center: April 5-7
Broward Center: April 26-27
Adrienne Arsht Center: May 3-5

Behind the Ballet: George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Our studio seems to be looking more and more like a New York dive, as we continue rehearsals for George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.  For a sneak peek at this wildly entertaining work and to see how we are getting along with our tap dancing skills, check out this new VIDEO!

See Slaughter on Tenth Avenue LIVE during Program IV: Broadway and Ballet.

Kravis Center: April 5-7
Broward Center: April 26-28
Adrienne Arsht Center: May 3-5

Adrienne Carter is back on Instagram!

Corps dancer Adrienne Carter takes over our Instagram feed during this performance packed week! Adrienne will capture the company bringing the best of Broadway and Ballet to audiences in Naples on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then in West Palm Beach over the weekend — for a total of SIX performances (let’s not even mention the rehearsals).

Don’t miss out on the action! Follow Adrienne #AdrienneMCBPhotos.

Adrienne Carter

For the opening of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet, we caught up with Adrienne to find out what ballet she is most excited about performing this week.  Here is what she said!

I’m really excited for Slaughter on Tenth Avenue because I have always loved jazzy type things and its also my first time performing after my injury!

See Adrienne onstage during our final program of the 2012-2013 season!