LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MCB Summer: Rebecca King Ties the KNOT!

Corps de ballet dancer Rebecca King shares the special moments of her wedding day as part of our ‘MCB Summer’ series.

Rebecca King

After 365 days of anticipation, organizing and planning, our big day had finally arrived on June 1, 2013.  After a rainy and dreary week, suddenly the sun was shining, illuminating gorgeous Palm Beach, Florida.  That morning at 11 a.m., I married my best friend, Nicholas Ferraro. (No need to get out your programs to check — no he is not in the company and is not a dancer). We were thrilled to have our friends and family come from all across the country to join us for a wonderful celebration.  Much to the delight of the many ballet goers among the guests, our amazing Miami City Ballet friends joined us.  They arrived with their significant others dressed to the nines with the ladies showing off fabulous fascinator hats that they had coordinated for the event.  We watched our worlds collide as our family and friends came together for the very first time.  We feel so grateful to have had such a lovely wedding and a day that we will never forget.  Each person that was there made it all the more special and we cannot be more thrilled to be Mr. and Mrs. Ferraro!

© Neil Cohen Photography www.neilcohenphotography.com

Groom: Nicholas Ferraro
Officiant: Judge F. Shields McManus
Location: Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, FL
Date: June 1, 2013
Miami City Ballet dancers support Rebecca on her big day! Lovely hats ladies!

© Neil Cohen Photography www.neilcohenphotography.com

Our 5-Week Intensive Caught on Instagram

With the company out for the summer, students from across the country have flocked to our studios for MCB School’s 5-Week Summer Intensive Program. These ambitious students will train rigorously, six days per week, taking a range of dance classes including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, variations, and pas de deux, among other classes, for five weeks strait! At the end of the program, these students will showcase how their hard worked has paid off in performance on July 26. And to capture all of the action on Instagram is … Michael Holden! In addition to attending the summer program, Michael is a part of the pre-professional year-round program at MCB School. Knowing the ropes here at MCB, Michael will document these next five weeks and reveal the discipline, endurance and passion it takes to be an aspiring dancer making his or her way through one intensive ballet program! Follow Michael at #MichaelMCBphotos!

Michael with MCB School student Mayumi Enokibara posing for Paquita. Photo © Daniel Azoulay.

Fun Fact about Michael: His dream vacation is to visit to Denmark, where his grandfather is from!

Want a sneak peek of our Summer Programs? Enter the studios of MCB School in our latest video featuring an interview with MCB School Director Darleen Callaghan.

Adrienne Carter takes over Instagram!

Its week two of this short, but sweet, 2-week rehearsal period and corps dancer Adrienne Carter is getting behind the lens of our Instagram feed! Follow her at #AdrienneMCBphotos for all of the West Side Story Suite action, including a dance off at the gym, some Mambo or Cha Cha, and maybe even a rumble! (Look out for a sneak peek of Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, and Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances too!)

Adrienne Carter

SUMMER DANCER UPDATE: Adrienne shared some fun memories of her 5-week summer vacation, spending time with the family in Georgia!

Here is a shot of Adrienne with her mom at a concert.

And here she is relaxing, just sitting by the campfire. Sounds like a fantastic trip!

Ashley Knox Guests on Instagram!

After a 5-week summer hiatus, the dancers have returned to our studios for 2-weeks of West Side Story Suite rehearsals. Lucky for us, dancer Ashley Knox will be capturing all of the dancing, SINGING and maybe even a rumble on Instagram! As an added perk, répétiteur Jean-Pierre Frohlich from the Robbins Rights Trust will be working with the dancers to make sure they do not miss a beat.  Having worked with Jerome Robbins, himself, Jean-Pierre will help ensure that our production of this timeless, crowd-favorite will be performed as originally intended by Mr. Robbins. We will also be sneaking in a few rehearsals of Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, this week, so follow Ashley on Instagram #AshleyMCBphotos for an exclusive sneak peek!

Ashley Knox

SUMMER DANCER UPDATE: We caught up with Ashely to see how she has been keeping busy during her 5-week summer break. Check out the fun pics from her trips!

Ashley enjoyed spending time in the mountains in Boise, Idaho with former MCB dancer Elizabeth Keller.

Next, she got to see Elizabeth Smedley, who is also a former dancer with MCB, in Phoenix, Arizona during a bittersweet flight layover :-)

Finally, she spent two weeks at home in Michigan with her family and friends.

In Michigan, Ashley celebrated her nephew's first birthday and saw him take his first steps!!

Getting to Work at Miami City Ballet!

Having a dance studio located in the heart of Miami Beach offers several perks — from walking across the street to dig your feet in the sand and gaze at the ocean, to being able to utilize various modes of transportation to get to work. From bicycles, to scooters, to simply strolling down the sidewalk, MCB dancers get to their ballet classes in a unique, South Beach style!

MCB Summer: Michael Breeden in LONDON!

Corps de ballet dancer Michael Breeden tells all about his trip to London and Liam Scarlett’s newest creation as part of our ‘MCB Summer’ series.

Michael Breeden

After the rigors and ecstasies of a season at Miami City Ballet have ended, it has become something of a tradition for me to take a trip to Europe to decompress and soak in the art that we don’t often get a chance to see while we are kept busy dancing. I chose London as my destination this year, having become close to the immensely talented choreographer Liam Scarlett during the creation of his ballets Viscera and Euphotic. I would be arriving just in time for the Royal Ballet’s world premiere of his first full-length Hansel and Gretel.

Off to London!

Attending with my fellow MCB dancer Ezra Hurwitz (my partner Neil Marshall was unfortunately unable to come), we did not know what to expect. I knew the ballet was to be performed in the round (which is highly unusual), in a black box theater to an original score by a man used to working in film and television. Liam’s works for MCB have been highly classical in structure and dance vocabulary, so I was impressed and surprised when Hansel and Gretel turned out to be completely outside the the range of what I’d seen Liam do and, indeed, what I’ve seen most anyone do in the realm of ballet.

Set in the 1950′s, Liam explored a dark, seedy world where the protagonists are left to fend for themselves when their alcoholic father and indifferent sexpot stepmother prove to be inept to care for them. Gretel, the older sister, has grown up quickly and protects Hansel whenever necessary. The Witch, rather than being comically ugly or cruel, is a fully fleshed out character, a nightmarish result of child abuse and psychosis, but with a childish demeanor that appeals to Hansel and Gretel and lures them into his lair. Liam also introduces the Sandman as a second villain, goading the Witch to be more cruel, more exacting in his torture.

The second act proves to be as suspenseful and squirm-inducing as a well-constructed Hollywood thriller (think ‘Silence of the Lambs’ or ‘Seven’). Particularly grotesque is the sexual tension that arises between the Witch and Hansel. The seemingly cynical ending implies that Hansel and Gretel are perhaps doomed to end up as dissatisfied with life as their parents, leaving one uneasy. This is a production for adults, through and through.

Seeing Liam expand his range and challenge my own ideas about what is or isn’t appropriate for the ballet stage proved to be a valuable experience. Its the kind I relish having while on break, so I have time to digest it and ruminate about what it means to me about my own approach to art and my own thoughts and opinions on ballet, specifically. It was a perfect way to kick off the summer layoff.

Michael at the Royal Opera House

Ezra and I also made our way to see a West End production and spent time looking at the Turners at the Tate Britain. Being the consumer of art rather than the producer stimulated my brain in a way that made me ready to return to this season with a fresh approach and new perspective. The upcoming season is a full of new challenges, ranging from the thorny, difficult-to-count score in Episodes to the completely foreign dance vocabulary of Nacho Duato in Jardí Tancat.

Though they may seem a world apart from the art I experienced these past few weeks, expanding one’s ideas and preconceived notions about art is always relatable from one piece of art to the next in a way that will hopefully enhance my own work as I prepare for another exciting year at MCB.