We are rapidly approaching our final performances of Program II: See the Music at the Kravis Center this weekend. Half-way through the season, we are in the middle of the artistic journey that Lourdes Lopez has planned. We have celebrated a joyous opening with Program I: First Ventures and are now relishing in the music of four distinct ballets that breathe new meaning into Balanchine’s famous words — see the music, hear the dance! Corps de ballet dancer Helen Ruiz will be taking over our Instagram feed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our dancers preparing in the studio for their performance and onstage at the Kravis Center. Make sure to follow Helen at #HelenMCBphotos to go behind the ballets and see the music on Instagram!
This season I had the opportunity to dance Polyphonia and Concerto Barocco, which were both very musical and challenging. The fun part about dancing Polyphonia was that I got the chance to work with Christopher Wheeldon! Dancing Concerto Barocco makes me realize how lucky I am to be working in a ballet company that performs several Balanchine ballets, giving the corps de ballet amazing opportunities. — Helen
Helen rehearsing with Christopher Wheeldon.
It is the corps that is the star here and as always, Miami City Ballet’s troupe is not only technically precise and unrelievedly energetic but loaded with self-assurance and character.
– ConcertoNet.com on Concerto Barocco. Read the full review here.
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Not many apprentices get the opportunity to perform a leading role in their first year with a professional ballet company. However, during Program II: See the Music, one of MCB’s newest members had that chance! Leanna Rinaldi writes about her experience learning and performing Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat below.
Having the opportunity to perform Jardí Tancat, choreographed by Nacho Duato, is an absolute honor. As an apprentice, the first few days of rehearsals were a little intimidating, being around such amazing dancers. To be quite frank, learning and executing the choreography for Jardí Tancatwas the most challenging thing I’ve ever done mentally, emotionally and physically. Luckily, we had répétituer Kevin Irving patiently teaching us and showing us how each meticulous movement should be executed. The steps in Jardí Tancat are unlike what we usually do at the ballet. In most ballets we almost always have to pull ourselves up and think of being weightless, while in Jardí Tancat we have to be grounded deep into the floor and be heavy with our movements. I’ve always loved this style of dance and I had a lot of modern training when I was younger, so it was refreshing to kick off those pointe shoes and have the opportunity to dance this wonderful piece. The first time I performed it onstage was very surreal. It felt like I had a deep relationship with each dancer onstage and could feel everyone’s energy and emotion. There are no wings, so there are no distractions coming from offstage. We just have each other and the music. We were so proud of what we had accomplished together. Dancing Jardí Tancat was so exhilarating that when it came time for bows, I asked myself, “What just happened?” It was truly an amazing experience and I feel like it has pushed me as a dancer and helped with other areas of my dancing. Jardí Tancat is an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my career! – Leanna
Leanna rehearsing with Shimon Ito. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.
After a relaxing, long weekend, we are back in performance mode as we prepare for the opening of Program II: See the Musicat the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale this Friday. Our Miami debut had audiences and critics raving about the performance. The New York Times wrote, “The evening’s greatest pleasure was the most familiar. Dancing Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, the Miami dancers showed the company’s exceptional way of revealing the three-dimensionality of dance, contrasting open and closed positions with marvelous boldness.” We can’t wait to see our Broward audience’s reaction this weekend.
We are also excited to have one of our newest dancers Damian Zamorano take over our Instagram feedthis week for the first time! Follow him — #DamianMCBPhotos.
If you are heading to the performance this weekend, lookout for Damian onstage in Symphonic Dances as well! Here, Damian shares why he is excited to perform this work:
I’m excited to perform Symphonic Dances because it is a ballet that requires a lot of energy. Also, I used to dance a lot of classics before and now this is something different than what I used to do, so it requires different movement. I think it’s going to help me a lot for future ballets with MCB. – Damian
While this will be Damian’s first time guesting on our feed, he is certainly no novice to Instagram. Check out his personal feed as well – @zamo_photo! Here’s a sample of his work;-)
Rehearsal with Christie Sciturro and Chase Swatosh
Kevin Irving — répétiteur and Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre — shares the meaning behind Nacho Duato’s profoundly Spanish work Jardí Tancat. This ballet is unlike anything you have ever seen Miami City Ballet perform! Catch it during Program II: See the Music — Jan. 24-26 (Broward Center, Ft. Lauderdale) or Jan. 31- Feb. 2 (Kravis Center, West Palm Beach).
Read the Miami New Time’s RAVE reviewof this work!
Our second program of the season is already here and we can’t wait to bring these amazing ballets to the stage! For the first time in company history, we will be performing a work by Nacho Duato with Jardí Tancat — which is unlike anything we have ever performed. We also can’t wait to bring Justin Peck’sChutes and Ladders to the mainstage after its one-night-only world premiere at New World Symphony last April. Luckily, principal dancer Renan Cerdeiro will be capturing all of the action on our Instagram feed. Follow him at #RenanMCBPhotos to See the Music! Find out what ballets Renan is most excited to perform below!
I’m really excited to perform Jardí Tancat and Chutes and Ladders because they are new ballets that I have never done and they are so different!
Renan with principal dancer Jeanette Delgado in Jardi Tancat.
We are extending the joy of the holidays into the New Year! This weekend we head to the Broward Center for our final run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Corps de ballet dancer Lexie Overholt will be capturing all of the backstage action on our Instagram feed. Make sure to follow her at #LexieMCBphotos and find out why she enjoys performing this holiday classic below!
Nutcracker is always a fun time of year for everyone because it brings us back to our childhood. One of my favorite things about Nutcracker is the matinee shows. Many kids come to see the show for the first time, and to hear them “ooo” and “ahh” gives you the most gratifying feeling! — Lexie
There will be several ooo’s and ahhh’s filling the house of the Broward Center on Sunday, January 5, when we hold our first-ever Nutty New Year’s Family Fest! Attendees will enjoy photo ops with Nutcracker characters, face-painting, arts & crafts by Young At Art Museum, and a candy-cane contest to meet The Sugar Plum Fairy backstage, and more! This fun starts at 11:30am and is FREE with paid admission to the performance!
The Nutcracker may have left the Arsht Center, but Marie and her Prince are just getting started on their magical journey! We now travel north to West Palm Beach for performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Kravis Center, where corps de ballet dancer Leigh-Ann Esty will be capturing the magic on Instagram. Follow her on our feed #LeighMCBphotos to make the holidays last. Leigh-Ann shares why this beloved holiday tradition is so special to her below!
I’m so excited for the holiday season. Nutcracker means so much to me! It brings families together and really gets you in the holiday spirit. I’ve been performing in The Nutcracker since I was 7, so it’s been a huge part of my life! I love how happy it makes the audience.
It has been said that this time of the year is the most wonderful and we can’t agree more! Tomorrow, we open George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™at the Adrienne Arsht Center, starting our our magical journey into a world of dancing snowflakes, sweets and flowers for the next three weeks, until our final performance at the Broward Center on January 5, 2014. With every holiday tradition comes brand new memories, so to capture the special backstage moments on Instagram is corps de ballet dancer Ashley Knox.
For audiences and dancers alike, The Nutcracker holds a special place in our hearts as a beloved holiday tradition. Here, Ashley tells us what makes The Nutcracker so meaningful to her:
Ever since I was a little girl I would get so excited for The Nutcracker — the holidays wouldn’t be the same without it! All of the rehearsals and the chance to perform made it such a magical time. I still get that same nostalgic feeling every Nutcracker season.