We have such a busy week ahead! Today, we head to Naples to perform an all-Balanchine program including Ballo della Regina, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and Episodes. Then, we turn back around and travel east to West Palm Beach for our final performances of Program III: Triple Threatat the Kravis Center. During our travels, its nice to reflect upon the journey our dancers have taken as artists, exploring the realms of singing and acting for West Side Story Suite. While it has been challenging, frustrating, and at times, just plain scary, our dancers have achieved a tremendous artistic feat.
We get an inside look at this extraordinary journey through the eyes of our dancers, when a different Company takes over our Instagram feed each week. For our final performances of Triple Threat, MCB newcomer Brianna Abruzzo will take over the feed for her first time! We can’t wait to get her fresh perspective on all of the excitement surrounding this week’s performances. Follow her at #BriannaMCBphotos.
Program III: Triple Threat is a thrill to perform and watch. It’s such a diverse program with so much to offer. West Side Story Suite is my favorite piece because I love to act and sing. To be able to incorporate that into my dancing is so exciting! — Brianna
Brianna poses with dancer Christina Spigner in their West Side Story Suite costumes.
Get to know more about Brianna in the following blog post!
LOVE was in the air during our Valentine’s Day opening ofProgram III: Triple Threatat the Arsht Center this past weekend. Despite heightened nerves, the dancers confronted their fears of acting and singing onstage, casting a love spell on the audience and critics alike! “Fierce and fresh, Miami City Ballet claimed the vibrant territory of musical theater for its own Friday night with the company debut of West Side Story Suite,” wrote The Miami Herald. We can’t wait to do it all again at the Broward Center this weekend, and to capture it all on Instagram is JET lady — aka dancer Jennifer Lauren! Follow her at #JenLaurenMCBphotos.
I love being onstage with my fellow jets, but I find it particularly special when we overcome our differences with the Sharks, and we all become united at the end of the ballet. It’s a wonderful feeling to look into my friend’s eyes with pleasure, after so much conflict. – Jennifer Lauren
Jennifer as a Jet in the ‘Dance at the Gym’. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.
MCB in the ballet finale, singing ‘Somewhere.’ Photo by Daniel Azoulay.
Find out what went on BACKSTAGE during our Valentine’s Day gala HERE!’
Program III: Triple Threat is finally here! Since the moment our dancers, staff, donors and audience members learned that we would be performing West Side Story Suite, we have not be able to contain our excitement. This ballet is pushing the artistic boundaries of both our dancers and audiences and we cannot wait to see what happens when the curtain rises this Valentine’s Day! Here to capture our dancers making their final preparations before the big premiere on Instagram is Principal Soloist Callie Manning. Follow her at #CallieMCBPhotos.
In some ways we have been preparing for West Side Story for almost an entire year — from the photo shoot last January to the staging in June, and throughout the season, the excitement in our studios has only been building! Hopefully this week I can give everyone an inside peek at the final days before the premiere, the opening night, and the fabulous gala celebration afterwards. - Callie
Calllie and dancers posing for West Side Story Suite.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how the above image was created during last season’s photo shoot.
Learn more about our West Side Story Suite premiere by checking out this previewfrom The Miami Herald!
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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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
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.
While most of you are digging your nose deep into cookbooks and fighting the crowds at the local grocery store, we are preparing for Thanksgiving with rehearsals of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™!This weekend, we head to Naples for our first Nutcracker performance of the season!Dancer Rebecca King will be capturing the magic of this holiday classic on our Instagram feed and shares how The Nutcracker has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition in its own right below. Follow Rebecca #RebeccaMCBphotos!
We have heard that in the rest of the country the seasons are changing. Yet, here in Miami, the only thing we have noticed is a slight drop in the humidity. (We are really roughing it here in the tropics). So, for Miami City Ballet dancers, the truest indicator of the change in seasons is performing The Nutcracker in Naples. For the past seven years that I have been with MCB, Thanksgiving and Naples have always gone hand-in-hand. Most years we spend Thanksgiving together on the gulf coast in anticipation of the Nutcracker’s kickoff the next day. Being together for Thanksgiving is something that has become a tradition for all of us — creating wonderful memories of spending a very special holiday together as a family.
Nutcracker casting is up on the board in the studios, we are packing our theater cases, and drawing names for Secret Santa — the holidays are officially here in Miami.
MCB Thanksgiving 2012 in Naples!
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Adrienne Arsht Center: December 19-24
Kravis Center: December 27-30
Broward Center: January 3-5