The exciting company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen will be performed as part of Program II. We will follow principal dancer Jeanette Delgado on MCB Blog as she prepares for opening night in January.
Post by Principal Dancer Jeanette Delgado
Learning a ballet that is new to our repertory is always a very exciting process! It is a fresh opportunity to expand artistically without any preconceived ideas of how it is “supposed” to look. Elaine Kudo, Twyla Tharp repetiteur, was here in June working with us on Baker’s Dozen which will premiere during Program II. My sister Patricia and I both worked with Elaine when we spent summers at the ABT school so it’s always really nice to reconnect with her! She was a ballerina with ABT as well as a dancer for Twyla’s company, so she knows how to explain Twyla’s steps to ballet dancers. We have to almost undo some of our ballet technique in order to grasp the movement because it is very different from what we’re used to! It takes us a while and we came out of those rehearsals bruised and sore in strange places!
By now we have become more familiar to this style from all the Tharp ballets we’ve conquered; however, we’re used to dancing her more intense and powerful choreography and the feeling in Baker’s Dozen is very different. It’s a lot lighter and more playful but still has very grounded and dynamic movements. It’s definitely a challenge trying to be explosive and energetic but in a subtle and kind of nonchalant way! When it’s done right it is an awesome ballet!! Funny and playful and of course, like all the Tharp ballets, full of ENERGY!
Miami City Ballet dancers exercise in other ways, outside of ballet, to keep in shape. One popular option is Gyrotonic, an exercise that guides users to simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons while also articulating and mobilizing the joints. Lucky for MCB dancers, they don’t have to go too far…we have a Gyrotonic room right here in our building!
We recently caught up with principal dancer Jeanette Delgado during one of her sessions to learn more about this specialized exercise routine.
The May issue of W Magazine includes a photo spread by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber called “First Ladies,” which features Miami City Ballet dancers and School students! This “portfolio of inspirational women” includes a breathtaking shot of Jeanette and Patricia Delgado in flowing dresses by Valentino and Burberry, along with photos of fashion icon Iris Apfel, Haitian human-rights leader Marleine Bastien, among others. Click here to see the image of the Delgado sisters, which was shot on the private beach behind Weber’s Golden Beach home. The magazine is on newsstands now, but before you run out and get it, listen in as the girls chat about their W experience.
In the third and final installment of Patricia’s interviews, she sits down with her sister and fellow principal dancer Jeanette Delgado. Listen in as Jeanette reminisces about growing up dancing in The Nutcracker at MCB and chats about her favorite parts of the Dewdrop role.