Our next new dancer has been busy learning the Paul Taylor solo in George Balanchine’s Episodes this week. Get to know corps de ballet member Ariel Rose here on our blog, before he hits the stage next season!
MCB: Where are you from?
Ariel: New York, New York, but recently moved from Richmond, Virginia, where I was previously dancing with Richmond Ballet.
MCB: At which dance schools did you train before coming to MCB?
Ariel: I trained at Ballet Academy East, Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Arts and Performing Arts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet School.
MCB: What companies have you danced with professionally?
Ariel: Boston Ballet, Ballet Municipal de Lima and Richmond Ballet.
Ariel performing Coppélia as a guest soloist with the Ballet Municipal in Lima, Peru.
MCB: Describe your perfect day.
Ariel: Spending the day outside in any way possible during which I can write, draw and casually spend time with friends. Then also cooking up something new and interesting at the end of the day.
MCB: Proudest moment?
Ariel: Dancing onstage in London at Covent Garden in the Linbury Theatre last year with the Richmond Ballet felt like I had really accomplished something. Performing for a foreign audience really felt like we were showing people something for the very first time.
MCB: Wildest dream?
Ariel: I’d love one day to take a really long international ballet tour like many companies used to do in the 80’s and 90’s. Traveling is so important in developing ones own perspective on life and the world. One always comes back a little wiser and more knowledgeable.
Ariel in Sorrento, Italy -- one of the European destinations he backpacked to after Richmond Ballet's tour in London.
Ariel: My favorite food is definitely sushi, but all my friends know that I have an absolute obsession with Belgian waffles!
Ariel: Some of today’s leading dancers such as Joaquin De Luz, Marcelo Gomes, Jeffrey Cirio and Jaime Diaz.
MCB: Name one thing you couldn’t live without.
Ariel: My friends and family. Having people that you know are there for you, for all of your successes and failures, makes life feel a bit safer and better. Especially in a career like professional ballet, life can be difficult at times, but the people one chooses to hold close in their life can really help you through.
He spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin! (Charlie Brown reference ;-))
MCB: Most unforgettable onstage moment?
Ariel: The silence following the end of a performance of Salvatore Aiello’s The Rite of Spring this past May, on the exact day of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky composing the score. After the piece’s conclusion, there was a moment of silence because the people were still in shock and absorbing what they had just seen. Then all of a sudden, there was an uproar of cheers and all 2,000 people were up standing out of their seats. It was indescribable.
MCB: Dream role?
Ariel: “The Prodigal Son”, the slave in Le Corsaire and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room — (watch an excerpt performed by MCB!)
MCB: Why Miami City Ballet?
Ariel: For the experience of performing new, but also historic repertoire and to also grow technically and artistically to my personal next level.
See Ariel Rose onstage when our 2013-2014 Season opens at the Arsht Center in October!