Sing, Dance, Act on Instagram!

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.

Callie Manning

Callie Manning

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.

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 preview from The Miami Herald!

Behind the Scenes of our 2013-2014 Photo Shoot

Come behind the scenes of our 2013-2014 season photo shoot in this fun video.  See how Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, MCB dancers, creative director John Oberlander and photographer Gio Alma created our campaign images for FOUR COMPANY PREMIERES that will make their debut on our stage next year!

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Five Positions

It’s been a bright day at MCB to say the least! There was paint everywhere; the lobby was full of onlookers; cameras were flashing — all this for a special treat!

Jordan Schaps and Benjamin Martin, two New York based multimedia artist, worked with MCB School student Ella Titus on a photography project for the Company. Jordan, former creative director of New York Magazine, where he produced other 800 covers and has developed stories for Sports Illustrated, GQ, and InStyle, stepped back into creative director shoes for this exciting project. Benjamin, who has exhibited photographic works in group and solo exhibitions (and plays in a rock band), worked side by side with Jordan. The two painted Ella’s legs and photographed her in each of the five positions. The photos will be part of an oversized banner to be placed on the Miami City Ballet building at 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach.

Stay tuned for the reveal date. In the meantime, take a look at today’s happenings!

A conversation with Patricia and Carlos

You’ve seen the stunning beach image in newspapers, magazines, online, and on our MCB mailings. Now listen in on a conversation between principal dancers Patricia Delgado and Carlos Guerra about being in the 25th Anniversary season image!

Hear all about it

You’ve seen the August/September issue of Pointe Magazine…now hear straight from cover girl (and principal dancer) Patricia Delgado what it was like to shoot it! Find out who chose the costumes, how she prepared for the shoot and what part of her feature story made her emotional.

Strike a pose

Our very own Patricia Delgado graces the cover of Pointe Magazine’s August/September issue! The feature includes gorgeous photos (the cover costume is from red-hot In The Upper Room) and some interesting background on her personal and professional life. Patricia, the principal dancer who practically grew up at Miami City Ballet, says this in the feature: “I’ve never thought of what I do as ‘a career.’ I’ve always wanted to dance wonderful roles. And one of the great things about Miami is that we don’t perform anything but the best choreography.”

Go out and get your copy to find out how she and her sister Jeanette ended up working together at MCB, why Patty had a bone removed from her foot, and why Edward Villella thinks she’s perfect!

Added bonus: catch a glimpse of corps member Sara Esty in the “Step Up Your Training” piece to read about her experiences at Miami City Ballet School intensive programs!

Lights, camera, action!

Recently our dance studios were transformed into photography studios! In preparation for our 25th Anniversary Season, Lois Greenfield, renowned dance photographer, visited once again to take photos of the ballets MCB will perform in the upcoming season, such as Fanfare, Baker’s Dozen, and Romeo and Juliet. Having collaborated in the past, the dancers and the photography team felt very comfortable with each other and the shoot was incredible. Then, Miami-based fashion photographer Gio Alma had his shot at photographing the troupe. They shed the tutus and pointe shoes and instead sported their everyday clothes, and let their personalities shine. Needless to say, both shoots were a blast and made our anticipation for the 2010-2011 Season grow more and more.

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the shoots.

Select pictures from the shoots are featured in our 25th Anniversary Season brochure. If you didn’t yet receive one, e-mail boxoffice@miamicityballet.org for your copy.

Florida Travel & Life feature is here!

A few months ago, our dancers took part in an exciting photo shoot at the Mondrian South Beach for Florida Travel & Life (click here to see the behind-scenes). We have all been eagerly awaiting the release of the January/February issue so we could finally see the finished product.

Without further ado, here is the feature we’ve all been waiting for.

Jennifer poses for SoBe Fit Magazine

The studios were empty on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. But one ballerina was geared up in rehearsal attire and ready to have her picture taken. Jennifer Kronenberg, MCB Principal Dancer, was photographed for an upcoming feature in the January/February issue of SoBe Fit Magazine. The story will feature Jennifer’s health and fitness habits. Find it on newsstands in December. Make sure you get your copy!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos and a sneak peek at what you’ll see in the magazine.

MCB featured in Florida Travel + Life

It was Saturday at 6 o’clock in the morning when we made our way through the lobby of the Mondrian South Beach, up the elevator to the tenth floor, and into the room designated for the Miami City Ballet dancers, who would be taking part in the Florida Travel + Life photo shoot. Eight dancers had been scheduled to participate in a pool-side photo shoot once the sun came up. After a few cups of coffee the pace started to pick up as everyone put on costumes and retouched makeup. In the midst of all this preparation we began to hear a familiar sound coming from outside–rain! That put a damper on things for a minute. But we were quick on our feet! We decided to take some photos inside the hotel while we waited for the rain to stop. Of course, this being September, the rain continued all morning long.

Although we weren’t able to go outside as originally planned, the shoot was a huge success. The bar in the lobby, where chandeliers hang in over-sized gold bells, became the backdrop for the first set of photos. Creativity flowed as all the cool elements in the hotel were soon captured: the black staircase that jumps out at you in the all-white lobby, the vending machine that contains everything you can think of besides junk food and sodas, the columns, the bubble trees, the curtains….everything was used to our advantage. The contrast between classical costumes with the modern décor of the hotel was dazzling. In the end, the weather did not rain on our parade!

The photo essay will be featured in the January/February issue of Florida Travel + Life. Here’s a sneak peek of that rainy, yet wildly successful Saturday morning.