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!
Our dancers kicked off their pointe shoes and slipped into sneakers and heels for the premiere of West Side Story Suite. Watch how they learned Jerome Robbins’ big, Broadway dance moves in our final video of the ‘Triple Threat’ series. There is only one more chance to catch West Side Story Suite during Program III: Triple Threat at the Kravis Center (Palm Beach) this weekend – Feb. 28-Mar. 2.
Not only did our dancers have to sharpen their acting skills for the premiere of West Side Story Suite, but they also had to learn SING! Yes, ballerinas singing! Watch the latest video in our Triple Threat series to find out if our dancers can actually carry a tune.
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!’
The process of preparing for West Side Story Suite has been entirely unique, presenting a several new challenges for our dancers. Not only must they master the jazzy, Broadway style of Jerome Robbins’ choreography, but they also must learn to act and sing in front of a live audience! Each week before the Company opens in a new theater, look out for a new video featuring our dancers’ pursuit to become true Triple Threats!
Read more about our West Side Story Suite premiere in The Miami Herald and learn about Balanchine’s Episodes — another new work in Program III — in our blog post from dancer Jovani Furlan.
For more information and tickets on on Program III: Triple Threat click 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!
Check out our latest video to discover what exciting dance masterworks Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez has in store for Miami City Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season. What ballet(s) are you most excited to see next season?
Its week two of this short, but sweet, 2-week rehearsal period and corps dancer Adrienne Carter is getting behind the lens of our Instagram feed! Follow her at #AdrienneMCBphotos for all of the West Side Story Suite action, including a dance off at the gym, some Mambo or Cha Cha, and maybe even a rumble! (Look out for a sneak peek of Balanchine’s Serenade andConcerto Barocco, and Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances too!)
SUMMER DANCER UPDATE: Adrienne shared some fun memories of her 5-week summer vacation, spending time with the family in Georgia!
Here is a shot of Adrienne with her mom at a concert.
And here she is relaxing, just sitting by the campfire. Sounds like a fantastic trip!
After a 5-week summer hiatus, the dancers have returned to our studios for 2-weeks of West Side Story Suiterehearsals. Lucky for us, dancer Ashley Knox will be capturing all of the dancing, SINGING and maybe even a rumble on Instagram! As an added perk, répétiteur Jean-Pierre Frohlich from the Robbins Rights Trust will be working with the dancers to make sure they do not miss a beat. Having worked with Jerome Robbins, himself, Jean-Pierre will help ensure that our production of this timeless, crowd-favorite will be performed as originally intended by Mr. Robbins. We will also be sneaking in a few rehearsals of Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, this week, so follow Ashley on Instagram #AshleyMCBphotos for an exclusive sneak peek!
SUMMER DANCER UPDATE: We caught up with Ashely to see how she has been keeping busy during her 5-week summer break. Check out the fun pics from her trips!
Ashley enjoyed spending time in the mountains in Boise, Idaho with former MCB dancer Elizabeth Keller.
Next, she got to see Elizabeth Smedley, who is also a former dancer with MCB, in Phoenix, Arizona during a bittersweet flight layover :-)
Finally, she spent two weeks at home in Michigan with her family and friends.
In Michigan, Ashley celebrated her nephew's first birthday and saw him take his first steps!!