MCB Summer Intensive – A Huge Success!

This summer, Miami City Ballet School was busy hosting students of all ages and levels in various summer programs.

Approximately 1,000 dancers auditioned earlier this year during the National Summer Intensive Audition Tour in major cities across the United States, Brazil, Colombia and via video submissions.

More than 200 students from all over the world participated in the 5-week MCB Summer Intensive. Nearly a quarter of these students were male dancers.

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New Ballet Presents Movement for ‘Specific Chemistry’

For Justin Peck, Heatscape is a personal project. He made the ballet that Miami City Ballet will premiere next weekend at the Kravis Center for dancers whom he regards as more than vehicles for his choreography.
The ballet, which uses 17 dancers, showcases what he calls “an assembly of individuals.”
“I focused on who these dancers were, not only for their dancing facility, but for who they are as human beings,” he said. “A specific chemistry rises up out of those personality traits. I tried to harness that and create movement for it rather than force them into a traditional ballet hierarchy.”
Peck has come to know the dancers well while creatingHeatscape and Chutes and Ladders, a pas de deuxcommissioned in 2013 for a New World Symphony showcase in collaboration with Miami City Ballet. He revamped the duet for the company’s 2013-14 season.
Heatscape is the 27-year-old choreographer’s 22nd ballet. Set to Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra, it features a backdrop by street artist Shepard Fairey.

Jennifer Lauren & Rainer Krenstetter Take Center Stage in Austria

We can’t believe it’s already been a month since the end of our 2014-2015 season. Since then, our dancers have been enjoying their first 6-week layoff before returning to the studios for rehearsals in June.

This week, we caught up with soloist Jennifer Lauren, who shared all about her recent European adventure with fellow dancer, principal Rainer Krenstetter.

Jennifer writes —

I was thrilled when Rainer asked if I was available to dance at The 6th International Dance Gala in Graz, Austria. We were chosen to dance George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, which is one of my favorite pieces to perform. 

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Leigh-Ann Esty in The Big Apple

This week on the MCB Summer 2015 blog series, we caught up with corps de ballet member Leigh-Ann Esty, who is spending some time in NYC this month.

Leigh-Ann writes —

This spring I was asked to participate in a choreographic workshop with some of my coworkers. Ariel Rose, a fellow MCB corps de ballet member, asked me in March if I would be willing to spend a month in New York City working with him. He received a choreography fellowship through the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Who wouldn’t want to hang out in the Big Apple for a month?! 

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Samantha Galler Celebrates College Graduation

Since closing MCB’s 2014-2015 in Broward last month, our dancers have been enjoying some much-needed time off. From teaching to traveling, this summer promises plenty of exciting adventures, which we will be sharing in our MCB Summer 2015 blog series. If you’ve ever wondered what professional dancers do off the stage, you’re about to find out.

Today we spotlight a very exciting accomplishment for corps de ballet member Samantha Galler, who recently celebrated her college graduation!

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Mary Carmen Catoya

Beloved ballerina Mary Carmen Catoya’s performance in George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations on Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, marked the conclusion of her distinguished sixteen-year tenure with Miami City Ballet.

Following her departure from MCB at the end of this season, Ms. Catoya will continue her career as an acclaimed ballerina, appearing as a guest artist both nationally and internationally.

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