It was an unreal year in South Florida pop culture, especially in the sphere of reality TV where Sunrise teen Melanie Amaro did us proud. Here's what else we spent a lot of time yakking about around the water cooler known as Twitter:
Miami City Ballet dazzles Paris: The impression of South Florida as cultural backwater is not limited to enlightened cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The whole of Europe likely held that opinion until MCB's game-changing three weeks in Paris this summer with a program that included Balanchine's "Square Dance" and Twyla Tharp's "In the Upper Room." The response from Parisian audiences was, according to artistic director Edward Villella, breathtaking: standing ovations each night, culminating in a closing-night love-in that lasted for 10 minutes of applause and screams. "I danced at the Bolshoi [in 1962] and we had 22 curtain calls. It was the highlight of my dance career. But nothing compares to what Paris was like," Villella said. — B.C.