Miami City Ballet And Trey Mcintyre Project Bring A Weekend Of Dance To Broward

In a single weekend, we will be able to see two of this country’s reputable dance companies, both selecting ballets made in the United States and in a variety of American styles, in one Broward setting.The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is offering a ticket deal — $99 to see both companies on two separate days. And, like many things American, each of the five ballets delivers a distinctive taste, influenced by a worldly palette. The red hot contemporary Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will perform three of McIntyre’s ballets, flavored by traditional Basque dancing, Shakespeare and more, Friday and Saturday at the Center’s Amaturo Theater. South Florida’s Miami City Ballet will present repertory of George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, and Jerome Robbins, best known for his Broadway choreography, Friday through Sunday at the Au-Rene Theater….read more

From Toe To Tap, Philip Neal Shows Miami City Ballet How To Be Broadway Hoofers

Here’s the challenge: Teach Miami City Ballet’s classical dancers how to tap-dance like a Broadway hoofer. Here’s the solution: Bring in Palm Beach’s Philip Neal. The former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet is not only Miami City Ballet’s Palm Beach liaison, but also the repetiteur for George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, the major showpiece of this weekend’sProgram IV: Broadway and Ballet at the Broward Center…read more

Mike Piazza Right At Home With Miami City Ballet

OK, wiseguy, we know what you’re thinking: ‘Mike Piazza performing with Miami City Ballet? Well, so much for the rumors that he’s gay!’ Har-dee-har-har.But while you’re laughing about it, know that Piazza is laughing, too. The baseball great has heard all of your jokes and then some from friends and former teammates. As he points out in his new autobiography, ‘Long Shot’ (Simon & Schuster), he’s comfortable with who he is.Standing in the middle of a bright, mirrored rehearsal space at the Miami City Ballet Studio on Miami Beach last week, Piazza exudes a sunny, affable, relaxed disposition that contradicts the moody rep he had as a ballplayer. He’s clearly having fun with this curious return to the spotlight…read more

New Works Receive Admirable Sendoff By New World Symphony

The New World Symphony’s second annual multi-media cornucopia of new music, dance, film and poetry on Saturday night drew a full house of culturally adventurous South Beach hipsters. Utilizing the full audio and visual resources of the New World Center, the program was a festive celebration of artistic creativity, the music and production values maintaining a consistently high standard.Ian Dicke’s O Bury Me Not, a NWS commission, is a funky mashup that fuses a 1939 field recording by Texas singer Frank Goodwyn of the western folk standard O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie with rumbling commentary from bass trombone and seven-piece ensemble. Low string murmurs accompany the initial recording before the solo instrument roars through the instrumental fabric, seizing the spotlight along with insistent mallet percussion…read more

Persistence Pays Off For New Miami City Ballet Dancer Christina Spigner

Christina Spigner starts her day feasting on egg whites and oatmeal. Then, she prepares her meal for her time away from her Miami Beach apartment: generally, a turkey sandwich, green salad, protein shakes and dried fruit. Before walking the 1½ blocks to Miami City Ballet studios, she takes time out for a daily devotional spiritual moment.That routine keeps her grounded day after day as she pushes her body to become the best…read more

Ex-Catcher Mike Piazza Rehearsing For Ballet Role

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

Former Baseball Catcher Mike Piazza Starts Rehearsals For Gangster Role With Miami City Ballet

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

Legendary Met Mike Piazza To Take Stage With Miami City Ballet Next Month

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet Collaborate On Evening Of New Works

Two young artists are at the center of the adventurous ‘New Work’ program the New World Symphony will present April 20. Choreographer Justin Peck, 25, created a pas de deux for Miami City Ballet for the occasion, and Zosha Di Castri, 28, composed a piece the orchestra will premiere. Rather than a traditional night at the symphony, ‘New Work’ will be a whirlwind tour of the contemporary arts world, with a fresh palette of commissioned dance, poetry, music and video works. ‘The inspiration was those evenings like the ones you have in Wynwood or [the New York gallery district] Chelsea, when you know the galleries will all be open and you know it will be all new work in lots of different areas,’ says NWS artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas…read more

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