What We Tweeted About In 2011 Here Are 10 South Florida Events That Dominated The Online Water Cooler.

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.

This Ballerina Admits Ice Cream Cravings & Sugar Plum Fairy Dreams

If you dreamt of being a ballerina as a child raise your hand. Yep, guilty over here, too. Well, we found someone who actually kept the dream going: Miami City Ballet’s principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg. And get this, she’s even the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker ! Amazing, right? While the rest of us are joyfully eating cookies and pie, Kronenberg is working to stay disciplined to make sure she’s in top shape for her performances taking place everywhere from Miami, Broward, and Naples. We figured who better to ask for willpower tips than the eleven-year fairy veteran. You’ll be surprise; it’s not too hard!…

Miami Dancer Bradley Dunlap’s Best 2011 Moments: Girl Talk, New World, Mark Morris

As 2011 comes to an end, we’re getting all nostalgic about the great moments in Miami culture that took place over the past year. And we know we’re not alone. So we’ve asked some of Miami’s top artists, writers, film producers and other cultural geniuses about their favorite 2011 memories.Bradley Dunlap had a lot to look back on in 2011. As a dancer with the Miami City Ballet, life was pretty good. From performing in Miami in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, based on traditions and music of the wild west, to revising the dance for a Parisian audience this summer, and then seeing it aired on television for a PBS special of Great Performances in September, Dunlap has been part of an extraordinary year. A company that was considered a very good regional one leaped into the national and international spotlight seemingly overnight. MCB was founded by Edward Villella, a star with the New York City Ballet under Balanchine, who after he retired as a dancer brought his own vision and versions of Balanchine to Miami in 1986. This year he announced his retirement, signaling a new era for MCB and its dancers, including Dunlap, who is currently dancing The Nutcracker across South Florida…

MCB Begins Season With Tharp Performance, Reception

About 100 members and guests of the Artist Circle of the Miami City Ballet enjoyed decadent desserts and champagne at a post-performance reception Dec. 9 at the Founders Room of the Kravis Center. The ballet opened for its 26th season with a performance that included a standing ovation for the thrilling full-company final dance segment, ‘In the Upper Room,’ choreographed by Twyla Tharp.Philip Neal, Palm Beach liaison for the company, accompanied by Nicholas Goldsborough, new executive director, welcomed guests and presented a plaque to Ramon Mas Canosa, president, Frank Crystal & Co., and Katrina Lee, director, for hosting the party. Among the guests were the ballet company’s Palm Beach board members: Mike Schulz, Malka Fingold, Lisa Huertas and Adelaida Muniz-Iscoe. Others seen enjoying the evening were Lisa Mas Canosa, Vicki Halmos, Cheryl Gowdy, Susan Merritt, Mimi Kahn, Alfred Fiandaca, Susan Goldfarb, Richard Sheldon, Hayden Hosford, David and Elizabeth Wetherell, and George and Chris Winterling.

Miami City Ballet’s Freshened Up “Nutcracker”

When Christmas trees and holiday decorations become part of the urban landscape, The Nutcracker cannot be far behind. Tchaikovsky’s ballet classic has become a perennial of the holiday season and Miami City Ballet’s annual edition opened Thursday night before an enthusiastic audience at the Arsht Center.George Balanchine’s 1954 production for New York City Ballet was the harbinger for annual performances in December by companies large and small. MCB has the largest Balanchine repertoire of any company outside of New York so it is entirely appropriate that his distinctive choreography has become the company’s version of choice. Happily MCB has freshened up its two-decades-old production. The show looks great and the dancing is strong across the board with terrific solo turns and sharp ensemble work…

The Nutcracker: Miami City Ballet Holiday Tradition Still Has Power To Awe

The holiday season has officially begun, with the opening performance of The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. The company has been dancing George Balanchine’s dream of militant rats and dancing snowflakes every holiday season since 1990. Just like a seat in Santa’s lap, the setting is always the same, but the gifts are different each year…

Interview With MCB’s Sugar Plum

In the world of classical ballet, The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. She is ethereal and magical, and most often, she is often the only glimpse everyday folks have of professional ballet. Miami City ballet principal dancer, Jennifer Kronenberg is one of South Florida’s most loved dancers. Kronenberg, who has graced the cover of Dance Magazine, is most admired for her expressive theatricality and impressive technical range. She is also the recent author of the e-book So, You Want to Be a Ballet Dancer?, a book that offers practical advice to aspiring ballet dancers and shares some of Kronenberg’s most private memories from her dance career.ARBURST caught up with Kronenberg to discuss The Nutcracker, her book, and her favorite partner on and off stage, husband and fellow dancer, Carlos Guerra…

Miami City Ballet Season Opener At Kravis Electrifies With Stillness, Strength, Sensuality

George Balanchine’s diverse choreography could be compared to the many dialects of a sprawling land. To declare one dance company better than another in interpreting his work would be overly simplistic. But when Miami City Ballet finds that perfect combination of cast and Balanchine ballet, the performance touches both newcomers and seasoned balletomanes in powerful and penetrating ways.Such was the case Friday night at the Kravis Center, where Miami City Ballet

The Nutcracker: A Miami Holiday Tradition Returns

Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a mainstay to Miami’s holiday season. MCB first produced The Nutcracker on Nov. 23, 1990, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Since then the company has performed the Christmastime classic annually throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties…

Best Holiday Shows In South Florida — The Nutcracker

George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerEnchanting audiences year after year, the Miami City Ballet dancers twirl, glide and jet across the stage to bring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to life. With a cast of more than 100, the ballet is a must-see for all ages. The ballet also features dancing flowers, a whirl of brilliant orange, magenta and green just before the arrival of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ticket prices start at $19.75. The show runs from Dec. 15-18th at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 NE Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL and from Dec. 21-24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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