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.

Miami City Ballet Bringing Varied Dance Quartet To Kravis

For three weeks about three months ago, the Miami City Ballet played Paris to loud, raucous standing ovations.One lasted a full 10 minutes, according to founding artistic director Edward Villella. To Villella, and many of his dancers, this was a defining point in his career.One of the programs that brought down the house at the Paris Opera will be performed Friday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, a program that contains four selections that run the gamut of ballet. Program 1 includes Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s lively Square Dance, Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy and Twyla Tharp’s energetic In the Upper Room…

The Miami City Ballet Luncheon At Neiman Marcus Reveals The Company’s 2012 Season

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and at the top of my wish list, I’ve added a must-see holiday classic: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker presented by The Miami City Ballet! After attending an exclusive luncheon in honor of the ballet company and its dancers at Neiman Marcus (located inside The Bal Harbour Shops) last month, I couldn’t wait to share all of the exciting shows they have in store for their Miami audiences…

Liam Scarlett Makes His U.S. Choreographic Debut At Miami City Ballet

Up-and-coming choreographer Liam Scarlett is quickly becoming a household name across the pond. The deeply musical ballets he has made for The Royal, where he’s also a member of the corps de ballet, have earned raves from the London press. Thanks to Edward Villella, Scarlett is about to get a toehold over here, too: His first ballet for an American company premieres this January at Villella’s Miami City Ballet.

Art Basel: Two Artists Pair To Paint A New Look For The Miami City Ballet

The Artwork by Jordan Schaps & Benjamin Martin Debuts This Week for Art Basel.In late September, SunPost was invited to photograph Jordan Schaps and Benjamin Martin as they painted a ballerina of the Miami City Ballet. The model posed for a mixed media rendition of the five basic feet positions of ballet.The idea came to fruition collaboratively from Martin, who envisioned the techniques of painting, photographing, and digitizing, Schaps, who saw the five-position concept intriguing, and Bill Miller and the Miami City Ballet as the foundation of the project.

Looking For A Nutcracker?

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker pirouettes its way into South Florida with several productions this year.They all have in common dancing children and elaborate costumes. One of the more sumptuous stagings comes from the Miami City Ballet, with performances in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.It was a huge undertaking, said Haydee Morales, costume designer with the dance company. Not a big one, but a huge one. I think I went to New York three times [to work with the Balanchine Estate]. I spent a year and a half to two years designing and sketching. And then we spent about six months in production. I had two drapers/cutters, four to six seamstresses, a tailor…and an artist who did the headdresses and tiaras.That artist was Maria, her younger sister. She’s very passionate…extremely creative and her work is impeccable, said Morales.And if the sisters’ creative passions diverge, does mom mediate? Noooo, laughed Morales. There are rules we have about these things. I try to keep in mind that there is life after ballet.

Jim Eroncig Named President, Board Of Governors, At Miami City Ballet

MIAMI BEACH, FL (Nov. 14, 2011): Jim Eroncig has been named President, Board of Governors, at Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Florida. He succeeds Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, who remains on the Board in her new position as Chairman.’My wife Bobi and I attended our first Miami City Ballet performance in the 1990-91season,’ said Eroncig. That was the beginning of a growing admiration for the Company and its Founding Artistic Director, Edward Villella and the start of a closer association and working relationship. ‘Bobi and I have watched the Company grow by leaps and bounds to become an internationally-acclaimed, world-class ballet company, said Eroncig. Now, having just ended our 25th Anniversary season, I am thrilled to take the Company, with its magnificent dancers and dedicated staff, into the future.’ Eroncig is a prominent supporter of numerous arts and cultural organizations in South Florida. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He also serves as chairman of its affiliate organization, The Young Arts Council of Miami. He is a former board member of New World Symphony, Miami Art Museum, Vizcaya Foundation and the Coral Reef Yacht Club. He is the C.E.O. of Peninsula Corporation, a privately held trade finance company and he has real estate interests throughout South Florida. His wife, Bobi, is also a major supporter of Miami City Ballet. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors and is chairman of the Company’s Artist’s Circle Committee. The Eroncigs are long-time residents of Coral Gables.For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also join the Company on Facebook, follow the Company on Twitter and subscribe to the MCB Blog. # # #

Miami City Ballet Company Rips Up The Stage At The Broward Center

Program I of this season’s Miami City Ballet schedule has just finished its run at the Arsht Center and the Broward Center. Drive to Palm Beach and the Kravis Center the weekend of December 9-11 to see this company at work. They have amazed New York City and excited Paris. Don’t miss the chance to see this talented homegrown company in action…

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