Reaching New Heights, Miami City Ballet Ballerina Lands On Cover Of Dance Magazine

Cover Girl Jennifer Kronenberg Will Perform in MCB’s 24th Season, Opening on October 23rd with Program IAcclaimed for her graceful allure, technical prowess and natural lyricism on stage, Miami City Ballet (MCB) is proud to announce that Principal Dancer Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg graces the cover of the October issue of Dance Magazine. A major national publication in the industry, Dance covers news on leading dancers, choreographers and dance companies as well as provides reviews and multiple resources to students, professionals and teachers. The issue offers an inside look into Kronenberg’s dancing career, her challenges, her successes and how she became ‘More Than a Balanchine Baby.”Being on the cover of Dance has been my dream since I was a little girl and used to thumb through the magazine’s pages, full of photographs of my favorite dancers,’ says Kronenberg. ‘This is not only a prestigious publication that has covered the finest of the industry in the last 80 years, but that it has shaped the culture and vision of American dance as a whole.’A native of Queens, New York, Kronenberg started taking Ballet classes when she was seven years old. She trained with renowned dancers and directors including Teresa Aubel, Nicholas Orloff and Barbara Walczack. She joined the School of American Ballet in New York City in 1993. That same year, she was awarded the Villella pointe-shoe scholarship. At 17, she auditioned for MCB and joined the Miami troupe as an apprentice during the 1994-95 Season. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2001. Five years later, Kronenberg married dance partner Carlos Guerra, a MCB principal. ‘Kronenberg’s style of dancing is purely within the Balanchine realm,’ says Edward Villella, founding artistic director and chief executive officer of MCB. ‘Her dancing is a fine blend between delicate beauty in the movement and the portrayal of intense emotion.’According to Dance’s article, last winter, Kronenberg’s performance in Symphony in Three Movements at City Center stirred The New Yorker critic Joan Acocella to praise how ‘she moved through the piece like a symbol of winged victory.’ On October 23rd, the South Florida audience will have the opportunity to watch Miami’s cover girl dance this dazzling and colorful Balanchine ballet when MCB kicks off its 24th season at Adrienne Arsht Center. MCB’s Program I will open with four exciting dances including Symphony in Three Movements, a large-cast Balanchine chef-d’oeuvre containing some of the most dynamic and interesting patterns found in dance and set to a driving Stravinsky score, and Company B, a Paul Taylor masterwork performed to carefree World War II hits by the Andrews Sisters contrasted with the melancholy realities of soldiers at war. Program I will also show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on November 6-8 and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on November 20-22.Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, MCB was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has 45 dancers, and a repertoire of 88 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school, the Miami City Ballet School. For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010 or call 877-929-7010 toll-free or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also become a fan of MCB on Facebook or follow the Company on Twitter. # # #

Toe Shoes, Tutus And Tweets

Miami City Ballet Launches Social Media Talk-BackWhen Miami City Ballet (MCB) opens Program I of its Superhuman Season on Friday, October 23rd and performs Company B, a modern dance work set to the recordings of the 1940’s vocal group, The Andrews Sisters, it will recall a by-gone era. MCB will simultaneously take a leap forward into the digital age, when it presents its first-ever Social Media Talk-Back.’I’ve been doing pre-performance talks with the company for many years,’ said Edward Villella, founding artistic director and CEO of MCB. ‘This Social Media Talk-Back will offer a new way for the audience to connect with the performance and extend their ballet experience.’ The New York Times critically acclaimed MCB will feature a twist on the Talk-Back concept, which has become increasingly popular on Broadway, by adding a social media aspect. MCB’s Social Media Talk-Backs debut on Friday, October 23rd at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and will continue throughout the season. During intermission and after performances, patrons are invited to submit questions via Twitter, at www.twitter.com/@miamicityballet, for Villella and dancers. Responses will be posted in the days following performances on the MCB blog (http://www.miamicityballet.org/blog/). For patrons who haven’t caught the Twitter bug yet, questions may also be submitted on MCB’s Facebook page, or by e-mail (questions@miamicityballet.org). ‘While we support the spirit of the Talk-Back, we will be sure to remind patrons to turn their phones off after they tweet,’ says Villella. ‘We are thrilled to be able to connect and engage with our audience and fans on a more personal and emotional level. By being able to create a dialogue with them, it will enhance not only their ballet enjoyment and overall experience but ours as well,’ says Principal Dancer Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg. MCB’s Program I will open with four exciting dances including Symphony in Three Movements, a large-cast Balanchine chef-d’oeuvre containing some of the most dynamic and interesting patterns found in dance and set to a driving Stravinsky score, and Company B, a Paul Taylor masterwork performed to carefree World War II hits by the Andrews Sisters contrasted with the melancholy realities of soldiers at war. Program I will also show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on November 6-8 and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on November 20-22# # #

Trimmed-Down Ballet Set For A Lean Season

Like much of the rest of the world, Miami City Ballet has been on a financial and professional roller coaster in the past year. In January, the company hit artistic and career highs, performing in Manhattan for the first time to sold-out audiences and critical raves,…

Miami City Ballet To Receive Grant From Nea For $50,000

Miami City Ballet was recently informed that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Company $50,000 for direct support through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).The funds will go to add an additional work week for all MCB dancers. As part of a 25% reduction in Miami City Ballet’s budget, the Company had cut the number of contract weeks for dancers from 38 to 35 for the upcoming season. This grant award allows for the addition of another work week, providing dancers with a total of 36 paid weeks.’This is an example of how our government’s economic stimulus funds are helping to offset the negative impact that the recession is having on artists. We appreciate the work that the NEA has done to help us during these difficult times,’ said Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet.###

MCB School Launches Facebook Fan Page

Miami City Ballet School has expanded into social networking by launching an official fan page on Facebook. The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/miamicityballetschool and contains information on the School’s happenings. Already with approximately 300 fans, the School’s fan page has been focusing on the Summer Intensive Program, currently underway at the Miami City Ballet until July 24. Photos of the students in the program and on weekend activities are being posted regularly. The page also displays a series of videos that gives fans a peek into the program. This includes lunch and therapy time, classes, and interviews with students as well as with Miami City Ballet School Director, Linda Villella. The school plans to continue posting content on the Summer Intensive Program until its final day. Thereafter, there will be postings on the School’s other news and year-round activities. Miami City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet schools and attracts students from all over the world. The School runs year round with the Summer Intensive Program in late June and July and a Winter Program from September to mid-June. MCB School features a professional faculty including accomplished instructors and Miami City Ballet dancers. For more information on the School or the Facebook page, please contact (305) 929-7007 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. ###

American Academy Announces 2009 Class Of Fellows And Foreign Honorary Members. New Members Include Edward Villella

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences recently announced the election of leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector. The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members join one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research.Among those elected this year are Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Miami City Ballet. Villella was a star principal dancer at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine in the late 1950s through the early 1970s. Since 1986, he has focused his talent, his intelligence, and his energy on creating and maintaining a world-famous ballet company in South Florida. In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented Mr. Villella with the 1997 National Medal of Arts.

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