MCB’s Spring Tour Recognized By Pointe Magazine

MCB’s spring tour to New York City, Chicago and Minneapolis was just named one of Pointe magazine’s Standout Performances of 2016. Starting with its Lincoln Center debut, with performances that Alastair Macauley of The New York Times said “placed this troupe at the forefront of all those dancing choreography by George Balanchine today,” the Company continued to garner critical acclaim and audience praise in Chicago’s Harris Theater and Northrop in Minneapolis.

Photo: Miami City Ballet dancers in Heatscape. Choreography by Justin Peck. Photo © Gene Schiavone.

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Congratulations to Principal Dancer Renato Penteado

MCB principal dancer Renato Penteado won the title of Best Male Performance in Dance Magazine’s “Best of 2016” feature. The magazine’s editors and writers nominated the best dancers and performances that they saw in 2016, and readers got to vote on the winners. This honor is a well-deserved accolade for the 17-year veteran of the company whose featured roles in 2016 included Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the lead in La Source, and also impressing New York audiences during MCB’s Lincoln Center debut in April.

Photo: Renato Penteado in La Source. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Daniel Azoulay.

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MCB Holds Nutcracker Auditions for Kids in West Palm Beach

On Sunday, August 28, Miami City Ballet will hold auditions at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach for boys and girls from Palm Beach and Broward Counties who want to participate in the South Florida company’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

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MCB Holds Nutcracker Auditions for Kids in Naples

On Sunday, September 11, Miami City Ballet will hold auditions at Artis-Naples for boys and girls in Naples and the surrounding area who want to participate in the South Florida company’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

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MCB and Justin Peck Nominated for 2016 Bessie Awards

Nominees for the New York Dance and Performance Awards, known as the Bessies, were announced on Wednesday evening.

The awards, the dance world’s equivalent of the Tonys, will be presented on Oct. 18 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House — a change for the ceremony, which has taken place at the Apollo Theater for the last five years.

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MCB Hosts National Dance Day and Open House, July 30

Miami City Ballet is celebrating National Dance Day on Saturday, July 30, with a dance party in Collins Park followed by an Open House across the street at MCB Studios to showcase MCB School programs.

Free and open to the public, the event is part of an annual celebration launched in 2010 by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and made popular by the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” The tradition has since been carried out in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., so MCB is excited to lead the charge in inviting the community to its first-ever celebration in Miami Beach. The event will increase awareness for MCB and Dizzy Feet’s shared mission to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.

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MCB Adds Kathryn Moriarty to School Faculty

Miami City Ballet School, the official school of Miami City Ballet, adds to its roster of esteemed faculty members by welcoming Kathryn Moriarty, who begins her tenure by teaching at the MCB Summer Intensive that began on June 20. Moriarty will serve as principal faculty for Levels IV and V in the Student Division beginning in September.

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Miami City Ballet Welcomes Arantxa Ochoa to MCB School

Miami City Ballet and Miami City Ballet School are pleased to announce that Arantxa Ochoa will join the School as its new Director of Faculty and Curriculum. Her appointment comes after three years of steady growth and expansion of the School under the leadership of MCB Artistic Director and MCB School Chairman Lourdes Lopez and Darleen Callaghan, who remains as Director of School Administration.

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South Florida dancer teaches NFL player Rob Gronkowski ballet

The ballerina from the Miami City Ballet who taught Rob Gronkowski aka “Gronk” to dance is talking about her lesson plan.

Gronkowski isn’t afraid of a little challenge. The New England Patriots star learned ballet in a private lesson. However, it wasn’t just any ballerina teaching the famous tight end, it was Nathalia Arja, a principal soloist for the Miami City Ballet.

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Miami City Ballet Releases Company Roster for Upcoming Season

Miami City Ballet (MCB) has announced its 50-member roster for the 2016-17 season, which opens on October 23 in Miami, including the promotions of Nathalia Arja to principal soloist and both Chase Swatosh and Shimon Ito to soloists, and the addition of four new dancers: Lauren Fadeley, formerly a principal with Pennsylvania Ballet (PAB) who is joining MCB as a soloist; Amir Yogev, another dancer from PAB who began his career with MCB; and Alaina Andersen and Luiz Silva, both recent graduates of Miami City Ballet School.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski Take Ballet Lessons from a Real-Life Ballerina

What sometimes gets lost in the collective noise of people laughing at Gronk being Gronk (so: partying and twerking), is that Rob Gronkowski is a truly special athlete. His combination of size, speed, and strength doesn’t just make him an offensive coordinator’s best friend—it might end up making him the greatest tight end to ever play the game.

And though world-class ballerinas come in much smaller form than elite football players, they too possess a unique and rare set of talents, many of which they share with the guys that smash their bodies together for a living: footwork, balance, flexibility. So, naturally, we wondered what Gronk we might have become has his dad handed him a ballet barre instead of bench press. Could he have been the next great ballerina?

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