Theory’s Spotlight on Lourdes Lopez

“The biggest misconception about dance is that you need to know something about dance to get it. You don’t; you only need to have an open mind and soul and let it speak to you— and it will.”

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Lower Rank, Higher Reward: Lauren Fadeley

Taking a lower rank at a new company can feel risky. But whether you’re breaking out of your comfort zone, yearning for bigger challenges or finding a better company fit, you can make a successful transition. Here are three ballerinas whose recent moves have advanced their growth and artistry.

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Jennifer Lauren Day in the Life – Pointe Magazine

Earlier this year, Pointe followed Lauren throughout her typical workday. At the time, she was preparing for her debut as the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, a major milestone for any ballerina. “It’s pure classical ballet, pure Balanchine, which is what I love and what I live for.”

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A Caribbean-Flavored ‘Nutcracker’

Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal “ Miami City Ballet’s new production of Balanchine’s festive work freshens its costumes and sets while retaining the legendary choreographer’s direction and dancemaking.”

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The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Lourdes Lopez

At Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez has shown how to turn around a financially struggling company without losing that for which it’s beloved. While building upon founder Edward Villella’s Balanchine legacy, she’s also embraced Miami’s unique cultural identity, commissioning works like Justin Peck’s Wynwood-inspired Heatscapeand Miami-born artist Michele Oka Doner’s underwater reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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‘It was heaven’ — beloved star dancer leaves

“When Patricia Delgado joined Miami City Ballet, what thrilled the then-18-year-old ballerina most wasn’t performing in big theaters or being part of a famous company, but getting to dance all the time.” The Miami Herald reflects on a beloved ballerina.

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MIAMI CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP FOR 2017-18 SEASON: MICHAEL TIKNIS FROM HARRIS THEATER AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND LAURA HOOD BABCOCK AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, SALES AND COMMUNICATIONS

As Miami City Ballet’s new fiscal year kicks off on May 1, new leaders will take the helm to continue the growth of one of South Florida’s major cultural institutions. Michael Tiknis, who led the Harris Theater of Music and Dance in Chicago for 13 seasons, joins the Company as the interim executive director following the departure of Michael Scolamiero in April. Laura Hood Babcock has been hired as the new director of marketing, sales and communications with a diverse background as both a marketing executive and a professional ballet dancer.

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