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.
When Miami City Ballet performed The Cage in January and February, principal soloist Nathalia Arja danced the Novice for the first time and found the role uncovered another side of her dancing.
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.”
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.
“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.
Miami City Ballet announced that Kristi Jernigan has been elected Chairman of its Board of Trustees and will begin her term May 1. She succeeds Susan D. Kronick, who has been Chairman since 2013. In addition, four new members have joined the Board – Dini Albert Golden, Jeffrey W. Davis, Amy Kohan and Lisa Kott Massirman.
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.