Plugged In: Dance On Tv

Dance on TVWhile PBS has been beaming dance into living rooms through its Great Performances series since the 1970s, it debuts what it calls its PBS Arts Fall Festival this month. Every Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. beginning Oct. 14, a performing arts group from a region across the country is spotlighted. Kicking off the dance portion on Oct. 28 is Miami City Ballet, which recently returned from a smashingly successful three-week tour to Paris. The triple bill, directed by Matthew Diamond (who also directed the Paul Taylor documentary Dancemaker), is about as all-American as you can get. Jeanette Delgado and 2011 Dance Magazine ’25 to Watch’ Renan Cerdeiro lead Balanchine’s fiendishly difficult Square Dance. For more contemporary flavor, the company tackles Twyla Tharp’s athletic The Golden Section. Then the full company canters through all four movements of Balanchine’s Western Symphony, with no curtain coming down to save the dancers from the showstopping finale of pirouettes (corps member Rebecca King reported on her blog, www.tendusunderapalmtree.com, that the dancers had to film the turn sequence seven times

Miami City Ballet’s Edward Villella Celebrates Birthday

Ballet icon Edward Villella celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday by celebrating his company, Miami City Ballet, and its latest achievement, an hour-long feature on the PBS Arts Fall Festival (it may be public, but it’s still national TV

The Dirt: Sara Esty

These days, if you’re not on Facebook and Twitter, you’re getting left behind in the virtual dust. Need some help navigating the ever-expanding online world? Look to Miami City Ballet dancer Sara Esty, who is quickly becoming one of ballet’s must-watch, must-read-about and must-know performers,thanks not only to her solid technique and vibrant stage presence but also to her social media savvy.

Miami City Ballet’s Paris Sensation Comes Home

Edward Villella, who turned 75 on Oct. 1, is slowly stepping away from his role as artisitic director of Miami City Ballet (he’ll retain the position until mid 2013). The transition comes at an especially rewarding time for the company, which this summer spent three weeks in Paris for performances that exceeded even the lofty standards of its longtime taskmaster. The opening-night standing ovation was repeated each night, Villella said, culminating in a closing-night love-in that lasted for 10 minutes of applause and screams.

MCB Announces Its 2011-12 Season! (Updated 10.17.11)

MIAMI CITY BALLET FLORIDA’S INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED COMPANYANNOUNCES ITS 2011-12 SEASON!A CELEBRATION OF DANCE FEATURING ONE WORLD PREMIERE AND TWO FULL-LENGTH CLASSICS!THE OPUS ONE LIVE ORCHESTRA RETURNS!Miami Beach, FL (Oct. 17, 2011):

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