Miami City Ballet Shines In Two Balanchine Classics

A varied program focusing on the choreography of George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp opened the new year for Miami City Ballet Friday night at the Arsht Center. Four highly contrasted works found the company dancing in high gear with not a weak link to be found from principals to the highly disciplined corps de ballet…

MCB Program II At The Arsht Center

Having seen a number of performances by the Miami City Ballet in the past year, I was anxiously awaiting last night’s performance. The audience and I were not disappointed…

Miami City Ballet Program II

There is a sequence in Balanchine’s ‘La Sonnambula’ where the love-struck Poet rolls on the ground, placing his hands in the path of the beautiful Sleepwalker and watching in awe as, unseeing, she steps over him. Leaving aside the implications of a hero spell-bound by an unconscious beauty (oh, men), in Miami City Ballet’s production last Friday, Jennifer Kronenberg’s unfocused eyes were so haunting that the audience couldn’t help falling for her too. So when Carlos Miguel Guerra stood up, only to sink again, this time landing on his knees and bending until his back was flat against ground, we understood. Logically, this makes no sense: why is he bending away from her? Because of passion, that’s why!…

Dance Enthusiasts In For Treat With Miami City Ballet Program

A Miami City Ballet program opening Friday at the Adrienne Arst Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami will feature the premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen and George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) with Afro-Cuban dancer Isanusi Garcia-Rodriguez and the buoyant Western Symphony…

Miami City Ballet’s Upper Room Brings Ballerinas To Grand Central

Ballet isn’t all pointy objects and swan feathers, it’s also a visually fascinating, physically challenging art form. Now, thanks to Miami City Ballet, it’s also a nifty night on the town. MCB’s young professionals group, Upper Room, offers the sweet double deal of watching a unique performance and finishing off with a few fancy drinks…

Renan Cerdeiro: 25 To Watch

Renan CerdeiroCorps de ballet, Miami City BalletChosen by former MCB principal soloist and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Alex Wong, a 2010 25 to WatchHis biggest first role was the Green Boy in Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins. He was 17 then. This was actually really early last season, and I remember him being like, I can’t do this. I don’t know why they’re giving me this. I was like, No, you really can do it. I remember him practicing over and over again, and he wasn’t really ready in his partnering. And he ended up doing it really, really well.I think he’ll become one of the main dancers. He’s so versatile that they can put him into anything. He’s got a classical line and he’s got great features, so when you watch him you’re like, Oh wow, that’s a prince. He’s very regal. And then when you see him do something more contemporary, more modern, he’s got that spunk as well,he’s got that quick movement, that fire.He’s a young, growing talent and it’s a gift to be able to see that.See Renan perform with Miami City Ballet in Florida this month.

Dance Through The Ages At Ziff Ballet Opera House With Mcb

A sleepwalker, cowboy, and a baker’s dozen walk into a saloon… Actually, they walk into the Ziff Ballet Opera House starting this Friday as the Miami City Ballet celebrates 25 years of dance with its second program of the 2011 season. The MCB Program II will feature three pieces — two well known and one a premiere for the company – that take us on a dance through the ages…

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On The Rise: Sara Esty

Adventurous dancers love a challenge, but even one as game and gifted as Sara Esty could have felt daunted diving on short notice into Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section. When a principal was injured shortly before the ballet’s Miami City premiere a year ago, Esty was tapped to take her place. With Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Valse Fantaisie earlier on the bill, the Miami City Ballet corps member had 10 minutes to veer from a Glinka waltz to David Byrne’s hard-driving beat. She still managed to whip out Tharp’s choreography with brio, its stratospheric flight a happy blur for the dancer…

Pointe-Counterpointe: Miami City Ballet Dancers Critique ‘Black Swan’

Black Swan, a psychological thriller revolving around the all-consuming, competitive lives of rival New York City ballet dancers played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, opened in South Florida theaters on Friday. The film, directed by Darren Oronofsky (Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler) and nominated for four Golden Globe awards, divided a small group from Miami City Ballet that attended a pre-screening in Aventura earlier in the week.MCB principal dancers Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, Carlos Miguel Guerra, Haiyan Wu and principal soloist Yang Zou enjoyed it. Founding artistic director and CEO Edward Villella, soloist Callie Manning and principal soloist Didier Bramaz … not so much. Here are two contrasting takes on Black Swan from Kronenberg and Manning.

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