Miami City Ballet Opens Program II At Kravis Center With The Company Premiere Of Paul Taylor’s Mercuric Tidings

Miami City Ballet’s Program II will open in South Florida at Kravis Center and will feature ?THE FOX-TROT: Dancing in the Dark,? Mercuric Tidings, and Ballet Imperial. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. Performances are on Friday, December 5 at 8p.m.; Saturday, December 6 at 2p.m and 8p.m.; and Sunday, December 7 at 1p.m.When Mercuric Tidings, choreographed by Paul Taylor, one of the greatest contemporary choreographers of our time, had its premiere in 1982, The New York Times hailed it ?as a dance work that burst seemingly into song.? A quarter of a century later, The New York Observer called it ?a glorious outburst of kinetic excitement?From the first moment, [the dancers] are in perpetual motion, blasting through space.? Taylor even acknowledged, ?It’s fast, it’s fast.? And one member of the original cast named it the hardest piece she ever danced with the Paul Taylor Company. Yet there’s no sense of strain as its thirteen dancers fling themselves on and off stage in their flamingo-and-white costumes, originally designed by Gene Moore, to the sublime symphonic music of Schubert; everything is harmonious, happy, uplifting. Mercuric Tidings, possibly this great modern choreographer’s most balletic work, is a welcome addition to Miami City Ballet’s Taylor repertory, which already includes Company B, Aureole, 3 Epitaphs, Esplanade, Funny Papers, Arden Court, and most recently Piazzolla Caldera. Patrick Corbin, former dancer with the Paul Taylor Company, staged the piece for Miami City Ballet.?THE FOX-TROT: Dancing in the Dark? is the third section of Edward Villella’s full-length ballet The Neighborhood Ballroom which premiered in 2003. This section highlights the music of the 1940s World War II era. Swing music – a type of jazz with a heavy emphasis on a syncopated rhythm, – was widely popular and came to define an entire generation. As played by the extraordinary musicians in the big bands of Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and others, the music was ?loose, free, and completely modern.? There were ?hot? bands, emphasizing a hard-driving sound suited to dancing frantic, dare-devil lindy hops, and there were ?sweet? bands, emphasizing sentimental emotions and slower ballads suited to dancing romantic foxtrots. Villella’s loving reconstruction of American life and dance during this period is filled with romance, seduction, jealousy–and some other things?that occur when couples go dancing in the dark?Also on the program is George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, a plotless work that is as technically demanding as it is deeply rewarding. Ballet Imperial conveys the spirit and grandeur of imperial St. Petersburg. Balanchine described the ballet as ?a contemporary tribute to Petipa, the father of classical ballet, and to Tchaikovsky, his greatest composer.?Originally choreographed in 1941 for American Ballet Caravan, the ballet was reworked by Balanchine as Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 for New York City Ballet in 1973. If features a large cast of 29 dancers. A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella and/or his artistic staff will be conducted, free to the ticketed audience 55 minutes prior to curtain in the theater.Tickets are available at the Miami City Ballet Box Office, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and range from $85-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010 or or click here to order tickets on-line. Tickets are also available throughthe Kravis Center Box Office (561) 832-7469 (SHOW) or 1-800-572-8471 (1-800-KRAVIS-1). ?Rush? tickets (1/3 off the price of any available B, C and D seats) are available starting one and a half hours before each performance. Student discounts are available with proper identification on available B, C, and D seats in advance through Miami City Ballet’s Box Office or at the theater starting one and a half hours before the performance. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.Program II will also show at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami-Dade on January 9-11 and at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on January 16-18.Programs are subject to change.Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.

Miami City Ballet’s Production Of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker? Celebrates The Holidays In Florida

Sugar Plum Fairies and Candy Canes dance on a holiday stage this season at two venues in South Florida. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree grows from twelve to thirty feet tall, winter snow flakes fall before your very eyes, and a little Nutcracker doll magically comes alive to rescue a young girl in distress. This is all part of Miami City Ballet’s spectacular production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet And The Cleveland Orchestra Launch New Artistic Partnership

See The Music, Hear The Dancing Performance and Benefit Gala January 29, 2009 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade CountyMiami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra will launch a multi-year artistic collaboration initiated by Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Edward Villella and Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-M

Miami City Ballet School Offers Open Classes For All Dance Levels

Miami City Ballet School, one of the top dance schools in the nation, offers classes to adults of all ages and levels of dance experience. Open Classes, held at Miami City Ballet’s Studios at 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, include Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. All levels of dance experience are welcome. Individual classes are $14 and a card of ten classes can be purchased for $100.Open Classes for Fall 2008 have already begun and are on-going. Similar to exercise classes at the gym, participants can simply show up on the day of the class and either pay or present their card. The Open Classes schedule is: Ballet taught by Alex Lapshin Mondays 10:00

Miami City Ballet Opens Its 2008-2009 Season At Adrienne Arsht Center With The Company Premiere Of George Balanchine’s Swan Lake Act II

Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room also featured on the Bill Miami City Ballet’s Program I featuring Swan Lake Act. II, The Four Temperaments, and In the Upper Room will show at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing of Miami-Dade (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.;? Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m.The Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s version of Swan Lake Act II opens Miami City Ballet’s season. In 1951, Balanchine choreographed his own version of the classical dance for the New York City Ballet, at that time only three years old. The Company needed a hit, and this Swan Lake Act II filled the bill, giving Maria Tallchief one of her most triumphant roles and remaining a staple of the repertory for many decades. Balanchine stripped it of its conventional mime sequences in order to emphasize and expand the role of the corps de ballet, incorporating the highly dramatic music Tchaikovsky had written for the end of the final act to create a thrilling finale. Over the succeeding years, he added, subtracted, modified ? at one point, for instance, removing the famous four Cygnets and adding the Valse Bluette for twelve swan maidens ? but his overall conception remained the same. Balanchine’s Swan Lake, although still a sublime vehicle for a ballerina, is less a highly romantic story than a meditation on love, loss, pure dance and, of course, the music of Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake Act II was staged for Miami City ballet by Maria Calegari a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet who now sets ballets for the George Balanchine Trust. Also showing on this program is Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments set to music by Hindemith. He created the ballet in 1946, for the opening program of Ballet Society, the forerunner of New York City Ballet. It is one of his earliest experimental works, fusing classical steps with a lean and angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament. One of contemporary choreographer Twyla Tharp’s most popular works, In the Upper Room, is also featured on this program. The dance is a one-act ballet filled with power, energy and speed. A kind of ballet and modern dance face-off, the work features some dancers on pointe and others in sneakers. Set to music by Philip Glass a cast of 13 performers dance through smoke and light and thrill audiences with what Tharp describes as ?fierce, driving, and relentless moves? that ?burn the retina.? A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella and/or his artistic staff will be conducted, free to the ticketed audience 55 minutes prior to curtain in the theater. Tickets are available at the Miami City Ballet Box Office, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and range from $175-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010. Tickets are also available through The Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office (305) 949-6722 or 1-866-949-6722. ?Rush? tickets (1/3 off the price of any available B, C and D seats) are available starting one and a half hours before each performance. Student discounts are available with proper identification on available B, C, and D seats in advance through Miami City Ballet’s Box Office or at the theater starting one and a half hours before the performance. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Program I will also show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on November 7-9 and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on November 14-16. Programs are subject to change. Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.

Miami City Ballet School Master Classes For Kids Ages 12-15 Years Old

Miami City Ballet School will hold Master Classes in ballet the first Saturday of every month beginning on Saturday, September 6 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for children ages 12-15 years. The cost is $15 per class. Please call (305) 929-7007 to reserve space. No walk-ins please. Participants must call to sign-up.Classes will be taught by Carter Alexander and Kim Sonderegger, faculty members at Miami City Ballet School.

Miami City Ballet Announces Promotions And New Dancers For The 2008-2009 Season

Miami City Ballet’s 57 dancers have just returned to work in late July and are in an intensive rehearsal period. The 2008-2009 season will begin in October with a spectacular line-up of programs. Below are the listings of promotions and new dancers for this exciting season. Dancer Promotions for the 2008-2009 Season Principal Jeanette Delgado (USA) Isanusi Garcia-Rodriguez (Cuba) Principal Soloist Didier Bramaz (Switzerland) Yang Zou (China) Soloist Alexandre Dufaur (France) Allynne Noelle (USA) Corps de Ballet Michael Breeden (USA) Bradley Dunlap (USA) Ezra Hurwitz (USA) Rebecca King (USA) Elice McKinley (Australia) Chaz Meszaros (USA) Christie Sciturro (USA) Amir Yogev (Israel) Company Apprentices Peter Doll (USA) Gabriela Gonzalez (Mexico) Elizabeth Smedley (USA) Nicole Stalker (USA) New Dancers 2008-2009 Corps de Ballet Carlos Quenedit (Cuba) School Apprentices Yoalli Sousa Sanchez (Mexico) Carling Talcott (USA) Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center For The Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at the Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is also presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively both nationally and internationally.

Miami City Ballet Tours To Music Center In Los Angeles And New York City Center In 2008-2009 Season

Tours Mark West Coast Premiere of NIGHTSPOT and MCB’s Debut in Manhattan! Miami City Ballet will tour in 2008-2009 to two major national performing arts venues, The Music Center of Los Angeles County’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and New York City Center in Manhattan.The Los Angeles engagement will include the West Coast Premiere of NIGHTSPOT, a Twyla Tharp and Elvis Costello collaboration, as well as works by famed choreographers George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon.The New York City Center performances mark Miami City Ballet’s debut in Manhattan and include two programs. The first features Balanchine and Tharp classics

Miami City Ballet School To Hold Open Auditions For 2008-2009 Fall/Winter Program On Tuesday, August 26

Miami City Ballet School will hold open auditions for its 2008-2009 Fall/Winter Program for children ages 8 and above on Tuesday, August 26 from 5p.m.-7p.m. at Miami City Ballet studios (2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach). To attend the audition call Jesus Vazquez at (305) 929-7007. Kids ages 8-12 will audition from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and those ages 13 and above will audition from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ballet classes are also offered for children ages 5-7 but they do not need to audition. For more information or to register call (305) 929-7007. Miami City Ballet School, recognized as one of the top dance schools in the nation, accepts students throughout the year, from beginner level (age 5) through pre-professional level (age 19). The School runs all year round, with a Winter Program from September to mid-June, and a Summer Program from the end of June through the end of July. Classes are held at Miami City Ballet’s 63,000 square-foot state-of-the-art studios on Miami Beach.

Miami City Ballet School’s Prestigious Summer Intensive Program To Begin

Considered to be among the top Summer Programs for serious ballet students, Miami City Ballet School’s annual Summer Intensive will be held June 23-July 25. The program will draw approximately 200 aspiring young dancers (ages 12-19) from countries all over the world. The students are selected through an audition process.”Our school is garnering an excellent reputation and is considered to be a place to go for quality training in dance,” said Linda Villella, Director of Miami City Ballet School. “Our success with the Summer Intensive has drawn students from around the globe. It is very exciting to see these kids from all over the world come to Miami for ballet training,” she added.The program runs at Miami City Ballet’s 63,000-square-foot facility on Miami Beach and features an outstanding professional faculty including Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet and many other accomplished instructors including some of the principal dancers with Miami City Ballet.Classes are Monday through Friday from 9:30a.m. ? 4:30p.m. and include technique, pointe, partnering, jazz, variations, stretching, and repertoire classes. Most of the students will be housed at the Johnson and Wales University dormitories. Special weekend activities are also planned for the students.Space is filled for the 2008 program, however to audition for the 2008 Summer Intensive interested students ages 12-19 years old should call Miami City Ballet School at (305) 929-7007.Space is currently available for a two week mini summer program for ballet students age 11-12 taking place on July 28-August 8. For more information call Miami City Ballet School at (305) 929-7007.

Dancers And MCB’s Upper Room Host Our Show Post-Performance Party At Plunge, Gansevoort South

On Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. join MCB’s Upper Room, a trendsetting group of arts and culture lovers, as they support the dancers of Miami City Ballet during their exciting program OUR SHOW. Created exclusively by the dancers, OUR SHOW features performances of personal favorites and new works choreographed by the dancers. The show will take place at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach) an intimate 200-seat theater where the dancers normally rehearse. Immediately following the show there will be a party with the dancers hosted by MCB’s Upper Room at Plunge rooftop bar and lounge at the Gansevoort South (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) located walking distance from the ballet studios. The VIP package is $45 and includes the performance ticket and entry and select complimentary cocktails provided by The One Group at Plunge from 10:30 p.m.until 12:30 p.m. Call (305) 929-7010 for tickets. Proceeds from the event go directly to the dancers to fund them during summer break. For information about joining MCB’s Upper Room contact Tracy Galya t (305) 929- 7000, ext. 1408. About Gansevoort South Hotel • Spa • Residences Located on the emerging north end of Collins Avenue between 23 and 24th Streets, Gansevoort South Hotel, Spa and Residences includes 334 oversized guest rooms, with a dramatic Grande Dame Suite; a 110-foot ocean view rooftop swimming pool on a 26,000-square-foot rooftop; a multi-level beach club designed by Stephane Dupoux; a second infinity-edge, ocean view pool surrounded by a 40,000-square-foot pool deck and dining oasis; 45,000-square-foot flagship DavidBartonGym+ Spa; STK and Philippe restaurants; a full city block of luxury boutiques; and the East Coast’s longest seamless shark tank with 27 types of fish and sharks that spans 50 feet of the lobby.A special room rate of $225 will be offered for Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 to ticket purchasers for the MCB Upper Room event. Call (305) 604-1000 and mention

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