MCB Welcomes Simone Messmer
Miami City Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Simone Messmer to the Company, joining the ranks as Principal Dancer. As a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre, she has been acclaimed as “ardently playful… appealingly impulsive” (The New York Times) and as possessing a “magnificent… almost eerie emotional depth onstage” (Time Out New York).
“I am thrilled to welcome Simone into the Miami City Ballet family and I am very much looking forward to introducing her to our South Florida audiences,” says MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. “During the years I watched Simone at American Ballet Theatre, she approached each of her roles with an inborn musicality, a distinct elegance, and a remarkable versatility. Given these qualities she will fit right in among our other magnificent female principal dancers and help usher in Miami City Ballet’s 30th anniversary season.”
“I am so happy to have found Miami City Ballet,” says Ms. Messmer. “They are a company that shares my commitment to artistic integrity and growth, and I look forward to to adding my voice to the company’s extraordinary and ever-morphing tapestry.”
Ms. Messmer began her professional career with ABT in 2003, rising to the rank of Soloist in 2010. While in the company, Ms. Messmer originated major roles in new works by Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Symphony #9, On the Dnieper – as well as by Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. Her extraordinary range extends from Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen to Giselle’s Myrtha.
Her other repertoire with ABT included The Bright Stream, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Company B, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In The Upper Room, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.
Ms. Messmer joined San Francisco Ballet in 2013 performing Principal roles in Balanchine’s Agon and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Chamber Symphony. Other major roles included “The Man I Love” in Balanchine’s Who Cares, The Firebird in Passokov’s The Firebird, and appearances in works by Mark Morris and Liam Scarlett.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Simone Messmer began studying dance at the age of nine at Ballet Arts Minnesota. At 14, she continued her training at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., and was awarded the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for Excellence in Dance. At 16, she resumed her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis. Ms. Messmer participated in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in 2001 and joined ABT Studio Company in that same year.
Ms. Messmer was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship in 2010.