Lexie Overholt gets behinds the lens!

This week, corps dancer Lexie Overhold gets behind the lens of our Instagram feed, snapping shots of the company preparing for another round of Nutcracker performances at the Arsht Center. While Lexie will be capturing the Nutcracker magic during the weekend, she will also be documenting all of the action occurring at our studios in Miami Beach.  The company is working hard in rehearsals for Program II: Tradition and Innovation, which opens at the Arsht Center in the New Year!  Look out for some fabulous photos of dancers in Liam Scarlett’s new world premiere, Balanchine’s Duo Concertant and Divertimento No. 15, and the popular Don Quixote Pas de Deux!

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Fun fact about Lexie: She has her own non-profit organization!  It is a scholarship and community outreach based organization for dancers by dancers, and is in the process of receiving its 501(c)(3) status. Stay tuned!

Chloe Freytag takes a stab at Instagram!

This week, Corps dancer Chloe Freytag takes over our Instagram feed as we count down the days to our opening of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at The Broward Center. You might have seen Chloe gracing the pages of SEVENTEEN Magazine earlier this year as one of five “Pretty Amazing” real-girls. We will see how Chloe fares behind the lens as she captures all of the backstage secrets that make MCB’s production of The Nutcracker so magical.  Follow us this week to get into the holiday spirit!

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Fun fact about Chloe: She is the youngest dancer in the company!

Here is a picture of Chloe being featured in SEVENTEEN Magazine.
We are PRETTY impressed!

Seventeen Magazine Article

Becoming Mother Commedia

Mother Commedia has big shoes to fill!  With a skirt weighing 50 POUNDS that houses 8 polichinelles underneath, creating this character is quite a production.  Find out some of the backstage secrets about becoming Mother Commedia in this video.  Or, watch Mother Commedia perform LIVE during Miami City Ballet’ s classic production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

Neil Marshall snaps shots on Instagram

Corps dancer Neil Marshall takes over our Instagram feed this week as the company works with the young, talented Liam Scarlett on his second world premiere for MCB. Neil first joined the company in 2007 and returns to MCB this season after one year dancing with Oregon Ballet Theatre.  We are so happy to have him back!

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Fun fact about Neil: According to the dancers, Neil has quite the affinity for baking…especially cakes, cookies and ice cream.  Yummy!

Aldeir Monteiro is here to take over our Instagram feed!

Aldeir Monteiro is extremely busy as a Miami City Ballet School Scholarship Apprentice. Yet, between daily ballet classes, rehearsals and performances with BOTH the company and school, he is finding some time to snap shots for our Instagram feed this week.  Aldeir will document his busy balancing-act between the company and school as MCB prepares for performances of Program I: Fire and Ice at the Kravis Center this weekend (Nov. 30-Dec.2).

Aldeir taking company class

Fun fact about Aldeir: Before he started to dance, he did artistic gymnastics.

Ratmansky Wrap-Up

“And in this century another choreographer,
Alexei Ratmansky, has arrived to revitalize ballet.”
—The New York Times

It was a rigorous but rewarding week at Miami City Ballet’s studios.  The renowned choreographer from Russia Alexei Ratmansky visited the company to prepare his work Symphonic Dances for its return to the stage in Program III: The Masters.   During his first visit to Miami last season, Ratmansky set out to create a new ballet — using the dancers as instruments that through various movements, formations, musical cues, and emotions would bring his artistic vision to life.  After a three whirlwind weeks of artistic creation, Ratmansky gave us Symphonic Dances, which enjoyed a one-night only gala premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

When Ratmansky returned this past week, his mission was entirely different.   He was here to fine-tune and perfect his creation, shaping it into the masterpiece he envisioned.  “This time, he is paying attention to the all of the smallest details,” said corps dancer Nathalia Arja who landed a leading role in the ballet.  Principal Jeanette Delgado seconded Arja saying that our dancers are being “pushed out of their comfort-zones.”  Ratmansky changed dancers’ roles, experimented with different casts, and persistently demanded more out of each unique dancer.

Principal Ballet Mistress Roma Sosenko and Ballet Mistress Joan Latham observed rehearsals and shared the following comments on their experience, “We love having Alexei back in Miami working on Symphonic Dances.  He is so committed to the work and we love watching his quality of movement.  He is so generous and giving and his coaching is as expansive as his heart.”

We are sure that our dancers’ hard work will pay off when the curtain rises on Symphonic Dances during Program III: The Masters, opening February 22 at Kravis Center, March 1 at Broward Center and March 8 at Adrienne Arsht Center.

Alexei Ratamansky’s Symphonic Dances is made possible in part by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Below are some photos of our dancers rehearsing Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances.

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This week’s Instagram photographer is…Nicole Mitchell!

As Miami City Ballet’s stage manager, Nicole Mitchell is a hard girl to track down. To find Nicole, one must venture deep into the theater’s core, behind the curtains, fancy lights and scenery, and into the elusive prompt corner.  Here — in the area adjacent to the proscenium — is Nicole’s domain, where she cues the dancers and stagehands and coordinates all of the behind-the-scenes action.  This week, Nicole will document the intricacies involved in producing a large scale performance when she takes over our Instagram feed during the company’s performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ in Naples.

Nicole in Greece

Nicole in Greece

Fun fact about Nicole: She is also an athlete!  Nicole held the record at her high school for long-jump and triple-jump.  Way to go, Nicole!

Christina Spigner guests on Instagram!

Company Apprentice Christina Spigner is eager to get behind the lens for our Instagram feed this week, as the in-demand choreographer from Russia, Alexei Ratmanksy, will be in our studios! This will be Christina’s first time working with the critically-acclaimed artist, as he prepares our dancers for their performance of Symphonic Dances in Program III.  We can’t wait to see all of the action caught on camera!

(c) Daniel Azoulay

Fun fact about Christina: Not only does Christina dance, but she also plays piano.  When she was younger, she played a piano double in a small film!

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