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Summer Teaching Diaries: Fostering Young Dancers’ Love for Ballet

Posted by on 07.22.2014

Summer Teaching Diaries: Fostering Young Dancers’ Love for Ballet

Dancers all know that more work is put in offstage than onstage.  The same goes for young people studying ballet.  Though they may not be assigned “homework” as they are in school, education outside the studio is just as important as the education they are receiving at the barre. There are many small dance studios across the country and around the world. Not every aspiring dancer has the great fortune of attending a professional school where the tradition of ballet surrounds them day in and day out. Not every student has access to professional quality performances, showcasing generations of beloved productions. However, in today’s high-tech society,...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Valse

Posted by on 04.01.2013

Profile of a Great Ballet: La Valse

George Balanchine’s La Valse has been a staple of Miami City Ballet’s repertoire for years.  Not only have we performed this excellent work all across South Florida, we waltzed on the Parisian stage where the music premiered in 1920.  Since performing this ballet in a beautiful theater with such history, this Balanchine work has become incredibly close to our hearts. I recently decided to delve more into the story and premise in order to have a more complete understanding of Balanchine’s vision.  He choose to create a plot within this 30 minute work, but as is often the case with Balanchine choreography, the story is complex and open for...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Apollo

Posted by on 01.19.2013

Profile of a Great Ballet: Apollo

I am ashamed to admit it, but until the beginning of this season, I had never seen George Balanchine’s Apollo. OK, well maybe I had seen it, but I had never really seen it.  Life changed for me on that Thursday evening sitting in the house of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  I know that sounds dramatic, but it gave me a whole new respect for Balanchine’s choreography (and if you are a regular reader, you know I am already a big fan.) The morning after my first real viewing of Apollo, I sat with my coffee and my Balanchine books to study up on the ballet’s story and history before seeing it again that evening.  I...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Theme and Variations.

Posted by on 11.10.2010

In 1947 Ballet Theater commissioned George Balanchine to create a ballet on their dancers.  They requested “ballet in the grand manner” and they got exactly what they were looking for.  With Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 to inspire him, Balanchine created a ballet that some will say is closer to Petipa than any other ballet he created.  The ballet premiered in November 1947, starring Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch. Theme has always been an important part of American Ballet Theater’s repertory.  Balanchine brought this ballet to his own company in 1960, with Violettte Very and Edward Villella in the principal roles. Dancers who have performed...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Sonnambula.

Posted by on 08.02.2010

Day One of our 2010-2011 season is over. It was a long day of rehearsals and now its time to kick back, relax, enjoy a delicious dinner, and perhaps a glass of wine? (It helps to relax the muscles right?) It is always fun and exciting to start working on a new ballet and right off the bat we started with a Balanchine ballet that I have yet to see, but already can’t wait to perform. ©Miami City Ballet This season in Program II we will be performing “La Sonnambula.” Our first rehearsal today was for the corps dancers, or “The Guests,” and I thought I would take a moment to share with you the story and premise behind this ballet. New...

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Favorites.

Posted by on 07.15.2010

Tonight I found this video of Miami City Ballet in Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperial” (later renamed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2). I first came in contact with this ballet when it was a part of our 2008-2009 season. We performed this work many times and it never got old. I had so much fun each and every time I danced this ballet; onstage and off. I don’t know if it is the gorgeous costumes, beautiful music, or inspired choreography, but it is definitely a favorite of mine. Watching this video brought back great memories. The section shown in this clip is one of the most dramatic in my opinion. There is a moment where the corps men and...

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