Ballet

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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A Book For Every Aspiring Dancer: ‘Girl In Motion’

Posted by on 06.28.2012

A Book For Every Aspiring Dancer: ‘Girl In Motion’

Those of you who spend quite a bit of time in the online dance community have probably heard that former Miami City Ballet Dancer, Miriam Wenger-Landis, has just come out with her second novel, Breaking Pointe (which was given it’s name long before the CW television show premiered).  In honor of the release of her second book, Ms. Wenger-Landis has agreed to two interviews for TENDUS, one on each of her publications. Girl in Motion the prequel to Breaking Pointe, follows young aspiring ballet dancer, Anna, as she makes the transition from her home town to the world of competitive ballet schools.  Anna encounters many ups and downs in her two years at the School...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Coppélia

Posted by on 03.20.2012

Profile of a Great Ballet: Coppélia

Coppélia first premiered May 25, 1870 at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra in Paris.  This classic ballet in three acts was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon and set to a score by Léo Delibes.  The plot follows a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann: The curtain opens on an European town as an old man, Dr. Coppélius hobbles out of his house.  The town is mystified by this elderly citizen, as no one really knows exactly what he does.  A beautiful young woman is sitting on the balcony of his house reading a book.  As he looks up at her with delight, he renters his home. Our story’s heroine, Swanhilda, now enters.  Dancing around the stage in search...

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A Look Into The Future

Posted by on 01.16.2012

A Look Into The Future

Professional ballet dancers live for ballets that challenge them, excite them, and promote them to grow as artists.  There is nothing quite like preparing for, and conquering meaningful works.  Last weekend’s shows were exceptionally special for the company, as well as for me. Having the opportunity to take part in a World Premier is a very unique experience, but our newest ballet is something extra special.  Liam Scarlett’s Viscera premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Friday January 6th to resounding applause and a standing ovation.  Though this piece was inspired by the movement qualities of Miami City Ballet...

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Nutcracker’s Contribution To The Art Form

Posted by on 11.30.2011

Nutcracker’s Contribution To The Art Form

The other day I found a fascinating article from “D Magazine” out of Dallas.  The author, Peter Simek, posed an interesting question with the title: Is the Nutcracker Saving Ballet, Or Killing It?  Mr. Simek quotes Ben Stevenson, Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater, as he describes the financial reasons for companies’ continuing to put on productions of The Nutcracker year after year.  Simek says, “a company’s season will make or break based on The Nutcracker.” American companies all count on the fact that this traditional holiday show will pack the house and rake in the money. So would companies continue to put Nutcracker...

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