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Experiencing Miami City Ballet From the Audience

Posted by on 10.24.2011

Experiencing Miami City Ballet From the Audience

Opening Weekend marks the end of Miami City Ballet’s rehearsal period and a welcome break from the studios.  Our lives constantly revolve around the stage: even when we are not there, we are preparing for our next round of shows. Getting back into the swing of performing again is something that we look forward to all summer long. There we were, back again.  The last time we had stood beneath the bright lights of the stage was in Paris, and now it was finally time for a homecoming.  It was Friday October 21st at 7:45 pm.  I was walking from backstage to my orchestra seat in the house, after wishing all the dancers “Merde,” a ballet dancer’s...

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Opening Weekend 2011-2012 Season

Posted by on 10.20.2011

Opening Weekend 2011-2012 Season

Friday evening marks the official beginning of Miami City Ballet’s 2011-2012 season. Here we go, another beginning to another exciting season. Program I brings South Floridians a peak of our Paris tour this past July.  George Balanchine’s Square Dance will open the evening with precise and energetic steps showing off the dancers’ technique.  After the first intermission, the audience will find themselves delighted by Jerome Robbins Afternoon of a Faun and Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy. The evening will end with Twyla Tharp’s extraordinary In The Upper Room, which is always a crowd pleaser! Tomorrow night, I am going to have the...

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Americans in Paris: Part Deux

Posted by on 08.29.2011

Americans in Paris: Part Deux

Miami City Ballet’s Paris tour has come and gone, but I am pleased to present you with the second and final installment of my behind-the-scenes video blogs. In “Part Deux” you will find interviews with dancers, Artistic Director Edward Villella, and much more. So I hope you enjoy peaking behind the curtain, one last time, when we were “Americans in Paris”.       Click here for the first installment of Americans in...

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The Conception of A World Premier.

Posted by on 08.24.2011

The Conception of A World Premier.

This season Miami City Ballet will be presenting two World Premiers, one by the exceedingly popular Russian choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, and the second by a young up-and-coming British choreographer, Liam Scarlett.  For the past two and a half weeks we have been working with Scarlett on his new work set to the music of Lowell Liebermann’s 1st Piano Concerto. The ballet is now finished and is something that is sure to wow South Florida audiences come January.   During the process of creating a ballet, no one knows what the final product will be, not even the choreographer.  When an older piece is being added to the repertoire, it has been danced countless...

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Americans In Paris: Part One

Posted by on 08.14.2011

Americans In Paris: Part One

Miami City Ballet’s Paris tour has come and gone, but I am pleased to present you with Part I of my behind-the-scenes video blogs. In this installment you will find clips of the dancers touring around the city, as well as video from rehearsals and performances on the Théâtre du Châtelet stage. So I hope you enjoy peaking behind the curtain when we were “Americans in Paris”.      

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Reflecting.

Posted by on 08.01.2011

Reflecting.

Now that our three week tour to Paris has come and gone, I have had an opportunity to look back and reflect on this land-mark event for Miami City Ballet and it’s dancers.  I feel as if we all grew as artists in this short period and the lessons that we have learned will never be forgotten.  Here is what I learned:   –The company’s sense of community is extremely real. If you were to stand in the wings during any of our performances in Paris, you would find almost all the other dancers who were not dancing to be standing in the wings watching, stretching, and warming up.  The backstage crew had to remind us numerous times that because of the...

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