Paris Tour

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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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 extraordinary...

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Paris 2011: The End

Posted by on 07.24.2011

Paris 2011: The End

I cannot believe that it has come time to write this post. Our Paris tour is over. These past three weeks were truly the highlight of my career and I am sure that every other company member would agree. Three spectacular weeks, 14 ballets, 17 shows, amazing audiences, and packed houses every night. There were lines out the door and around the corner for last minute tickets for our final shows. Miami City Ballet really was the talk of Paris. Last night brought our final Parisian show, stirring up a mass of emotions. Not only were we sad to bid farewell to this wonderful experience, but we also were mourning the loss of friends who were to dance their last ballets...

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Kicking off Week 3 in Paris.

Posted by on 07.19.2011

Today marks the first day of Miami City Ballet’s third and last week in Paris. What a whirlwind it has been thus far. Standing ovations, numerous curtain calls, and amazing ballets: we are so lucky. Last week brought the end for some ballets and the Paris premier of others. On Tuesday evening Paul Taylor’s Promethean Fire and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations stepped out on stage. The audience was swept away by Promethean just as they were when we premiered the ballet in Miami last February. Jerome Robbin’s In The Night was also met with rousing applause when it premiered on Thursday night. What a performance it was for all the dancers involved. I just...

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Paris, Week One.

Posted by on 07.11.2011

Our first week in Paris has come to an end, and what a week it was.  We could not have asked for anything more.  Last night we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at a New York Times recommended restaurant, “Chez Julien” near Notre Dame.  We sat outside in a cobble stone courtyard next to an old church that was covered in ivy.  Every building in this city looks as if it is a piece of art; built with extreme care and crafty hands. During dinner, while enjoying delicious French wine, we reflected back on the past week. We all commented on the company’s current sense of community.  Miami City Ballet has always felt like a big happy family, but in the midst of such a...

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