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Be Sure to Watch Miami City Ballet on PBS 10/28/11

Posted by on 10.27.2011

Be Sure to Watch Miami City Ballet on PBS 10/28/11

On Friday October 28th at 9:00 pm, Miami City Ballet will be coming into your living room by way of PBS’s Great Performances: Dance in America. (Check your local listings).  For this evening of dance, Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp, the company will showcase a broad range of strengths: precise classical ballet technique in George Balanchine’s Square Dance, contemporary athleticism with Twyla Tharp’s Golden Section, and neo-classical ballet with a western flare in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony. This program was filmed last September, during which I shared my experiences from the filming here on TENDUS.  After the filming...

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End of The Season Wrap Up.

Posted by on 05.05.2011

The Miami City Ballet dancers love ballet and we love our jobs.  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t look forward to the end of the season.  It is only understandable right?  This doesn’t make us bad people!  I mean, just look back at what we had crammed into the past 8 months: We started our season with a four -month crash course of John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.  We then spent two weeks filming three ballets for PBS’ Great Performances: Dance in America, Balanchine’s Square Dance, Tharp’s Golden Section, and Balanchine’s Western Symphony.  Then we hit the stage with Program I in October, followed by a nice long run of Nutcracker.  After...

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Interview With Matthew Diamond: Part II

Posted by on 10.01.2010

I am so excited to bring you the second installment of my interview with Matthew Diamond, the Director of Miami City Ballet’s PBS premier.  Find out more about his work in his own words. What was the biggest challenge you faced during this process? I feel I must get to the same level of proficiency (from my point of view) that the dancers have. Since the company has been steeped in these ballets for years, and I have been at this for just several weeks, the pressure is greatest in playing catch-up. How long will it take you to edit the film and what will that process involve? Three weeks, more or less, with my brilliant editor, Girish Bhargava, whom I...

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Interview With Matthew Diamond: Part I

Posted by on 09.29.2010

I am so pleased to bring you an interview with the man who directed Miami City Ballet’s PBS special “Great Performances: Dance In America”, Matthew Diamond.  Mr. Diamond approached me in the studios after reading my first post about the PBS filming.  He was very interested in it and told me he would be happy to answer any questions that I had.   Not only did he reach out to me, he tried to reach out to all the dancers and get to know them all on a personal level during the time we worked with him.  By the end it seemed that he knew every dancers name.  He would come up on stage in between takes for pep talks during the...

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PBS Filming Diary: Day Nine of Filming.

Posted by on 09.19.2010

That’s a Wrap! (O.K. well not quite yet, but we sure are getting close!)   It is an hour into the last day of filming for Miami City Ballet’s PBS special, “Great  Performances: Dance In America.” Today the finale of Square Dance is being filmed and  everyone is getting a little antsy! (While everyone was getting ready we were watching  Saturday Night Live videos on Hulu!) So today as a wrap-up post (pun totally intended), I am going to answer a few of the  questions that readers have sent in to me through email and twitter: What is the theme of the program?  I assume it’s not “Balanchine”...

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PBS Filming Diary: Day Eight of Filming

Posted by on 09.18.2010

We are approaching the end! The dancers have completed shooting for the boys dance in Balanchine’s Square Dance, and they are currently spacing the girls dance.  The boys did their dance four times full-out, straight through, in 45 minutes.  For anyone out there who has danced this ballet, you will know that that is no small feat.  But they all survived, and now onto the hardest part for the girls!  All that is left for tomorrow: the male principal’s solo and the finale. Our physical therapist and stage manager fashioned some artistic posters to keep the dancers up beat!  There are some in the wings and in the warm-up area.  Here are a few of my...

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