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New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski Gives Ballet a Try

Posted by on 05.17.2016

New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski Gives Ballet a Try

Ballet continues to make it’s way into the mainstream.  Today’s tidbit is brought to you by Miami City Ballet dancer Nathalia Arja, who caught up with NFL superstar, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots when he was in Miami.  Ms. Arja gives his a little ballet tutorial then tests his skills at the end. Check out the adorable video below which hit GQ and The Scene today.  It’s harder than it looks, huh...

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Jon Taylor: Capturing Dance In Unexpected Places

Posted by on 05.16.2016

Jon Taylor: Capturing Dance In Unexpected Places

Last month while visiting New York City for Miami City Ballet’s spring tour, I received a Facebook message from a local dance photographer, Jon Taylor, asking if I would be interested in doing a photoshoot with him. By exploring his social media accounts, I discovered gorgeous photos of dancers surrounded by cityscapes and other outdoor venues. You may say, sure, but many photographers capture dancers in settings other than the stage. And to that I say, no one is doing it quite like Jon. The day we met for my shoot, we went in search of a backdrop by exploring a rather quiet part of town. It was fascinating to watch him scoping different locations. It wasn’t...

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New York, New York

Posted by on 05.10.2016

New York, New York

As I sit at my computer, another season of ballet has come and gone and I can hardly believe it.  Next year will be my 10th as a professional dancer: my 10th with Miami City Ballet.  As I look back over the year I see struggles, especially with injuries, but mostly I see triumphs, specifically those from our Spring Tour. Going on tour has always been exciting for our company.  Because we are separated geographically from the rest of the ballet world in this country, touring allows us to reach out to a whole new group of audience members.  This year we got to again visit the most educated (and picky) dance fans in America, New Yorkers.  Last time we visited the Big...

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Summer Intensives: Auditioning and Choosing the Right Program For You

Posted by on 01.08.2016

Summer Intensives: Auditioning and Choosing the Right Program For You

Ask any professional dancer about their training and you will find that many of their fondest memories are drawn from summer intensives. For five or six glorious weeks you get to visit a new place, dance all day, and make new life long friends. You experience new teachers, new styles, and new choreography. You find yourself away from the comfort of your home studio and get a taste of a whole different side to the dance world that you may not have known existed. But more importantly you begin to see what the world of professional ballet looks like, and it leaves you wanting more. Why are Summer Intensives so important to ballet training? For most ballet students,...

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Social Media Reacts to Misty Copeland’s Promotion To Principal at ABT

Posted by on 07.01.2015

Social Media Reacts to Misty Copeland’s Promotion To Principal at ABT

As you probably already know, yesterday American Ballet Theatre announced promotions for their upcoming season and with it came news that Misty Copeland will be ABT’s first African American Principal Dancer.  (Congrats Misty!) Normally news of promotions is huge in the ballet community, but this promotion was different.  Social Media was a buzz yesterday.  Have a look at the news by the numbers: __________________________________________ On June 30th, 2015, “Misty Copeland” was tweeted about over 25,000 times and the term ballet was found in over 27,000 tweets.  (Data courtesy of topsy.com.) In terms of Social Media, it’s not just the...

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Incorporating History into Dance Education

Posted by on 06.25.2015

Incorporating History into Dance Education

One of the great things about summer layoff, is that I have the wonderful opportunity to teach and coach the next generation of dancers.  Yesterday I sat down with my students and asked them if they had done the homework I had assigned to them on Monday.  A few hands shot up in the air with excitement.  “OK,” I told them, “Let’s talk about George Balanchine.” We started with his birth in 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia and his death in New York in 1983 at age 79.  I asked them why they thought I had them research George Balanchine. That elicited some quick responses: “Because you want us to understand his style,” and “You wanted us to look up...

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