Posted by Rebecca King on 05.10.2016
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 Apple as a company was in 2009 at City Center. The scale of dance history in that theater was something I thought could never be topped. And then we stepped foot on the Koch Theater stage, built by Balanchine and home to the New York City Ballet.
This was the tour we had waited all season for: seven ballets, six shows, in five days. The rep included ballets we were comfortable with and ones that had gained us recognition in the past. The entire experience felt like a whirlwind. The first day, when I got to the stage for rehearsal of George Balanchine’s, Serenade, I was overcome with emotion. The Koch theater is beautiful from the house, but you should really see it from the stage. The view took my breath away. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that moment will stay with us forever.
Opening night came and went. It felt like one of the most triumphant moments I have been a part of with this company. I couldn’t believe the compliments people were bestowing upon us, also moments I will never forget. The reception was generous and welcoming, and the reviews were overwhelming. Next stop was Minneapolis and Chicago: three nights for sold-out audiences and plenty of curtain calls. We are so lucky to feel so welcomed wherever we go.
Touring is an important part of company life. Every time we visit a new city, I feel like we all come together as a group and become closer onstage and off. As a company we know we are stronger together. We support each other and love each other. This is a rare thing in our world, and I am grateful that it continues to come across to audiences night after night, city after city.