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Rebecca King was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Calif. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.

King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. Since then, she has worked with many of today’s most sought-after choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett and Justin Peck. She has danced in the majority of MCB’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full-length ballets and contemporary works. Since 2010, she has served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers.

In 2010, she founded a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. In the summer of 2016, she launched a podcast, Conversations on Dance, with fellow dancer Michael Sean Breeden.  King is currently a member of the guest faculty of The Dance Academy of Stuart in Stuart, FL.

Ms. King has been with Miami City Ballet for ten years. Her repertoire includes:

George Balanchine:

Allegro Brilliante, Square Dance, Concerto Barocco, Ballo della Regina (Soloist), Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds), Nutcracker (Spanish Principal), Raymonda Variation (Soloist), Bugaku, Symphony in 3 Movements, The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), Ballet Imperial, Serenade, Symphony in C, Bourrée Fantasque, La Source, Episodes, Scotch Symphony, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, La Sonnambula, Divertimento No. 15, La Valse (Three Muses), Who Cares?, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Swan Lake Act II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Christopher Wheeldon:

Polyphonia (Waltz Couple)

Alexei Ratmanky:

Symphonic Dances

Justin Peck:


Liam Scarlett:

Viscera, Euphotic

Paul Taylor:

Company B (Rum and Coke), Mercuric Tidings

Twyla Tharp:

Golden Section, NIGHTSPOT (created for Miami City Ballet by Twyla Tharp in 2008), Sweet Fields, Baker’s Dozen

Jerome Robbins:

Fancy Free (Purse Girl), Fanfare, West Side Story Suite, The Concert

John Cranko:

Romeo and Juliet

Classical Repertoire:

Don Quixote, Gypsy Principal (Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky), Giselle (Adam / Traditional after Coralli and Perrot), Copellia (Trad., after Delibes / Saint-Leon)

Rebecca King in George Balanchine's Raymonda Variations.

Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations. Photo by Julian Duque.

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