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When former Miami City Ballet prima ballerina Mary Carmen Catoya debuts as Arts Ballet Theatre (ABT) of Florida’s principal dancer, it will be a double reunion of sorts. She danced with ABT’s guest choreographer, Alberto Méndez, in his work Tarde en la Siesta years ago. “I did many ballets with him,” she says, including the part of the youngest sister in Tarde en la Siesta. Catoya was 14 y..

Few songs inspire as much national pride as the Colombian classic, “La Pollera Colora” (The Red Skirt). This folk song sings the praises of a beautiful woman who dances to the beat of cumbia, a musical style from the country’s Atlantic coast. Since the time of the Spanish conquest, cumbia has united instruments and sounds from Colombia’s mixed African, indigenous and European heritage. ..

Daily, Michelle Grant-Murray regularly steps into the varied roles of mother-wife-daughter-teacher-dancer-choreographer, so it is no surprise that her latest solo work, Kahina, A Tangled Root, is an exploration of the female body in all of its complex manifestations. “I started working on it as an investigation of my own body and it starting to develop into other things, and became very la..

Havana Habibi, a film by local dancer Tiffany “Hanan” Madera, has been in the works for more than a decade. Havana Habibi documents Madera’s experience teaching belly dance in Cuba to a small group of women from the University of Havana’s History Department. This artistic exchange led to the formation of Cuba’s first Arabic dance company, Grupo Aisha Al-Hanan, and transformed both Hanan a..

Among the fiercest controversies of our time is the debate over the proper beat on which to “break,” or change direction, while dancing salsa: on the first beat or the second? Here in Miami, most folks dance on the 1, the beat favored in Cuban rueda. But on a soggy Saturday afternoon, the Dance Class Junkie finds herself in North Miami Beach, dancing on the 2. Stepping into the VK..

The stamina of a ballet dancer can be measured in a few minutes of high leaps and multiple pirouettes. That of an artistic director, to make a mark, must cover years of jumping over organizational hurdles and staying focused throughout turns of taste. About to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the International Ballet Festival of Miami has shown holding power of both kinds. At the helm ..

In Andalucía, Spain’s southernmost region and the birthplace of flamenco, during the dog days of summer the sun doesn’t go down until after 10:00 p.m., and it’s only then that any self-respecting flamenco festival kicks into gear. The beer and wine flow, kids play in the dirt aisles between sets and the singers, like vampires, only stop with the first light of morning. It was with a p..

On a spring night at Wynwood Walls two years ago, the air turned compliantly invigorating as a crowd of Miami City Ballet devotees, animated as if by South Florida prescription, strode about toasting to a successful performance season. What made this gathering special beyond our local predilection for partying, however, was a dance presentation by Miami City Ballet corps member Adriana Pierce...

On August 20-22nd, the Ifé Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival returns to Miami for its 17th year. Annually, the festival offers workshops, panel discussions and performances of Cuban dance and music, led by visiting artists and masters in the field. The 2015 festival is super-charged due to an infusion of funding and assistance from the Knight Foundation, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Ce..

Midway between Lisbon and San Francisco, Florida is the perfect destination to celebrate a new tropical dance from the former Portuguese colonies in Africa. That’s why a group of kizomba enthusiasts from far-flung locations set their sites on Miami Beach. “We thought we would bring the U.S. and Europe together,” explains Yair, a Haitian-born dancer who spoke to Artburst from San Francisco,..

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If musical talent was encoded in our DNA, Carlos Averhoff, Jr. inherited a genetic boon. Born in Havana to Cuban saxophone legend Carlos Averhoff Sr., his official bio playfully claims that he learned to play in the womb, and one can easily envision his father tapping rhythms against his mother’s belly. This week, Averhoff, Jr. brings those rhythms, as well as new ones he’s learned along ..

Last Friday, Nu Deco Ensemble opened its first season at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood to a very enthusiastic and casual looking crowd. The mood was intimate, with the space’s 200 stadium-style seats surrounding the stage. The people in the first row were so close to the musicians that they could have reached over and plucked the strings on their instruments. Most clas..

Classical music in the United States has been in survival mode for some time now. Symphony orchestras folding, opera companies deflating, and music programs torn up by school curricula are but a few smidgens of proof. But can music truly be called irrelevant, or stale? In whichever form it is offered, at least one person will have a deep connection to it. When a lot of people guzzle l..

Marc Ribot’s musical career spans multiple decades, and even more sounds. His lush guitar riffs have played with everyone from Tom Waits and John Zorn to Elvis Costello and Norah Jones. This week, for the first time in his storied career, Tigertail Productions brings Marc Ribot to Miami for a solo concert at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Celebrated not just for his immense talent, but..

Running a big band has never been easy. But how do you manage it when all the members are busy with their own separate careers? Technology. The 14 Jazz Orchestra, whose members have performed with some of the world’s biggest stars, will play together on Monday. The 13-piece ensemble appears at the Miami Jazz Coop’s weekly Rent Party in Coral Gables. In the old days, explained ..

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El éxodo del Mariel (1980) fue uno de los capítulos más dramáticos en la historia del exilio cubano, inesperada crisis migratoria para los Estados Unidos, y desafío de proporciones colosales para el sur de la Florida. Con el pasar del tiempo, es fácil olvidar y caer en la complacencia. Por ello, muchos cubanos como Neri Torres ( consideran imprescind..

La fórmula de Micro Teatro Miami es elegantemente sencilla: Teatro en pequeñas porciones, puestas en escena ingeniosas, y actores conocidos, presentados en un ambiente íntimo a precios razonables. El resultado ha sido uno de los éxitos más inesperados y duraderos en la escena cultural del sur de la Florida. Usando como salas de teatro siete contenedores estratégicamente ubicados en l..

El pianista, compositor y arreglista puertorriqueño José Negroni es un prototipo del músico del siglo XXI. El impacto de las nuevas tecnologías, incluyendo el desguace de las viejas estructuras de la industria de la música, ha abierto nuevas posibilidades pero también grandes desafíos. Ser excelente tocando un instrumento, o ser un compositor capaz es, más que nunca, sólo parte de los re..

Suena a desafío. Conjugar una obra literaria austera y trágica con una expresión musical y bailable de gran riqueza y pasión, buscando unirlas de manera coherente y emotiva. El reto, sin embargo, no detuvo a llisa Rosal, directora artística del Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, compañía de danza de proyección internacional que ella fundara en Miami en 1985 y que se ha dedicado a promover el f..

Bajo agua. Así se estima quedará Miami Beach a fines de siglo si no se toman medidas drásticas. De ahí que la organización artística sin fines de lucro FUNDarte y el grupo activista sobre sustentabilidad de vida Earth Learning (, hayan tomado la iniciativa de compartir con el público la urgencia de los problemas ecológicos que afectan la región mediante un evento..

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Artburst is a multi-platform media bureau for the arts in Miami-Dade. We hire seasoned journalists with experience covering the arts to write articles, reviews, previews and features on dance and music performances and events. We will also write feature articles on local artists and arts executives. In addition we produce videos and radio spots.