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,..
As programs like the recent Dance USA conference continue to shine a spotlight on Miami’s flourishing dance community, choreographers are constantly looking for new ways to finance and get their work seen. Programs like Miami Light Project’s pioneering Here & Now commissioning series and Miami Theater Center’s Sand Box Series have proven that directly supporting generative artists is a key..
The following concludes a three-part interview Artburst conducted with Miami City Ballet dancer Rebecca King, on social media’s effects on the world of ballet.
Artburst: Paloma Herrera in a May 2015 interview with Dance Magazine gave as one of her three reasons for retiring from American Ballet Theater, “feeling kind of like a dinosaur regarding the social media frenzy that now shapes ball..
The following is the second excerpt of a three-part interview Artburst conducted with Miami City Ballet dancer Rebecca King, on social media’s effects on the world of ballet.
(Part I: www.artburstmiami.com/dance-articles/mcb-s-rebecca-king-interview-part-i-ballet-and-social-media ()).
Artburst: In an interview with Jessica Wallis at” DIYdancer” (6/24/2013), you said that you cons..
We all feel it -- that compulsive inner imperative to respond to multiple streams of instant messages, 5+ email accounts, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, LinkedIn prompts -- social media demands form a part-time job that, for many of us, has become an essential part of living and working.
And the world of ballet is no exception. As recently as May 2015, Paloma Herrera, principal bal..
Gary and Karen Knofflock flew more than 8,000 miles from their home in Blenheim, New Zealand, to dance at the Miami Salsa Congress this year. It was the couple’s first trip to Miami, yet they already knew all of the moves taught at the Salsa Lovers Saturday afternoon workshop.
“We learned from the Salsa Lovers’ DVD,” Gary Knofflock reveals. He and his wife were part of a group of eight Kiw..