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,..