Postcard from Paris: Miami City Ballet Arrives

Posted By ArtBurst Team
September 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Miami City Ballet has just landed in France. It marks the debut performances of our city’s top ballet company in one of the cultural hubs of the world. So of course Artburst wants to hear all about it. Dancer Rebecca King will be obliging us and supplying us with the background to this amazing trip, starting here: “My name is Rebecca King and I am a Corps de Ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet; I will be taking you behind the scenes of Miami City Ballet’s Paris Tour as it happens. I am the purveyor of a blog entitled “Tendus Under a Palm Tree” ( and through the wonders of technology I will be sharing all of my experiences with everyone back in the states. So Miami, I ask you to cheer on your ballet company as we show Paris what we are made of. It took eight hours, 60 seats on an Air France flight, hours of planning and organizing, numerous shipping containers on a boat across the Atlantic, but Miami City Ballet has finally arrived in Paris. We have been waiting for months for this moment, and it has finally arrived.

View from under the Eiffel Tower

Since arriving on Saturday morning, the dancers have been the ultimate tourists. If you were in Paris and saw a group people with exceptional posture staring at a map with confused expressions, chances are it was a group of dancers. I am sure we stand out like a sore thumb. But we don’t care. We are in one of the most amazing places in the world. In the past three days, everyone has been breaking into groups to site see in the city; the Eiffel Tour, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Today was our first real day of work in the City of Light. We are performing at the Théâtre du Châtelet on the right bank of the Seine. The history of this theater is astounding. Famous composers including Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Richard Strauss, and Debussy have conducted their own works in this historic landmark. We are dancing in history. During the three weeks that we will be in Paris, we hope to make our own history. This is a very exciting moment for our company and for the city of Miami, as we represent our hometown and our native country. All of Paris knows we are here; it would be nearly impossible not to with the number of posters around the city and in the Metro. Tomorrow night is opening night. It is sure to be simply magical. The dancers all feel prepared and extremely excited. It is sure to be an experience that we will never forget. Stay tuned for more on Art Burst in the coming days.”

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