Miami City Ballet dancers’ picks of the 2014-15 season

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By Adria Greenhauff, Miami City Ballet

Its 2013-2014 season may have come to a close just a few weeks ago, but Miami City Ballet is already gearing up for the new season ahead. Our dancers returned to the studios on June 9th to begin learning next season’s ballets. They’re beginning with choreographer Justin Peck’s new work with street artist Shepard Fairey, best known for his Obama Hope poster and for his large murals adorning Miami’s popular Wynwood neighborhood.

With the 2014-2015 season right around the corner, our dancers don’t have to wait too long before they can get our hands on the most anticipated works of the year.

Corps de ballet dancer Michael Breeden recently shared his excitement about the ballets he can’t wait to perform on the Miami City Ballet blog. “For me, there are some obvious highlights. Two great Balanchine works, Symphony in Three Movements and Allegro Brillante, are back in the repertoire for the first time since 2009,” he said. “Though the two works came from one great mind, they are alike only in the fact that they are brilliant works set to genius compositions (Allegro to music by Tchaikovsky, and Symphony in Three to music by Stravinsky).”

Principal dancer Jeanette Delgado also weighed in, saying, “Next season is going to be thrilling! There are some oldies (but goodies) as well as some brand new works! I am looking forward to a lot of the ballets like Richard Alston’s Carmen and Justin Peck’s new work, as well as Raymonda Variations and Allegro Brillante, which are both beautiful Balanchine ballets the company has not performed in a while.”

She adds, “Raymonda Variations was a ballet that I performed when I was pretty young in the school. I found it to be so challenging and I remember feeling extremely nervous. The ballerina has two variations and two pas de deux and it is very challenging technically. I am looking forward to reuniting with this ballet now that I have a few more years under my belt and seeing what I can learn from it and bring to the role!”

Romeo and Juliet. Dancers Patricia Delgado and Renan Cerdeiro. Photo by Alberto Oviedo