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Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovActors’ Playhouse is one of 14 major cultural organizations in Miami-Dade County and the largest self-producer of critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theatre for adults and children in South Florida. But even after 156 Mainstage productions, 140 Children’s Theatre productions, 85 Carbonell Awards (the South Florida equivalent of the Tony Award) for artistic excellence, and a South Florida’s Theatre Company of the Year Award, the theatre hasn’t deviated from its 30-year old agenda – “to enrich South Florida's cultural vitality with the highest caliber classic and contemporary live theatre productions and to provide comprehensive educational outreach programs to multi-cultural audiences and a supportive and creative work environment for Florida-based theatre professionals,” all while preserving “the identity of its home venue, the historic Miracle Theatre,” as Barbara S. Stein, Executive Producing Director puts it. The Miracle Theatre …

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovOn so many different levels, Microtheater Miami offers professionals creative freedom while providing the public with what a traditional theater experience never could – a diversity of shows within a single, inimitably cozy night. Every Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm to 12 am, all year round, just like the pumpkin in Cinderella, 7 shipping containers are transformed into little theatrical gems; their walls witnessing a gushing stream of 15-minute plays in both English and Spanish, inspired by a specific theme. Plays are performed 8 times per night, cost only $6 each, and together constitute a continuous, annual cycle, charged with the same rapid-fire dynamics of a single evening – unlike traditional theater seasons, Microtheater Miami starts a new season every 5 weeks, for a total of 10 theater seasons annually. A specific theme is selected every season, and open calls for original plays inspired by it result in 7 to 8 original plays per season. On …

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar Petrov$5 tickets to live theater performances, events and museums for ages 13 to 22. Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, has been working with all kinds of cultural institutions since its launch in 2004 to bring eclectic compositions of cultural destinations and shows to teens and young adults between the age of 13 and 22 for an affordable price. Not only do all events cost only $5, but the program also allows participants to purchase a second ticket for $5 for a person of any age. Culture Shock Miami keeps going strong, entering its 2018-2019 season. As a result, certain art forms and events no longer seem out of young people’s financial reach. Culture Shock Miami strives to level the playing field, so the youth can develop a taste for culture according to their inner voice rather than their pocket. But Culture Shock Miami owes its continuous success to the constant search for …

Theater Etiquette

Theater Etiquette

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Annie Sparks1. Dress for the occasion. Wear something a little more elegant than usual. Be comfortable, but polished. It’s part of the experience. 2. Avoid wearing too much perfume or aftershave. Imagine sitting next to someone wearing a scent that you simply cannot stand. Avoid doing that to others and go easy on the shpritz!If you’re on time, you’re late3. “If you’re on time, you’re late” is a crucial rule of thumb. Arriving 15-30 minutes before the show allows time for everyone to get comfortably seated. In many instances, when you’re late, a venue will not allow you to enter until the end of the first number. Some may have a monitor so you could watch while in exile, but if you want to see the live performance for which you’ve paid, come early. Don’t be the person who makes everyone get up so you could reach your seat after the show has started! 4. If you’re one to enjoy a candy or need a cough drop to refrain from coughing during the …

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovThe theatre is an all-around entertainment for the senses, but for those with sensory issues, not only do theatre performances often turn into torture, but when they respond to their distress, a sense of judgment quickly takes over the halls.However, that’s slowly starting to change. The true spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance has reached South Florida.The need for such “sensory-friendly” performances, as they’re often referred to, had long been overlooked. Children with these disorders and their parents love going to the theatre as much as the next person, but they usually face two options – going to a performance directed at a general audience and hoping to be spared of a sensory overload, or not going at all. But that changed in South Florida last year when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts introduced performances specifically designed for individuals with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown …

OUR PICKS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON

OUR PICKS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

South Florida’s symphonic music scene is as eclectic as they come, with groups performing classical, extravagant and innovative musical productions that transcend genres, tastes, cultures, and even entire art forms. Yes, you can catch classics like Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms; we are blessed with world-class symphonies and orchestras. But you can also experience modern, live performances to epic movie soundtracks like “Game Of Thrones” or popular video games like “The Legend of Zelda”. These performances cultivate the symphony lovers of tomorrow quite innovatively. Nu Deco Ensemble is arguably the most imaginative approach to symphony, and worthy of a specific mention. The diverse group of musicians embarks on “genre-bending musical explorations” with creative additions such as DJs, dancers, and visual media artists.The South Florida opera scene might not be as eclectic as the symphony one, but it surely isn’t any less impressive. In fact, it’s like a compact …

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19  Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19 Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The lineup includes performances that re-tell mythical/historical womensí narratives with new perspective. This month, La Medea (cover) reimagines Euripedes’ Greek tragedy as an interactive Latin-disco variety show. The genre-bending musical/simulcast/feature film is performed, shot and edited in real time— promising a provocative and unpredictable ride for cast, crew and audiences alike. Hailed as “a spectacle that upends any attempt to pin it down” by Broadway World, La Medea portrays not a dangerous foreigner, but an infinite woman rejecting the gaze imposed upon her. This spring, in The Fourth Light, Persian electroacoustic duo Niyaz team up with interactive design artist Jerome Delapierre for an immersive tribute to the under-recognized first female Sufi mystic and poet. Live music, sacred dance and advance technologies help merge the real and the virtual for a multi-sensory spiritual experience. Last month, the season opened—gothically—with The Black …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The high school students, who also receive their training at MDC Wolfson Campus, earn dual enrollment credits from Miami Dade College as NWSA students. Fully accredited by The National Associations of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design, New World School of the Arts provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training and academic and creative development, while preparing students for professional careers in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, New World School of the Arts’ acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based …

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

Performing Arts

Published 9/27/18

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opens up the art of dance with a new program of “Dance Talks” hosted by arts writer and longtime former Miami Herald Dance Critic Jordan Levin. This series of pre- and post-performance discussions surrounding the Center’s 2018-2019 Dance Series is meant to demystify, enlighten, and expand your appreciation of this beautiful art form.Before each performance, you are invited to a 45 min discussion with Dance Critic Jordan Levin, as well as guest artists and experts that will focus on the background, story, qualities and significance of that evening's dance company. After the show, you are invited again to participate in a short, informal, guided conversation to talk about what you saw, ask questions, and share your thoughts with other audience members.These talks are created to develop a sense of community, promote a better understanding of dance, and help everyone to better enjoy this magnificent art form.On Saturday, October 27 at 8pm, …

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home  for 33 Years

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home for 33 Years

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

- By Petar Petrov -And how could it be any other way – Lourdes Lopez, who was recently named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine, danced with New York City Ballet for 24 years under the guidance of none other than George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She joined them when she was only 16, was promoted to soloist at the age of 23, and to principal 3 years later. Balanchine’s artistic influence on Lopez didn’t fade away with the end of her stage career; on the contrary, she continued to pay him tribute by becoming the executive director of The George Balanchine Foundation. But Miami City Ballet’s story dates far back before Lopez joined the show. It all started in 1985 when Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin spread her passion for ballet like a relentless force of nature, managing to persuade founding artistic director Edward Villella to get behind the wheel of her vision, as well as multiple parties to fund it. …

Israeli Folk Dancing A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Israeli Folk Dancing A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

- By Annie Sparks -Today, Israel’s heart continues to pulse in sync with all kinds of music; rhythms that originated from practically every continent on earth. Of course, the lyrics were changed to Hebrew. From many of these songs over 3,000 dances we choreographed to a set of steps, done exactly same way across Israel and around the globe. From Arabic inspired dances to Samba, and everything in between, you can find it all. Israeli folk dancing remains a popular recreational activity in Israel today, taking place in public areas and attracting over 100,000 dancers. Some dances are done in circles, whereas others are performed in lines or by couples. The more advanced dancers meet on a weekly basis in organized classes all over Israel and in all parts of the world, reaching as far as Australia and Japan. Although Israeli dancing originated in the Jewish state, in the spirit of the cultural diversity it celebrates, there are many non-Jewish dancers.Hundreds of new …

The 2nd Annual Miami International Ballet Competition is slated for January 23-27

The 2nd Annual Miami International Ballet Competition is slated for January 23-27

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

This international contest aims to unite young dancers from around the world within a positive, competitive atmosphere, enable them to gain confidence, develop friendships and connections, and become the chief protagonists in the development of their own futures. The 2018 competition attracted more than 100 aspiring young dancers from different cities in the US and countries such as China, Peru, and Japan, who came together to show the best of their abilities aiming for cash awards, medals, scholarships and opportunities to join ballet companies or major ballet schools to continue their professional training.The Founding Directors, Issaev and Pikieris, have both enjoyed very successful international careers as dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors, and share enormous experience in the development of young ballet artists. As long-time important figures of Miami’s dance community, they have agreed that our city’s multicultural and international flavor make it an ideal …

GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO, SUSAN T. DANIS LEAVES FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO, SUSAN T. DANIS LEAVES FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

Performing Arts

Published 7/25/18

Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO will be leaving the Florida Grand Opera in October to take a position as the President and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society and The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center. During this transition period, FGO’s 25 year veteran Justin Moss, will serve as interim General Director and CEO. “We will miss Susan’s inspiring leadership and we thank her for 6 years of dedicated service. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor. We are confident that Justin’s leadership, strength and vast opera experience will continue the positive growth that FGO has experienced under Susan’s leadership.”Susan has played a critical role in the revitalization and involvement of Broward County patrons; significant growth in the quality of opera produced by the company, with productions such as Norma, The Passenger, Before Night Fall, Mourning Becomes Electra, and many others; the development of the Made for Miami series ; and the presentation of …

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

Performing Arts

Published 7/16/18

The 23rd International Ballet Festival of Miami 2018, considered the most important in the US, will present performances and an array of other activities in various venues throughout Miami-Dade County, featuring the best ballet, modern and contemporary companies represented by their stars from Europe, South America, Mexico and the USA, receiving local & international rave reviews.The IBFM launches with a VIP Cocktail Reception (invited guests) featuring the Unveiling of the Official IBFM Poster created by Cuban Artist Javier Dubrocq, Saturday, July 28 / 8 p.m. with his dance-inspired fine arts exhibition open to the public the month of August at the beautiful, historic Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, 111 SW 5th. Ave. Miami, Fl 33130.Five magnificent performances will thrill audiences this year; “IBFM Youth Gala”, featuring young Florida ballet competition medalists at the Lehman Theater, Saturday, Aug. 4 @ 7pm;. Two “Contemporary Performances” featuring 4 …

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Performing Arts

Published 7/3/18

A Broward tradition for over a decade, the RedEye art and music festival brings together artists of every genre under one roof, for one night, to create a wild underground art happening. Guests roam from room to room as they experience live bands, indie films, interactive art, cutting edge VR games, spoken word, improv comedy, performance art, moving art, and body art – experiences that defy category. And this year, REDEYE promises to take you “Beyond.”“RedEye’s wild ride of human artistry began as a way to support our non-profit mission, but has turned into a beloved summer happening,” says ArtServe CEO Jaye Abbate. “It’s a night for the community to come together. To celebrate the creative spirit alive and flourishing in South Florida, and have four hours of solid fun for less than the cost of a movie ticket.” Attendees – even non-art lovers – are exposed to new films, cool VR experiences, new music, and new dance forms. “They can push way past their …

Cirque du Soleil’s First Ever On Ice Production

Cirque du Soleil’s First Ever On Ice Production

Performing Arts

Published 5/14/18

CRYSTAL will perform in Sunrise Arena for 15 performances only, Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 29, 2018.In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience. Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations!Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowesses. Wednesday, July …

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Performing Arts

Published 5/7/18

Actors’ Playhouse brings back the much-anticipated return of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. One of the company’s most acclaimed (and longest running) productions in its 30-year history, Million Dollar Quartet will once again rock the Balcony Theatre from May 9 – June 24, 2018.This high voltage rock ‘n’ roll show, with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Featuring over 20 timeless hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Fever," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more, this thrilling musical brings audiences inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together to create a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.Directed …

Shorts  On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Shorts On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Performing Arts

Published 4/2/18

The theatre is the heart of the onboard cultural entertainment. Now, the theatres of three of Azamara Club Cruises’ ships – Journey, Quest and Pursuit, will welcome City Theatre and one of their most innovative projects to date. Shorts on Ships is basically the theatre version of cruising – a series of short and charged performances which end on a pitch-perfect high note to deliver a lot while demanding very little. City Theatre is entering its 23rd season as the only professional theatre in the U.S. that is dedicated to producing short plays and musicals. Its imaginative new venture Shorts On Ships is the latest of a long-standing legacy of challenging the status quo. With the following their past works like Summer Shorts Festivals, Winter Shorts, City Shorts, Short Cuts and Shorts Gone Wild have garnered, the artistic troupe seems to have found the perfect platform to reinvent their vision on another, more fluid scale. City Theatre has hand-picked some of its …

Showcasing Rising Stars

Showcasing Rising Stars

Performing Arts

Published 3/1/18

With an exciting program that includes a vibrant and diverse art exhibition at the New World Gallery, followed by performance excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater at the Olympia Theater, the showcase will capture the artistic heart and soul of its guests. With excerpts from the performing arts divisions, the evening will highlight the work of world-renowned choreographers including Echad Mi Yodea by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. This iconic dance is set to the music of Israeli rock group Nikmat Hatractor and will be performed by select college dance students. Overture by NWSA alumnus Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance will also grace the stage.Led by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Orchestra will come alive with the famous Overture to Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Opera (popularly known as the William Tell Overture), premiered in 1829 and the last of Rossini’s 39 operas. NWSA Wind Ensemble will present a movement from …

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Stunning French Algerian Dance Company Herve Koubi Cie Hervé Koubi makes its Miami debut with a highly physical, fluid work for 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers, hailed as a “stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet” by the The Washington Post The piece is an exploration of and reconnection to the company director‘s North African roots.The French-born choreographer Herve Koubi only learned of his Algerian heritage as an adult. The revelation prompted his first trip to Algiers at the age of 25, where he held auditions, received 250 (mostly self-taught) dancers and selected twelve, whom he calls his “found brothers.” The rest is choreographic history. “I went to Algeria to make light in my dark (because unknown) history. I had to give life to my orientalist dreams, I had to do it with dance. I had to do it with dancers from Algeria using their specific skills. The youth of Algeria is like that, full of …

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Operas are known for their passion, tugging at your emotions with heart-wrenching arias of tragic or unrequited love. Of course, sometimes love can be a just a tad extreme. One of our favorite Operas, Richard Strauss’s 1905 Salome, definitely takes the expression “falling head over heels” over someone to a dark place that’s guaranteed to thrill, shock, and entertain.When Salome first premiered, this steamy brew of eroticism and religion so unnerved audiences that it was banned in Vienna and London. The opera’s troubles didn’t end there. In 1907, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it was yanked from the company’s repertoire just days after its premiere.So why is this story so romantic, yet controversial? And why has it become one of the most successful and popular of all twentieth-century operas? Perhaps it’s the thematic mix of religious fervor, sexual fury, and necrophilia that audiences just can’t get enough of!In a nutshell, the plot of Salome boils down …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Making his choreographic debut with the piece Members Don’t Get Weary, is Miami native Jamar Roberts, heralded as a star in the dance world. Roberts calls the piece “a response to the current social landscape in America, an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues.” Roberts’ deep appreciation for jazz – an original American art form that he believes should be more widely celebrated – comes through in his use of saxophonist and legendary composer John Coltrane’s music, 50 years after the legend’s death. Roberts, along with 31 of Ailey’s renowned dancers, will captivate audiences during five richly diverse programs, featuring new works and company premieres by the world’s most celebrated dance-makers. The Adrienne Arsht Center and Ailey have also collaborated to offer a myriad of arts education and community-friendly offerings. On Friday, February 23 at 11:00am, a special one-hour performance featuring Ailey’s perennial crowd-pleasing …

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

Performing Arts

Published 12/28/17

January 21 - 24Celebrating its 20th Season, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks Series II: Martha Graham’s Dance of Life, which provides South Florida audiences with the opportunity to experience the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company. A leader in contemporary dance since 1926, and acclaimed by audiences and critics in more than 50 countries, the company is embracing a new vision, showcasing masterpieces by Graham, along with other newly commissioned works by contemporary artists, such as this program’s world premiere of Tom Hormel’s Legend of Bird Mountain. South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s founder and conductor, Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, is excited by this historic collaboration, which includes a performance of Appalachian Spring, composed by Aaron Copland in 1943, and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The ballet celebrates the marriage of two Pennsylvania pioneers.For the second act, the company interprets Rite of Spring, composed by Igor …

The Spotlight Shines on New World School of the Arts New Season

The Spotlight Shines on New World School of the Arts New Season

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/17

With a notably stimulating presence in the arts community, NWSA has become one of the most coveted arts institutions in the nation. The work of the visual arts alumni can be found in the most prestigious art museums, galleries, private collections and venues, including Art Basel. The dance, music and theater alumni perform in world-renowned dance companies, symphony orchestras, lyric operas and concert halls across the nation. They shine on Broadway, leave their mark in Hollywood and grace the international stage with their outstanding work. Some noteworthy alumni accomplishments this year include Tarell McCraney’s Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Moonlight, Alex Lacamoire’s third Tony Award for Dear Evan Hansen, and Michael Aronov’s first Tony Award for Oslo. While some continue to pursue higher academic degrees, many of NWSA’s alumni join the ranks of prestigious arts organizations or form their own arts institutions.October 14; 6:00 PM New World School of …

Big. Bold. Brilliant. ArtBrazil!

Big. Bold. Brilliant. ArtBrazil!

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

This vibrant exhibition of Brazilian contemporary art kicks off a month-long celebration of cultural activities throughout the region. More than fifty acclaimed Brazilian artists who live, work or have connections to south Florida will participate in the month-long ArtBrazil festivities.“In just a few short years word has spread that the quality of this exhibition is one of the strongest in South Florida,” notes ArtServe CEO Jaye Abbate.“With the addition of guided student tours and interactive workshops on the benefits of art therapy programs for individuals with autism, anticipation for the show has been building and many people have actually planned their trips to South Florida from Brazil just to be part of the ArtBrazil program.”A new feature will be adding the moving “Arte que Salva (Art that Saves) benefit to the opening reception, allowing patrons to help vulnerable, poverty-plagued children around the world through art.“The number of artists requesting …

Just Dance! The Positive Effects of Dancing on the Brain

Just Dance! The Positive Effects of Dancing on the Brain

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

Improved brain function is a significant advantage of dancing regularly. Recent studies on the neurological effects of dance have found evidence of links between the brain’s reward centers and its sensory and motor circuits, both of which are activated when attempting to coordinate movements with the beat of a particular song. Strengthening these neural connections results in improved memory, and can also help treat people with progressive neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.Ever wonder why professional dancers don’t get dizzy, even when rapidly spinning and twirling across the stage? It’s because years of practice have blended their cerebral and cognitive thought processes, leading to increased fluidity through improved muscle memory. Dancing regularly enables the body to suppress signals in the inner ear that gauge balance and are linked to the cerebellum. So the more one dances, the less dizzy they become as the body gets conditioned.Other …

Artist Spotlight: Miami City Ballet’s Katia Carranza

Artist Spotlight: Miami City Ballet’s Katia Carranza

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

After more than a decade, dancer Katia Carranza returns full-time to the company and ballet fans are in for a real treat. Hailing from Monterey, Mexico, Katia graduated from the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey in Mexico in 1996 and then joined Ballet de Monterrey as a soloist.In 1998, she joined Miami City Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer, was promoted to soloist in 2001, principal soloist in 2003, and then became a principal dancer in 2004. She left after the 2006-07 season to rejoin Ballet de Monterrey as a principal, but continued to dance with MCB as a guest artist for an additional six seasons.During her career, Katia has participated in national and international ballet competitions, such as the Concurso Nacional in Guadalajara, Mexico (1994) and the Concurso Internacional in Cuba (1995), where she won silver medals in both. In 1998, she was a finalist at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and in 2002 won the bronze medal in the same …

ArtsLaunch 2017 Takes Off!

ArtsLaunch 2017 Takes Off!

Performing Arts

Published 8/18/17

September 9, 2017ARTSLAUNCH 2017 events and family-friendly activities will include returning favorites, such as interactive workshops, a silent disco party, kids’ activities, author and community conversations, chef and mixology demonstrations, walking tours and much more. Last year, more than 50 of Miami’s cultural organizations participated in the event’s Community Village, hosted on the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage. This year, the Center intends to double the number of participants. Starting at 10am, the Center’s box office also officially opens, offering the first opportunity for the public to purchase tickets for more than 40 shows for the Arsht Center’s 12th season. Fees on all individual show tickets will be waived for all who purchase in person at the box office exclusively during ARTSLAUNCH 2017. Tickets may also be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org (fees apply). For more updates …

UNTAMED - Catch the RedEye to Culture

UNTAMED - Catch the RedEye to Culture

Performing Arts

Published 6/29/17

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NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY “RISING STARS” SHOWCASE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY “RISING STARS” SHOWCASE

Performing Arts

Published 3/1/17

MARCH 31, 2017 …

Koubek Center Presents Valentine’s Day Milonga

Koubek Center Presents Valentine’s Day Milonga

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Saturday, February 18th at 8:00pm …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

The Bienes Center At St. Thomas Aquinas Fosters Love of the Arts in Youth

The Bienes Center At St. Thomas Aquinas Fosters Love of the Arts in Youth

Performing Arts

Published 1/9/17

The St. Thomas Aquinas Fine Arts programs and classes utilize the Bienes Center facilities daily for lessons, classes, concerts, performances, master classes, exhibits and receptions. Programs include the Summer Theater Academy, open to students in grades 6--8. Many of the daily curriculum activities are based on the Florida State Thespian Competition standards. The program guides aspiring young actors through the musical theater experience: from auditions - to staging, choreography and vocals to culminate in a showcase performance at the end of each week. This program is appropriate for actors with previous musical theater experience as well as beginners. In addition to these programs, the Bienes Center offers an annual series of professional performances and events, which are open to the public as ticketed events. Students are always offered special pricing/admission options. …

Experience Miami Children’s Museum’s Season of the Arts

Experience Miami Children’s Museum’s Season of the Arts

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/16

Every Saturday in December, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, the Miami Children’s Museum will be hosting events for children that highlight visual and performing arts. The museum has partnered with New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet Dancers, and more in an effort to expose youth to the arts via this special programming during the holiday season. Check out the schedule of events below and plan a fun and educational cultural experience for your little ones! …

Get Caught in the Traffic Jam CARnival

Get Caught in the Traffic Jam CARnival

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/16

On Saturday, December 3 at 3:00pm, Steve Parker, a renegade musician who focuses on art projects that build community, takes over a block-wide parking lot in the heart of downtown Miami. Parker will host the Traffic Jam CARnival, a populist rally of sorts to include: a Make Out Point and TailGate Trivia by Emerge Miami to strengthen social bonds; a mixed ability dance performance with live musical score created from amplified and processed components of the wheelchairs from Karen Peterson Dance; a gang of skateboarding ukulele players from Inlets Ensemble; a quartet of choreographed musical bicycles by Kunstwaffen 1916; and a large scale, interactive xylophone made from automobile hoods and parts by Manita Brug-Chmielenska and Randy Burman. …

Happy 10th Birthday to the  Adrienne Arsht Center  for the Performing Arts!

Happy 10th Birthday to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts!

Performing Arts

Published 10/7/16

The fun begins at 11:00am. Performances on the Center’s numerous stages will feature local talent such as: Cirque Dreams, Fushu Daiko, Ketchy Shuby, Afrobeta, Guitar Over Guns, Ra Ra Lakay, Delou Africa, Bluejay, Spanglish Wrangler, Ground Zero Crew, Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, Lion Parade, DJ Sama, Mr. Pauer, and more! The 10th Birthday Concert featuring CeeLo Green will begin at 7:30 p.m., with local bands Spam All-Stars and Tiempo Libre opening. Immediately following the concert, everyone is invited to cap off the celebration with a free outdoor after party on the Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts. 1300 Biscayne Blvd in Miami | 305.949.6722 For more information and the latest schedule updates, please visit www.arshtcenter.org/10 and sign up to receive emails about the Center’s free events.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marissa Alma Nick

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marissa Alma Nick

Performing Arts

Published 9/20/16

Marissa Alma Nick is founder/artistic director and choreographer of Alma Dance Theater. Her emotive driven choreography exists on stage, site-specific settings, screen dances and conceptual installations. …

10 Reasons to Dance

10 Reasons to Dance

Performing Arts

Published 9/20/16

Something you will never experience by merely watching a dance performance, as opposed to taking a dance class or just dancing for fun, is a good old-fashioned cardiovascular workout to get the blood flowing and the calories burning. Not only will dancing help to reduce your blood pressure, lower harmful cholesterol, and increase your flexibility and muscle tone, it will also help you lose weight, making that tutu fit too, too well! Just to give you a few examples and an approximate idea of how many calories you can expect to shed in an hour, per dance type: Salsa burns 405 to 480, Ballet burns 380 to 450, Swing 300 to 550, Ballroom dancing between 150 and 320, Tap zaps 200 to a whopping 700 an hour, depending on pace. …

“Rising Stars” Shine in New World School Of  The Arts’ Spectacular Visual Arts & Performance Showcase

“Rising Stars” Shine in New World School Of The Arts’ Spectacular Visual Arts & Performance Showcase

Performing Arts

Published 3/4/16

Rising Stars Showcase, a professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind performance, presents the extraordinary talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts, Florida’s premier arts institution. The showcase begins at the New World Gallery with a juried visual arts exhibition featuring impressive student artworks. The show, as diverse as the school population, includes painting, drawing, design, sculpture, digital media and installations. The evening continues just a few blocks away at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with a pre-performance VIP Reception to welcome guests to this artistic landmark. Following the reception, the performance showcases excerpts from works performed by the high school and the college students during the school year. …

The Artist Spotlight Shines on Melissa Bibliowicz

The Artist Spotlight Shines on Melissa Bibliowicz

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/16

The very talented Melissa Bibliowicz is a student of New World School of the Arts, the 4 year conservatory program with 4 different divisions: Theatre, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. When choosing a college, everyone looks for the most popular, well-known schools they can highlight on a resume in the future. In Melissa’s case, she was looking for a program that would give her the training she required to mold her into the best performer she could possibly be. New World did that for her. “I would not trade these past four years for anything,” says Melissa. “I have built friendships that will last a lifetime and a future that is unstoppable. New World School of the Arts creates professional performers ready and hungry to work.” …

New World School Of The Arts “Emerge” BFA Dance Concert  Highlights Passion, Skill And Creative Choreography

New World School Of The Arts “Emerge” BFA Dance Concert Highlights Passion, Skill And Creative Choreography

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/16

February 19th and 20th …

MDC Live Arts Tackles Climate Change through Epic Performance Installation: Holoscenes

MDC Live Arts Tackles Climate Change through Epic Performance Installation: Holoscenes

Performing Arts

Published 11/18/15

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MIAMI CITY BALLET Celebrates its 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

MIAMI CITY BALLET Celebrates its 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Performing Arts

Published 8/31/15

For the 30th Anniversary Season, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, has assembled one of the company’s most ambitious performance schedules yet, with masterworks from the company’s George Balanchine foundation side-by-side with such leading modern choreographic voices as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett. …

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