South Florida’s newest, critically acclaimed ballet company, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, showcases entrancing works by renowned choreographers Jerry Opdenacker (Ballet Florida, O Dance), Tania Vergara (Endedans Cuban Contemporary Ballet), Gerald Arpino (Joffrey Ballet), and more.
Join a special pre-performance talk in the Lab Theater from 7-7:30PM!
Miami ArtZine's Cameron Basden, (former ballerina, Ballet Master,& Co-Associate Director for the Joffrey Ballet) will conduct a pre-performance discussion offering insight on the ballet, Light Rain and its choreographer Gerlad Arpino, and the Arpino Foundation’s 2017/18 commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the American dance-maker’s passing. Choreographer Jerry Opdenacker will join in the discussion as well, speaking about staging his ballet Bliss on DDTM for the first time, and his own triumphs and challenges working as as a dancer, director, and choreographer in South Florida.
Artistic Directors: Jennifer Kronenberg & Carlos Guerra
Ballet Masters: Yanis Pikieris, Maria Teresa del Real, Irene Balgue
Dancers: Josue Justiz Brito, Trisha Carter, Diana Figueroa, Stephan Fons, Chloe Freytag, Kevin Hernandez, Claudia Lezcano, Gabriela Mesa, Fabian Morales, Mayrel Martinez Lopez, Yaima Mendez, Yanis Eric Pikieris,
* Apprentices: DiAngelo Castro, Selah Oliver
Founded by former Miami City Ballet Principal Couple, Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami debuted to critical acclaim in November 2016 as a brand new, cutting edge ballet company. The troupe continues to garner recognition for their profound energy and electricity, offering audiences a fresh, innovative, and diverse ballet experience. Primarily comprised of local artists, the company, its cultural programming, and its collaborative pursuits are especially unique in their distinct reflection of South Florida.
"A hale and hearty ballet company has just been born in South Florida"
- Guillermo Perez, ArtBurst Miami
"Miami needs more caliber dance voices and the potential of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami offers just that"
- Cameron Basden, Miami ArtZine
"The excitement in the house was almost palpable. It was matched — and propelled — by the energy on stage."
- Jordan Levin, Miami Herald
PROGRAM (subject to change)
Choreography - Jerry Opdenacker
Music - Bliss ("They Made History" Album)
Lighting Design - Samuel Deshauteurs & Jerry Opdenacker
Costume Design: Marife Gimenez
Piazolla x 6
Choreography - Tania Vergara
Music - "Fuga y Misterio" by Astor Piazolla, arranged and played by Anibel Berraute Quartet
Lighting Design - Samuel Deshauteurs
Una Danza Para Ti (pas de deux)
(Originally Corbeille des Fleurs)
Choreography - Vicente Nebrada (courtesy of The Nebrada Foundation)
As Staged by Yanis Pikieris & Zane Wilson
Music - Teresa Carreno
Lighting Design - Samuel Deshauteurs
Choreography - Gerald Arpino
As Staged by Cameron Basden
Music - "Light Rain" by Doug Adamz & Russ Gauthier
Costume Design - A. Christina Giannini (courtesy of Fort Wayne Ballet, construction by Nan Possemato)
Lighting Design - Samuel Deshauteurs, after the original Thomas Skelton designs
* The performance of "Light Rain", an Arpino Ballet, is presented with permission of The Gerald Arpino Foundation and has been produced in accordance with the Foundation service standards established and provided by the Foundation.
* DDTM proudly presents "Light Rain" in recognition of The Gerald Arpino Foundation's commemoration of this 10th Anniversary of Gerald Arpino's passing and 30th Anniversary of Robert Joffrey's passing, honoring the legacies of two renowned innovators of American dance.
CARLOS MIGUEL GUERRA (Artistic Director), a native of Cuba, began his training at the Professional School of Ballet and Plastic Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. In 1996 he joined the Professional Ballet Company of Camaguey as a principal dancer and performed in such works as Swan Lake, Giselle, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppélia, among others. He was invited to dance as a soloist for the Ballet Company of Santiago in Chile in 1998, assuming and holding the rank of principal dancer for the following two years. He participated in the International Festival of Ballet in Havana and the International Latin Gala in Asuncion in Paraguay, and was awarded first prize in the Provincial Contest at the School of Ballet in Camaguey in 1995. He also received honorable mention in 1996 at the International Ballet Competition in Havana. He came to the United States through an invitation to appear on the famous Latin television program Sabado Gigante in 2000, and just a few months later he was invited by American ballet icon Edwrad Villella to join Miami City Ballet as a soloist. He was named principal dancer in 2003, and danced with the company until spring 2016. He now proudly steps into a new role as he joins his wife and dance partner, Jennifer Kronenberg, in both the co-Founding and the Artistic Direction of their new ballet company, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.
JENNIFER CARLYNN KRONENBERG (Artistic Director) was born in Queens, New York where she trained with Teresa Aubel, Nicholas Orloff, Norman Walker, and Barbara Walczack; continuing her studies on scholarship at the School of American Ballet before being chosen to join Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 1994, at the age of 17. She moved steadily through the ranks achieving the title of Principal dancer, which she held with the company from 2001-2016. She has written a “From the Heart: Why I Dance” essay, published in DANCE Magazine’s April 2011 issue, the first edition of her book entitled “So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer?” has been published electronically by Diversion Books, and the second edition has been published in paperback by The University Press of Florida. In addition, she currently serves on the Advisory Board for Florida’s own World of Dance Magazine. Ms. Kronenberg was a regular faculty member of the Miami City Ballet Summer Intensive Program, and has been an invited guest teacher with numerous schools throughout the United States and abroad, including Conchita Espinoza Conservatory of the Arts, Ballet East, Florida Dance Conservatory, The Cary Ballet Conservatory, Ballet Concerto, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Arts of Jackson Tennessee, El Ballet de Monterrey Curso de Verano, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Naples Dance Conservatory, among many others. She and her loving husband and dance partner, Carlos Miguel Guerra, are proud to be the co-Founding Artistic Directors of South Florida’s newest ballet company, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.
YANIS PIKIERIS (Artistic Advisor, Ballet Master, Resident Choreographer) Dancer, Director, Choreographer, was the recipient of the silver medal at the first Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1979. In 1981 he was the first dancer from the western hemisphere to win the prestigious gold medal at Moscow’s International Ballet Competition, launching an international career that would take him to over 40 countries around the world as one of his generations’ premier dancers. He has danced as a Principal Dancer with the International Ballet of Caracas, Bavarian National Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein-Dusseldorf, Miami City Ballet and Ballet du Nord. As a guest Principal Dancer he has performed with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nagoya Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet (1984 Olympic Games ), Hungarian State Opera, Latvian National Opera (Honorary guest for the 1st Dance Festival of the Baltics) and Teatro Massimo di Palermo among others. In 1986 Artistic Director Edward Villella invited him to join a new company; Miami City Ballet. As a founding member he astounded with his power and passion on stage and was instrumental in the initial success of the company. As a choreographer he has created works for the Bavarian National Ballet, Ballet Centrum Berlin, Ballet Randolph, Ballet du Nord, Ballet Theatre of Miami, Ballet Metropolitano de Medellin, Juegos del Arte Dance Ensemble, Maximum Dance Company, Ballet de Monterrey and Colleges around the U.S.A. Along with David Palmer, Mr. Pikieris co-founded and directed Maximum Dance Company from, 1996 to 2005, and together with his wife Marielena Mencia he founded the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. In recognition for his outstanding contribution to the arts, Dade County and the City of Miami have proclaimed Nov 15th and 16th as Yanis Pikieris Day (2002). He is also the recipient of the State of Florida Choreographic Fellowship and the New World School of the Arts Achievement Award. He previously served as Artistic Director for Ballet du Nord, Juegos Dance Ensemble and the Ballet Metropolitano de Medellin. During the 06/07 season, he served as Program Director for Miami City Ballet’s Contemporary Dance Series and Young People’s Programming. Also in 2006 he founded the Miami Youth Ballet, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing opportunities for local young artists. He serves as National Dance Panel Chair for the YoungArts and is a member of the jury for the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Pikieris also serves as Executive Director of the Nebrada Foundation, whose mission is to oversee the licensing and production Vicente Nebrada’s choreographic works. He currently directs the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance, the Miami Youth Ballet and works as a freelance master teacher and choreographer. He is excited to be a Founding Artistic Member of Dimensions Dance Theatre, as well as serve as a member of the company’s esteemed Advisory Council.
MARIA TERESA DEL REAL (Ballet Master) As a young ballerina Ms. del Real danced her first Giselle opposite Rudolph Nureyev, and went on to win a Bronze Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, bringing the Unites States its first medal in 10 years. Upon her return to the USA she was invited to meet President Reagan at the White House and received his personal congratulations. A few years later she won the “Soviet Ballet” Prize at the Moscow International Competition. Ms. del Real is also a recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from New York City’s Mayor’s office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting and was acknowledged as one of the most “Distinguished Americans” in London by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Her acclaimed international ballet career includes the prestigious title of prima ballerina with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (USA), the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium) and the English National Ballet (London, UK ). She has been invited to perform as a Principal Guest Artist in renowned companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, and National Ballet of Chile, among others, and through invitation, has performed at prestigious Gala Events worldwide. Since retiring from dance, Ms. del Real is now works a highly respected teacher and coach. At present she lives in Miami, Florida, where she owns and operates Barrebox Studios. She is delighted to collaborate with, and be a founding artistic member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.
Irene Balague (Ballet Master) was born in Zaragoza, Spain and enjoyed an international career as a ballet dancer, touring around the world. Her early training included the Maria de Avila Ballet School in Zaragpza, Spain, finishing at the Real Conservatory of Madrid. She danced for the English National Ballet in London, Miami City Ballet, and Ballet Gamonet, performing most of the full-length classical ballets and repertoire of Balanchine, Petipa, Twyla Tharp, Forsythe, MacMillan, and Paul Taylor among others. After retiring from the stage, she began her teaching career as a Ballet instructor in Miami and currently teaching at Miami Dance Collective as Ballet Mistress, and tours the United States as a ballet faculty member with the West Coast Dance Explosion.
Ms. Balague is an ABT Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
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