Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado seems to glow softly from within, radiating warmth and charm onstage. Add to that her crisp, refined technique, and the result is a performer who’s captivating in everything from classical full-length ballets to the George Balanchine works that form the backbone of MCB’s repertoire.
Born and raised in Miami, Delgado trained at Liana Navarro and Vivian Tobio Ballet School and Miami City Ballet School before joining MCB as an apprentice in 2000. By 2007 she’d become both an audience favorite and a principal dancer, and she continues to add more ballets to her impressively diverse arsenal. Catch her in action this month in Florida, where she’ll perform in MCB’s “Broadway and Ballet” program. —Margaret Fuhrer
Dear Young Patricia,
Right now all you want is to be a ballerina, but you are only at the beginning of a beautiful journey of self-discovery.
As a teenager
Being a dancer is full of unbelievable highs and difficult lows. Try not to compare yourself to others, because in the long run your imperfections are what make you special. Instead, admire and respect your fellow peers and look to older dancers for inspiration.
Remember that there is life outside the ballet world. Reading, meditating, traveling and writing will enhance you as an artist. Finding a balance between your family and friends and your craft will help you stay grounded. Appreciate your loved ones’ support. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to uphold your commitment to dance!
Take care of your body. It’s important to realize at this age that it should be treated nicely. Treasure every ballet class, rehearsal and performance, because each one is an incredible gift. Sharing yourself with others through movement is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying forms of expression.
Have courage when you are faced with disappointments and challenges. Time heals all; just keep believing in yourself. And trust that the words of wisdom from your teachers and mentors will all make perfect sense one day!
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: