Latinos are on Pointe with the Miami City Ballet

CREDIT: MIAMI CITY BALLET / YOUTUBE

“It’s just you and the music and the audience, and it’s just … magic.”

Watching the dancers of the Miami City Ballet perfectly sway and spin and twirl is enchanting.

But the enchantment only happens on stage. Behind curtains, the dancers submit themselves to excruciating physical and mental demands in order to keep a centuries-old tradition alive. “That’s the challenge – hiding the pain behind the beauty. You have to maintain your body as an instrument; otherwise, everything starts to fall apart,” one of the MCB dancers said.

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In the online exclusive “Why We Dance” — part of the 30th Anniversary Season of the dance company — we get to hear more from the 51 members — some from Venezuela and Cuba — and the reason they chose such a demanding career. We’ll also get to hear the story of the Artistic Director, cuban-born Lourdes Lopez, who danced for the New York Ballet for 24 years.

“Ballet is so hard. It’s hard on your body, and it’s hard on your mind… we’re constantly pushing ourselves,” one of the dancers said.

And another said, “There’s nothing more beautiful or more euphoric.”

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