Audition To Be the InterContinental's Dancing Silhouette Saturday

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Courtesy of InterContinental Miami
In a city where couples break out stellar salsa in dive bars and backyards, it's obvious that Miami is rhythmically gifted. For those of you breaking down at clubs and parties, now's your chance to snatch some real recognition for your remarkable moves.

The InterContinental Miami is once again searching for its next skyline star -- the badass dancer that will grace the side of the 100 Chopin Plaza building, lit up in glowing glory. Auditions to be the next silhouette start this Saturday, and judges are looking for Miami's best.

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Electronic Solo Artist Pamela Z: One Woman's Voice, One Vast Sound System

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Photo courtesy of Ars Electronica
Pamela Z has been performing solo voice concerts for over three decades, but she rarely sounds alone on stage. Instead, she creates a rich multimedia experience using electronics to multiply her voice and trigger sampled sounds and video. Although the term "processed voice" applies -- much as it does for artists like Laurie Anderson or Reggie Watts -- her approach tends to favor layering instead of distortion, so that the comforting, natural sound of her classically trained voice stands in front.

She'll be in town for concerts at two venues this week, on Wednesday in Miami Gardens and Friday in Wynwood.

We spoke to the San Francisco-based artist by phone, while she was in New York as part of a tour of the East Coast and Germany.

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Ira Glass Brings This American Life Tales To Dance Performance at Miami Book Fair

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Courtesy of Monica Bill Barnes
Music and spoken word are the traditional bedfellows of radio. When one listens to these art forms, it's generally the imagination that must create a visual aid to the aural story. Dance, in its highly visual nature, is not usually associated with a radio program.

Until now.

Presented by MDC Live Arts on Sunday as the opening night of the Miami Book Fair International, Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host reflects the intersection and duality of all language -- whether spoken or not. A collaboration between acclaimed This American Life radio host Ira Glass, and choreographer/dancer Monica Bill Barnes, it explores storytelling, and how the visual language of dance can combine with spoken word to create magic in a show that advertises itself as "two arts forms that should never be together."

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Touring Company TU Dance Returns To Its Miami Roots

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Courtesy South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
TU Dance, a 12-member dance company, will be performing for one night only on Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. It's a highly collaborative dance initiative, a company that routinely mixes up the idioms of classical ballet, African dance, modern dance and urban vernacular. Perhaps not surprising then, TU Dance is the child of two Alvin Ailey veterans, Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands.

But before Alvin Ailey, Sands was a little kid break-dancing on Miami streets and taking dance classes in Miami's elementary schools. Fast forward: he was studying at the New World School of the Arts. Fast forward again and he was auditioning, one dancer among 70 others, for the single open spot with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

"That was," Sands says, "a pretty incredible day." Then came years of dancing under the direction of Ailey muse and principal dancer, company director Judith Jamieson. "Ailey opened up a world in me that I couldn't have guessed was there," Sands says. "That's what the Ailey Dance Company is all about."

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Batsheva Dance Company Brings Exclusive Performance to Miami

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Photo by Gadi Dagon
The acclaimed and crowd-pleasing Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company, celebrating its 50th Jubilee, returns for an adapted version of Deca Dance, the company's montage of signature past repertory pieces. The dance will be performed exclusively in Miami -- which will also be the company's opening city during its 2014 U.S. tour -- this Saturday and Sunday at the Arsht Center, launching the center's 2014-15 Knight Masterworks-Signature Dance Series.

Founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, Batsheva Dance Company today is a very different company from when it began. Originally under the artistic direction of Martha Graham, the company was the only one that performed the iconic modern choreographer's repertory outside her own company. But the company that transformed contemporary Israeli dance with Graham's work found a new renaissance on the world stage in the early 1990s under the direction of Ohad Naharin.

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: IFÉ-ILÉ Hopes to Bring Afro-Cuban Dance to the Masses

Categories: Culture, Dance

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The Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: Choose your favorite group and text its code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

Neri Torres, the founder and executive and artistic director of IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance & Music, is ecstatic about being named one of the finalists for the Knight Arts People's Choice Award.

"It is an incredible honor and an unexpected reward to all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into being an artist," Torres told New Times. "This award, even just as a finalist, contributes to fuel my inspiration and determination to continue on this creative path. It is a breath of fresh air, a burst of faith for me and all of our company performers."

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Leads in Miami City Ballet's Romeo and Juliet Delve Into Tragic Teenage Roles

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Jennifer Kronenberg and Callie Manning in Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo was drenched in sweat, but Juliet didn't seem to mind as she clung to him. In fact, she'd gotten a bit dewy herself going through love's demanding paces. Within little more than an hour, the couple had circled each other at a ball, shared intimacies under a balcony, and flitted about, avid and anxious to embrace in the uncertain aftermath of bedroom bliss.

All in a day's rehearsal at Miami City Ballet for Emily Bromberg and Jovani Furlan, first-timers as leads in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, which opens the performance season for their company.

South African-born Cranko was artistic director of Stuttgart Ballet in 1962 when he choreographed this full-length work to Serge Prokofiev's robust score. It has remained the choreographer's most popular ballet since his death in 1973.

"I tell myself this role is too good to be true. I feel such a great responsibility," says Furlan, a corps de ballet member along with Bromberg and only a student apprentice, fresh from Brazil, when MCB originally staged this work three years ago. Both dancers have benefited from MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez's invigorating effort to bring newer talents to the forefront. "Luckily," Furlan recognizes, "dancing with Emily has come very naturally."

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Miami Dance Sampler: Eight-Minute Bursts of Russian Ballet, Flamenco, and More

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Lazaro Godoy
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It's that time of the year. South Florida's dance scene is revving up and the annual Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler returns once more to give the community a glimpse into just how varied and rich an array of dancing is available to us to choose from this season.

The sampling includes mini-performances of eight minutes or less from nine South Florida based professional dance companies.

We spoke with sampler organizer, South Florida dancer, and Dance NOW! Director Hannah Baumgarten about what to expect from this year's event.

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Make Way for Broadway: Nostalgia, Laughs, and Glamour Pack the Arsht's New Season

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Hyra George
Euriamis Losada (Ricky Ricardo) and the company of the national tour of I Love Lucy Live on State
This year, our fall Arts & Eats Guide lists all that's timeless and fresh in Miami, from visual art to delicious food. Theater, dance, music, and drinks all make a much-needed appearance throughout the season as well. Pick up one of our printed guides Thursday, October 2, where you'll find profiles, interviews, and detailed event calendars to guide you through the upcoming cultural season.

More than six decades after it premiered, I Love Lucy remains the most popular program in television history.

Lucy, the scatter-brained redhead with stage ambitions; her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo; and squabbling landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz kept America in stitches during the Eisenhower era and are still watched in syndication in more than a dozen languages across the globe.

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Siudy Between Worlds: Love in the Time of a Flamenco Apocalypse

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Romeo and Juliet struggle through a Mad Max world to the sensuality, discipline and stirring rhythms of flamenco as warring tribes compete for resources in the aftermath of civilization's collapse. No, not a drug-assisted night at an edgy Latin dance club on South Beach but the basic plots of Siudy Entre Mundos (Siudy Between Worlds), Pablo Croce's flamenco production starring Venezuelan choreographer and dancer, Siudy Garrido coming to the Arsht Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Executive producer Pablo Croce, celebrated film-maker and Latin Grammy nominee, took a few moments from preparing for the show's return to South Florida to guide us through this post-apocalyptic land of exotic dance. Originally staged in 2009, following the economic and political troubles Spain experienced, Croce said that events like these were in his mind during the show's development. But then so were so many other recent global events similarly apocalyptic in kind.

"If I were to put together notable events that have occurred over the last 15 years and show them to you in 15 seconds, you would be dramatically affected by the sorts of things that have been happening," he explains.

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