Today we are joined by one of our former colleagues, Nathalia Arja, principal dancer with Miami City Ballet. Nathalia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she began taking dance classes at the age of five at her mother’s ballet school. As a young dancer she competed in and won several dance competitions, where she was offered scholarships to various prestigious schools. At her mother’s suggestion, she auditioned for Miami City Ballet School at 15, receiving a full scholarship to attend the year-round program. She joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2009. In March 2020, during the company’s last performances before the pandemic hit, Nathalia was promoted to Principal.
We talk with Nathalia about her career, how she became aware of Miami City Ballet, navigating the company’s change direction early in her tenure, her promotion to principal, and the company’s upcoming streaming of George Balanchine’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Since its premiere in 2016, Miami City Ballet’s reimagining of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been beloved by audiences and acclaimed by critics. Now, enjoy the online premiere of this “shimmery, shadowy, magical jewel box of a show” from the comfort of your home. Midsummer’s virtual premiere is available online from October 14-31, 2021. Tickets are $20 and are available on their website, miamicityballet.org/midsummer.
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