WHEN STARS ALIGN
INTERNATIONAL EVENINGS OF DANCE II
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 | 6-7PM
BETTY FORD ALPINE GARDENS EDUCATION CENTER
Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series, “Conversations On Dance” host a discussion on cross-company collaboration with today’s greatest dance artists; joined by New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck and American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside. Festival Forums are inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with artists deeply engaged in the dance world and are free and open to the public.
COLLABORATING FOR COMMUNITY with GARRETT AMMON
DANCE FOR $20.17
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 | Performance Intermission
GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER
Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series, “Conversations On Dance” host a discussion with Wonderbound director Garrett Ammon, whose Colorado-based dance company takes a 21st century approach to creating community through performing arts. Festival Forums are inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with artists deeply engaged in the dance world and are free and open to the public.
LAMENTATION VARIATIONS with JANET EILBER & LIL BUCK
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 | 6-7PM
BETTY FORD ALPINE GARDENS EDUCATION CENTER
Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel hosts a discussion with Martha Graham Dance Company Artistic Director Janet Eilber and dancer/choreographer Lil Buck, whose first commission for a major dance company will premiere later in the evening with the Company. Martha Graham’s legacy as the “Mother of Modern Dance” is kept alive with new works like Lamentation Variations. Festival Forums are inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with artists deeply engaged in the dance world and are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Rebecca King Ferraro was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, CA. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.
King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. Since then, she has worked with many of today’s most sought-after choreographers including Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon. She has danced in the majority of MCB’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full-length ballets and contemporary works. From 2010-2016, she served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers, a role similar to a union representative.
In 2010, she founded a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. In the summer of 2016, she launched a podcast, Conversations on Dance with fellow dancer Michael Sean Breeden. In 2012, Ms. King started her own social media management company where she helps her clients reach their marketing potential through online platforms. King is currently a member of the guest faculty of The Dance Academy of Stuart in Stuart, FL.
Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, KY, where he began training at the Lexington Ballet at the age of 7. He began attending the School of American Ballet on scholarship in 2002, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrikov’s Academy of Dance. While a student at the School of American Ballet, Mr. Breeden performed ‘Tarantella’ at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Balanchine centennial event, as introduced by Lourdes Lopez and Edward Villella.
Mr. Breeden joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2008. Since joining the company, he has performed in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. Mr. Breeden has joined Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris.
Since January 2014, Michael has given interactive pre-performance talks for the Miami City Ballet that broaden the audience’s knowledge of the ballets programmed and allows them to directly question the artists involved. Michael has also danced for Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Mr. Breeden most recently worked as Ballet Master for Troy Schumacher’s, BalletCollective.