Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra to Depart Miami City Ballet

Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra in Balanchine's Agon. Courtesy MCB.

Miami City Ballet announced yesterday that longtime principal dancers Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, who are married, will give their final performances with the company this spring. But no need to get the Kleenex out just yet; in a statement, MCB was quick to stress that the couple is not retiring. Rather, they plan to continue dancing as freelance artists both nationally and internationally. They'll also be teaching, coaching and holding master classes throughout Florida, the U.S. and abroad.


You'll also want to watch for Kronenberg and Guerra's upcoming book, Experiencing the Art of the Pas de Deux, due out in October. Partnering is something this power couple knows all about—during their long MCB careers (Kronenberg has been there 22 years, Guerra 15), they were most frequently paired with each other, in everything from George Balanchine's Symphony in C to Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Check out a few of their how-to partnering videos here:

The book will be Kronenberg's second—in 2013, she authored So, You Want to Be a Ballet Dancer, a helpful guide for pre-professional ballet students. The couple's final MCB performances are Sunday, March 20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and Sunday, April 3 in at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. They'll take their final bows during the company's tour to Chicago, New York and Minneapolis.

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