Miami City Ballet is celebrating its 30th anniversary this coming season, and what better way to kick it off than by announcing promotions and company additions? One exciting new face is Simone Messmer, a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, who joins MCB as a principal dancer. Jennifer Lauren, a soloist since 2011, has been promoted to principal soloist, while corps members Emily Bromberg and Jovani Furlan, who performed the title roles together in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet last season, are joining the soloist ranks. And if you’ve been watching Teen Vogue’s online reality series “Strictly Ballet 2,” you’ll be happy to know that two of its stars, Ella Titus and Mayumi Enokibara, received corps de ballet contracts.
In addition to its usual performances in Miami, Naples and West Palm Beach, the company plans to celebrate its anniversary with a tour Chicago, Minneapolis and New York City next spring.