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ABT's Calvin Royal III in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato's Symposium. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT.

Miami City Ballet's National Tour

Artists of Miami City Ballet in Justin Peck's Heatscape. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy Miami City Ballet.

In late April at the Harris Theater, Chicagoans found Miami City Ballet firing on all cylinders, following the company's Lincoln Center debut and an engagement at Northrop in Minneapolis. Stage-filling Balanchine classics like Bourrée Fantasque, Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements struck a perfect balance between relaxed exuberance and clean execution, while seasoned stars like Jeanette Delgado and Renato Penteado shone in contemporary works by Justin Peck (Heatscape) and Liam Scarlett (Viscera), respectively. Most memorably, a dream team of 23 artists—including the irrepressible Nathalia Arja—gave a commanding presentation of Symphonic Dances, created for MCB by Alexei Ratmansky.

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Dancers are obviously pros at dressing up and embodying different personas, so it comes as no surprise that they take Halloween very seriously. Here are five of our favorite costumes, in no particular order:

  1. Rubén Martín Cintas, San Francisco Ballet School faculty member, dressed as Abraham Lincoln.

 

2. American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside, as a very convincing Natalia Makarova.

 

3. San Francisco Ballet corps member Miranda Silveira as Grace Jones.

Grace Jones for a night

A photo posted by MirandaSilveira (@miranza_s) on

 

4. American Ballet Theatre corps member Erica Lall going all-out as Aunt Viv from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

 

5. Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Elle Macy and Dylan Wald as Hercules and Meg from Disney's Hercules

And many years later, a young Meg found her Herc ?? #happyhalloween #cheesyalert⚠️

A photo posted by Elle Macy (@ellemacy) on

 

6. Bonus! The Professional Division students from Pacific Northwest Ballet School are impeccable as the cast of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video—with a little less fake blood.

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