Keeping with their tradition of featuring world class artists in their annual production of The Nutcracker, Saint Augustine Ballet’s Artistic Director, Luis Abella, is pleased to announce the guest artists for the holiday favorite. Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra, will be dancing the roles of the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy when the ballet classic is performed on Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th at 1:30p.m. and 7:00p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
“I’m really excited for our student dancers to work with Carlos and Jennifer and for our audiences to see such accomplished dancers on stage in St. Augustine,” says Abella. “We’re very lucky to have been able to book such high caliber dancers for our production this year.”
Kronenberg and Guerra were discovered by Edward Villella, the celebrated dancer, choreographer, and former Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet. "Over their years of brilliant careers, they became the face of Miami City Ballet; the extraordinary repertoire they achieved was remarkable," Villella has said of the husband and wife duo.
Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, born in Queens, New York, trained at the School of American Ballet before joining Miami City Ballet in 1994 as an apprentice. She rose to the rank of principal dancer, a position she held from 2001 to 2016. During that time, Kronenberg danced leading roles in the majority of Miami City Ballet’s vast and diverse repertoire. She has been featured numerous times in Pointe Magazine, DanceView Times, Dance Spirit Magazine and is also the author of the book, “So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer?”. Kronenberg was a regular faculty member for the Miami City Ballet Summer Intensive Program and has been a guest teacher with numerous dance schools throughout the United States and abroad. She has been called a prima ballerina in the best sense of the term with fleet footed spins and aristocratic phrasing and line. Kronenberg is married to fellow dancer and partner, Carlos Miguel Guerra.
Carlos Miguel Guerra is a native of Cuba where he began his training at the Professional School of Ballet and Plastic Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. Before joining Miami City Ballet as a soloist in 2001, he was a principal dancer with the Professional Ballet Company of Camaguey and then the Ballet Company of Santiago Chile. Guerra was a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet from 2003 until 2016 where he performed most of the lead male roles in their repertoire. He has been featured in numerous magazines and was named one of the 100 most influential people in Florida by Florida International Magazine in 2005. In 2010, he was named one of the top ten creatively influential people in South Florida by The Miami New Times. Guerra is a virtuosic dancer known for his dazzling spins, lifts, and dynamic partnering. Most recently, Guerra was the recipient of the 2015 Miami Life award in the category of “Best Male Ballet Dancer” for his portrayal of the title role of Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.
Saint Augustine Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is an enchanting show that features a multi-generational cast comprised of student and professional dancers as well as several well-known local celebrities. It’s also a family favorite and has become a Saint Augustine holiday tradition for audiences of all ages. Tickets will be available at www.saintaugustineballet.com. Saint Augustine Ballet is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating professional quality dance opportunities for students of dance and appreciative audiences.