An era ended on Sunday afternoon, when two of Miami City Ballet’s most beloved and definitive dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra, took their final bows in Miami. The couple, married for a decade and members of the troupe for 22 and 15 years, respectively, are leaving MCB on May 1st. On Sunday they gave a beautiful performance as Titania and her cavalier in MCB’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, dancing with the musicality, emotion and chemistry that has marked their partnership – with an added poignance from the knowledge that they would never again illuminate the company where they’ve played such a central role.
When the regular curtain calls at the Adrienne Arsht Center ended, their fellow dancers formed a long line to hug Kronenberg and Guerra one by one, handing them flowers, while the audience cheered and hurled more flowers. As the couple’s young daughter Eva was brought onstage, the dancers joined the audience in applauding. The farewells continued after the curtain came down, with more hugs and kisses and photos. The pair performs twice more in South Florida, on April 3 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and April 9 at the Broward Center, but this was their last moment to glow in the home city of the company that has also been their artistic home.