Patricia Delgado is a principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Patricia began her dance training at the age of five with Cuban teachers, Liana Navarro, Vivian Tobio, and Maria Victoria Gutierrez. Although Patricia was immediately attracted to the discipline and beauty of the art form, she had no idea that she would one day pursue it professionally.
When she was 12 years old, Patricia had her first exposure to Company life when she was accepted to study at the Miami City Ballet School, a program which had just opened its doors with the intention of becoming a feeder school for the Company. She was invited to dance in the corps de ballet of Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” performed by Miami City Ballet in Saratoga Springs, New York, when she was just 16 years old. She immediately fell in love with performing.
While Patricia worked and trained in Miami during the year, she spent her summers in New York City, at both the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She is extremely grateful for those summer experiences and the exposure to: other styles, a variety of dancers from around the world, and living in a big city, all of which opened her eyes to realizing how much was possible. Patricia was named a Princess Grace Nominee in 2000, the same year that MCB Artistic Director Edward Villella invited her to join the Company as an apprentice. She was promoted to principal in 2007.
Thus far in her career, Patricia has performed in many ballets by George Balanchine. Among her favorites are “Symphony in Three Movements”, “The Four Temperaments”, “Agon", “Bugaku", the coquette and the sleep walker in “La Sonambula”, “Ballet Imperial”, “Symphony in C”, “Square Dance”, “Raymonda Variations”, “Theme and Variations”, “Tchaicovsky Pas de Deux", “Duo Concertante”, “Sonatine", “Concerto Barocco”, Terpsichore in “Apollo”, “ Divertimento # 15”, “Who Cares?” and “Slaughter on 10th Ave.” Most recently, Patricia danced one of her dream roles, Odile, in Balanchine’s “Swan Lake”.
Additionally, Patricia has danced the works of other amazing and distinguished choreographers: she loves dancing in Jerome Robbins' works which feel so human and personal: “In the Night”, “Afternoon of A Faun”, “Dances at a Gathering”, “West Side Story”, and “Fancy Free”. Patricia has also danced works by Twyla Tharp including, “When Push comes to Shove”, the bomb squad in “In the Upper Room”, “Baker’s Dozen” and “Nine Sinatra Songs” as well as Paul Taylor's work including “Company B”, “Mercuric Tidings”, and “Piazolla Caldera”. One of her most memorable performances was performing the role of Juliet in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. Other classical works included Swanhilda in Coppelia, as well as featured roles in Giselle and Don Quixote. She has danced “Jardin aux Lilacs” by Anthony Tudor, and “Liturgy” by Christopher Wheeldon, “The Neighborhood Ballroom” by Edward Villella and “The Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry” by Trey Mcyntire, all of which expanded her breadth as a dancer.
Patricia has also been incredibly fortunate to have created feature works with talented modern-day choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Justin Peck and hopes to continue working with these 21st century choreographer innovators who contribute to the growth of this art form today!
Patricia has been invited to perform as a guest artist in many venues around the world. She performed the Dark Angel, in Balanchine's “Serenade” with the New York City Ballet at the 75th Anniversary of the School of American Ballet. She performed an excerpt from Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit at The Bolshoi, in Moscow, at the Benois de la Danse gala in 2013. She has also performed twice at the Atheneum Dance Festival in Nantucket, MA originating two new works by Peck, “Sea Change” and “Osso Duet”. She has also performed in Paris, France at the Theatre du Chatelet with the Miami City Ballet in the summer of 2011 at a 3 week festival called Les Etes de la Danse. Also with the Miami City Ballet, she performed the principal ballerina in Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliant” at Fall for Dance at City Center as well as at the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2015. Most recently, Patricia danced with the company at the Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Patricia’s career and performances have been well documented in international newspapers, print magazines and on many online forums. In addition, Patricia, herself, has authored essays for dance publications including “Why I Dance” published in Dance Magazine (Jan 2015) http://dancemagazine.com/inside-dm/why-i-dance-patricia-delgado/ and “Letter to my Teenage Self” published in Dance Spirit Magazine (April 2013) http://www.dancespirit.com/whos-hot/letter-to-my-teenage-self/patricia-delgado/
Not uncommon for many career dancers, Patricia has experienced a number of injuries during her decades-long career. Some were minor ones and others more serious, where she underwent surgeries that put her on the sidelines for a significant amount of time. Having experienced these challenging times and the feelings they engender, Patricia chose to actively pursue the study of nutrition, pilates, yoga, gyrotonics, meditation and overall wellness. Her most recent injury inspired her to return to school and enroll as a student at Miami Dade College.
Separate from performing, an additional element of her dance career that Patricia enjoys is teaching ballet to others. She has taught at the Miami City Ballet Summer Intensive and, as a guest teacher, at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in New York City.
Patricia is eager to share with younger dancers the many lessons that her career has taught her, through its ups and downs and all its in-betweens. She realizes that she will continue to learn from helping others and is eagerly looking forward to participating in the mentoring process.