MIAMI (CSB4) – Two households, not very alike. In fair Miami, where we lay our scene.
The opening lines of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” have to be tweaked a bit when speaking of a love story just like the one playing out here in South Florida.
“The initial first love and first kiss and butterflies in the stomach we can relate to that. We went through that not that long ago,” said Jennifer Kronenberg, a Miami City Ballet dance who along with Carlos Guerra play the lead roles in the company’s new production of “Romeo and Juliet”.Behind the pirouettes and plies on stage, Jennifer and Carlos’s own love story began ten years ago. But unlike Romeo and Juliet, who when their first meeting became an instant infatuation, it took Jennifer and Carlos five years to finally start dating.
“One day he just got brave,” Kronenberg said.
“I decided I’m gonna tell her all my feelings. I can’t keep this forever,” Guerra said.
Now married, the pair are principal dancers in the company. They say they were thrilled when they found out they’d be playing the lead roles in the most famous love story of all.
“Oh she was so happy. She was like ‘We have to go and celebrate’. I told her ‘Okay, baby. We’ll celebrate’,” Geurra said.
More than 35 dancers leap, bound and even wield swords during the show. It’s the final production for the Miami City Ballet’s 25th anniversary season.
Unlike Shakespeare’s tragedy, Jennifer and Carlos’ story is more of a fairy tale, ending happily ever after.
“Ya know when there’s something, there’s something. You can try to ignore it but it doesn’t go away,” Kronenberg said.
For never was a story of more joy – Than this of Jennifer and her Romeo.
You can catch Romeo and Juliet starring Jennifer and Carlos at the Adrienne Arscht Center on Friday March 25th. They’ll also have performances at the Broward Center for the Performing arts.