Rebecca King Ferraro was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Calif. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.
King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. Since then, she has worked with many of today’s most sought-after choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett and Justin Peck. She has danced in the majority of MCB’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full-length ballets and contemporary works. From 2010-2016, she served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers, a role similar to a union representative.
In 2010, she founded a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. In the summer of 2016, she launched a podcast, Conversations on Dance with fellow dancer Michael Sean Breeden. In 2012, Ms. King started her own social media management company where she helps her clients reach their marketing potential through online platforms. King is currently a member of the guest faculty of The Dance Academy of Stuart in Stuart, FL.
Ms. King has been with Miami City Ballet for ten years, and is currently on a leave of absence due to injury for the 2017-2018 season.
PODCAST: CONVERSATIONS ON DANCE
Rebecca King Ferraro is the co-host of a podcast on all things dance and ballet. Each week she teams up with fellow dancer Michael Sean Breeden to bring audiences an inside look into the world of professional dancers. They discuss ballet training, techniques, choreography, and conduct interviews with some of the ballet world’s best and brightest. Past guests include:
Misty Copeland, Patricia McBride, Alastair Macaulay, Sara Mearns,
Ashley Bouder, James Whiteside, Peter Boal, Julie Kent,
and many others.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Rebecca King Ferraro is a professional ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet. Her social media management company allows her to delve into her second passion, social media and marketing. In 2010, Ms. King founded a blog, TendusUnder A Palm Tree, which has become well known in the online dance community.
In numerous ways, through her own determination, Ms. King has built experience in this field. Utilizing social media has proven invaluable to building a brand through her blog, proving that the online social community is a powerful force for businesses large and small. By building a significant following on Twitter and Instagram (@bexking), and promoting her blog posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and YouTube, she has come to understand what start up businesses need and want from their social media. She has also spent time working with Miami City Ballet’s marketing department to advance their social media presence. This work involved attending weekly meetings, developing new strategies, coordinating projects, and executing plans. Through this opportunity, she has obtained valuable experience in this field and come to understand what it takes to promote a large organization in a professional and effective manner.
Since starting Rebecca King Social Media Management, Ms. King has worked as a consultant with several small businesses establishing Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, Twitter accounts, Tumblr blogs, and WordPress websites. She has established social media strategies designed to communicate a pre-determined plan for each client.
Ms. King’s ballet repertoire includes:
Allegro Brilliante, Square Dance, Concerto Barocco, Ballo della Regina (Soloist), Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds), Nutcracker (Spanish Principal), Raymonda Variation (Soloist), Bugaku, Symphony in 3 Movements, The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), Ballet Imperial, Serenade, Symphony in C, Bourrée Fantasque, La Source, Episodes, Scotch Symphony, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, La Sonnambula, Divertimento No. 15, La Valse (Three Muses), Who Cares?, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Swan Lake Act II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Polyphonia (Waltz Couple)
Company B (Rum and Coke), Mercuric Tidings
Golden Section, NIGHTSPOT (created for Miami City Ballet by Twyla Tharp in 2008), Sweet Fields, Baker’s Dozen
Fancy Free (Purse Girl), Fanfare, West Side Story Suite, The Concert
Romeo and Juliet
Don Quixote, Gypsy Principal (Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky), Giselle (Adam / Traditional after Coralli and Perrot), Copellia (Trad., after Delibes / Saint-Leon)
In this blog, readers can follow the everyday life of a professional ballet dancer living and working in one of the most glamorous and trendy places in the world, Miami Beach. Visit the blog for in depth interviews, articles on life as a professional dancer, reactions to ballet in the mainstream, and profiles of the world’s best ballets.
“My mission is to provide insight into the life of a professional ballet dancer.
My goal is to create an entertaining blog that will appeal to people who know ballet and those who don’t.
Ballet is a glamorous art form and I want to reach out to people to educate them and excite them about what I do for a living.”
-Rebecca King Ferraro