Born and raised in Miami, Delgado is the epitome of Miami City Ballet’s homegrown success – training at MCB School and graduating into the main company where she has spent her 16-year career. Delgado began her dance training in Miami when she was 5 years old with Cuban teachers Vivian Tobio, Liana Navarro and Maria Victoria Gutierrez. When she was 11, she began studying at Miami City Ballet School and spent her summers training in New York City at the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre.
Delgado remembers her first time performing with MCB was in Stars and Stripes on a company tour to Saratoga, N.Y. in 1998. She was just 16 years old and continued to dance with the company throughout her high school years. In 2000, MCB’s Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella invited her to officially join Miami City Ballet as an apprentice, and he nominated her for the Princess Grace Award. Delgado was promoted to corps de ballet in 2001, soloist in 2005, principal soloist in 2006 and finally to principal dancer in 2007.
Delgado’s varied repertoire with MCB includes lead roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments, Duo Concertant and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, among many others; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and Dances at a Gathering, among others; Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, and Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. She originated feature roles in Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic and Justin Peck’s Heatscape.
She has toured with Miami City Ballet to The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Fall for Dance at City Center in New York City, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and most recently to the Chicago Dancing Festival and at MCB’s debut at the Koch Theater in New York City’s Lincoln Center in April 2016.
Among her guest artist performances, she danced the role of “Dark Angel” in George Balanchine’s Serenade with New York City Ballet at the 75 th Anniversary of the School of American Ballet in 2009. In 2013, she danced “Year of our Lord,” an excerpt from Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow at the Benois de la Danse Gala. She has spent several summers at the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival where she created a role in the premiere of Justin Peck’s Seachange, as well as Osso Duet with fellow MCB principal dancer Renan Cerdeiro.
A critical and audience favorite, Delgado was featured on the cover of Pointe magazine’s August/September 2010 issue where Robert Gottlieb, currently the chief dance critic for The New York Observer and MCB Board member, commented, “It’s Patricia’s refinement, repose and allure that instantly grab the audience’s attention, and hold it.” In the same article, Villella extolled, “She’s a total dancer. She can grow in any direction.”