November 2010, Volume 14, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

World’s Top Dancers Grace Stage and Screen at MDC

Ballet dancer

Many of the world’s top ballet dancers descended upon South Florida during the XV Anniversary International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM), co-sponsored by Miami Dade College.

The event kicked off at MDC’s Tower Theater with the launching of the Dance Film Series and continued for more than two weeks, with performances, lectures, workshops and master classes at MDC’s North Campus and other local venues.

Now in its 15th season, IBFM brings to local venues hundreds of talented principal dancers representing the best companies from around the world. This year, participating companies included American Ballet Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza (Mexico), the English National Ballet and the National Ballet of Hungary.

Under the direction of IBFM Founder and Artistic Director Pedro Pablo Peña, the festival has become a fall staple on the South Florida calendar with five spectacular performances at area theaters. It is recognized as one of the most acclaimed ballet festivals in the United States by many dance critics around the world.

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