April 2011, Volume 15, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

MDC Brings Culture of Classical Ballet to South Florida


MDC’s School of Community Education has teamed up with Pedro Pablo Peña, acclaimed director and founder of the International Ballet Festival of Miami and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, to offer a new program focused on classical ballet instruction immersed in the Cuban cultural school and technique. The Culture of Dance/Cultura de la Danza program started in January and has been ongoing every Saturday, with classes for students of all dance levels ages 14 and up.

“We wish to expose young people, especially at the North Campus, to the excitement, beauty and tradition of the classical ballet,” Peña said. “We have created an interesting course for the College that is a necessary class for both students and the general public to identify what this important art entails.”

Born in Cuba, Peña has danced for Havana’s Opera Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Musical Theater of Havana. He has also choreographed for Univisión’s TV show Sábado gigante and the Warner Brothers film The Specialist.

The program also teaches the fundamentals of neo-classical and contemporary techniques while training beginner and intermediate dancers. In addition, there is a course called “Dance Movement and Its Historical Concept,” which traces the origins of ballet back to the courts of Europe.

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