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Dance

Our dance teachers aim to create a positive environment for aspiring dancers to gain confidence and intrinsic motivation in meeting the cognitive and physical challenges of this art form. Through the acquisition and building of physical strength, solid technique, and creativity, a respect and love for this art form is nurtured in the young dancer, creating a dedicated and sincere artist.

Unlike an academic setting, students enrolled in dance disciplines in an arts’ conservatory often remain in a level for more than one year. It is of utmost importance that our students are promoted at a pace that is appropriate for his/her level of proficiency in the given discipline. This is determined by elements such as physical strength, developmental maturity, and demonstration of the necessary knowledge base for promotion.

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  • BALLET
  • LYRICAL
  • TAP
  • SPANISH DANCE
  • CUBAN DANCE
  • HIP HOP
  • ADVANCED DANCE PROGRAM

Ballet

The Ballet department offers a sequential program geared toward the acquisition of classical technique and vocabulary, with a strong emphasis on body placement, coordination, and overall movement quality. The use of a professional live pianist in many of the advanced classes encourages the musical qualities to develop within each dancer. Students are introduced to Pointe training once it is determined that the student has the physical development, core strength, and proper leg alignment and strength to begin Pointe work.

We encourage a growing passion for and dedication to this art form, so that every student may take their
special gifts with them with confidence and pride.


Schedule by Levels

Please note class ages shown are an average age and students are assessed and placed in the class level appropriate for their ability and potential.

pink

45-minute class,
once a week

Ages 3-5


Pink I: Tuesdays
2:15 – 3:00 pm


Pink II: Thursdays
2:15 – 3:00 pm

Pink III: Thursdays
2:15 – 3:00 pm



$70 monthly

Light Blue

45-minute class,
twice a week

 

Ages 5-6


Light Blue I and II:
Mondays
and Wednesdays

2:15 - 3:00 pm


$110 monthly

Red

45-minute class,
twice a week

 

Ages 6-7

Red I: Tuesdays
and Thursdays

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Red II: Mondays
and Thursdays

3:00 – 3:45 pm



$110 monthly

Lilac

1-hour class,
twice a week

 

Ages 7-8


Lilac I and II:
Mondays and Wednesdays

3:00 – 4:00 pm


$120 monthly

Navy

1-hour class,
twice a week

 

Ages 8-9


Navy I and II:
Mondays and Wednesdays

4:00 – 5:00 pm


$120 monthly

Cobalt

1-hour class,
twice a week

 

Ages 9-11


Cobalt I:
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:00 - 6:00 pm


Cobalt II:
Mondays and Wednesdays
4:00 - 5:00


$120 monthly

Forest GREEN

(w/ pointe)

1-hour class and
½ hour pointe,
twice a week

 

Ages 10-12


Forest Green I and II:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.


$150.00 monthly

PURPLE

(w/ pointe)

1½ hours class
twice a week,
1-hour pointe
once a week

 

Ages 11-13


Purple: Mondays
and Wednesdays
5:00 – 6:30 pm

 

Purple Pointe:
Fridays
4:00 – 5:00 pm


$200.00 monthly

GRAY

(w/ pointe)
1½ hours class
twice a week,
1-hour pointe
once a week

 

Ages 12-14

Gray: Mondays
6:30 - 8:00
and
Thursdays
5:30 - 7:00

 

Gray Pointe:
Fridays
5:00 - 6:00 pm


$200.00 monthly

BLACK

(w/ pointe)
1½ hours class
twice a week,
1-hour pointe
once a week

 

Ages 12-14

Black: Tuesdays
5:30 – 7:00 pm
and Thursdays
5:30 – 7:00 pm

 

Black Pointe:
Wednesdays
5:00 – 6:00 pm
and Fridays
5:00 – 6:00 pm


$250.00 monthly

ADVANCED BALLET

1 ½ to 6 ½ hours of class per week

Ages 14 +


Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm,
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm
and Fridays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

$100 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, once a week

$180 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week

$220 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week + 1 hour Contemporary class once a week

$270 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week, 1 hour ballet class once a week + 1 hour Contemporary class once a week


Lyrical

Lyrical classes are by invitation only and are geared toward the older and emotionally developing student.
There are 3 levels: Junior (ages 11-12), Senior (ages 12-14), and High School (ages 14 and up).

Lyrical is not an actual technique but rather a quality of movement that calls on different styles and techniques.  This class focuses on personal interpretation. The aim is for each individual to be in touch with their own special qualities to create a sincere, unforced performance, and a true artist.  The dancer must develop and understand his/her own inner emotions to truly express the human soul.

Lyrical classes tap into a variety of emotions and experiences.  Lyrics of songs are sometimes interpreted, thus it is important that students have a maturity that includes a wide emotional vocabulary and understanding, allowing for an age-appropriate expression of various themes important to the human experience.  Students invited to this class need to have a strong ballet technique.

Schedule by Level

junior Lyrical

1-hour class once a week

Ages 8-11


Mondays
6:30 - 7:30


$60 monthly

Senior Lyrical

1-hour class twice a week

 

Ages 11-14


Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:00 - 8:00


$90 monthly

Contemporary

1-hour class once a week

 

Ages 14 +


Mondays
5:30 – 6:30 pm


$60 monthly

Tap

Tap, along with Jazz, is a truly American art form. Tap can trace its roots to African Dance, Irish Step Dance, and even to Flamenco.
In this dance form, students acutely develop their sense of rhythm as well as movement abilities. Tap is a wonderful way to
increase coordination and rhythm while engaging in a challenging and fun dance form.



Schedule by Level

Classes are divided by age and dance experience.

Robinson Tap

45 minutes class
twice a week

Ages 6-7, or students
with 1 year or less
experience in tap


Tuesdays
and Thursdays
3:15 – 4:00 pm


$110 monthly

Glover Tap

1-hour class
twice a week

Ages 8-10, or students
with 2-3 years'
experience in tap


Tuesdays
and Thursdays
4:00 – 5:00 pm


$120 monthly

Hines Tap

1-hour class
twice a week

 

Intermediate


Tuesdays
and Thursdays
5:00 – 6:00 pm


$120 monthly

Astaire Tap

1-hour class
twice a week

 

Advanced


Tuesdays
and Thursdays
6:00 – 7:00 pm


$120 monthly

Spanish Dance

The objective of the Spanish Dance program is to teach the four disciplines which comprise Spanish dance: Folklore, Flamenco, Classical Spanish, and Escuela Bolera.  Through exposure to the dance forms of Spain, students are exposed to different facets of Spanish culture.

Elemental and Introduction Levels: Students are introduced to learning the dance of Spain through games and exercises that develop rhythm and coordination in an entertaining and playful way.

Beginners and Intermediate Levels: Concentration is placed on teaching the fundamental base of Spanish Dance, making students aware of body control and the proper use of space, as well as learning proper footwork (“zapateado”), complex arm movements (“braceo”), and turning techniques / combinations. It is at this level that students are introduced to using castanets as an instrument of percussion.

Advanced Levels: These levels concentrate on perfecting the techniques and interpretation of the dance, introducing elements from other disciplines—such as contemporary dance--which allows the student to express her emotions and develop as a skilled artist.

Ballet for Spanish Dancers: Ages 10+ Ballet for Spanish Dancers is a class designed for dancers who are registered in Spanish dance to polish and clean their technique and posture through ballet exercises.



Schedule by Levels

Please note class ages shown are an average age and students are assessed and placed in the class level appropriate for their ability and potential.

Jerez

30-minute class,
twice a week

(Ages 3-5)

 

Jerez I:
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:00 - 2:30 pm


Jerez II:
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:30 - 3:00 pm


$70 monthly

Red leotard, Red skirt

Teruel

45-minute class,
twice a week

(Ages 5-6)


Teruel I & II:
Tuesdays
and Thursdays
2:15 - 3:00 pm



$110 monthly

Red leotard, Red skirt

Cantabria

1-hour class,
twice a week

(Ages 6-7)

Cantabria I:
Mondays and Fridays
3:00 - 4:00 pm


Cantabria II:
Wednesdays and Fridays
3:00 - 4:00 pm


$120 monthly

Red leotard, Red skirt



Sevilla

1-hour class,
twice a week

 

(Ages 7-9)

Sevilla I & II:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm



$120 monthly

Blue leotard, Blue skirt

Cordoba

1-hour class,
twice a week

 

(Ages 8-10)


Cordoba I & II:
Tuesdays
and Thursdays
4:00 - 5:00 pm

 


$120 monthly

Blue leotard, Blue skirt

Andalucia

1-hour class,
three times a week

(Ages 10-12)


Andalucia I:
Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays
4:00 - 5:00 pm


Andalucia II:
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm

and Fridays

4:00 - 5:00 pm


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt with ruffles

Castilla

1-hour class,
three times a week

 

(Ages 10-12)


Castilla I:

Tuesdays and
Thursdays
5:15 - 6:15 pm
and Wednesdays
5:00 - 6:00 pm

 

Castilla II:

Mondays
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesdays
4:00 - 5:00 pm
and Thursdays
5:15 – 6:15 pm


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt without ruffles

aragon

1-hour class,
three times a week

 

(Ages 11-13)

 

Tuesdays
6:15 - 7:15 pm
Wednesdays
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Fridays
5:00 – 6:00 pm


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt without ruffles

MALAGA

1 ½ hour class
twice a week

(Ages 12-13)


Tuesdays
5:30 - 7:00
and
Wednesdays
6:00 - 7:30


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt without ruffles

Segovia

1 ½ hour class
twice a week

 

(Ages 13-14)

Mondays
and Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 pm


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt without ruffles

Advanced Spanish Dance (by invitation only)

2 ½ hours of class per week

(Ages 14+)

Mondays
6:30 - 7:30 pm
and
Thursdays
6:15 – 7:45 pm


$150 monthly

Black leotard, Black skirt without ruffles

Cuban Dance

The objective of the Cuban dance class is to teach students the fundamentals of the different dance forms of Cuba.  Students are exposed to various rhythms, partnering techniques, and basic dance steps.  In addition, relevant historical and cultural background of the different Cuban dance styles and music are introduced to the students.

Some of the many benefits of learning a social dance form are heightened body awareness, improved coordination, self-confidence and the ability to lead and follow a partner.  As the students become competent in the fundamentals of the different styles and rhythms, dance sequences and patterns become more complicated.  Students will experience a connection to the music of Cuba and the richness of its culture through dance, leading to a joyful expression of a wonderful facet of Cuban tradition and the pride of its people; its music and dance.


Schedule by Level

CHA CHA CHA

45 minutes class
twice per week

Ages 7-9
(2nd - 3rd grades)

Mondays
and Wednesdays
3:15 – 4:00 pm


$110 monthly

RUMBA

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 8-10
(3rd – 4th grades)

Tuesdays
3:30 – 4:30 pm
and
Fridays
5:15 – 6:15 pm


$110 monthly

MAMBO

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 9-12
(4th – 6th grades)

Mondays
and Wednesdays
4:00 – 5:00 pm


$110 monthly

CONTRADANZA

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 9-12
(4th – 6th grades)

Thursdays
5:15 – 6:15 pm
and
Fridays
3:15 – 4:15 pm


$110 monthly

BOLERO

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 9-12
(4th – 6th grades)

Mondays
5:00 – 6:00 pm
and
Fridays

4:15 – 5:15 pm


$110 monthly

SON

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 10 – 12
(5th – 6th grades)

Tuesdays
5:30 – 6:30 pm
and
Thursdays
6:15 – 7:15 pm


$110 monthly

DANZON

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 12-14
(7th – 8th grades)

Mondays
and Wednesdays
6:00 – 7:00 pm


$110 monthly

HABANERA

1-hour class
twice per week

Ages 12-14
(7th – 8th grades)

Tuesdays
4:30 – 5:30 pm
and
Wednesdays
5:00 – 6:00 pm


$110 monthly

 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is an urban form of dance that focuses on the stylish, high energy, self-expressive, and “swagged out” movement that is currently cultivating our youth. This popular style of dance pushes our kids to become the best dancers they can be, focuses their energy in a positive setting that promotes teamwork, and aims to help mold your child's character through the power of dance. By disguising fitness as fun, the Hip Hop program uses clean and main stream music to teach our students the technicalities of this unique genre. Whether you’re looking for an activity that gives your child a good workout, expands their dance background, or just enhances their self-confidence, Hip Hop is the place to be!


Schedule by Level

Hip Hop MINIS

Thursdays
5:00 - 6:00pm

 

$70 monthly

Hip Hop Juniors

Fridays
4:00 - 5:00 pm


$70 monthly

Hip Hop Troupe

Thursdays
4:00 - 5:00 pm


$70 monthly

Hip Hop Comp

Fridays
5:00 - 6:00 pm


$70 monthly

Hip Hop Crew

Fridays
6:00 - 7:00 pm


$110 monthly (includes Hip Hop Comp class)

Advanced Dance Program


The Advanced Dance Program focuses personal attention and provides guidance for young dancers who are working towards a career in dance. The program gives such dancers the opportunity to study with renowned teachers in advanced-level classes up to six times a week. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, variations and partnering, contemporary, and Spanish dance. Acceptance into this program is by invitation or audition only. It is reserved for intermediate/advanced dance students with strong pointe work and/or intermediate/advanced Spanish dance students who are well versed in the four areas of Spanish dance (classical Spanish dance, folklore, Escuela Bolera, and flamenco). Master Classes with distinguished ballet and Spanish dance teachers and additional performance opportunities are included in the program.

Schedule of Classes

ADVANCED SPANISH DANCE

2½ hours of class per week

Ages 14 +


Mondays
6:30 – 7:30 pm


Thursdays
6:15 – 7:15pm


$150 Monthly

CONTEMPORARY

1 hour once a week

Ages 14 +


Mondays
5:30 – 6:30 pm


$60 Monthly

ADVANCED BALLET

1 ½ to 6 ½ hours of class per week

Ages 14 +


Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm,
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm
and Fridays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

$100 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, once a week

$180 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week

$220 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week + 1 hour Contemporary class once a week

$270 Monthly for 1 ½ hours ballet class, twice a week, 1 hour ballet class once a week + 1 hour Contemporary class once a week

Dancers will have various performance opportunities, which will require additional rehearsal time. The CEC Master Class Series is reserved for dancers in our advanced programs.


CEC Youth Ballet Company:

The CEC Youth Ballet Company is comprised of members of the Advanced Dance Program. As members of the CEC Youth Ballet Company, students work with professional choreographers and coaches. Their choreographic experience includes learning original ballets, as well as the staging of classical ballets, contemporary, and Spanish dance pieces. Company members have several performance opportunities throughout the year and receive coaching for reputable dance competitions.


The Conchita Espinosa Conservatory Youth Ballet Company greatly appreciates your support as we strive to provide a professional performing experience for our young dancers. Your generous donations will help us to continue working with high quality choreographers, secure venues and purchase costumes.

Please download the following:
CEC Youth Ballet Sponsorship Form

 

 

Instructors:

Danella Bedford

Head of Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz Departments, Ms. Bedford received her first training at The Bristol School of Dancing in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and character dancing. As a student she performed with the Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet where she then furthered her studies under the direction of Valerie Adams (FRAD). It was at Royal, where she was able to study under some of the greats including Julia Farron, Pamela May, Mikhail Berkut and Jean Bedells. In 1993 she received her teaching diploma with distinction and was awarded the “Strength and Grace” award from Dame Ninette de Valois. She remained an additional year as Assistant Director and was a guest teacher for numerous schools in London including London Studio Center, The Royal Ballet School and London Junior Ballet. In 1994 she moved to Charlotte, N.C, where she taught at The North Carolina Dance Theater and the Charlotte School of Ballet, as well as performed with the Charlotte Youth Ballet as a principal guest artist. She has performed in many musicals including Carousel, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady and Song and Dance and was soloist and rehearsal mistress for Momentum Dance Company from 1996-2007. She was also invited to perform at the International Ballet Festival in Miami for 5 consecutive years. Ms. Bedford has been teaching at CEC since 1997 and is the Head of the Ballet Department as well as the Director of the Academy’s elementary and middle school dance advisories. Her choreographies have a wide range, are very diverse in style, and have been showcased numerous times at Florida Dance Festival on tour as well as winning many other choreographic awards. CEC's students benefit from her meticulous teaching and keen awareness of the physical, mental and emotional development of each young dancer.

 

Teaching Qualifications:
Dip RBS (TTC): Diploma Royal Ballet School – Teacher’s Training Course
ARAD: Associate Royal Academy of Dance
AISTD (MB) (CB) (NB): Associate Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Modern Branch, Cecchetti Branch, National Branch


Dr. Kenia Garcia Cabrera

Dr. Kenia Garcia Cabrera is a Master Ballet Teacher. She has a Doctor of Philosophy degree, Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in Havana, Cuba. She went on the form part of the Board of Admissions and formed part of the graduate jury board, where she was responsible for overseeing, editing and evaluating the theses of students obtaining their Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

For fifteen years Dr. Garcia Cabrera was Ballet Maître 2nd Level at the world-renowned Cuban National Ballet and was the Director of their Vocational School. Dr. Garcia Cabrera taught at the International Ballet Festival of Cuba for several years during her time at the Cuban National Ballet. She taught and choreographed at an international level with the Cuban National Ballet in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Canada, and US. Dr. Garcia Cabrera was chosen by the Cuban National Ballet to represent the school in a cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., where she taught at the Centre de Danse for three consecutive summers.

Dr. Garcia Cabrera has developed ballet curricula and programs for the Ministry of Education of the National Council for Culture and Arts in Pachuca, Mexico.  She is recognized as a professor for elite 3rd level ranking students by the Centro Pro Danza in Havana, Cuba and specializes in teaching high level students and professional dancers.

In addition to her extensive experience educating dancers, Dr. Garcia Cabrera is a published author and researcher. In 2005 she won the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) Research Award for her role in the development of gifted students in the Cuban National Ballet Vocational Program. In 2013 ISA awarded her once more for the impact of her research on higher education in the arts and culture.


Marisol Moreno

Head of the Spanish Dance department, is a native of Madrid. She was artistically guided by Pacita Tomas, Joaquin Villa, and Juan Sierra and began her career touring Europe with the Juan Sierra Ballet Company. Marisol continued her studies in Amor de Dios under the guidance of María Magdalena, "Ciro", Cristóbal Reyes, Paco Romero, "El Güito", "Manolete", Merche Esmeralda, "La Tati", Pedro Azorín, and Julio Príncipe, among others. She formed part of Cristóbal Reyes’ flamenco company, with whom she inaugurated the tablao “Zambra”, where she danced alongside figures such as Adrián Galia, Antonio Canales and Joaquín Cortés.

Marisol traveled to Mexico City for the first time in 1989 to dance for the tablao, “El Duende” and returned in 1992 as part of the cast of "El Mesón de Triana”, where she met her partner and husband Raúl Salcedo. In 1993 they moved to Cancun to form their own Spanish dance and flamenco company, “Esencia Flamenca”. Each year they produce a student festival, “Solera Flamenca” and have presented numerous large-scale theater shows in Mexico and abroad.

Throughout the years, Marisol has formed part of many national and international dance companies including American Bolero Dance Company in New York, NY; Homenaje in Seattle, WA; Zonorongo Flamenco in Minneapolis, MN; and Rosario Flamenco in Vancouver, CA. With these companies she has had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall, the Miller Theater at Columbia University, the Silvia and Danny Kye and the Intar in New York, the Xora in Athens, Greece, the Southern in Minneapolis, and the Playhouse and the Rothstein in Vancouver.

In January 2012, Marisol produced “Mujer es Tierra” in the Merida Festival in Mexico. “Mujer es Tierra” used contemporary dance and flamenco to protest against gender violence and environmental abuse. In 2011 Moreno was also the choreographer and principal dancer in Manuel Falla’s “La Vida Breve” in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.


Choreographers:
   

MASTER CLASSES:




Cameron Basden Master Class Series

Fridays  5:00 - 7:00 pm
September 24, 2015
October 9, 2015
November 6, 2015
December 4, 2015

$40 for non-CEC students
$30 for students currently registered for class at CEC, except for Grey, Black, and Advanced Ballet
(Tuition is included for students currently in Grey, Black, and Advanced Ballet)


Cameron Basden
clbasden@gmail.com

Dance Director, Educator, Repetiteur, Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation 

Ms. Basden has had a career in dance spanning more than thirty years.  She brings passion and spirit to her art, as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes.   She served as Ballet Master and Co-Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet from 1993-2008 and Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts from 2009-2015.  At Interlochen, she grew the division to capacity, developed collaborations, consistently worked with live music, built liaisons with cities world wide and the professional dance community.  Ms. Basden stages ballets by Ashton, Cranko, Massine, Nijinsky and Nijinska as well as more contemporary works.  She brought to fruition the first Joffrey summer intensive in Chicago leading to the development of the Joffrey Academy.  Ms. Basden was a muse for Gerald Arpino in the creation of his ballets.  She worked on the PBS filming for their Dance in America series of The Joffrey’s production of Billboards, and oversaw the filming and staging of the ballets in Save the Last Dance. As a performer with Joffrey Ballet, Ms. Basden danced in a variety of styles by such choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp.  Roles were created on her by Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Laura Dean and Choo San Goh to name a few.  Ms. Basden’s television credits include the Dance in America series Homage to Diaghilev and The Search for the Rite of Spring.  In 2003 she portrayed herself in Robert Altman’s movie, The Company.  Ms. Basden serves on the board of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation and is the main repetiteur. 


Michael Spencer Phillips Master Class

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
5:45 - 8:00 p.m.

(Includes 2 hour class and 15 minute Q&A. Parents welcome for Q&A only.)

This will be a Graham-based modern dance class. More details TBA.


Michael Spencer Phillips

Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA, Dance) where he was also a member of the Peter Sparling Dance Company. He attended the Merce Cunningham School on scholarship and performed in the Cunningham Repertory Group. Other performance credits: New York City Opera, Battleworks Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Risa Jaraslow and Dancers, and an apprenticeship with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Mr. Phillips is a teaching artist with RIOULT’s DanceREACH program and has had the privilege to restage Mr. Rioult’s work. He joined RIOULT Dance NY as a dancer in 2002, is co-founder of RIOULT Circle, and began teaching for DanceREACH in 2007.


COLLABORATION:


Manny Perez

Music has always been a part of Manny Perez's life, from the Latin rhythms of his native Cuba to the world of opera and classical music that he became  so immersed in as an adolescent. Music transcends borders and language, and for Manny, who immigrated to the United States at age 5, it was an outlet and a respite that would become his lifelong career.  Manny had always dreamed of becoming an opera singer. In 1981, during his studies at the University of Miami as a full scholarship student, he joined the opera chorus of the  Greater Miami Opera. In the now FGO chorus,  Manny performed alongside his idols Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, later moving to New York where he continued his vocal studies with Bill Schuman.

Manny has discovered, presented in concerts and taught some of the best vocal talent coming out of Miami today, in addition to having a vocal studio in New York City. His students have included Eglise Gutierrez, Elizabeth Caballero, Sidney Outlaw, Mabel Ledo, Susana Diaz, Matthew Maness, Elaine Alvarez, Sandra Lopez, Clayton Matthews, Armando Naranjo, Betsy Diaz, Martin Nusspaumer, Maria Antunez, Maria Aleida Rodriguez, Rolando Sanz, Nathalie Avila, Marcela Penaranda, Carolina Castells, Jonathan Michie, and Marinel Cruz, all of whom are pursuing national and international opera careers. They have graced the stages of our major theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, New York's Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera, as well as internationally at the Teatro Solis in Uruguay, La Scala, Rome Opera, Oviedo, and Bologna, to name a few. 

Manny has been guest faculty for The Miami Summer Music Festival,  The Washington National Opera, The Florida Grand Opera, Barry University and the Audition Preparation Program held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In the last few seasons The Manny Perez Vocal Studio, has been featured in The Arsht Center's production of Zarzuela Tonight, The Miami Symphonys “A Night at the Opera”, The Symphony of the Americas  “Music from the Spanish and Cuban Zarzuela”, The Doral Cultural affairs Council “Opera evenings”,The St Hugh  Steinway concert Series, Sunday Afternoons of Music, The Temple Beth Am “Spring Opera Series”and Orchestra Miami; “Viva Verdi concert”.


Manny has fulfilled his dream and love of singing not only through his teaching,and presenting highly acclaimed vocal concerts but also in his own singing.  He has released two albums: One on the Universal label with Cuban superstar Maggie Carles, and Wonderlust, a fusion of classical music. Evelio Taillacq wrote about Manny Perez in the Spanish press: "We are dealing with an interpreter with a beautiful timbre, with just measure and magnificent phrasing suited for the semi-classic style."

South Florida Classical Reviews' Dorothy Hindman wrote after attending “A Night At The Opera” with the Miami Symphony featuring 10 singers from the studio, “singers from The vocal studio of Manny Perez demonstrate polished maturity...Perez has a knack for spotting talent...His style was evident in every performance, in clear diction, seamless range, exceptional projection and emotional characterizations...Manny Perez's studio demonstrate polished maturity. Any one of them could go directly to a career with great success and most have made their professional debuts...”      Manny's great love and knowledge of opera is also reflected in his prestigious seat on the Board of Directors of the Florida Grand Opera for over 10 years.
Manny's greatest production, however, is his beautiful daughter Miranda. 

Kelvin Robertson
created the artwork being used for the CEC Youth Ballet CO. poster.

About the Artist
Born in 1953, Kelvin Robertson studied at The National Art School Sydney 1971-75 and The New York Studio School. 1981-82 In 1983 he had his first solo exhibition at The All Nations Club. In 1987 -2007 drew classes and rehearsals at the Sydney Dance Company. He drew The Australian Ballet 1992 -1997 Miami City Ballet 1997-2006 Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2006 to 2008 and most recently at Dance New Amsterdam, David Parsons Dance Company, Amy Marshall Dance Company and Trainor Dance.

Kelvin Robertson has had 24 solo exhibitions in various commercial art galleries and Government run art centers, in Australia including - The Queensland Performing Arts Center, The Victorian Arts Center and CasulaPowerhouse Arts Center. In Miami he had a major exhibition, ‘Miami City Ballet Drawings’ at the Miami City Ballet Gallery in 2002. In 2008 he did a site specific installation Alice In Wonderland at the Paul Taylor Dance Company and in 2009 he had a solo exhibit DNA Drawings at Dance New Amsterdam. In 2011 a Trainor Dance slideshow installation at Schermerhorn Theater.



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