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Christmas in the Gardens

Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl Christmas in the Gardens celebration of music and dance in the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl. The performance will feature The Snowman, an original story ballet and beloved Conservatory tradition, as well as performances by select music, vocal, and dance groups. A special thank you to Dr. Daniel Lewis and Miami Dance Futures for their support in making this production possible! Purchase Video Purchase Pictures

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Florida Dance Association Young Dancer Workshop

The Senior Dance Mastery and invited CEC dancers traveled to Gainesville, Florida to attend the Florida Dance Association Young Dancers’ Workshop, held at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College campuses. Students spent the weekend in back-to-back classes and workshops in a variety of dance forms, including ballet, modern, Limón Technique, hip hop, West African, musical theater, and more!  Students watched three performances, including the Limón Dance Company. On Saturday, they performed their newest piece by Danella Bedford, “Aurora Borealis,” which was inspired by the movement of the northern lights. They did a beautiful job onstage, as well…

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Lisset Iglesias at Miami Beach Classical Music Festival Summer Program 

Lisset Iglesias Ledon, CEA class of 2020 and CEC voice student, attended the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) Summer Program under scholarship. She has been part of MMF’s Youth Program, which is a full tuition scholarship program, since the winter of 2022. As part of the program, students participate in master classes and performances throughout the year. In the summer of 2022, Lisset participated in master classes with world renowned singers such as Dolora Zajick and was part of the ensemble for MMF’s productions of Hansel and Gretel and portrayed the role of Fortuna in L’incoronazione di Poppea.   Lisset…

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Dance Department Summer Programs

Several of our high school dancers participated in prestigious summer intensive programs this year. We are very proud of their continued progress as dancers! Isabela Atienza, CEA class of 2020 and CEC dance student, participated in the Joffrey Ballet School Ballet and Contemporary Intensive in Miami. After the intensives, she was invited to join the ballet and contemporary trainee programs in New York. Mia Toribio, CEA class of 2021 and CEC dance student, spent the summer at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in New York City. Alexa Veloso, CEA class of 2020 and CEC dance student, participated in the…

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Diego Varela at Killington Music Festival

Diego Varela, CEA/CEC 7th grade student, at Killington Music Summer Program Congratulations to Diego Varela, who received a scholarship to attend the Killington Music Festival residency program in Killington, Vermont this summer! Each summer, KMF gathers some of the most talented and well-prepared musicians in the country and abroad from institutions such as The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the University of Arizona for a summer of classes and performances. Diego is currently in the seventh grade at CEA, a CEC violin, piano, and clarinet student and…

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CEC Music Students Perform in Vienna

Paloma Diaz and Felipe Diez, CEA class of 2021 and CEC music students, Perform in Vienna Congratulations to two of our CEA alumni and Conservatory music students, Paloma Diaz (violin) and Felipe Diez (clarinet and piano) who participated in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria this summer. Paloma currently studies violin at CEC with Jose A. Guibert. Felipe studies clarinet at CEC with Norman Milanes and piano with Ileana Cortizo. During their time at CEA, they both formed part of the CEA Music Mastery and Conchita Espinosa Orchestra.

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Fernanda Miranda – Chopin Foundation

Fernanda Miranda, CEA and CEC Class of 2015 Fernanda Miranda, CEA/CEC class of 2015, is currently a senior at Georgia State University College of the Arts. She began her piano training at CEC with Alina Gonzalez and Yirka Ledon. This summer, she was invited by the Chopin Society of Atlanta to participate and perform in the Chopin Academy Paris International Summer Session at Conservatoire de Vincennes and Chopin in Vienna week-long program for Atlanta and Musik21 students in cooperation with Gulda School of Music Vienna. Congratulations Fernanda!

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Spanish Dancers Perform at FIU Spanish Conference

On September 25th, the Spanish dance department was invited back to perform as the official representatives of Spanish culture at the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain‘s Spanish Educators’ Conference, held at Florida International University. CEC is one of the few institutions to honor the four disciplinary traditions of Spanish dance: classical Spanish dance, Escuela Bolera, folklore, and flamenco, giving our dancers an appreciation of the richness of Spanish dance and the historical and geographical context for their area of study. Thanks to this exposure to the various facets of Spanish dance and immersion in the Spanish language…

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Florida Young Artists International Piano Competition

Congratulations to four of our Conservatory piano students who participated in the 5th Florida Young Artists International Piano Competition! Felipe Diez (high school division, 14 years old) was selected as a finalist for the Category D Piano Solo. Oscar Mosquera, David Rodriguez, and Eduardo Diaz (3rd grade) all advanced to the semi-finalist round in the Category B Piano Solo Division. Hundreds of young pianists from around the world competed. We are very proud of their hard work and talent! Congratulations to their teachers: Yirka Ledon, Music Department Head and David’s teacher and Ileana Cortizo, Felipe, Oscar, and Eduardo’s teacher!

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Shake the Ground Competition

Congratulations to all of the dancers who participated in the Shake the Ground Competition in Ft. Lauderdale! Everyone did an outstanding job representing their school and demonstrating the utmost professionalism and artistry in their dancing. AWARDS: JUNIOR & SENIOR GROUPS Westminster Waltz – High Gold, 3rd Place Overall Hard Knock Life – High Gold, 6th Place Overall Veruca’s Nutcracker Suite – Gold Where the Sidewalk Ends – Platinum, 6th Place Overall Furry Lized – Platinum, 9th Place Overall Argy Bargy – High Gold Never Enough – High Gold America – High Gold Newsies – High Gold A Chorus Line –…

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