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Shake the Ground Dance Competition

The weekend of March 23rd-25th, our Junior and Senior Dance Mastery and Conservatory dance students participated in the Shake the Ground Dance Competition, and the results were fantastic! Shake the Ground Elite (STG Elite) Shake the Ground Platinum (STG Platinum) High Gold (HG) Gold (G) SENIOR SOLOS: Mia Toribio – STG Elite, 8th PlacePoverall (contemporary)  STG Platinum (ballet)Isabela Atienza – STG Platinum (contemporary) STG Platinum (ballet)Alexa Veloso – STG Elite Best costume – Mia ToribioAspire Award – Alexa Veloso and Mia Toribio SENIOR GROUPS: “Paradisi Gloria” – STG Platinum, 1st Place Overall in category“Bahamut”- STG Platinum, 2nd place Overall“Castles in th Sky” – HG, 2nd Place Overall in category…

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Segovia Ballet Español at Vero Beach Opera

On March 24th, CEC’s Segovia Ballet Español performed at the Vero Beach Opera’s Scenes from Zarzuelas. Learn More Choreographed by Marisol Moreno, Spanish dance department head, and featuring Marisol Moreno, Raul Salcedo, CEC Voice Faculty, Eglise Gutierrez (soprano), and Maria Antunez (mezzo-soprano), Martin Nusspaumer (tenor), and Nelson Martinez (baritone), the program featured scenes and songs from: Luisa Fernanda by Federico Moreno TorrobaLa boda de Luis Alonso by Gerónimo GiménezEl barberillo de Lavapiés by Francisco Asenjo BarbieriDoña Francisquita by Amadeu Vives i RoigLa tabernera del puerto by Pablo SorozábalLos claveles by José SerranoMaravilla by Federico Moreno TorrobaLa marchenera by Federico…

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Chopin Piano Competition Winners

Congratulations to Erik Rodriguez (6th grade) and Oscar Mosquera (4th grade) for being selected by the Chopin Foundation Young Pianists’ Concert! South Florida’s best piano students audition before a panel of professionals to obtain a coveted spot in the recital program at the Chopin for All Young Pianists’ Concert. The concert will be on Sunday, April 14th at the Granada Church. Erik is a Conservatory piano student of Ms. Yirka Ledon, and Oscar is a Conservatory piano student of Ms. Ileana Cortizo.  In addition, Erik won first place in the 2024 International Music Competition “Amsterdam and Vienna” Grand Prize Virtuoso. He was…

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CEC Dancers and Musicans in NYC

The CEA Senior Dance, Music, and Voice Masteries spent four days in New York City taking classes and workshops with seasoned professionals in their respective areas, touring dance and music venues, and watching concerts and performances! From Broadway to Carnegie Hall, learning from renowned singers, dancers, instrumentalists, composers, and conductors, it was an eye-opening and fulfilling experience for everyone involved! Dancers took classes at Paul Taylor Studio, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, studied Fosse style at Broadway Dance Center, and took a commercial jazz class at 5678! They also watched the New York City Ballet and toured Radio City Music…

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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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Estampas del Quijote

Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m.Rosita Segovia Theatre  Estampas del Quijote is a collection of scenes and fragments of the beloved story of Don Quijote de la Mancha, adapted by Raul Salcedo and Marisol Moreno, and brought to life through dance. Estampas del Quijote is directed by Marisol Moreno, Spanish dance department head and CEA Spanish department faculty member, and features choreography by Marisol Moreno and Cristina Masdueño. Spanish Dance Groups Participating: AndaluciaCastillaNavarraMalagaSegovia 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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