PEDRO PABLO PENA - FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Born in Cuba, Mr. Peña began his ballet training with Anna Leontieva, Joaquin Banegas, José Parés and Azary Plisetsky, also studying modern dance with Ramiro Guerra and experimental dance with Luis Trapaga. He danced for Havana’s Opera Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, Musical Theater of Havana where he also served as Choreography Director and was founder and director of the First Choreographic Dance Workshop in Havana.
For seven years Mr. Pena was choreographer for Univision’s TV show “Sabado Gigante Internacional” He was selected as choreographer for the Warner Brothers film “The Specialist”. He has been recognized and awarded for his work by ACCA, Fesela Inter-American Chapter of Hadassah and honored by Miami art magazine “Pregones” with the Contradanza Award for his continuous work in the development of dance in Miami and preservation of the Cuban Heritage in exile.
Ballet Concierto Dominicano, National Ballet of Panama, and the Odeon Theater in Vienna, Austria have invited Mr. Peña, to set his choreographic work, “Fusion” in their respective countries. He is Founder and Director of Creation Art Center (1982), Miami Hispanic Ballet (1993), the International Ballet Festival of Miami, one of the most important Ballet Festivals in the United States, and in 2006 he founded the successful Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami and is the Artistic Director.
Mr. Peña has been honored for more than his artistic achievements. On September 26, 2005, Miami-Dade County proclaimed “Pedro Pablo Peña Day” and the City of Miami presented him with the “Key to the City,” and on September 11, 2010 he was presented with the “Key to the City” of Miami Beach, honors bestowed on him for his tireless work promoting theater and dance in the community.
Mr. Peña has been selected to serve on an elite jury for one of the most famous and prestigious dance awards in the world, the Benois de la Dance in May 2011.