MC Dance Productions to Hold Florida Youth Dance Gala, 2/13/16
(West Palm Beach, FL - November 2, 2015) Mauricio Cañete, founder and director of MC Dance Productions, today announced that tickets arena on sale for the third annual FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA that will be held at the Duncan Theatre, located on the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College, on Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. The The highly acclaimed Lauren Anderson, the first African American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet, will host the third annual Gala, which is once again being sponsored by Só Dança USA, a leading provider of quality dance supplies.
Following this year's sold-out success, FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA 2016 will feature 40 extraordinarily talented in a romantic, high-stepping salute to Valentine's Day.
Dedicated to "celebrating and gathering talented dancers" from all over the state, the FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA will "showcase new choreography, finalists from major dance competitions and some electrifying young dancers, resulting in one of the most memorable dance event of the coming season," said Cañete, a former dancer with Houston Ballet, Ballet Florida and Ballet Eloelle, who has wowed audiences in England, Russia, Hong Kong, Canada, Austria, Germany, Japan, China and all over the Far East.
"My goal is to give the next generation of dancers the opportunity to perform in a professional environment. In fact, we have already confirmed participation of dance academies in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Brandon, Fort Myers, Hallandale Beach, Jacksonville, Jupiter, Miami, Oakland Park, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach."
What is most gratifying to Cañete - not only as a dancer but as producer of the annual FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA - is that so many of his participating dancers have already gone on to major dance schools around the world: Francisco Serrano from Sarasota Cuban Ballet School went to The Royal Ballet School in London; Aran Bell from The Arts of Classical Ballet went to the American Ballet Theater Studio Company in New York; Tatiana Melendez from All American Classical Ballet, Madison Russo from Ballet East and Carina Castaneda from Boca Ballet Theatre, all went to Houston Ballet Academy; and from the School of Ballet Arts, Victoria Volpe went to New York's School of American Ballet and Daniela O'Neil went to the Pre-Professional Program at Pittsburg Ballet Theatre.