MC Dance Productions to Present 2nd Annual Florida Youth Dance Gala, 2/7

(West Palm Beach, FL - January 20, 2015) Mauricio Cañete, Founder and director of MC Dance Productions, today announced that he has added three young finalists from the prestigious American Dance Competition 2014 to the 2nd annual FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA, which will be held on Saturday, February 7, at the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth. "I am very excited that three glorious young dancers - 13 and 14 years old - will be featured at the FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA," says Cañete. "Maggie Chadbourne from the Orlando Ballet School, Caitlin Field from the Kirova Ballet Academy, and Amanda Hall from Pembroke Ballet, will be dancing with us on February 7. All three are award-winning young dancers who truly represent the future of American ballet." Cañete previously announced international ballet stars Adiarys Almeida (a former dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba, Cincinnati Ballet, Corella Ballet and Boston Ballet) and Randy Herrera (a member of the Joffrey Ballet from 1999-2001 and later a Principal dancer with Houston Ballet for nine years) will join more than 50 talented dancers from 16 different dance academies to perform in the upcoming FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA, which is being sponsored by Só Dança USA, a leading provider of quality dance supplies. Following last year's sold out success, the second FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA will feature extraordinarily talented dancers from leading dance academies from all over the state. The nine returning dance schools from the first FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA include Boca Ballet School of Boca Raton, the School of Ballet Arts in Greenacres, Jupiter's Paris Ballet & Dance, the Florida School for Dance Education in Palm Beach Gardens, The Arts of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach, the St. Lucie Ballet of Port St. Lucie, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Tampa's America's Ballet School and the Florida Dance Conservatory of West Palm Beach. The seven first time participants in the FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA 2015 will be Boca Raton's HARID Conservatory, the Kirova Ballet Academy from Hallandale Beach, the Vladimar Issaev School of Classical Ballet in North Miami Beach, the Orlando Ballet School, Pembroke Ballet in Pembroke Pines, Tampa's All American Classical Ballet and Ballet East in West Palm Beach. 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," says Cañete, a former dancer with Houston Ballet, Ballet Florida and Ballet Eloelle, who has wowed audiences in England, Russia, Hong Kong, Canada, Austria, Germany, China, Japan and throughout the Far East.

"My goal is to give the next generation of dancers the opportunity to perform in a professional environment. In fact, the more than 50 participating dancers were selected after intense consultations with directors, teachers and co-dancers statewide," he adds. "They will perform pieces to various ballet styles, including Classical, Contemporary and Balanchine, and will even dance to new works by young and emerging choreographers." Tickets for the second FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA are only $30 general admission and can be purchased online at floridayouthdancegala.com.

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