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Grade 7

Seventh Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of four dance experiences, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Dance Now! Ensemble, Miami City Ballet, or the Momentum Dance Company. Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected dance companies and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Dade County as you allow them to experience all that the Miami-Dade County has to offer.

Curriculum Resources

For All Grade 7:


Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami

About Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami
The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM) was founded in January 2006 by Pedro Pablo Peña, Director of the International Ballet Festival of Miami, recognized as one of the most important festivals of its kind in the United States. This new company is solely dedicated to performing and preserving the classical ballet repertoire as exemplified by the legendary Cuban ballet tradition.

Famous for its artistic virtuosity and technical brilliance, the Cuban Ballet School has trained some of the most well known dancers of today and the late 20th Century, and has created a technique that is unmatched in modern day classical ballet. One of the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami’s goals is to establish a permanent classical ballet company and school that will preserve and further the tradition of the Cuban Classical School of ballet outside of Cuba, creating performance and teaching opportunities for the exiled members of this school in Miami and elsewhere for years to come.  Through the establishment of this company, artists have found a place where they can transform their brilliant technique into a tool of expression.  Many dancers come to Miami-Dade County looking for a place to continue their careers.  For those unwavering in their dreams, they can bloom as artists with the CCBM.

Dance Now! Ensemble

Dance Now!
Dance Now Ensemble Directors Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten, joined by their troupe, will present a demonstration on the similarities and differences between ballet, modern and jazz dance, including the history and development of Western Concert Dance. The presentation will culminate with a fully produced repertory performance featuring the company's athletic world class dancers in DNE's poetic, poignant and visceral fusion of those styles. A Question and Answer session following the performance will give students the opportunity to find out more about the life of the dancer and the art form of contemporary dance.

About Dance Now! Ensemble
The Dance Now! Ensemble's (DNE) mission is to develop contemporary modern dance-theater that articulates the international cultural life of South Florida, and the ensemble reflects the region's multi-ethnicity.  The Ensemble's goals are to choreograph and perform high quality dance, build community, promote diversity, and through teaching and outreach, help audiences gain a deeper understanding of the creative process in dance.

Miami City Ballet

About Miami City Ballet
Miami City Ballet is among the largest ballet companies in the United States. Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella was one of America’s most celebrated male dancers during his career with New York City Ballet (1957-1975). Mr. Villella's vision and style for Miami City Ballet is based on the neoclassical 20th-century aesthetic established by choreographer George Balanchine. They have toured all over the United States and danced in more than 100 U.S. cities.

Momentum Dance Company


How We Make Dances
Through performance of age-appropriate selections from Momentum’s extensive repertory, dancers demonstrate basic ideas of dance composition such as levels in space, speed, dynamics, use of body parts in isolation, theme, and emotion. The dancers are constantly in motion as each element is introduced with fun and humor. These are illustrated by movement demonstrations and the performance of repertory excerpts. Students give dancers "movement assignments" to complete. Audiences receive a basic education in understanding the structure of dance and how to look at, evaluate, and appreciate it.

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