Dance of a lifetime: Miami choreographer goes national

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera after rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium on June 23, 2009. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Choreographer Rosie Herrera, right, gives direction during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera gives direction during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Choreographer Rosie Herrera directs a scene in which Nai-Hsuan Yang is tossed in the air as Eneko Gil, left, catches her. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera, third from left, runs rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. Here, she works through a scene with a group of dancers including, from left, Alexander Lyubashin, Simon Thomas-Train, Liony Garcia and Chien-Hao Chang. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera takes notes during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera relaxes during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. In background are dancers, from left, Kaki Lee, Chien-Hao Chang, Alexander Lyubashin and Eneko Gil. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera relaxes during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. In background are dancers, from left, Kaki Lee, Chien-Hao Chang, Eneko Gil and Alexander Lyubashin. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera jokes around during rehearsal for an American Dance Festival performance at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium. In background are dancers, from left, Kaki Lee, Chien-Hao Chang, Alexander Lyubashin and Eneko Gil. JARED LAZARUS / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY