Four of the newly announced Presidential Scholars in the Arts are South Florida students. Already 2014 YoungArts winners, they were nominated for the honor by the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation. The four are among 20 artistically talented students to receive the country’s highest honor for a graduating senior.
The region’s honored seniors are Paloma Izquierdo of Miami, a visual artist who is graduating from the Design & Architecture Senior High; Lance Oppenheim of Southwest Ranches, a filmmaker graduating from Pine Crest School; Connor Yockus of Coral Springs, a tap dancer graduating from the North Broward Preparatory School; and Isabella Pezzulo of Lake Worth, a visual artist graduating from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
Two special events in Washington, D.C. will recognize the artist-scholars’ achievements. At 8 p.m. June 23, a salute to the arts scholars directed by Bill T. Jones will take place in the concert hall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free but reservations are required, available by calling 202-401-0961 or emailing email@example.com after June 2. At 7:30 p.m. June 24, an exhibition of artwork, readings and screenings of work by the scholars will open at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, where it will be on view through Aug. 7. The scholars will be honored and presented with the Presidential Scholar Medallion on June 22.
Dance at Arsht
The John S. and James L. Knight Signature Dance Series for 2014-2015 will feature an eclectic trio of companies, in addition to the already-announced Flamenco Festival Miami, which runs March 12-14 and features Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras..
The season kicks off Oct. 25-26 with the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, which will perform a new version of Deca Dance, a compilation of its most popular works of the past 10 years. The Ballet Nacional de España will perform Sorolla, a tribute to Spanish culture and history as devised by painter Joaquin Sorolla, Nov. 6-9. On Feb. 16, the famed all-male Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo makes its Arsht Center debut with its signature combination of classic ballet and humor.
Three-show packages range from $79 to $290 and are on sale now, and individual tickets go on sale this summer. Batsheva and the Ballet Nacional will perform in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, while Les Ballets Trockadero will dance at the Knight Concert Hall. The Arsht Center is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org for information.
Torija to MCB School
Former ballerina Maria Torija, whose post-performance career has included teaching at the Deutsche Oper/Staatsballett Berlin and the Palucca School of Professional Dance in Dresden, has joined the faculty of the Miami City Ballet School. The Spanish-born dancer and educator will teach the most advanced students during the school’s five-week summer intensive program in June, and in the fall Torija will teach the pre-professional division, Level V students and a weekly dance history class.
During her 20-year career as a dancer with the Deutsche Opera/Staatsballett, Torija performed soloist and principal roles in numerous classic ballets as well as in a number of works choreographed by George Balanchine. Approximately half of the company members at Miami City Ballet, which has an extensive repertory of Balanchine works, trained at the Miami Beach-based school. For more information, call 305-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org.
Piano Slam 6 set
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and Miami’s Arsht Center will present the sixth edition of its popular Piano Slam at 7:30 p.m. Thursdayin the Arsht’s Knight Concert Hall. Staged by actor-playwright-director Teo Castellanos, the program features music by South Korean pianists Jaekyung Yoo and Yoon-Jee Kim, winners of the 2013 Dranoff Competition. The literary chair of this year’s event is inaugural poet Richard Blanco.
Also on the program are DJ Brimstone 127, Lenelle Moise, Luis Cuevas and Miami poets. Winners of a county-wide student competition will perform alongside the professional artists for cash prices and a chance to win laptop computers. Admission is free, but tickets are required. The Knight Concert Hall is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For information, call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
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