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When the International Ballet Festival Leaps Into Miami, Pedro Pablo Peña Will Be Primo

Aug 24, 2016

What began with only three or four companies has grown into a two-week event featuring performers from Latin America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and all corners of the United States. Like the Olympics, this event showcases the best of the best.

"We are working with the great stars from around the world," Peña says. "Every year, I have a commitment to put Miami on the cultural map. This is my responsibility, and it's a reality now."

Peña, born in Cuba, came to Miami in 1980 on the Mariel Boatlift. By then, he had established himself in the Cuban ballet world. These days, his enthusiasm for ballet is expansive. Seeing classic pieces performed by virtuosos is the fuel that feeds his fire.

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