Peter Londons troupe sizzles in spring dance showcase

admin | 5/3/2012, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] Trinidad-born Peter London has made a name for himself in the world of dance from his days at Julliard where he was the first to receive the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Dance, to becoming a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. In recent years, he has turned his attention to choreography and dance instruction, mentoring hundreds of students at the Miami Dade College/New World School of the Arts. Last fall, after years of contemplation, he achieved another milestone launching the Peter London Global Dance Theater, Inc. [PLGDT] and showcasing them in their inaugural performance. He returns with his talented young dancers on Saturday, May 5th at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Theater for the Spring Dance Showcase. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. My dream has been to create a world class contemporary dance company that will highlight and celebrate South Floridas vibrant, multicultural heritage, he said. We are still in our infant stage so we are combining both students and professional dancers. Its a big job but were getting the word out in the funding arts network and with people like Terri Schecter, Debbi Hoffman and the CentersAnita Darbonne, things are moving along wonderfully. Its been non-stop ever since we were awarded a grant from the Knight Arts Challenge. Highlights of the show London says the themes for the show include justice and social change and the special contributions of women in the arts; he has choreographed the majority of the dances to reflect those themes. As a special treat, he will be joined by Miami native Jamar Roberts, 29, a former student who took command of the stage last year while dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He is the first commissioned choreographer to join us and as an added treat he will perform a solo piece which will be stunning, London said. Peter taught me the Graham technique and has been both an inspiration and mentor to me, Roberts noted. Ive been teaching dance since I was 18, but now I am experimenting with some new techniques and Im ready to put my work out there for all to see. The kids are challenged but theyve really stepped up to the plate and it is fun watching them. Dance is a big part of who I am. Roberts will return to New York City in June to re-join the Ailey dancers. London hopes that the public will turn out to support and enjoy his new venture. A VIP reception is planned for 6 p.m. before the performance and there are special prices for tickets if purchased by May 4th. For information call 786-953-6824 or go to the website, www.springshowcaseplgdt.eventbrite.com. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com