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Miami's Iconic Contemporary Dance Company

Who We Are

The Peter London Global Dance Company (PLGDC) is a recipient of a $120,000 grant as part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's 2011 Knight Arts Challenge. This grant was awarded to Peter London to develop the talents of local dancers and choreographers, and in his eighth year leading PLGDC, he has made great strides. The company, an Artist in residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC) since 2011, an Arts Partner at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts, Miami-Dade County since 2013, and a member of the prestigious Salon at The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach, has blazed a lightening speed trail to critical acclaim, becoming South Florida's leading professional multi-cultural contemporary dance company. PLGDC has presented dynamic and exciting cutting edge modern dance works influenced by American classical modern dance, classical ballet, jazz, native American dance, South American, Caribbean, West African and Caribbean Dance forms. 

"Few things bring people together like the arts, and we're excited that Peter London is creating a place for more Miamians to enjoy the talents of local dancers," said Dennis Scholl, Former Vice President/Arts, James L. Knight Foundation.

The Company was formed to offer an opportunity to train and retain the talent representative of the area's multicultural heritage. “South Florida has been losing its talented dancers to out-of-state companies,” said Peter London. ”As a former student of Peter London, I can say, without doubt, that he is a great teacher, coach, and mentor," said Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. “He is truly a great asset and treasure to the world of dance.”

Peter London Global Dance Company numerous past performances have awed audiences with overwhelming joy by the high level of dance and choreographic excellence. Our magnificent dancers and divinely creative choreographers all of whom are blazing their own trail as current or former members of international prestigious dance companies including the Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Geneva Ballet in Switzerland, Ballet Hispanico, AILEY II and Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

PLGDC fulfills a lifelong dream for Mr. London, currently a distinguished professor of dance at Miami-Dade College/New World School of the Arts. Several of Peter London’s former students reached the pinnacle of modern dance, but left South Florida for performance experience and recognition, including:

  • Mr. Battle, Lloyd Knight, principal dancer — Martha Graham Dance Company

  • Vitolio Jeune — Garth Fagan Dance Company

  • Jamar Roberts — AILEY

The Knight Foundation’s grant along with a generous gift from the late Victoria London, Honorary Consul of Romania (establishing the Victoria London annual Choreographers Showcase) provided a significant advantage during the early phase of the organization's development, helping to widen the platform so that the community at large can enjoy more of the excellent dance training from Peter London's innovative choreography and of his former students. As the company stands on years of creative outrageous risks, PLGDC is looking to progress and push the envelope for future maximum theatrical excitement.

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Peter London: The Man Behind the Vision

 
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Peter London

Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer

A native of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Peter London is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Peter London Global Dance Company. Regarded by the Miami Herald as “a revered and beloved dance teacher,” London is an honors graduate of The Julliard School and serves as a professor of dance at Miami-Dade College / New World School of the Arts. He is also an active mentor to some of the biggest stars in professional dance such as principal dancer Jamar Roberts of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lloyd Knight and Mariya Dashkina Maddux of the historic Martha Graham Dance Company, and La Michael Leonard of New York City’s Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Professional Training in Dance

  • 2005 BFA Degree, Dance, University of Florida/Miami-Dade College/New World School of the Arts
  • 2003 Associate of Arts Degree, Miami-Dade College/ New World School of the Arts
  • 1987 Diploma - The Juilliard School
  • 1982 Certificate - Royal Academy of Dancing (Male Elementary Ballet)

Scholarships/Awards/Grants (Partial List)

  • 1982 Prime Minister Trophy Competition, Trinidad & Tobago. Best Male Dancer/Best Choreographer
  • 1984 Alvin Ailey Scholarship
  • 1985 The William Randolph Hearst Award
  • 1987 The Jose Limon Prize, The Jose Limon Honorary Award
  • 1987 The Schuman Prize
  • ϭϵϴϳ The first Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Dance͟
  • 2003 Miami-Dade College Golden Apple Innovations Grant
  • 2011 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant
  • 2012 ICABA Award (Top 100 Caribbean American Professional of South Florida)
  • 2012 American Jewish Committee Honoree
  • 2012 Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Community Grant
  • 2013 LEGACY MAGZINE Honoree - LINKS National Award

Choreography: Fifty choreographic creations

Dance Education/ Performance (Partial List)

  • 1972-1976 - George King Youth Center (started at the age of 12)
  • 1976-1983 - Barataria Folk Dance Group:
  • 1977-1983 - Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theater
  • 1978-1983 - Caribbean School of Dancing, Ltd.
  • 1983-1987 - The Juilliard School
  • 1987-1988 - The Jose Limon Dance Company
  • 1988 - The Pearl Lang Dance Company
  • 1988-1997 - The Martha Graham Dance Company

Teaching (Partial List)

  • 1989-2012 - The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance
  • 2007-2010 - The Alvin Ailey School
  • 1987-2003 - MDC/NWSA
  • 2002-2005 - Liberty City Cultural Arts Center
 

Board of directors



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Our team

Our dedicated and supportive team is the engine behind PLGDC