Dance Classes at SMDCAC

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Thank you for your interest in the programming at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center!

We are so pleased and proud to offer Dance at SMDCAC as a means of fostering a lifelong love of dance and the arts to the youth in our community. The reduced pricing of these classes is intended to assist families who are experiencing financial limitations (see requirements below). The following information will help you and your child be prepared for our classes. Contact Monique Alfonso at | 786-573-5313 for availability and registration instructions.

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Dance Classes at SMDCAC – Fall 2021

Registration Date: Saturday, August 21st from 1PM-4PM


Registration for the Fall 2021 session will take place on Saturday, August 21st from 1PM-4PM on-site and in-person at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center classroom.

Registration will be first-come, first-served and will close early if classes hit full capacity. Please read below for information on costs and registration requirements.

One time $50 annual registration fee per household plus $90 per child, per 12-week class.
• Annual registration fee is based on M-DCPS’s school year.
All fees are non-refundable. There are no refunds or credits for missed or canceled class days.
• Because the classes are at a reduced cost, proof of some type of government assistance and/or approved free/reduced lunch application from your child’s school in the form of a copy of the official letter of approval for the lunch program is required at the time of registration. The letter must be printed on official school or school district letterhead/stationary.

Fall 2021 Class Dates

September 14th – December 14th

Fall 2021 Class Schedule

Dance classes at SMDCAC will resume in-person for the fall. However, COVID-19 safety pre-cautions will be in place.

Intro to Dance: Beginning Ballet @ 5PM with Miss Ashley
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-5:50pm | 50 min | Ages 5 to 7 years
• Students must be the age of 5 by the end of January in order to enroll in this course.

Intro to Dance: Hip Hop @ 6PM with Miss Ashley
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-6:50pm | 50 min | Ages 5 to 9 years
• Students must be the age of 5 by the end of January in order to enroll in this course.

Ballet @ 4:15PM with Mr. Stephan
Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-5:05pm | 50 min | Ages 8 to 11 years

Contemporary Dance @ 5:15 PM with Mr. Stephan
Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30pm | 75 min | Ages 10 to 16 years

There will be no classes on the following dates:

Thursday, September 16th
Thursday, November 11th
Thanksgiving Week – November 22nd – November 28th

Meet the Instructors

Dance Instructer Stephan Fons

Born in Miami, Stephan attended magnet dance programs in school as well as extracurricular training at Miami Youth Ballet starting at age 9. After graduating New World School of the Arts high school in 2005, Stephan began teaching ages 8-18 at Miami Youth Ballet in styles which included Ballet, Tap, and Contemporary dance. He has since expanded his teaching to not only include the South Dade Cultural Arts Center dance program, but also students at South Florida Ballet. After eleven years of teaching, Stephan joined Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami for their inaugural season and continues to be a grateful member of the company. Now in its third season, Stephan has already had the opportunity to tour and perform on renowned stages such as the Joyce theater in New York City and Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts. In his fourteenth-year teaching and third year as a company dancer, Stephan has also returned to academic studies and aspires to one day complete a master’s program in nursing.

Dance Instructor Ashley Herrera

Ashley Herrera is a professional dancer who has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and African dance. She attended South Florida magnet school programs and graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center in 2013. Since graduating, Ashley began dancing professionally for the MLB Miami Marlins and Walt Disney World Entertainment Team. She is currently the in-game host for the Miami Marlins and head coach for her dance team at Academir Charter School.

Please direct questions regarding the dance class program at SMDCAC to or Monique Alfonso at | 786-573-5313 or Annie Hoffman at | 786-573-5319