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 Annie Hoffman at | 786-573-5319 for availability and registration instructions.

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Dance Classes at SMDCAC – Spring 2022

Registration for the Spring 2022 session will take place through Friday, January 14th at 5pm. Please email to set an appointment to register. Registration must occur in person and cannot be done online. Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center at all times, including during dance classes.

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


  • One time $50 annual registration fee per household plus $90 per child, per 11-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 (ex. SNAP program, Medicaid, CHIP program, Proof of Residence in Public/Subsidized Housing, etc.) is required to be shown at time of registration.

Spring 2022 Class Dates
January 18th – March 30th


Spring 2022 Class Schedule
Dance classes at SMDCAC will be in-person for the spring. COVID-19 safety pre-cautions will be in place including the transition to virtual classes if needed.

Intro to Dance: Beginning Ballet @ 5PM with Miss Ashley
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:50pm | 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 6-6:50pm | 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 Miss Nicole
Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-5:05pm | 50 min | Ages 8 to 11 years

Contemporary Dance @ 5:15 PM with Miss Nicole
Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:05pm | 50 min | Ages 10 to 16 years

There will be no classes on the following dates:
Monday, February 21st
Spring Break Week – March 21st – March 25th


Meet the Instructors

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.

Nicole Pedraza was born and raised in Miami, FL and began her dance training at South Florida Ballet. She graduated from the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) high school dance program in 2018 and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NWSA College/University of Florida in 2021. She has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Jennifer Archibald, Robert Battle, Paul Taylor and Ronald K. Brown. She has also learned from Alice Klock and Florian Lochner in their FLOCK 2020 Online Summer Intensive and attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2019 Repertoire Summer Intensive. After graduation, Nicole was invited to be a part of Miami DanceMakers 2021, a dance initiative supporting local female choreographers by Adele Myers and Dancers. Nicole is currently teaching ballet, pointe, contemporary and jazz at South Florida Ballet along with being a company dancer of Peter London Global Dance Company. She is also the co-creator of collaborative dance choreographic project NCH films.

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