The Peter London Global Dance Company, Inc. was created to realize the artistic vision of world renowned dancer and choreographer Peter London. The company will celebrate and share the rich and diverse cultural heritage with people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds while increasing awareness of our cultural similarities, global dance and music traditions.
The company exists to create new works by Peter London and perform these works throughout our community of South Florida and globally, and to educate and train local dancers and present new works by local choreographers who have not traditionally had the opportunity to fully and professionally realize their tremendous talents and gifts. For more information, please visit www.peterlondonglobaldance.org.
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.
After enjoying an illustrious career as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham and Jose Limon Dance Companies, London’s extensive experiences as a dancer and choreographer—including engagements in Seoul, Korea, at the Paris Opera House in France, and co-staging a ballet on the Rome Opera Ballet in 2012—inspired him to establish a world-class professional outlet for gifted dancers who were trained in South Florida.
London’s profile has soared in the community after his Company received a $120,000 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant to build its infrastructure and repertoire. Most recently, London received a 2012 ICABA award as one of South Florida’s top 100 Caribbean American professionals and is a 2012 American Jewish Committee Honoree.
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A native of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Peter S. Bedeau London began his dance experience in 1966 at age six in the hills of Laventille, Port of Spain, with the West African Yoruba tradition of Dance and music. London has restaged several Graham ballets for Miami Dade College/New World School of the Arts where he is a dance professor teaching and choreographing since 1987. He received his AA Degree from MDC/NWSA in 2001 and graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a MDC/NWSA BFA in dance. London has mentored students and thought at The Liberty City African Cultural Center and Dance Empire in Pine Crest, with many of his students successfully participating in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the ACTSO Competitions, with many now dancing with the companies of AILEY, GRAHAM and others. London is a recipient of an Arts leadership Recognition Award from Florida’s former First Lady, Columba Bush.
He has taught throughout Europe, at the National School of Dance in Jamaica, at the Garth Fagan School, for eighteen years at The AILLEY School’s New York Summer Intensive and is on the faculty of the Martha Graham School. His choreography has received critical acclaim at AILEY’S Summer SIZZLER at the City Corp Theater in New York, NWSA performances at the Gusman Theater, The Colony Theater, South Miami-Dade Cultural Center and the ARSHT Ziff Ballet and Opera House in Miami and The International Dance Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He is a 1987 Juilliard Graduate and the recipient of the first Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance. London received a 2012 ICABA award as one of South Florida’s top 100 Caribbean American professionals and is a 2012 American Jewish Committee Honoree. In 2011, his company was a winner of a $120,000 KNIGHT FOUNDATION CHALLENGE GRANT to establish his dance company. The PETER LONDON GLOBAL DANCE COMPANY, INC. is an Artist in Residence Company at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, and celebrates its third year this March, 10th. with a Spring Dance Showcase at the LHCC. After graduation from Juilliard, London toured internationally with the Jose Limon Dance Company. With an invitation from Martha Graham in1988, he began a long association with the Martha Graham Dance Company. That same year, Ms. Graham specifically created the principal role of the SHAMAN in “NIGHT CHANT” for him and restaged roles with which he danced with Michael Baryshnikov in “EL PENITENTE” and “AMERICAN DOCUMENT” at New York’s City Center Theater. As Principal dancer, he danced leading roles in modern dance masterpieces like “CLYTEMNESTRA”, “NIGHT JOURNEY”, “DIVERSION OF ANGELS”, “EMBATTLED GARDEN”, “THE RITE OF SPRING”. He created roles in Twyla Tharp’s “DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE” and Robert Wilson’s “SNOW ON THE MESA”.
London toured globally with Graham for nine years, dancing at the Edinburg Festival, Scotland, at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, in ancient amphitheaters in France, Spain, Pompeii, Italy and Ephesus, Turkey. London can be seen in films of Graham concerts at Japan’s Shinjuku Bunka Center, Tokyo and at the Paris Opera House, France. With the Graham Company, he has performed for Michael Jackson & Liza Minnelli and with Andre Leon Talley, for the crown prince of Japan and President Gerald and First Lady Betty Ford.
London is a Martha Graham Artistic Associate, senior consultant, representing Graham’s artistic director, Janet Eilber on engagements in Seoul, Korea, as Graham company director to Colombia, Germany, Italy and Holland. As a Graham Regisseur, his co- directed a ballet on the Rome Opera Ballet in 2012. At age twelve, he began training in secular retentions of West African dance, and at nineteen he was appointed dance director, teacher and choreographer for the country’s famed Barataria Folk Dance Group, with which he won National Prizes for Best Male Dancer and Choreographer and represented the country as an international cultural ambassador. London is alum of the Caribbean School of Dancing Ltd. and studied with Patricia Roe, where he trained in classical Ballet. In 1978 he became the protégé of Astor Johnson, dancing as one of Astor’s most revered principal dancers, touring locally and internationally with the Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theater of Trinidad & Tobago. London is the recipient of the 2013 Links Incorporated 42nd Southern Area Conference Civic Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in The Arts.
London is the recipient of the 2013 Links Incorporated 42nd Southern Area Conference Civic Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in The Arts.
He is an honoree of LEGACY MAGAZINE 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders for 2013