About Maria Verdeja School of the Arts
The Maria Verdeja School of the Arts was founded in 1987. Its original location, in Coral Gables, soon expanded to include studios in Key Biscayne and Kendall. MVSA has dedicated itself to teaching children and young women of all ages in classical ballet as well as jazz, hip-hop, tap dance, flamenco, lyrical dance, pointe & variations. At the school, Maria oversees a talented team of over 40 teachers and support staff. Today, MVSA is comprised of two schools: The School of Dance and The School of Music.
Throughout the years, over 10,000 students have passed through its doors. Some of its many successful students have gone onto professional careers in dance companies, began their own dance studios, are heading dance programs in magnet schools and are even found performing on Broadway.
In 2009, MVSA moved to its new location in Coral Gables with a facility which includes dance studios, costume rooms with over 4,500 costumes, dressing rooms and locker rooms, and a magnificent theater (The Prado Theater) fully equipped with a state of the art lighting and sound system.
In January 2012, MVSA opened its fourth studio, located in the heart of Pinecrest. With over 5,000 sq. ft. of space to include three studio spaces, locker rooms, bathrooms and fitting room areas with over 200 students in attendance.
A core value Maria instills in her students, teachers and staff, is the importance of supporting the community and those in need. In the local community, MVSA has participated in numerous charitable events. Among the many charitable institutions and non-profit agencies which MVSA has supported include Univeristy of Miami Aids Research Project, Tsunami Victims Fundraising, South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, School of Corpus Cristi, Homestead Orphanage (St. Anne Mission), and Centro Mater. Local schools where MVSA has supported include St. Theresa, St. Timothy, St. Thomas the Apostle, Belen Jesuit, Pinecrest Elementary, Carrolton School of the Most Sacred Heart and The Learning Experience. MVSA has participated in the City of Coral Gables “Holiday Tree Lighting” for over 20 years and the Village of Key Biscayne’s “Winterfest” event for over 10 years. Other events include Cornucopia Festival of the Arts at Vizcaya for over 10 years. At each of these events, MVSA students have given their gift of dance to their community and helped those in need. Through the support of her community, Maria and the MVSA are an example of stewardship and leadership to local artists and business owners.
MVSA Awards Throughout the Years:
Latin Women of the Year Award
Key to City of Coral Gables Recipient
The Golden Emblem of the City of Coral Gables
Tsunami Relief fundraiser: Appreciation Award
T National Republican Congressional Committee
National Leadership Award from the Business Advisory Council
Certificate of Participation from Deaf Services Bureau
Volunteer Recognition for Nova University Cervantes Award
Orange Bowl Parade Participation Award
Our Professional Team
MVSA KB Studio Director
MVSA CG Studio Director, Petite Team Director
MVSA PC Studio Director, Performance Group Director
Elite & Company Director
MVSA Saturday Program Director
Junior Line Up & Key Team Director
Prima Division 3 Director
Teen Line Up Director
Prima Division 2 Director
MVSA Dance Facilities
8000 sq. ft.
5574 SW 8 Street
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134
The Prado Theater
- Full stage with Marley floor
- Professional lighting, front and side lights
- State of the art sound system
- Backdrop- black or sky blue
- Backstage ramp and dressing area
- Seats 300
- Costume room
- 4 bathrooms
- 2 Offices
- Lobby and reception area
- Garage entrance
- Garden area
4 Dance Studios
- wood flooring
- Ballet barres
- State of the art sound system
- 10 ft mirrors