WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Spotlight: Former Orlando Ballet Dancer Israel Rodriguez Heading To His Homeland, Cuba

Play Audio

Photo by Pedro A Franceschi — at Centro De Bellas Artes,Guaynabo PR.

Israel Rodriguez is a former Orlando ballet dancer and instructor who performs and teaches in central Florida and across the world with various groups. Rodriguez is leaving to visit Cuba this weekend. He was born there and still has family in Ciudad de Camagüey.

He’s lived in Orlando for 15 years and has made his name as an international artist. Rodriguez is thinking about retiring from ballet to pursue his other passion, film making. He hopes to give his final on stage performance in his home country.

“I’m trying to get this performance as a goodbye, not to mention it would be an honor to perform in my own country after more than 25 years,” said Rodriguez.

He started dancing at a very young age and says in Cuba, ballet was a profession he took very seriously.

“One thing we learn in Cuba is to give everything when you dance, to dance with your heart.”

That is the lesson he has been teaching young ballet students in central Florida and abroad. Hear more of our conversation with Israel Rodriguez by clicking the player above.

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez