Professional dancer, choreographer and producer Pablo Malco is passionate about Duende, the eclectic countywide weekend showcase of artistic creativity that will cap off Broward County's 100-year anniversary celebration October 2-4.

Malco is a member of the Creative Minds Team of five professional artists, creative entrepreneurs and artist-collaborators with expansive careers in all areas of the visual and performing arts who are at the helm of the event. They have developed a unique approach to showcase local talent in a series of events and performances bringing together thousands of people in a mosaic of art, culture and entertainment that launches the county's second 100 years.

He began dance auditions in July scouting for performers with versatility who will take over downtown Fort Lauderdale's Second Street for an outdoor entertainment spectacle on the opening night of the event. In keeping with the definition of Duende, which means a quality of passion, inspiration, and emotion - a soulful expression of creativity using the arts to bring together Broward County's diverse talent and people - he is promising something surprising and different.

"I'm looking for a mixture of dancers - street dancers, ballerinas, fire dancers, belly dancers - but with diversity in more than one discipline. We're want to put together something that has never been seen before here on this scale - street dance with flute and violin music, ballet done to hip hop poetry and salsa," he said. "The idea is to represent Broward's culture and not leave anybody out."

Malco, a Brooklyn, NY native, is a choreographer, dancer, producer and artistic director of the Developing Dreams Foundation and Pfuzion Dance Theater. He has appeared in music videos, concerts and tours with Jason Derulo, Mims, Paula Abdul, Ricky Martin, and Will Smith and he performs internationally conducts workshops and works with performing artists around the world.

Over the three days the grand finale Broward 100 event will feature programming along the Second Street corridor and Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach as well as satellite sites throughout the county. A theatrical performance directed by Broadway producer and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg will be staged at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with top talent gleaned from more than 1,200 performers who auditioned for what Goldberg is touting as "the greatest Broadway-style Broward spectacle ever."

According to Pablo Malco, collaborating with the other four members of the Creative Arts Team has been one of the best parts of Duende so far. "I've learned a lot working and sharing with such creative people from different backgrounds - a singer, a musician, a festival director. People can expect something uniquely produced."

Duende is expected to become an annual signature event in Broward, showcasing talent and creating global connections.