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ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.


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BALLET HISPANICO presents the New York Premiere of CARMEN.maquia  | Open: 11/22/14 Close: 11/22/14
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm. The performance is sponsored by Goya Foods. Tickets are $28-$58 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office at 253 W. 125th Street, NYC.  For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org.  

 

Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia, like Georges Bizet’s iconic opera about a passionate gypsy, is riveting from start to finish.  The physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with the subtleties of the Spanish paso doble and flamenco dances. A stunning set design by Luis Crespo and minimalist black-and-white costumes by fashion designer David Delfin evoke the paintings of Pablo Picasso.  Highly original and full of elaborate partnering, CARMEN.maquia is a bold and electrifying reimagining of this tragic tale.

 

“Storytelling and movement is intrinsic to our culture and woven into the fabric of who we are as human beings, and I am thrilled to give New York audiences the opportunity to experience the story of Carmen through the eyes of a contemporary Spanish choreographer,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. “Gustavo Ramírez Sansano has created a seductive, bold, and brilliant work that will delight and inspire.”

 

Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano first presented his work in New York when he choreographed for Ballet Hispanico in April 2014, premiering El Beso.  Critics praised the choreography and the work:

 

“Full of bold, astute, unexpected choices…. Imbued with invention, humor, and spontaneity… Let’s see more from Mr. Sansano soon.” – The New York Times

 

 “Reflecting archly upon human behavior, Sansano blends silliness with moments of pathos and genuine romance.” – The Star-Ledger

 

“A whimsical and rollicking romp replete with kisses ranging from pecks on the cheek to sweetly amorous encounters…. [Sansano] made full use of the troupe’s agility and stage presence.” – Broadway World

 

Ballet Hispanico’s 2015 New York season is made possible by Jody and John Arnhold, Goya Foods, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain & Spain Arts & Culture.

 

MetLife Foundation is the Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispanico.

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Ballet Hispanico.

 

 

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano (San Fulgencio, Spain) was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009-2013, after directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain for four years. Sansano has been the recipient of numerous awards for his choreography, including first prizes at the Ricard Moragas competition in Barcelona, the Dom Perignon choreographic competition in Hamburg, and at Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana. He has been commissioned to create works for Compania Nacional de Danza, the Hamburg Ballet, TanzTheaterMünchen, Budapest Dance Theater, National Dance Company Wales, Norrdans, Gyori Ballet, Balletto dell’Esperia, BalletMet, IT dansa, Ballet Junior de Genève, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others. As a dancer, Sansano performed works by Jacopo Godani, Hans Van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot, Victor Ullate and many more, working for the Ballet Joven de Alicante, Ballet Contemporaneo de Barcelona, Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid, Nederlands Dans Theater II and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Gustavo was chosen by the magazine POR LA DANZA for its 15th anniversary as one of the “fifteen choreographers to Watch.” Dance Magazine featured him in its annual “25 to Watch” list in 2012, and he was named “Chicagoan of the Year in Arts & Entertainment” by the Chicago Tribune.

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 44 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion.  The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents.  For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

 

EDUARDO VILARO, a first generation Cuban-American, began as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico in August of 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. Mr. Vilaro has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985. As a dancer with the Ballet Hispanico Company, he performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and assisted founder Tina Ramirez with the development of dance education residencies.  Mr. Vilaro is also an accomplished choreographer, having created works for the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, and over 20 ballets for Luna Negra Dance Theater, the company he founded in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center.  Mr. Vilaro was a guest speaker at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and continues to speak to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education.    

 

ABOUT THE APOLLO THEATER

The legendary Apollo Theater— the soul of American culture— plays a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.

 

With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, performance art, spoken word initiatives, and more.  Recent highlights have included James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, which will begin an international tour in 2015, the Africa Now! Festival, and Apollo Club Harlem. The Apollo is a presenting organization that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and music work. The Apollo’s vision is global and includes touring and a digital media presence.  The Apollo’s work is organized around a set of core initiatives:  Apollo Music (African American and culturally diverse artists); Signature programs (Amateur Night, Salon Series and the Apollo Music Café); Legacy Series (work that celebrates and extends our legacy in a more contemporary way); Global Festival (international and U.S. based artists presentations focused under a specific theme); Special Projects (multidisciplinary work with partner organizations). 

 

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms, and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Unlocking the Truth, Miri Ben Ari, D’Angelo, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.

 

The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit organization and currently in the midst of fundraising for its 21st Century Apollo Campaign, created to extend the institution’s role in fostering artistic innovation and in building appreciation of American culture around the world.  For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

 

ABOUT GOYA

 Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 1,600 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com.

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Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 06/21/14 Close: 06/21/14
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will perform for the first time at the American Dance Festival at Durham Performing Arts Center on June 20-21 at 8pm, with a special Children’s Matinee on June 21 at 1pm.  Highlights of the program include Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro’s Danzón, which melds Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation, as well as Show.Girl., the highly anticipated latest creation by ADF audience favorite Rosie Herrera. Durham Performing Arts Center is located at 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Tickets start at $10 and are available at http://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/ballet-hispanico.

 

Since its inception, Ballet Hispanico’s contemporary repertory has reflected the ever-changing diversity of Latino culture, showcased masterfully by some of “the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere” (The Washington Post). 

 

The evening program at Durham Performing Arts Center includes:

 

Show.Girl. by Rosie Herrera

Miami-based choreographer and 2013 Princess Grace Award winner Rosie Herrera presents her first work for Ballet Hispanico, one that uses the Cuban cabaret aesthetic to explore the Latina female identity.  Show.Girl. was commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the prestigious American Dance Festival, where Herrera has been invited to show her work for three consecutive years.

 

Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

An absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrerísimo makes references to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats. This athletic work for six male dancers was commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival

 

Sortijas by Cayetano Soto to the music of Lhasa de Sela

Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking Spanish choreographers of his generation, is known for his musicality, attention to detailed technique, and expressive choreography.  In Sortijas, a darkly lush duet full of emotional complexity, he ponders the unavoidable pull of fate in our lives.  Costume design is by Munich-based fashion designers Talbot Runhof.  

 

Danzón by Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary movement riffs. The work plays on the fusion of jazz improvisation and Cuban rhythms, which propel the dancers into a joyous celebration of music and movement.     

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. Building on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy, Ballet Hispanico explores the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries and on 3 continents. Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispanico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities. For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

 

EDUARDO VILARO, a first generation Cuban-American, began as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico in August of 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. Mr. Vilaro has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985. As a dancer with the Ballet Hispanico Company, he performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and assisted founder Tina Ramirez with the development of dance education residencies.  Mr. Vilaro is also an accomplished choreographer, having created works for the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, and over 20 ballets for Luna Negra Dance Theater, the company he founded in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center.  Mr. Vilaro was a guest speaker at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and continues to speak to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education.    

 

ROSIE HERRERA first stepped onto the national dance stage at the Arsht Center in 2009 with a performance of her first evening-length dance theater work Various Stage of Drowning: A Cabaret, a commission by the Arsht Center, which earned her an invitation to the prestigious American Dance Festival that summer. This led to two additional ADF and Arsht commissions - Dining Alone and Pity Party - works that have earned Herrera praise as “one of the brightest, most original choreographic talents to emerge from Miami” (The Miami Herald). In 2013, the company made their New York City debut performing to a sold-out crowd performing at the invitation of the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov. A Hialeah, Florida native of Cuban descent, Herrera is an Artistic Associate at the Arsht Center, where she has workshopped and performed all of her original works since 2008. Herrera began her performance career as a cabaret dancer working in nightclubs in Miami’s Little Havana, and as a hip-hop dancer in concerts and music videos for various hip-hop and Latin artists. While earning her B.F.A. in Dance Performance at the New World School of the Arts, Herrera performed with a hybrid cabaret performance group called Circ X and trained as a classical opera singer.

 

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Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 04/15/14 Close: 04/27/14
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to The Joyce Theater from April 15-27, 2014 with 15 performances featuring four dynamic programs. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now. 

 

The extraordinary lineup of works, curated by Eduardo Vilaro in his fourth year as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, features El Beso, a stunning world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by internationally renowned fashion designer Angel Sanchez.  Other highlights include three Joyce premieres: Sombrerísimo, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s athletic tour de force for six male dancers; Umbral, Edgar Zendejas’s seductive interpretation of the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead); and Eduardo Vilaro’s Hogar, a moving meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home set to live music by masterful Russian composer Ljova (Program B only).  Nacho Duato’s masterwork Jardi Tancat, the Joyce premiere of Edwaard Liang's lush duet A Verme, and repertory favorites from Vilaro and Lopez Ochoa round out the colorful season.

 

BALLET HISPANICO

The Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street)

NYC

April 15-27, 2014

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm

(Evening performance on Sunday, April 20 only.)

Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at the Joyce Theater Box Office, by phone at (212) 242-0800, or online at joyce.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.

 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 04/17/12 Close: 04/29/12

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York Season from April 17-29, 2012. This year's program pays tribute to the richness and range of the company's Latino roots - and the diverse talents of the dancers - and features African and Caribbean influences. Works to be performed include a World Premiere, Espiritu Vivo, created especially for Ballet Hispanico by Ronald K. Brown and set to music by Afro-Peruvian Latin Grammy Award winner Susana Baca, who will perform live during Program A; the Joyce premiere of Asuka, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for the company, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz; and the New York Premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Nube Blanco. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets range from $10-$59. Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at

Joyce.org.

 

The program includes three premieres:

  • Espiritu Vivo, an exciting collaboration between Ballet Hispanico and Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, explores the intersection of the African and Latino diasporas in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Using the rich history, tradition, and dance forms from these regions, the work explores the stages of grief and the promise of a new day. Susana Baca will perform live during Program A.
  • Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one's homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.
  • Nube Blanco (White Cloud) is inspired by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's childhood memories of the beautiful songs of Maria Dolores Pradera.  Lopez Ochoa brilliantly integrates the Spanish zapateado technique or footwork that is found in flamenco dance and gives it a contemporary twist.

 

"We are thrilled to work with such gifted collaborators this season," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. "Ronald K. Brown's work, set to the music of the incomparable Susana Baca, is mesmerizing. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has showcased the emotional range of our dancers in her pieces. And Celia Cruz's remarkable impact on the Latino community was the inspiration for my first work for Ballet Hispanico. I wanted to honor her music, which captured the voice of so many immigrants." 

 

The program also includes a revival and repertory favorites:
  • The revival Guajira features the guajira, the women of the Cuban countryside who spend their days toiling in the sun beside the men, then enjoy a little rest and perhaps a bit of flirtation, and in the evening forget their day of toil in a rousing guateque (party) with the other laborers. The typical guajiro rhythm is heard here, notably in the second ("Guajiras") section. But, like the culture of Cuba itself, the music and the gestural language of the piece hark back both to Africa and to Spain. Guajira was created by Pedro Ruiz and is set to the music of Los Activos, Conjunto Céspedes, and José Maria Vitieir.
  • Mad'moiselle, a highly theatrical work that explores iconic male/female images and gender role-playing in Latin American cultures, was created by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to a soundscape inspired by Chavela Vargas. The score, developed by Ms. Ochoa with composer/sound designer Bart Rijnink, draws on the music of Ms. Vargas, who is best known for her rendition of beloved Mexican rancheras.
  • Locked Up Laura, a sensuous pointe duet by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa set to the music of Bart Rijnink, explores the human struggle to maintain authenticity in the face of routine through the lens of an artist.
  • Tito on Timbales is a tribute to the music of master percussionist Tito Puente. In this ballet, choreographer William Whitener captures the joy and intricacies of social dance through cascading patterns, sensual partnering and the community of celebration.    
Dancers: Lauren Alzamora, Donald Borror, Jamal Rashann Callender, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Rodney Hamilton, Min-Tzu Li, Andrea Salamanca, Jeffrey Sykes, Vanessa Valecillos, Kimberly Van Woesik, Joshua Winzeler, Jessica Alejandra Wyatt.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico 2012 Spring Gala Honoring Jody Gottfried Arnhold  | Open: 04/09/12 Close: 04/09/12
 

Ballet Hispanico will honor Jody Gottfried Arnhold, visionary leader and dance educator, at the annual Spring Gala in The Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Monday, April 9, 2012. Cocktails begin at 7:00pm and dinner will commence at 7:45pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, or a journal ad, or for more information, please contact Emma Epstein, Associate for Events, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org. The Plaza Hotel is located at 768 5th Avenue, New York, NY.

The celebration will feature dinner, performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company, BHdos, as well as students of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and live music from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.    

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the lead corporate sponsor of the gala. The event is headed by Honorary Chair Judith K. Dimon; Event Chairs John Arnhold, Paul Arnhold, Julia Arnhold, and Henry and Sissy Arnhold; Dinner Chairs Lois and Roland Betts, Kate Lear and Jonathan LaPook, Norman and Lyn Lear, David Pérez and Milena Alberti, Lynn Povich and Stephen Shepard, Melanie Shorin and Greg Feldman, and Laurie Tisch. 

Ballet Hispanico is proud to honor Jody Gottfried Arnhold, former Board Chair and current Director. Ms. Gottfried Arnhold met Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico’s founder, 35 years ago and the two formed a dynamic alliance that enabled the organization to fulfill its mission of exploring, preserving and celebrating Latino cultures through dance.

Jody Gottfried Arnhold is a dance educator and advocate for the arts, whose extensive experience in governance and program development for a wide range of dance and education institutions has been transformative. Her goal is to have a certified dance teacher in every single public school, so that each student has access to a dance education. Ms. Gottfried Arnhold spent nearly 25 years teaching dance in the New York City public school system. She is the Founder of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y, which provides intensive workshops and courses in a variety of skills and methodologies for dance artists and educators who seek to improve their teaching abilities in the classroom or other settings. DEL’s methodology is modeled upon Ms. Gottfried Arnhold’s experiences in the field. She serves on the Arts Advisory Committee for the New York City Department of Education (DOE). She was committee Co-Chair for the creation of the DOE Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance and also serves as Chair of the Hunter College Dance Education Advisory Committee.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico At Fall For Dance Festival  | Open: 09/30/13 Close: 10/01/13
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will perform in Program 3 of the 10th Anniversary Season of Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale on September 8, 2013 at 11am. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212.581.1212, or at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street, NYC.

 

Ballet Hispanico will present the World Premiere of Sombrerísimo, choreographed by Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and commissioned especially for Fall for Dance. The work is an athletic tour de force for six men full of rhythmic agility and stylistic flair. 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico Community Performance  | Open: 09/14/12 Close: 09/14/12
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the premier Latino dance institution in the United States, announces a community performance in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), at 47th Avenue and VanDam Street, Long Island City, Queens on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:00am.  Seating will begin at 10:30am.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The performance will lead students, adults and families alike on a guided exploration of Latin American culture and dance. Audiences will watch as Ballet Hispanico’s professional company performs selections from the most exciting repertory, including:

Club Havana: The intoxicating rhythms of the Conga, Rumba, Mambo, and Cha Cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba, as he imagined his very own “Club Havana.”

The company will also perform excerpts from Nube Blanco, Tango Vitrola; and A vueltas con los ochenta.

Nube Blanco(White Cloud)is inspired by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s childhood memories of the beautiful song of Maria Dolores Pradera. Lopez Ochoa brilliantly integrates the Spanish zapateado technique or footwork that is found in flamenco dance and gives it a contemporary twist.

Tango Vitrola:  Turning tango on its head, Alejandro Cervera conjures a metaphysical space that highlights the struggle between men and women through simple yet poetic patterns.

A vueltas con los ochenta: García and Barberá’s first work for Ballet Hispanico uses contemporary dance to evoke the sights and sounds of the cultural revolution in 1980s Madrid known as “La Movida.” From the impulsive, spontaneous movements of each dancer to the beats of electronic pop music that fill the stage, this piece recreates the memory of one night of freedom, exploration, and invention lived by a young group of friends.

Schools are welcome.  Groups of ten or more may call LPAC at (718) 482-5151 to reserve seats.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico Completes Rbf's First Dance Residency With Performance On 8/14  | Open: 08/14/13 Close: 08/14/13
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will perform on the Kykuit Tennis Lawn at The Pocantico Center, 200 Lake Road, Pocantico Hills, NY, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:30pm. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://www.artful.ly/store/events/1562. The Company will perform an excerpt from the work-in-progress created during its residency at The Pocantico in May and perform other selections from their repertory, including excerpts from SortijasJardi Tancat and Mad’moiselle. 

Ballet Hispanico was the inaugural company in the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's (RBF) first dance residency as part of the Pocantico Arts Collaborative this spring. Ballet Hispanico, one of two dance companies awarded the RBF’s Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture Grant, developed a new choreographic work as part of its residency program at The Pocantico Center. Wednesday’s performance will include an excerpt of the work-in-progress.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico Performs At Inauguration Celebration At The Kennedy Center  | Open: 01/20/13 Close: 01/20/13
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the premier Latino dance institution in the United States, will join other entertainers to headline "In Performance at the Kennedy Center," an event honoring the presidential inauguration and Latino arts and culture, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7pm.  Actress Eva Longoria will host the evening.

The Company will perform an excerpt from artistic director Eduardo Vilaro’s Cuban-inspired Danzón, set to music by Latin Jazz great Paquito D’Rivera.  In addition, 20 students from the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance will perform in a piece choreographed for the finale of the evening.

“The Latino community is an integral facet of America’s make-up, and our country’s cultural landscape must reflect our constantly growing and shifting populations,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. “We are thrilled to appear alongside such accomplished Latinos as we celebrate this country’s present and future.”

Actress Eva Longoria, San Antonio philanthropist and business leader Henry R. Munoz III and San Juan attorney and activist Andres W. Lopez, in partnership with the nation's leading Latino organizations, announced today that Raul Esparza, Jose Feliciano, Juan Diego Florez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coral Contigas, Coro de Ninos de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and other entertainers will participate in "In Performance at the Kennedy Center."

Longoria, Munoz and Andres Lopez are the executive producers of the event.  Tickets are available for purchase by the general public online and at the Kennedy Center box office.

"In Performance" is part of Latino Inaugural 2013 – a three-day series of lectures, symposia and cultural gatherings that will give Latinos from all backgrounds, national origins, regions of the country and political parties the chance to reflect on the issues most important to them and determine how best to develop an agenda that betters the community and strengthens the country as a whole.

Ticketing information:

Tickets for the live Opera House performance start at $300 and include entry to a post-performance reception. Tickets for the Eisenhower Theater simulcast start at $150 and also include entry to the reception.

Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase online at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or may visit kennedy-center.org to purchase tickets.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico Returns To The Kennedy Center  | Open: 12/05/13 Close: 12/06/13
 Ballet Hispanico, long recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization, returns to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 5-6, 2013 at 8pm. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566.  Tickets are $22-60 and are available at 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 or www.kennedy-center.org.

 

Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007, Ballet Hispanico returns with a dazzling mixed repertory program that will include Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat, the D.C. premiere of Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto’s Sortijas (Rings), the D.C. premiere of Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Eduardo Vilaro’s Danzón with live music by Paquito D’Rivera, who joins the company live onstage for this engagement.  

 

The program includes:

 

Jardi Tancat

Choreography by Nacho Duato 
Duato’s very first work, based on Catalonian folk tales sung by Maria del Mar Bonet, won him first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop in Cologne. With equal shades of passion and melancholy, the ballet evokes the despairing yet hopeful prayers of Spaniards who wait for rain on their barren land.

 

Sortijas (D.C. Premiere)

Choreography by Cayetano Soto
In Sortijas,
a darkly lush duet full of emotional complexity, Cayetano Soto ponders the unavoidable pull of fate in our lives.

 

Sombrerísimo (D.C. Premiere)

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

An absorbing exploration of individuality, Sombrerísimo is an athletic tour de force for six men, full of rhythmic agility and stylistic flair.  The work was specially commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of its Fall for Dance Festival.  

 

 

Danzón with live music by the GRAMMY-winning Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary movement riffs. The work plays on the fusion of jazz improvisation and Cuban rhythms, which propel the dancers into a joyous celebration of music and movement.

 

On December 5, there will be a free Explore the Arts post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company at The Kennedy Center.  In addition, Ballet Hispanico’s Education and Outreach team will visit area schools, such as The Columbia Heights Educational Campus, at which the company will host lectures, demonstrations and master classes.

 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico to Perform at 24th Annual International Ballet Festival of Havana  | Open: 11/02/14 Close: 11/02/14
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as America’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will perform in Cuba’s International Ballet Festival of Havana on November 1-2, 2014 at 5pm.  Highlights of the program include Asuka, a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz by Ballet Hispanico’s Cuban-American Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, along with Sortijas (Cayetano Soto), Sombrerísimo (Annabelle Lopez Ochoa), and El Beso (Gustavo Ramírez Sansano).  This engagement marks Ballet Hispanico’s first-ever performance in Cuba.

 

“This is my second time returning to my homeland since I left at age six,” said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico. “I return as a cultural ambassador, bringing our amazing troupe of dancers for Ballet Hispanico’s first performance there. We are thrilled to share our art with the entire world, bringing new perspectives to our cultural dialogue.”

 

“For Ballet Hispanico to be performing at this prestigious Latino dance festival is an honor and fits beautifully with our mission. It is a testament to the continued growth of the organization,” said Kate Lear, chair of Ballet Hispanico’s Board of Directors.  “We are thrilled to share our stories and the artistry of our dancers with national and international audiences. Art has no boundaries; it travels past social and political borders.”

 

Since its inception, Ballet Hispanico’s contemporary repertory has reflected the ever-changing diversity of Latino culture, showcased masterfully by some of “the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere” (The Washington Post).

 

The program at the International Ballet Festival of Havana will include:

 

Asuka by Eduardo Vilaro

Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one’s homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.

 

Sortijas by Cayetano Soto to the music of Lhasa de Sela

Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking Spanish choreographers of his generation, is known for his musicality, attention to detailed technique, and expressive choreography.  In Sortijas, a darkly lush duet full of emotional complexity, he ponders the unavoidable pull of fate in our lives.  Costume design is by Munich-based fashion designers Talbot Runhof.  

 

Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

An absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrerísimo makes references to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats. This athletic work for six male dancers was commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival

 

El Beso by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano

Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano presents his first work for Ballet Hispanico, a spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music and featuring original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. 

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 44 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion.  The Company has performed for an audience of over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, and on 3 continents.  For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

 

EDUARDO VILARO, a first generation Cuban-American, began as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico in August of 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. Mr. Vilaro has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985. As a dancer with the Ballet Hispanico Company, he performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and assisted founder Tina Ramirez with the development of dance education residencies.  Mr. Vilaro is also an accomplished choreographer, having created works for the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, and over 20 ballets for Luna Negra Dance Theater, the company he founded in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center.  Mr. Vilaro was a guest speaker at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and continues to speak to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education.    

 

The International Ballet Festival of Havana that arrives to its edition number 24 is one of the oldest of all celebrated to a world scale. Founded in 1960, by virtue of a close collaboration among the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the National Institute of the Tourism Industry and the Revolutionary Government's cultural organisms, the Festival turned quickly into one of the most important events in national Cuban culture and in the international world of dance. With non competitive character, it has allowed our public to enjoy the performances and the creative work of noted figures of the world dance and at the same time has shown the visiting personalities the development reached by the Cuban ballet.

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Ballet Hispanico's 2013 Spring Gala  | Open: 04/08/13 Close: 04/08/13
 

On Monday, April 8, 2013, Ballet Hispanico will celebrate the legacy of its School of Dance, and proudly honor Randy Falco, President & CEO of Univision Communications, with its Civic Inspiration Award at the annual Spring Gala in The Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Cocktails begin at 7pm and dinner will commence at 7:45pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, a journal advertisement, or for more information, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org. The Plaza Hotel is located at 768 Fifth Avenue, New York City. 

The celebration will feature dinner, live music from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and students of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.  

The event is headed by Event Chairs Emilio Estefan, Kate Lear, David Pérez, and Herb Scannell.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico's Bhdos: Harlem Meer Performance Festival  | Open: 09/01/13 Close: 09/01/13
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, announces the first performance of the Fall 2013 Season for BHdos, the company’s pre-professional troupe. BHdos will perform at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park as part of the Harlem Meer Performance Festival. This is a free event; no tickets will be issued. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.  For more information visit http://www.centralpark.com/events/show/1988/harlem-meer-performance-festival.

Two pieces will be performed:  Danubio, created for BHdos by Nicholas Villeneuve, and an excerpt of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s flamenco-inspired Nube Blanco 

Handpicked by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the talented pre-professional dancers of Ballet Hispanico’s second company form bridges between the School of Dance and the professional Company, between Ballet Hispanico and the community, and between their own training and careers in dance. Under the guidance of Deputy School Director Nicholas Villeneuve, dancers work with highly skilled artistic leadership to bring Latino culture to schools, communities and corporations. The audience is led through an exciting 50-minute exploration of dance influenced by Spain and Latin America, with each fully costumed performance featuring impressive choreography from the current Ballet Hispanico repertory. 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico's Junior Society Benefit, Dance Into Fashion  | Open: 10/18/12 Close: 10/18/12
The Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, will host its annual Junior Society Benefit, Dance Into Fashion, at The Jane Ballroom on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8pm. 

The evening will showcase the work of Cushnie et Ochs modeled by the Ballet Hispanico company dancers in a unique presentation choreographed by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.

The evening also features a fully sponsored open bar, hors d'oeuvres courtesy of E Squared Hospitality, desserts courtesy of Julie Elkind, and an exclusive silent auction.

Attire is festive cocktail. Tickets begin at $100 and are available at http://www.regonline.com/jsbh12. For more information about the event, to purchase a table, or to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org. The Jane Ballroom is located at 113 Jane Street, NYC.

Dance Into Fashion is headed by Junior Society Co-Chairs Paul Arnhold and Janna Raskopf, Event Chairs Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Grace Gummer and Hannah Bronfman, and the Ballet Hispanico Junior Society Steering Committee and Benefit Committee.

All proceeds benefit Ballet Hispanico’s Education & Outreach program, which provides 1,500 underserved NYC public school children per year with learning experiences that respect their individuality while enhancing their creativity, physical health, and cultural awareness. 

Notable guests will include Jesse Betts, Michele Cabruso-Cabrera, Alessandra Codina, Carolyna De Laurentiis, Julia Dimon, Sophie Elgort, Jesse Della Femina, Claire Distenfeld, Wes Gordon, Molly Howard, Samantha Perelman, Andy Unanue, and Timo Weiland, among others.

Event Partners: Cushnie et Ochs (designer), Jane Hotel (venue), Chatham Imports (liquor), E Squared Hospitality  and Julie Elkind (catering).


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ballet Hispanico’s 2014 Spring Gala Honoring The Ford Foundation  | Open: 04/07/14 Close: 04/07/14
On Monday, April 7, 2014, Ballet Hispanico will proudly honor the Ford Foundation with the Civic Inspiration Award at its annual Spring Gala in The Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Cocktails begin at 7:00 pm and dinner and dancing commence at 7:45 pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, a journal advertisement, or for more information, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org.

 

The celebration this year is themed “Community Partnerships through the Arts” and features live music from the two-time GRAMMY® winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra along with performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and students of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.  The evening will include an exclusive sneak peek of original costumes created by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez for choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s stunning new work El Beso, to be premiered by Ballet Hispanico at the Company’s New York Season at the Joyce Theater on April 15-27.

 

The event is headed by Event Chairs Jody and John Arnhold, Kate Lear and Jonathan LaPook, David Pérez and Milena Alberti, and Randy and Susan Falco.  The Gala Honorary Committee is co-chaired by designer Angel Sanchez and Telemundo COO Jacqueline Hernández.  Proceeds, which last year totaled over $1 million, benefit the creation of new Company works, need-based financial aid and merit scholarships in the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.     


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Junior Society Of Ballet Hispanico Presents Dance Into Fashion, A Benefit Featuring The Designs  | Open: 05/08/14 Close: 05/08/14
New York, NY – March 31, 2014 – Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will host its annual Junior Society benefit, Dance Into Fashion, at The Jane Ballroom on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8pm.  The evening will showcase the creations of Venezuelan-born fashion designer Angel Sanchez as modeled by Ballet Hispanico company dancers in a unique presentation choreographed by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.  Mr. Sanchez’s collaboration with Ballet Hispanico includes the design of original costumes for a new choreographic work premiering at the Company’s New York Season at the Joyce Theater on April 15-27, 2014.

 

The Junior Society benefit will feature an open bar sponsored by Diageo, an exclusive silent auction hosted online at charitybuzz.com, and music by DJ Jonny Famous.  Notable guests will include Angel Sanchez, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Grace Gummer, Hannah Bronfman, Jessie Betts, Alessandra Codina, Carolyna De Laurentiis, Julia Dimon, Sophie Elgort, Jesse Della Femina, Claire Distenfeld, Wes Gordon, Molly Howard, Samantha Perelman and Timo Weiland.

 

Dance Into Fashion is headed by Junior Society Co-Chairs Paul Arnhold and Janna Raskopf, along with the Ballet Hispanico Junior Society Steering Committee and Benefit Committee.  All proceeds benefit Ballet Hispanico’s community arts education programs, which provide 1,500 NYC public school children per year with learning experiences that respect their individuality while enhancing their creativity, physical health, and cultural awareness.

 

Attire is festive cocktail. Tickets begin at $125 and are available at http://www.ballethispanico.org/support/junior-society. For more information about the event, to purchase a table, or to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org. The Jane Ballroom is located at 113 Jane Street, NYC. 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

 

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

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