BALLET HISPANICO

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Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its Instagram video series on Motivational Monday, May 11 with a message from choreographer and director Sergio Trujillo and Asuka Facebook Watch Party Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7pm at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

The week's content continues on www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/*:

  • Take Action Tuesday 5/12:

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5) and a Ballet Class with Vanessa Valecillos at 5pm on Instagram LIVE.

  • Wepa Wednesday 5/13:

- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Asuka followed by Choreographers & Cocktails - a LIVE Q&A discussion with Eduardo Vilaro and choreographer and Still Spinning podcast host Laura Diffenderfer. Watch this Company performance LIVE with us on Facebook, YouTube, or view on our website.

Therapeutic Thursday 5/14:

- 5pm ET: Pilates & Foot Strengthening Workshop with Kathryn Ross-Nash on Instagram TV.

  • Flashback Friday 5/15:

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back at the 1990s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company.

 

* unless otherwise noted

 

 

Asuka (2011)

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
(In collaboration with the Company Artists)
Music Sound Scape Remix by Jesse Felluss
Music by Bola de Nieve: Drume Negrita
Celia Cruz: Yemaya, Tu Voz, Te Busco, Pa' la Paloma, Agua Pa' Mí, Guantanamera
Costume Design by Eduardo Vilaro and Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston


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.


World Premiere: December 17, 2011 at the Apollo Theater

 

Asuka was commissioned in part by Goya Foods in celebration of their 75th Anniversary, by Gaily and John Beinecke, and by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

 

# B Unidos

The Instagram series features videos created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Daily, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays Watch Parties, Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.

 

Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.


The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.


Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico Take Action Tuesday 5.12  | Open: 05/12/20 Close: 05/12/20
Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its Instagram video series with Take Action Tuesday on May 12, 2020 at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

  • Take Action Tuesday 5/12:

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5) and a Ballet Class with Vanessa Valecillos at 5pm on Instagram LIVE.

 

  • Wepa Wednesday 5/13:

- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Asuka followed by Choreographers & Cocktails - a LIVE Q&A discussion with Eduardo Vilaro and choreographer and Still Spinning podcast host Laura Diffenderfer. Watch this Company performance LIVE with us on Facebook, YouTube, or view on our website.

Therapeutic Thursday 5/14:

- 5pm ET: Pilates & Foot Strengthening Workshop with Kathryn Ross-Nash on Instagram TV.

  • Flashback Friday 5/15:

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back at the 1990s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company.

 

* unless otherwise noted

 

 

Asuka (2011)

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
(In collaboration with the Company Artists)
Music Sound Scape Remix by Jesse Felluss
Music by Bola de Nieve: Drume Negrita
Celia Cruz: Yemaya, Tu Voz, Te Busco, Pa' la Paloma, Agua Pa' Mí, Guantanamera
Costume Design by Eduardo Vilaro and Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston


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.


World Premiere: December 17, 2011 at the Apollo Theater

 

Asuka was commissioned in part by Goya Foods in celebration of their 75th Anniversary, by Gaily and John Beinecke, and by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

 

# B Unidos

The Instagram series features videos created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Daily, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays Watch Parties, Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.

 

Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.


The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.


Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico announces a new Instagram video series entitled B Unidos, to begin on Monday, March 23, 2020 at noon. The series will feature a series of videos posted each weekday, created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

Going forward, each weekday at 3:00pm, the company will release a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years. Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador. The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all. Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its new Instagram video series, which kicks off next week's programming on Monday, April 6, 2020 with an inspirational message from Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Executive Director, Dance/NYC at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

This week's content continues on www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/*:

  • Take Action Tuesday 4/7:

- 3pm ET: Company dancer Paulo Hernandez-Farella shares a performance from 50th Anniversary Repertory from his home.

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5); a 1pm activity for Pre-Ballet(age 5); a livestream ballet class with company dancer Laura Lopez at 5pm (ages 6-12);

  • Wepa Wednesday 4/8:

- 3pm ET: Cecilia Cáceres teaches Salsa class on Instagram LIVE

  • Therapeutic Thursday 4/9:

- 12pm ET: Ballet Hispánico company member Omar Rivera teaches stretch and conditioning class on Instagram LIVE

- 5pm ET: Gabrielle Sprauve teaches stretch and conditioning class on Instagram LIVE.

  • Flashback Friday 4/10:

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back the 1980s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos.

- 5:30pm ET: Lincoln Center at Home presents Ballet Hispánico

As a part of this new initiative, viewers can watch archival Lincoln Center performances, available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

Ballet Hispánico will "whisk us away to contemporary dance's hottest spot" (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. In 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. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet's classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

 

* unless otherwise noted

 

The series features a series of videos posted created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Each weekday at 3pm ET, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50

th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.

 

Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.


The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.


Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its Instagram video series, with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Tiburones Facebook Watch Party Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7pm at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Tiburones (2019)

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Funky Lowlives
Compositions by James Bigbee Garver
Costume Design by Mark Zappone
Lighting Design by Joshua Paul Weckesser


In Tiburones, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture and the power the media has in portraying these themes by diminishing the voices of Latinx artists. Ochoa will deconstruct gender roles and identity to revitalize an authentic perspective of Puerto Rican icons appropriated within the entertainment industry.


World Premiere: November 22, 2019 at the Apollo Theater


This production was made possible by support from contributors to the Perry Granoff New Works Project.

 

This week's content also includes on www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/ unless otherwise noted.

 

  • Take Action Tuesday 4/28:

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5); a 1pm activity for Pre-Ballet (age 5); Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Barre with Blanca Huertas-Agnew at 3pm on Instagram TV; and Open Level Vogue Class with Jason Rodriguez at 5pm on Instagram LIVE.

  • Wepa Wednesday 4/29:

- 3pm ET: Open Level Samba Class with Company Dancer, Dandara Veiga on Instagram TV.

- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa followed by Choreographers & Cocktails - a LIVE Q&A discussion with Eduardo Vilaro and the choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Watch this Company performance LIVE with us on Facebook, YouTube, or view on our website.Watch this Company performance LIVE on Facebook or view on the website.

  • Therapeutic Thursday 4/30:

- 5pm ET: Open Level Foot Articulation & Conditioning with Blanca Huertas-Agnew on Instagram TV.

  • Flashback Friday :

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back at the 1990s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company.

 

# B Unidos

The series features videos created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Daily, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years. Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador. The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all. Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives.

 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos Instagram video series on Monday, April 13, 2020 with an inspirational message at 3pm from Tamia Santana, Director of Brooklyn Dance Festival and a “Con Brazos Abiertos” Facebook Watch Party on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7pm. For all of next week's content please visit: www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

"A 2017 piece by Michelle Manzanales that grows more wonderful with repeated viewing." 

  • Brian Seibert, The New York Times

 

 

  • Take Action Tuesday 4/14:

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5); a 12noon activity for Pre-Ballet(age 5); a Beginner Ballet class with Mariana Ranz (ages 6-12) and a livestream jazz class with Cecilia Cáceres at 5pm (open level);

- 3pm ET: Company dancer Dandara Veiga shares a performance from 50th Anniversary Repertory from her home.

  • Wepa Wednesday 4/15:

- 1pm ET: BHdos Dancer Spotlight featuring Eury German.

- 3pm ET: School of Dance Artistic Associate, Joshua Winzeler teaches Merengue class on Instagram.

- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) followed by LIVE Q&A with Choreographer and Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Director Michelle Manzanales and Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro.

  • Therapeutic Thursday 4/16:

- 12pm ET: Ballet Hispánico Company member Laura Lopez teaches stretch and conditioning class on Instagram LIVE.

- 5pm ET: Ballet Hispánico Company member Melissa Verdecia teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Instagram LIVE.

  • Flashback Friday 4/17:

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back the 1980s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company.

 

* unless otherwise noted

 

The series features a series of videos posted created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Daily, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.

 

Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.


The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.


Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos Instagram video series programming at with a 7pm ET Facebook Watch Party of Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) followed by LIVE Q&A with Choreographer and Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Director Michelle Manzanales and Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro. www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/

 

"A 2017 piece by Michelle Manzanales that grows more wonderful with repeated viewing." - Brian Seibert, The New York Times

 

More content this week:

  • Take Action Tuesday 4/14:

- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5); a 12noon activity for Pre-Ballet(age 5); a Beginner Ballet class with Mariana Ranz (ages 6-12) and a livestream jazz class with Cecilia Cáceres at 5pm (open level);

- 3pm ET: Company dancer Dandara Veiga shares a performance from 50th Anniversary Repertory from her home.

  • Wepa Wednesday 4/15:

- 1pm ET: BHdos Dancer Spotlight featuring Eury German.

- 3pm ET: School of Dance Artistic Associate, Joshua Winzeler teaches Merengue class on Instagram.

- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) followed by LIVE Q&A with Choreographer and Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Director Michelle Manzanales and Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro. "A 2017 piece by Michelle Manzanales that grows more wonderful with repeated viewing." - Brian Seibert, The New York Times

  • Therapeutic Thursday 4/16:

- 12pm ET: Ballet Hispánico Company member Laura Lopez teaches stretch and conditioning class on Instagram LIVE.

- 5pm ET: Ballet Hispánico Company member Melissa Verdecia teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Instagram LIVE.

  • Flashback Friday 4/17:

- 11am ET: A retrospective look back the 1980s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company.

 

* unless otherwise noted

 

The series features a series of videos posted created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Daily, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years. Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador. The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all. Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives.

 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its new Instagram video series, which kicked off this week's programming with an inspirational message from Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Ballet Hispánico Board President and Democratic Candidate for United States Congress at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

This week's content continues on www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/*:

  • Take Action Tuesday 3/31:

- 3pm - Company dancers (and affianced couple) Chris Bloom and Gabrielle Sprauve share a performance from 50th Annversary Repertory from their home.

- The School of Dance offers a 10am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5); a 1pm activity for Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5); a livestream ballet class with Company dancer Melissa Verdecia at 3pm ( ages 6-12); and a 5pm Beginner Tap Class with Raquel Valiente (ages 13 and up, on youtube).

  • Wepa Wednesday 4/1:

- 3pm - Kiri Avelar, Deputy Director of the School of Dance, offers a class in Spanish Dance.

- 7pm - Join for a Facebook Watch Party of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's 2016 premiere of Línea Recta, followed by a live Q&A with Company dancers, Lyvan & Melissa Verdecia and Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO

  • Therapeutic Thursday 4/2:

- Company dancer Shelby Colona leads a class at 12noon and Amelie Bénard will teach one at 5pm. Both are stretch and conditioning focused.

- 3pm - Company dancer Laura Lopez shares a performance from 50thAnniversary Repertory from her home.

  • Flashback Friday 4/3:

- 11am - A retrospective look back at the 1970s from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos.

* all times are EST

 

The series features a series of videos posted created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional Company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

 

Each weekday at 3pm ET, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.

 

Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.


The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.


Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives.

 

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Drop-In Classes  | Open: 01/06/20 Close: 01/06/20
Ballet Hispanico announces 2020 Adult Drop-in Classes, available every week and open to all levels. Classes begin Monday, January 6, 2020 and include Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Tap, and Yoga. Must be 18 and up to register, children are NOT permitted to these classes. Students more than 10 minutes late will NOT be permitted to join class. See class descriptions for recommended attire. For more information and a detailed schedule please visit: https://www.ballethispanico.org/classes/drop-in?org=1573&lvl=100&ite=538&lea=7013&ctr=0&par=1&trk=a1Gf4000006vny3EAA

 

Questions?/¿Preguntas? E-mail school@ballethispanico.org

*AARP members receive 20% off Drop-In Classes through 12/18/2019. Use discount code provided by AARP in Mindbody checkout.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Tap - Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Ballet - Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm

Salsa - Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Yoga - Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Flamenco - Saturdays 4:30-5:30pm

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet
Develop a holistic understanding of the ballet curriculum and technical skills in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes clarity of lines, execution and precision, dynamic movement, musicality, and artistic expression. Recommended attire: form fitting athletic wear or dance wear and ballet shoes

 

Flamenco
This class serves as an introduction to the art form of flamenco, covering basic technique. Work on rhythm exercises and full body coordination to engage the entire body through hand, arm and footwork exercises. Recommended attire: Ladies - black leotard, flamenco skirt, flamenco shoes, and castanets; Men - black t-shirt, black dance pants, flamenco shoes, and castanets 

 

Hip-Hop
Learn the foundations of hip-hop (grooves, breaking basics, toprock, uprocking, party dancing, etc), history/culture, and how to express yourself freely on the dance floor. Get your groove on while getting an enriched cardio workout. Recommended attire: athletic wear and sneakers

 

Salsa
Learn the fundamentals to the rhythmic movement, partnering, and turn sequences that make up the popular New York On2 salsa style. This class walks you through the basics of the form before building on styling techniques that will improve your prowess on the dance floor. Recommended attire: athletic or dance wear and ballroom shoes, heels, character shoes, or jazz shoes

 

Tap
Both classic tap repertory and more modern rhythms and footwork trends are covered in this tap class. Musical structure, sound quality and rhythmic precision with an emphasis on jazz musicality will be presented. Body use will be explored through placement, muscular use and performance qualities. Recommended attire: athletic wear and tap shoes

 

Yoga  
A practice based on the traditions of yoga, this class will explore breathing, strengthening, alignment and restorative poses with personal attention and modification. Recommended attire: comfortable athletic wear

 

 

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground. The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs. Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico Celebrates

Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance!

 

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events and performances, a preview of the company's New York Season and more, with an Antojito, a Latinx Leadership Convening, Diálogos, and the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block party.

 

"We celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on our nation," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

 

  • The celebration begins with the School of Dance Open House from September 9-12, 2019 including an orientation to welcome new and returning students and free trial classes for those interested in trying a new class. The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers drop-in classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone. Further details are available at ballethispanico.org/classes.

  • On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm Ballet Hispánico will host an Antojito, an intimate sneak peek of newly created work, featuring a preview of Tiburones, a new work by Annabella Lopez Ochoa about the street gang The Sharks, made famous by the musical West Side Story. The full performance will take place at the Apollo on November 22-23, 2019. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26, Ballet Hispánico will host the first Latinx Dance Leadership Convening from 9:00am-5:30pm.Ballet Hispánico and Miami City Ballet will convene a group of Latinx dance leaders to confer, discuss and find ways of working together to create more visibility of our cultural contributions and new ways of assuring diversity in our field. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC will cohost Diálogos: Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance EcologyThis installation of Diálogos will feature curated guest speakers and artists including Ana Maria Correa from Miami City Ballet and Chris Núñez from Dance/NYC among others. Participants will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Ballet Hispánico's 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party will take place onSunday, September 29 from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include free performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students, as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children's activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.

The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose vision of social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all drives its programs.

Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine's 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit's WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. 

 

Major funding for Ballet Hispánico programming is provided by The Arnhold Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Francis Lear Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

 

Programming is also made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events and performances, a preview of the company's New York Season and more, with an Antojito, a Latinx Leadership Convening, Diálogos, and the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block party.

 

"We celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on our nation," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

 

  • The celebration begins with the School of Dance Open House from September 9-12, 2019 including an orientation to welcome new and returning students and free trial classes for those interested in trying a new class. The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers drop-in classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone. Further details are available at ballethispanico.org/classes.

  • On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm Ballet Hispánico will host an Antojito, an intimate sneak peek of newly created work, featuring a preview of Tiburones, a new work by Annabella Lopez Ochoa about the street gang The Sharks, made famous by the musical West Side Story. The full performance will take place at the Apollo on November 22-23, 2019. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26, Ballet Hispánico will host the first Latinx Dance Leadership Convening from 9:00am-5:30pm. Ballet Hispánico and Miami City Ballet will convene a group of Latinx dance leaders to confer, discuss and find ways of working together to create more visibility of our cultural contributions and new ways of assuring diversity in our field. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC will cohost Diálogos: Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance EcologyThis installation of Diálogos will feature curated guest speakers and artists including Ana Maria Correa from Miami City Ballet and Chris Núñez from Dance/NYC among others. Participants will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Ballet Hispánico's 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party will take place on Sunday, September 29 from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include free performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students, as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children's activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.

The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose vision of social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all drives its programs.

Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine's 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit's WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. 

 

Major funding for Ballet Hispánico programming is provided by The Arnhold Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Francis Lear Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

 

Programming is also made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events and performances, a preview of the company's New York Season and more, with an Antojito, a Latinx Leadership Convening, Diálogos, and the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block party.

 

"We celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on our nation," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

 

  • The celebration begins with the School of Dance Open House from September 9-12, 2019 including an orientation to welcome new and returning students and free trial classes for those interested in trying a new class. The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers drop-in classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone. Further details are available at ballethispanico.org/classes.

  • On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm Ballet Hispánico will host an Antojito, an intimate sneak peek of newly created work, featuring a preview of Tiburones, a new work by Annabella Lopez Ochoa about the street gang The Sharks, made famous by the musical West Side Story. The full performance will take place at the Apollo on November 22-23, 2019. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26, Ballet Hispánico will host the first Latinx Dance Leadership Convening from 9:00am-5:30pm.Ballet Hispánico and Miami City Ballet will convene a group of Latinx dance leaders to confer, discuss and find ways of working together to create more visibility of our cultural contributions and new ways of assuring diversity in our field. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

  • On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC will cohost Diálogos: Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance EcologyThis installation of Diálogos will feature curated guest speakers and artists including Ana Maria Correa from Miami City Ballet and Chris Núñez from Dance/NYC among others. Participants will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Ballet Hispánico's 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party will take place on Sunday, September 29 from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include free performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students, as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children's activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.

The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose vision of social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all drives its programs.

Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine's 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit's WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. 

 

Major funding for Ballet Hispánico programming is provided by The Arnhold Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Francis Lear Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

 

Programming is also made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ballet Hispánico’s Flamenco Tablao  | Open: 07/11/19 Close: 07/11/19
Celebrate an early start to your summer weekend on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Ballet Hispánico’s Flamenco Tablao featuring Maria de los Angeles! Enjoy the ambience of a New York City Tablao nightclub in Ballet Hispánico’s Penthouse Studio for an evening of live music and intimate performances by seasoned professionals, emerging artists, and aspiring students.

 

Choose the Tablao experience you desire at one of our two shows: the 7:00PM set will feature the classic cuadro with dancing, singing and guitar to explore the most traditional aspects of the art form and the 8:30PM set will feature a contemporary spin to the traditional Tablao allowing for new modes of interpretation by offering a 21st century lens on this 200 year-old art form.

 

All tickets begin at $25 and include a glass of wine. Take advantage of our premier ticketing option to enjoy an array of complimentary tapas, a bottle of wine, and an enhanced viewing experience.

 

Tickets to Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao: Maria de los Angeles - 7:00 PM Set:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ballet-hispanico-flamenco-tablao-maria-de-los-angeles-700-pm-set-tickets-63259858941?aff=erelexpmlt

 

Tickets to Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao: Maria de los Angeles - 8:30 PM Set:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ballet-hispanico-flamenco-tablao-maria-de-los-angeles-830-pm-set-tickets-63299297904?aff=erelexpmlt

 

We hope you will join us for this Flamenco-filled evening, Olé!

 

Two hundred years after the initial influences that melded to create flamenco, our 21st century lens is offering us new modes of interpretation that can keep the art evolving. From breaking down gender roles to incorporating non-traditional and recorded music and revisiting the role of props, a contemporary approach to the art form pushes us to the limit of defining what is Flamenco.

 

About Maria de los Angeles

Mary began her Flamenco dance studies at Ballet Hispánico with Melinda Marquez in 1998. After apprenticing with the American Bolero Dance Company, at the invitation of founder Gabriela Granados, she spent two summers at the Cristina Hereen program in Sevilla, studying with Carmen Ledesma, Rafael Campallo and Milagros Menjibar. As a scholarship recipient she attended Jacob's Pillow, studying with Soledad Barrio. For two years she lived in Madrid, Spain studying with Concha Jareno, Immaculada Ortega and Alfonso Losa at Amor de Dios studios. Since her tablao debut at Alegrias en La Nacional, she has been performing regularly with local artists. As the co-founder and artistic director of Al Margen Flamenco she conceptualizes, choreographs, and performs in full length productions. She has been an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's AiRe Program, and choreographed her first solo piece, The Suffocating Breath in 2018.

 

Ryan Rockmore

Ryan Rockmore is a flamenco dancer and researcher in New York. He has studied with Carmen Ledesma, Merche Esmeralda, La Choni, Victorio Korjhan, La Meira, Rafaela Carrasco, and Marco Flores. His performance experience includes venues throughout New York, London, Madrid, and Sevilla. He conducted research in Spain as a Fulbright grantee, and completed a Master’s in Dance Anthropology, from Roehampton University. Most recently, he presented works exploring queerness and flamenco at Dixon Place and as an artist in residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Rockmore continues to investigate and publish on the intersections of identity politics, gender performance, and flamenco.

 

Alfonso Cid

Alfonso Cid was born in Sevilla. His mother, an amateur singer, and his grandfather were his earliest influences. He also attended the activities of the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena. He attended classes at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco on July 2007 and 2008. Alfonso recorded on the hit song “Mi Santa” by Romeo Santos and the great guitarist Tomatito. Alfonso has toured the USA, Latin-America, Israel and Europe. He just toured Spain, France and Italy with the jazz/flamenco band New Bojaira, which has just released an album titled “Zorongo Blu”. He released “Flamenco de vuelta e ida” with the band “Gazpacho Andalú” and an album and three singles with his rock band “Dientes de Caramelo".

 

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a percussive artist whose versatility allows him to move among numerous musical worlds. While the foundation of his playing comes from his Western classical training at The Juilliard School, Jeremy's capabiltes in percussion are representative of the radically globalized world in which we live. He draws inspiration from modern and folkloric percussion styles, techniques, and instruments, such as those found in the Middle East, North Africa, South America, Spain, India and the U.S. to create percussive voices that are both ancient and new.

 

About Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao

Ballet Hispánico's Flamenco Tablao contributes to the visibility of the art form by providing a performance space for dancers, uniquely connecting artists from the field at large with Ballet Hispánico alumni and rising School of Dance pre-professional students. Ballet Hispánico creates the ambiance of a New York City flamenco nightclub for an evening of wine, tapas, and intimate performance by seasoned professionals, emerging artists, and aspiring students.

 

 

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.