About Ballet Hispanico
Celebrating 42 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization.
Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. The mission unfolds in the work of the professional Company, the School of Dance, and the Education and Outreach programs. Together, these divisions celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.
Recognized for her achievements by the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor, Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispanico in 1970. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, the organization has grown into a world-class institution. Ballet Hispanico’s New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community.
In August 2009, Ballet Hispanico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director. A former member of the Ballet Hispanico Company, Vilaro founded and led Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater for a decade. Vilaro’s background in dance education and community outreach allows him to build on the company’s founding values and lead Ballet Hispanico into an artistically vibrant future.
The Company performs a diverse repertory by the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists. The works explore the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality, athleticism, and passion. Our choreographers represent a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. The Company has performed for an audience of over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents.
The School of Dance offers a unique curriculum based on Spanish dance forms, classical ballet, and contemporary dance. The School offers rigorous pre-professional training, a general program, and unique classes for pre-schoolers and adults. It has trained more than 8,000 children who have gone on to successful careers in dance, theater, film, education, and many other professions.
Education & Outreach offers an innovative exploratory learning experience for school children, teachers, and parents. The in-school version of the program offers long-term teaching artist residencies and has touched the lives of some 20,000 New York City school children. The junior or “second” company, BHdos, tours each year to university campuses, businesses and community centers with significant educational components. The Outreach touring program includes teacher training sessions, classroom workshops and master classes with Company members, and has brought the joy of Latino dance traditions to countless thousands across the country.