The uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispanico serves as the foundation and basis of all the dance techniques. Students develop self-confidence and a mastery of technical skill in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes attention to detail, dynamic movement, musicality, and expressiveness through dance quality. Training draws from the internationally classical Cuban technique, a methodology which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.
Meaning “on the tip,” this classical ballet technique is practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. This ballet technique is taught in combination with our Cuban methodology to strengthen and reinforce the technical abilities of our students.
Spanish Dance and Flamenco
Ballet Hispanico’s unique Spanish Dance curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain, including flamenco and Escuela Clásica. This dramatic technique engages the entire body through hand, arm, and footwork exercises. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and brief descriptions of the history of the art form and its expressive content. Younger Pre-Professional levels emphasize style and classicism. In Level 4, students focus on the richness and density of the form in preparation for the fusion of the Spanish style with the contemporary technique and repertory classes of Level 5.
Limón-Based Modern Technique
This technique encourages students to find their own movement and personal uniqueness. Filled with emotion and passion, Limón technique focuses primarily on fall and rebound, suspense and succession. This modern class builds strength while creating a freeness and exploration of movement in its most natural state.
Graham-Based Modern Technique
Martha Graham’s unique dance technique broke the mold of classical ballet and remains at the forefront of modern dance. Graham’s deviation from classical ballet and use of specific body movements such as the contraction, release and spiral has profoundly influenced the development of modern dance. This class will strengthen the core as it emphasizes breath, energy and dynamism.
Improvisation and Dance Making
The freedom of Improvisation and Dance Making cultivates a critical thinker. This class develops an independent dancer and channels a creative mind as students learn basic choreographic devices and create their own works. Dancers will gain self-confidence as they explore the limitless possibilities of dance.
This class offers high-level students the rare opportunity to learn celebrated Ballet Hispanico company repertory alongside other significant ballets in the dance canon. Dancers will effectively integrate contemporary and classical forms to help them succeed in a highly competitive dance field. Students are trained for a professional career of learning and processing choreography.
Students learn challenging variations from well-known ballets such as Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. The class builds on articulation, strength, and awareness while developing the artistic elements of performance.
This semi-private course offers accelerated ballet training designed to help students turn their physical and artistic strengths into tools that they can use in any scenario. Acceptance is by audition only.
(Year-long) This semi-private course offers accelerated ballet training designed to help students turn their physical and artistic strengths into tools that they can use in any scenario. It is geared towards aspiring professional dancers with exceptional talent and a deep commitment to their craft. Drawing from the Cuban and Vaganova methodologies and faculty member Caridad Martinez’s own professional experience, the class develops students’ versatility by providing solid technique without affectation and puts an emphasis in developing their own individual artistry. Dancers will be prepared to dance both classical and contemporary ballet repertoire, ready to meet the expectations of what is necessary for a career in dance. Acceptance is by audition only.
Contact Pre-Professional Coordinator, Caridad Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a placement audition.
Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code
All students Level 2 and above are required to have a Stretch Out Strap, available for purchase here
Ballet, Pointe, Repertory, Classical Variations
Females are required to wear pink convertible tights and pink split-sole canvas ballet slippers.
Level 1A & B- White Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 2A & B- Lavender Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 3A & B- Royal Capezio Style # CC101 Princess Camisole leotard
Level 4B- Amethyst Capezio Style #CC101 Princess Camisole leotard
Level 5A & B- Black Capezio Style # MC110 Tank leotard
Males All Levels – Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938, black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt, white socks and white ballet slippers
Spanish & Flamenco
Females- Level leotard with black flamenco skirt, black flamenco shoes and castanets (available at Menkes NY)
Males- Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style #5938, black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt , white socks with black flamenco shoes and castanets (available at Menkes NY)
Limón/Graham Modern (Levels 2A/B, 3A/B, 4B and 5A/B), Improvisation and Dancemaking
Females - Level leotard with pink convertible tights or black footless tights, bare feet
Males - Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938; black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt and bare feet
Where to Purchase
Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at:
- Barbara Gee Danskin Center at Broadway / 83rd street (25% discount for Ballet Hispanico students).
- Capezio at 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street
- Flamenco shoes and castanets are available at Menkes, 250 West 54th Street, 8th floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Please purchase pollopas castanets only. Ballet Hispanico students will receive a discount.