Ballet Hispanico School of Dance


Celebrating 45 years of dance and culture, the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large.


Here children learn in a nurturing and disciplined environment, discover dance as a language of ideas, and explore the rich history and aesthetics of Latino cultures. Under an internationally renowned faculty led by seasoned dance professional and School Director MIchelle Manzanales, students are exposed to four signature training programs and a bevy of performance opportunities. Classes are set to live music and held at our studios located in Manhattan's Upper West Side. The School offers over $150,000 in annual scholarships to talented and need-based students.

Learn more about our four school divisions and register your student today:

Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program (ages 2-5)
Encuentros Open Class Program
(ages 6-18)
La Academia: Pre-Professional Program
(ages 7-23)
La Academia: Professional Studies Program (Advanced level students)
Auditions for La Academia will be held on September 29--details here.

Alumni of the School have gone on to prestigious conservatories such as Juilliard and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts; to careers in theater (Nancy Ticotin), film (Jennifer Lopez) and television (Michael DeLorenzo); and to careers with leading dance companies such as Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, ABT II, and the San Francisco Ballet.

"Ballet Hispanico offered a variety of the techniques that prepared me far beyond my imagination. It taught me to be the dancer I am today." -Linda Celeste Sims, Principal Dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

"We have terrific talent on Broadway, film, and TV who were trained at Ballet Hispanico." -Broadway star Chita Rivera

Ballet Hispanico is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Dedicated support for the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance is made possible by Altman Foundation, Columbia Community Service, Con Edison, the Rebekah Harkness Scholarship for Spanish Dance, New York Community Trust, Goldman Sachs & Co., Banco Popular, The Turrell Fund, The Ted Snowdon Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The School is also funded, in part, by the Ballet Hispanico Endowment Fund; Jody and John Arnhold; and patrons of Ballet Hispanico's Annual Spring Gala. We thank all of our other individual and institutional donors for their generosity.

Photo (c) 2012 Eduardo Patino, NYC

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