About Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement.
Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, 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.
The Company is a group of highly trained professionals who perform the works of Latino choreographers for audiences around the world. Our repertory explores the diversity of Latino cultures and brings innovative ways of experiencing and sharing a cultural dialogue. Representing a multitude of nationalities, our artists reflect the ever-changing face of our nation.
Community Arts Partnerships
Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) provide exploratory learning experiences of Latino cultures in New York City and around the world in schools, businesses, community centers, public spaces, and university campuses. CAP includes in and after-school dance residencies that unite teaching artists with the school community, interactive performances featuring our second company, BHdos, or our main Company, classroom workshops, and master classes with Ballet Hispánico’s Company members. Our CAP programs extend beyond the New York City area via our Company, which shares our commitment to cultural engagement and arts education to communities internationally. While on tour, the Company offers residencies that are individually tailored to expose students to arts learning, to support a cultural dialogue in the community, and to share the power of dance with local educators and organizations. CAP has transformed the lives of thousands of people in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and more.
The CAP menu of activities in New York City offers in and after-school arts and education residencies, workshops in dance forms from Spain and Latin America, interactive performances by our teaching artists, and excerpts of Ballet Hispánico’s repertory in our Performances for Young People (PYPs). The contrast of dance styles and genres within our CAP program will allow the students to widen their perspectives of dance and culture while celebrating the rich diversity in our community’s heritage. CAP brings the enjoyment of Latino dance traditions to nearly 19,000 children and family members nationwide.
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