Ballet Hispánico School of Dance


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


At the School of Dance, 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 $250,000 in annual scholarships to talented and need-based students.

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-18 - Registration Open
Learn more about our four school divisions:

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)

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 Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, ABT II, and the San Francisco Ballet.

"Ballet Hispánico 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 Hispánico." -Broadway star Chita Rivera

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

Dedicated support for the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is provided by Jody and John Arnhold, The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Con Edison, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Scherman Foundation, and The Ted Snowdon Foundation. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The School is also funded, in part, by the Ballet Hispánico Endowment Fund and patrons of Ballet Hispánico's Annual Spring Gala. We thank all of our other individual and institutional donors for their generosity.

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