Ballet Hispánico School of Dance


Celebrating nearly 50 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. 

Michelle Manzanales - Director, School of Dance

Before being named Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance in December of 2016, Michelle Manzanales was in the midst of her seventh season as the Rehearsal Director of the main company of Ballet Hispánico of New York. Named Artistic Associate in August 2014, Manzanales lends her artistic voice not only to the main company, but also to its School of Dance, BHdos (BH’s second company), as well as collaborates in creating and leading educational programs in communities across the country and internationally. A choreographer and dance educator originally from Houston, TX, Ms. Manzanales has 25 years of teaching experience serving on the faculties of Lou Conte Dance Studio (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), the University of Houston, Rice University, San Jacinto College South, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, Regional Dance America, Festival de Danza Cordoba-Youth American Grand Prix, as well as numerous dance studios, high schools and college dance programs across the country and internationally as a master teacher for Ballet Hispánico Education and Outreach programs.

 The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive professional environment for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, and Spanish Dance. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the School empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers adult classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone.

School Year 2019-20
Register and learn more about our three school divisions:

Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program (ages 2-5)
Encuentros Open Class Program (ages 6-18)
La Academia: Pre-Professional and Professional  Program
(ages 7-23)

Alumni of the School have gone on to prestigious conservatories such as The Juilliard School and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts; to careers in theater (Nancy Ticotin), dance, music & film (Jennifer Lopez), and television (Michael DeLorenzo), as well as careers with leading dance companies such as Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, ABT II, San Francisco Ballet, Flamenco Vivo, and María Pagés Compañía.

"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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