Diálogos at the Arnhold Center

Diálogos is Ballet Hispánico's conversation series exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures.

Ballet Hispánico at the Arnhold Center
Ballet Hispánico’s home is an interdisciplinary cultural and community resource made possible by Honorary Chair Jody Gottfried Arnhold and the Arnhold family. Through panels, forums, exhibitions and other public programming, the Arnhold Center will further an awareness of Latino art forms as a tool for social and cultural acceptance and as a powerful agent for dialogue about race, equity and access.

Upcoming Event:

Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the
NYC Dance Ecology

Thursday, September 26 · 6:30-8:30pm

The Arnhold Center
167 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024


Join Dance/NYC and Ballet Hispánico for a long table conversation, Diálogos, on art, social justice, and Latinx dancemakers and cultural workers in the NYC Dance Ecology. Inspired by Camille A. Brown’s The Gathering, the event will bring together self-identifying Latinx dancers, choreographers, educators, and administrators for a long table discussion to articulate their needs and recommendations for thriving artistic practice in the metropolitan NYC area. What are the contributions of Latinx dance makers to what is today’s NYC Dance Landscape? How do we continue to preserve, support and resource Latinx dance makers and cultural workers? What is the impact that systems of oppression have on Latinx dance makers and cultural workers and what is their role in addressing social justice issues?


Long Table Resources:

A Long Table is a physical space and non-hierarchical process for gathering people in conversation on topics of communal concern. It allows for an abundant, free flow of ideas, opinions, information and energy.


Event Archive:

Women of Color in the Arts

Thursday, January 10, 2018

Ballet Hispánico partnered with Brooklyn Dance Festival, founded by Tamia Santana, and Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation, founded by Maria Torres, John O’Connor, and award-winning actress Vanessa Williams, to create the evening’s panel featuring influential Latina women across the arts. The discussion, the first in the series Women of Color in the Arts, explored our panelists’ accomplishments, the challenges they have faced, available resources, and ways to bring more women of color into arts leadership positions. Women networking with a purpose.

The evening’s conversation was moderated by Tamia Santana, Founder and Director - Brooklyn Dance Festival, and featured the following panelists: Former New York State Senator Marisol Alcántara; Ayodele Casel, Actress, Tap Dancer, Choreographer; Maria Torres, Director, Choreographer, Producer; Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator, Public Programs – Brooklyn Museum.

Left to right: Marisol Alcántara, Maria Torres, Tamia B. Santana, Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Ayodele Casel, Eduardo Vilaro

Flamenco: Finding Voice Through Fusion

Thursday, October 6, 2016

With roots that derive from Arabic to African, Indian, and Spanish influences, flamenco dance and its unique interplay of music, dance, and song have captivated audiences across continents for generations. This second installment of Ballet Hispánico’s Diálogos series unpacked the cross-cultural influences that have established flamenco as a form, while exploring how its folkloric roots have been recast in contemporary ways. Belgo-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa—who has set two flamenco-inspired works on the Ballet Hispánico Company—joined acclaimed flamenco masters Liliana Morales and Nelida Tirado to discuss the impact of this magnetic dance form on their identities. The panel event included an exclusive sneak preview of Lopez Ochoa’s new work for Ballet Hispánico, Línea Recta.

Cuban Methodology: Dance, Race, Culture
Thursday, August 4, 2016

The inaugural event of Ballet Hispánico’s new Diálogos series explored the racial and cultural impact of the Cuban ballet methodology on its home country and throughout the world. Panelists discussed the distinguishing characteristics of the Cuban methodology, nuances in how it’s practiced within and outside of Cuba, and the opportunities it has created for artists in an art form that is commonly perceived to be homogeneous.


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