BHdos: The Second Company of Ballet Hispánico
In 2012, Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro launched the BHdos company, a new vehicle for connecting talented pre-professional students to the professional dance world and for nurturing new links between artists and local communities. BHdos serves the ever-growing diverse communities in our city and is a catalyst for cultural dialogue. They perform in public schools, universities, and in community organizations, many with significant immigrant populations. Its performances, workshops, and lecture/demonstrations significantly amplify Ballet Hispánico’s mission and vision. With its engaging and interactive 50-minute performance, BHdos leads audiences through exciting explorations of dance and cultural diversity influenced by the Latino diaspora.
Bring a Dance Performance of the Highest Caliber to your School or Event!
To have BHdos perform in your school or event, contact:
Mariana Ranz, Community Arts Partnerships Program Manager
212-362-6710, ext. 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BHdos Dancers 2018-2019
DEJA N. DARBONNE
Deja N. Darbonne was born and raised in Fairfield, CA, where she began dancing at Center Stage Ballet Academy under the direction of her mother Anita Hope. In April 2017, Darbonne graduated with honors from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL where she received her BFA from University of Florida. Darbonne has danced professionally with Peter London Global Dance Company and Dance Now Miami. Throughout her dance career, she has had the privilege of dancing the works of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Keelan Whitmore, Robert Battle, Eduardo Vilaro, Ana Gonzales, Gerard Ebitz, Justin Rapaport, Melissa Fernandez, Jamar Roberts, and many more. Darbonne has attended numerous summer dance programs such as Ballet Hispánico’s ChoreoLaB, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Francisco Gella Dance Works, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco City Ballet. In recognition of her academic excellence and scholarly achievement, Darbonne was awarded the Miami-Dade College Honors Dance award in 2015. She is a currently a dancer for BHdos and is looking forward to sharing the stage with her new familia.
Aurélie Garcia grew up in South of France where she first started dancing in a small local dance school. After graduating high school, she moved to New York to attend The Ailey School and graduated from their scholarship program in 2018. She performed works by Ray Mercer, Elizabeth Roxas, Tracy Inman, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Alvin Ailey. Garcia has performed with companies such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ntrinsik Movement, and is currently a member of BHdos for its 2018-2019 season.
Jonathan Leonard, a native of greater Boston, MA, started his dance training under the direction of his mother, Donna Leonard, at Center Stage Dance Studio. Growing up, he participated in numerous dance competitions and conventions across the New England circuit. His love for classical dance provoked him to attend summer programs at José Mateo Ballet Theatre and later, Boston Ballet. After finishing high school, Leonard completed the summer program at Joffrey Ballet School, where he received a full scholarship to join their NYC ballet trainee program. Upon completing his first year in the school, Leonard was invited to join Joffrey Concert Group, the school’s now former student company. Under the direction of Davis Robertson, he received training and mentoring from Stacy Caddell, Francesca Corkle, Nicole Duffy, and Sam Meredith. He danced in works choreographed by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Africa Guzmàn, Robert Battle, and Gabrielle Lamb. His most cherished role was the male soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations. Leonard has danced professionally with Cleveland Ballet, where he had the opportunity to work with Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller, and Sarasota Ballet. While in Sarasota, he danced in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Illuminations, Matthew Hart’s Circus Nutcracker, and two soloist roles in original pieces by Elizabeth Bergmann and Patricia Strauss. Leonard is proud and humbled to be a part of BHdos.
KENNYTH MONTES DE OCA
Kennyth Montes De Oca is a Dominican Republic native and a Rutgers University alum holding a BFA in Dance. Montes De Oca has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Darrell G. Moultrie, Frederick E. Mosley, George Balanchine, Maxine Doyle, Keith Thomson, Maxine Steinman, Netta Yerushalmy, Nicholas Bruder, Randy James, and many others. Montes de Oca is also interested in choreography; he presented work at the American College Dance Association in collaboration with Isabella Vergara studying the tension and resistance of immigrants in the United States. This is his first season BHdos.
YANIL A. PABON
Yanil A. Pabon was born in San Juan, PR. She began her training at the age of three at the Academia de Baile Yolanda Ortiz in Carolina, PR. While in High School she trained at the Paul Taylor School with the Taylor Teen Ensemble. In 2017, Pabon graduated from the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School where she danced lead figures in Heretic and Appalachian Spring. At the Graham School, Pabon performed with Graham 2 during their season, under the direction of Virginie Mécène. She furthered her training at the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance’s La Academia program, and was one of the School’s Nuestro Futuro Scholarship recipients. She is now a faculty member of Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance and is thrilled to be joining BHdos!
Photo Credits: Top photo by Hayim Herom; BHdos headshots courtesy of BHdos dancers