News & Reviews
October 9, 2019
Winona Daily News: Ballet Hispánico makes impact on community dialogueBallet Hispánico, a performing company brought to Winona as a part of Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series, took last week to get to know the community and share Latin culture and dance before hitting the Page Theatre stage Friday night.
October 2, 2019
FOX5: Good Day Street Talk with Ballet Hispánico CEO & Artistic Director, Edurado VilaroCelebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and what better way to than with dance! Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, talks about some local celebrations in our communities!
September 30, 2019
BWW: Ballet Hispánico Presents The World Premiere Of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's TIBURONES, and MoreBallet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, returns to the Apollo stage on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2019 at 8:00pm with a program that continues its commitment to staging works by female, Latinx choreographers
September 29, 2019
1010 WINS: A la Calle Block Party Interview with Melissa VerdeciaBallet Hispánico Dancer, Melissa Verdecia, talks with 1010 WINS News about the 3rd annual A la Calle Block Party and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 27, 2019
BronxNet: Ballet Hispánico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month | OPENHost, Rhina Valentin sits down with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro to discuss the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party with this year’s theme Unidos Por La Cultura
September 26, 2019
BWW: Ballet Hispanico's Gabriela Estrada To Present MOURNING LOSS/CELEBRATING SURVIVALGabriela Estrada will present the solo "Not a Single Carmen More!," (Ni Una Carmen Mas!), danced by Ivanka Figueroa as part of a performance entitled "Mourning Loss/Celebrating Survival," on October 5, named a Day of Action Against Domestic Violence.
September 26, 2019
PIX11: Ballet Hispánico bringing Latin X culture to the world one step at a timeSince its founding in 1970, Ballet Hispánico has been the premiere dance company showcasing a mix a Latin X culture. And each for Hispanic Heritage Month, the company plans community activities to celebrate.
September 23, 2019
CBS: Ballet Hispánico Lets Performers Share Culture, Heritage Through DanceMusic, dance and art are all forms of expression, but they’re also ways to express and explore a culture. Ballet Hispánico is one of the largest ballet studios in America, spreading stories of Latinx culture and heritage through dance.
August 26, 2019
ALL ARTS: New American Festival Shines Spotlight on Immigration Through ArtFor the past several months, Katherine Steinberg has been busy organizing a festival that she describes as a “true cornucopia of culture.” Titled the New American Festival, the event was conceived as a way to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to art through a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary celebration.
August 26, 2019
Dance Magazine: 300 Dancers Come Together As A Community in Times SquareAs 12-year-old Julian Correa, a student at Ballet Hispánico, told me, "This brought male dancers together and made us even stronger, believing even more in each other and in ourselves." At 6:30 this morning, I exited the subway in Times Square and walked towards the group of dancers gathered outside the "Good Morning America" studios. The moment I entered the fray, any lingering early morning grogginess disappeared; the energy in the crowd was palpable.
August 25, 2019
The New York Times: Ballet Hispánico's own, Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia, tie the knot!Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia, performers with Ballet Hispánico, share a life on and off the dance floor. AnaMaria Correa, a former administrator at Ballet Hispánico, was ordained and stated, “Melissa and Lyvan come to this day as friends and partners in life, already united in their hearts and souls,” she said. After the couple exchanged rings, they held hands and made a promise to each other. “From this day on,” they repeated together, “You will walk with me. My heart is your refuge and my arms are your home.”
August 23, 2019
AM New York: Ballet Hispánico Presents Work at the Inaugural New American FestivalImmigrants and their major contributions to the fabric of American life are going to be celebrated at the New American Festival — the first festival of its kind — in September...Aminatou Sow, among others, will take the stage for a Comedy Central-sponsored stand-up hour, as will musical artists Japanese Breakfast, Ruth B., Baby Yors, Mannywellz, Bohan Phoenix, and Ballet Hispánico, and others, who will perform live.
August 19, 2019
Blackwell Bulletin: Ballet Hispánico Returns to Israel with work, "Carmen.maquia"New York-based Ballet Hispanico, founded almost 50 years ago, returned to Israel with its first full evening ballet: Carmen.maquia, set to the favorite music of Georges Bizet. Ballet Hispanico’s Carmen.maquia is a reference to tauromaquia, bull fights. It is an entertaining and highly aesthetic ballet production, though it remained within the bounds of safe artistic exploration. Yet, it seemed to appeal to large audiences. Additional performances are scheduled for July 23 at the Jerusalem Theater and July 24 at the Haifa Auditorium.
August 15, 2019
PureWow: Ballet Hispánico Included in the "8 Best Dance Classes For Kids"One of the most thrilling things about being in New York is how off-the-charts talented everyone is. Since world-class dancers move to the Big Apple in droves, you’ll find many of them teaching dance classes for kids at the city’s elite studios. If you’ve got an aspiring ballerina or Broadway star in your family, read on for the best places for them to shake it ’til they make it. (Or, you know, until dinnertime.)
July 25, 2019
New Jersey Stage: Ballet Hispánico Brings Celebrated "Carmen.maquia" to NJPACBallet Hispánico, the nation's premiere Latin dance organization, brings its celebrated CARMEN.maquia, a sensual, full-length work created by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, inspired by Bizet's beloved opera.
July 25, 2019
NAS: Ballet Hispánico's Joshua Preston, Chosen to Participate in Chief Executive ProgramNAS is pleased to announce the exceptional leaders selected to its fifth class of the Chief Executive Program including Ballet Hispánico's General Manager, Joshua Preston. At a time when many arts and culture executives feel increasingly isolated and under-supported, the Chief Executive Program connects an international cohort of CEOs to explore leadership and strengthen their efforts to drive change in their organizations, communities and in the cultural field.
July 25, 2019
Dance Magazine: Ballet Hispánico's Agknowledgment of Female Choreographers within the Dance IndustryBallet Hispánico falls on the short list of dance organizations supporting and creating space for women leadership in dance. "By and large, the companies programming the most works by women are relatively small ones: Ballet Hispánico, Eugene Ballet Company, Dayton Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Cincinnati Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Ballet Memphis.
June 6, 2019
do NYC: Ballet Hispánico Joins Four World-Renowned Dance Companies for the Two-Day Hudson River Dance FestivalBallet Hispánico joins four world-renowned dance companies for the two-day Hudson River Dance Festival June 6 & 7, 2019 at 7pm.
May 7, 2019
ABC News: Dancing with the Stars honored at Ballet Hispánico's Carnaval GalaA special event was held in Manhattan Monday night celebrating the art of dance. Ballet Hispánico held its 2019 Carnaval Gala at the Plaza Hotel. The event featured original dance routines meant to unite and inspire, one dance at a time.
April 10, 2019
THE SPIRIT: WESTY 2019 Honoree: Dance in the neighborhoodEduardo Vilaro, 54, fell in love with dance when he played Linus in his eighth grade production of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and made up a routine involving a towel for the part. “I was hooked,” he says. After that, he pulled his “Billy Elliott stunt” and began telling his parents he was going to Brazilian martial arts class when in fact he was sneaking into the ballet studio next door.
April 9, 2019
Dance Magazine Instagram: Get Ready with Me | Jared BogartGet ready with Ballet Hispánico's Jared Bogart.
April 8, 2019
BroadwayWorld: BWW Review: BALLET HISPÁNICO IS A DREAM OF DANCE DIVERTISSMENT at The Broad StageBallet Hispánico is not just a Spanish-oriented or Flamenco Dance Company. It covers many disciplined forms of dance, fusing them together and is both meticulous and marvelous at doing it.
April 3, 2019
eyeondance: BALLET HISPÁNICOBallet Hispánico's Joyce season presents a response to the international moment that avoids the two most common traps of "timely performance"–self-obsoleting specificity and one-note range. The program's two premieres concern themselves with the diasporas of Latinx and Asian populations in a way that maintains a way in for spectators unfamiliar or unaware of issues that, in driving the process, ultimately craft pieces of contemporary ballet that harness virtuosity in the service of an identifiably human sort of expression.
March 29, 2019
The WONDERFUL World of Dance: Ballet Hispánico’s El Viaje and Homebound/ALAALA: visually captivating, diverse and uniqueWhen hearing of Ballet Hispánico, an assumption of classical ballet could be the first thing you would expect to see if you've never seen their work. I was pleasantly surprised to see an hour full of visually captivating, diverse. and incredibly unique contemporary works in my first time sitting in the capacity booked house of their full length concert at The Joyce Theater.
March 27, 2019
The New York Times: #SPEAKINGINDANCE Hats Off to Ballet Hispánico’s WomenOriginally created for male dancers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "Sobrerísimo" is now being performed by the company's women.
March 22, 2019
NBCNEWS: New Ballet Hispánico works explore intersection of Latino, Asian culturesWhen Ballet Hispánico takes the stage this month at The Joyce Theater in New York City, audiences will experience new works from Asian-American choreographers—a first for the 50-year old company and legendary Latino dance organization.
March 21, 2019
tdf: The Evolution of Ballet Hispánico's Melissa VerdeciaRehearsing for Ballet Hispánico's upcoming run at The Joyce (March 26-31), seven-year company veteran Melissa Verdecia moves without a fingertip of superfluous effort.
March 19, 2019
ARTBURST: Eduardo Vilaro y La Posibilidad De TruenosEl coreógrafo cubanoamericano Eduardo Vilaro, director artístico del Ballet Hispánico (BH) de New York, regresó recientemente a Miami para ensayar una obra con el grupo de estudiantes de danza de la New World School of the Arts (NWSA) cuyo estreno mundial promete ser la carta de triunfo del acostumbrado Spring Dance Concert de la institución programado para fines de abril.
March 7, 2019
Dance Magazine Facebook Live: Sneak Peek at Edwaard Liang's newest work, El ViajeDance Magazine goes live at Ballet Hispánico for a sneak peek at Edwaard Liang's newest work, El Viaje.
February 6, 2019
DIYdancer: On Being Mexican-American: A Celebration Of Culture With Ballet Hispánico At The RialtoIn white, minimal costumes that accentuated their muscles, the dancers of Ballet Hispánico opened the evening with Con Brazos Abiertos, a piece that showcased their athleticism and commented on the often contradicting cultures Mexican Americans inhabit.
February 1, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle: Ballet Hispánico dance company teaches, promotes diversityAs a special education teacher for Northeast Lauderdale High School, Jennifer Moore knows the value of exposing her students to new experiences...New York City-based dance company, Ballet Hispánico, delivered that exposure on Monday with a small assembly for students in the special education programs at Lauderdale County schools.
January 30, 2019
ARTS ATL: Ballet Hispánico Exposes Latinx Diversity At The RialtoRarely does the American mainstream media accurately represent the Latinx community. Aware of society's limited exposure to Latinx culture, Ballet Hispánico has committed to showing this community's many facets by blending traditional dances with contemporary interpretations.
January 29, 2019
BroadwayWorld: Ballet Hispánico 2019's Season At The Joyce Theater Includes Two World Premieres and MoreBallet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to The Joyce Theater with two world premieres from March 26-31, 2019.
January 10, 2019
Fashion Reverie: Ballet Hispánico Gets it So Right in its First Women of Color in the Arts PanelAre we in a post-racial era? Of course we are not. When Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States, many hoped and some cultural pundits projected that a post-racial society had arrived. Well, we all know that was not true...And when you take a glance at the arts, though more diversity has been noted in recent years, there is still much more to be done.
December 13, 2018
Latino Connection Magazine: Acerca Del Ballet HispánicoUna de las Instituciones de Danza más prestigiosas a nivel mundial. Como generalmente sucede en todas las historias, el Ballet Hispánico es fruto de la inspiración de una persona: Tina Ramírez. Nacida en Venezuela, de padre mexicano y madre puertorriqueña, Tina emigró a Estados Unidos cuando tenía sólo 7 años, y desde entonces sabía lo que quería hacer en su vida: bailar.
December 6, 2018
El Diario: ‘Carmen.maquia’, el regreso a Harlem de una seductoraEl Ballet Hispánico trae al legendario Teatro Apollo a la famosa gitana a ritmo de danza contemporánea y flamenco
December 5, 2018
Dance Magazine: Ballet Hispánico Brings a Reimagined Carmen to HarlemBallet Hispánico returns to the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem with its full-length ballet, CARMEN.maquia. Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano has reenvisioned the story of Carmen to emphasize Don José, the man who falls in love with Carmen, suffers because of her infidelity, then murders her in a "fit of passion."
November 29, 2018
Amsterdam News: Apollo, Ballet Hispánico present ‘CARMEN.maquia’It’s official, the 2018 holiday season is upon us. Christmas Day is 26 days away and 2019 is just around the corner.
November 13, 2018
Capacity Interactive: CI to Eye with Eduardo VilaroErik and Eduardo talk about how the company’s emphasis on Latinx culture manifests throughout the organization—from what’s on stage to the staff and board. They also discuss the politics of being a Latinx dance company in America today.
October 29, 2018
The Wake: Through the Eye of Latina ChoreographersDrenched in red light, the company members of Ballet Hispánico gracefully made their way onto the Northrop Auditorium Stage on Thursday, October 4th. The audience fell completely silent, captivated by the elegant and powerful movement.
October 26, 2018
ALL ARTS: Ballet Hispánico Reimagines "CARMEN" at the ApolloIn 1875, Bizet brought Prosper Mérimée’s novella to life in his intoxicating opera “Carmen.” One hundred and thirty-seven years later, Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s “CARMEN.maquia” spun the beloved Gypsy tale into another realm.
October 25, 2018
New York Latin Culture Magazine: Ballet Hispánico presents “CARMEN.maquia” at The Apollo TheaterBallet Hispánico presents CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, Manhattan on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, 2018 at 8pm. Get tickets from $13.50
October 16, 2018
National Endowment for the Arts: Dance as a First Language: An Art Talk with Ballet Hispánico’s Michelle ManzanalesFor Ballet Hispánico’s Michelle Manzanales, dance is more than an art form. As she explained during a telephone interview, "Dance is my language; I always think of it as my first language. It's the one that I feel most fluent in and most comfortable expressing things through."
September 20, 2018
WABC: Ballet Hispánico uses the power of dance to showcase equality and respect for minoritiesMelissa Fernandez is one of the lead company dancers in Ballet Hispánico. Ballet Hispánico was founded by Tina Ramirez in 1970. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, the organization has grown into a world-class institution. Ballet Hispánico's New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community.
September 15, 2018
InfiniteBody: A taste of Ballet Hispánico at 92Y Harkness92Y Harkness Dance Center's Fridays@Noon series regularly offers audiences up-close-and-personal views of dance. Yesterday, New York's Ballet Hispánico delivered a presentation so masterful and charged that it was a wonder the relatively small space could contain its energy.
September 15, 2018
NY1 Noticeas: Ballet Hispánico: mantiene viva la tradición de la danza latinaEn su temporada para este otoño, el Ballet Hispánico presentará en Nueva York una serie de piezas que muestran su compromiso con explorar la cultura latina a través del baile.
September 5, 2018
ALL ARTS: INSITU: dance in first positionEduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, discusses the company’s embrace of cultural diversity on all levels and why, as dancers, they don’t make political statements in their work. Read the full transcript from our Under a Minute video below.
August 31, 2018
August 11, 2018
thINKingDANCE: Ballet Hispánico in the HinterlandFor the last several summers, the magical music festival in Mt. Gretna has embraced a dance show each season. This year’s offering was New York-based Ballet Hispánico, “the nation’s premier Latino dance organization,” according to a program note.
August 1, 2018
June 21, 2018
May 18, 2018
Broadway World: BWW Interview: Choreographer Michelle Manzanales Is 'Muy Excited' About Her Ballet Hispánico DebutOn Friday, May 18, 2018, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) presents the Ballet Hispánico dance company.
May 14, 2018
Oregon ArtsWatch: Ballet Hispánico: Dance for the peopleEduardo Vilaro and Ballet Hispánico embrace the unconventional as we'll have a chance to see at White Bird on Wednesday.
April 17, 2018
Arts + Culture: SPA Welcomes Ballet Hispánico with Open ArmsBallet Hispánico performs as part of Society for the Performing Arts Dance Series on May 18 at University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall.
April 11, 2018
Picture this Post: Joyce Theater Hosts BALLET HISPANICO Review – Passion, Prowess and World Class Dance“Gorgeous!!”This is the first word we hear when the curtain rises on the opening piece of Ballet Hispánico at the Joyce Theater.
April 11, 2018
The Village Voice: Ballet Hispánico Mounts Skillful Depictions of Struggle and ResiliencyBallet Hispánico has been a gem of the New York dance scene for years, and, in their season premiere at the Joyce Theater last night,the company proved as strong as ever.
April 11, 2018
Dance Teacher: Ballet Hispánico's Gabrielle Sprauve Shares the Impact Teachers of Color Had on Her TrainingBallet Hispánico dancer Gabrielle Sprauve understands firsthand the major impact teachers of color can have on a young black dancer's career.
April 10, 2018
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama: NSCD alumnus Carlos Pons Guerra creates new work for Ballet Hispánico, New YorkNorthern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra has been commissioned by Ballet Hispanico to create a new work for the company, premiering on 10 April 2018 at The Joyce Theatre on Broadway.
April 10, 2018
What Should We Do: Eduardo Vilaro Educates and Inspires with DanceWhen Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, greets us outside of his cozy office on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he’s filling a large mug with coffee. “Sorry! Can I get you anything? This is the first of many I need to get me through the day!” he says with a laugh.
April 7, 2018
Times Colonist: Adrian Chamberlain: Ballet Hispánico wows with transcendent danceThose attending Ballet Hispanico’s performance tonight at the Royal Theatre are in for an exhilarating and soul-satisfying experience. T
April 6, 2018
Theatre Development Fund: How Do You Dance to Federico García Lorca?"I'm trying to branch out the awareness of what it is to be Latino in all its fabulousness -- not just from iconic representations or stereotypes from the past," says Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico.
April 5, 2018
Times Colonist: Diversity and equality are forces shaping the best of Latin danceThe upside for Eduardo Vilaro of Ballet Hispánico is working for a company that checks several boxes. Creativity with a conscience — that’s an ideal scenario, according to the Cuban-born dancer and administrator.
March 9, 2018
The Herald: Dance: Ballet Hispánico, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, four starsCONFLICTED emotions, visceral passions, inevitable – if unintended –
tragedy: as soon as you say 'Carmen', this is what you expect will come centre-stage whether it’s Bizet’s opera or, as here, a dance response to both his music and Prosper Mérimée’s original novel.
March 8, 2018
The Student Newspaper: Carmen.maquia by Ballet HispánicoAs the frosty aftermath of ‘the beast from the east’ takes Edinburgh, an escape to watch Ballet Hispánico’s performance of Carmen.maquia with its Latino heat is a much welcome treat. The performance brings the UK debut of Ballet Hispánico to Edinburgh Festival theatre, with a contemporary twist on Bizet’s classic opera and the flamenco inspired opener Linea Recta.
March 8, 2018
Young Perspective: Dance: Ballet Hispánico, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, four starsBallet Hispanico, the much acclaimed American company that brings a unique Latino spin to ballet, brings its take on Bizet’s classic Carmen to Europe for its debut. Inspired by Picasso, this electrifying piece is sure to stun audiences with its sensual nature and the talent displayed on stage.
March 7, 2018
Edinburgh Guide: CARMEN.maquia, Festival Theatre, ReviewIn CARMEN.maquia, Ballet Hispánico present two contrasting performances; first 'Línea Recta', then the titular piece 'CARMEN.maquia' which tells the story of Bizet's opera with his own dramatic music.
March 7, 2018
The List: Ballet Hispánico: passion and precision meet athleticism and eleganceFor its first ever UK performance, nearly 50 years since this grassroots Latino dance school was set up in New York, the curtain rises on a very stereotypical Flamenco scene.
March 7, 2018
The Reviews Hub: Ballet Hispánico: Carmen – Festival Theatre, EdinburghPriding itself with a connection to its roots, the Ballet Hispánico company stitches the grandeur of ballet with the accessibility of Latin movement. Exploring Latino culture, seeking to educate whilst also entertain, Ballet Hispánico talents lie not just in dance, but in identity and awareness.
March 7, 2018
Agencia EFE: "Carmen.maquia", el ballet que se viste de Picasso para unir danza y flamencoDanza contemporánea y tintes de flamenco y pasodoble se fusionan en "Carmen.maquia", una innovadora versión de la ópera de Georges Bizet, que se inspira en la pintura de Picasso y que el Ballet Hispánico ha presentado en el Festival Theatre de Edimburgo.
March 6, 2018
February 25, 2018
AnythingArts.com: High Powered One Two Punch with Ballet Hispanico and Dreams of Nature at Sarasota BalletOnce a season for the past several years, Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Iain Webb gives his hard-working dancers a chance to rest and settle into their seats to watch a guest ballet company perform. This is an equally pleasant opportunity for Sarasota audiences to check out a traveling company as a unique part of their season subscription.
February 24, 2018