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2017

April 11, 2017

Ballet Hispánico Dances the ‘Identity Mambo’  PDF

The New York Times visited the Ballet Hispánico Company during our
preparations for our New York Season at the Joyce, exploring the shifting
cultural lens through which our artists make dance today.

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2016

December 1, 2016

TDF Stages: Watch: Ballet Hispánico Celebrates the Scope of Latin Culture  PDF

 Meet Ballet Hispánico, where Latin cultures and American culture are all part of the artistic vision. 

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November 20, 2016

New York Times: Review: Ballet Hispánico Adds Style and Bounce to an Apollo Homecoming  PDF

 Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director of Ballet Hispánico, looked out from the Apollo Theater stage and told the excited crowd, "This is home." Since 2011, his company has appeared at the Harlem theater annually around this time of year, and these perfroamnces have offered the best expression of how Mr. Vilaro, at the helm since 2009, has been maintaining and transforming this 46-year-old troupe.

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November 18, 2016

Dance Teacher Magazine: What My Teach Taught Me: Lyvan Verdecia  PDF

When Ballet Hispánico’s Lyvan Verdecia was studying at the Cuban National Ballet School as a teenager, Martha Iris Fernandez helped him perfect his turns. “Male dancers in Cuba are known for their turns and their jumps. For me, jumps always came naturally, but turns--not so much."

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June 13, 2016

TDF: Here's To The Laddies Who Dance  PDF

 My son is 12 years old. He is finishing up sixth grade. He loves math, science, and computer programming. And ballet. He's been taking dance classes since her was 8, and is currently in a 10-1/2 hours-a-week-pre-professional program in which he studies ballet, flamenco, and modern.

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May 24, 2016

New York Times: Feature: Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix to Be Honored by Apollo Theater  PDF

 The Apollo Theater will celebrate Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix, two artists with history at the venue, in its coming fall and winter season. Ballet Hispanico will perform a world premiere on Nov. 18 and 19; Afropunk will present a showcase of protest music on Feb. 25. 

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April 20, 2016

Artsy: Feature: Nir Arieli Captures Top Contemporary Dance Companies as They Collapse Together  PDF

 As a soldier in mandatory conscription service in Isreal in 2004, the young Tel Aviv-born Nir Arieli was determined to become a military photographer. Now a photographer based in New York, Arieli notes that his current work is completely different, save for one aspect. 

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April 20, 2016

DNAinfo: Feature: 'Sopranos' Star, Pixar Director to Be Inducted Into 2016 Bronx Walk of Fame  PDF

 A Sopranos star, a Pixar director, a children's book author and a dance pioneer will be honored as inductees into the 2016 Bronx Walk of Fame. 

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April 13, 2016

ViceVersa: Feature: Vuelve el Ballet Hispánico en el Joyce Theater  PDF

 El Ballet Hispanico, el, reconocido grupo de danza fundado en 1970 por el director artistico Eduardo Vilaro quien acaba recibir otro importante premio, el "50 for 50"  que ArtsWestchester's en su 50avo aniversario le otorgo en reconocimiento.

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April 8, 2016

DanceTabs: Review: Ballet Hispanico--Flabergast, Bury Me Standing, Club Havana--New York  PDF

 Anyone in need of resurrecting their libido need look no further than Ballet Hispanico's 45th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater. The triple bill is a sensuous and sass-filled program which, while not perfect, shows off the astonishing diversified talents of this excellent troupe.

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April 7, 2016

BroadwayWorld: Review: Be Wowed By Ballet Hispanico at The Joyce Through 4/10  PDF

 Ballet Hispanico is now celebrating its 45th Anniversary New York Season at the Joyce Theater through April 10th. Dance lovers and many more will enjoy seeing the company's distinctive brand of dance that has a real wow factor. 

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April 6, 2016

New York Times: Review: Ballet Hispanico’s Oldies But Goodies  PDF

 In recent years, Ballet Hispanico has been steadily commissioning new work, but for its 45th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater, the company is focusing on existing repertory. 

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April 5, 2016

StageBuddy: Review: Ballet Hispanico Performs Works by Ramón Oller, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Pedro Ruiz  PDF

 Forty five has never looked better. Tina Ramirez founded NYC-based Ballet Hispanico in 1970 with a mission to bring Latino dance and culture to the community. Now under the directorship of former company member Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico hasn't aged one bit.

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March 28, 2016

Oberon's Grove: Behind The Scenes: Ballet Hispanico in Rehersal:  PDF

 In anticipation of Ballet Hispanico's upcoming season at The Joyce, photographer Nir Arieli and I stopped by the Company's home space on West 89th Street to watch a rehearsal. The Hispanico dancers are among the most vivid in New York City's vibrant community of dance. 

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February 29, 2016

Dance Magazine: Working Out With Kimberly Van Woesik  PDF

 Kimberly Van Woesik used to be a dedicated gym enthusiast, visiting regularly. But while weight lifting and cardio gave her extra stamina and definition, they didn't produce any major changes in her technique.

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February 25, 2016

Dance Teacher Magazine: Ballet Hispanico Headquarters Get a Makeover  PDF

After two years of planning and construction, Ballet Hispanico has opened the doors of its newly renovated headquarters on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. "Ballet Hispanico is continuing its mission to be a beacon for communities to celebrate Latino culture," says artistic director Eduardo Vilaro.

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February 23, 2016

Brick Underground: Dancer Mario Ismael Espinoza On The Importance Of Loving Your Home--Even In NYC  PDF

Mario Ismael Espinoza, a company dancer with New York City's Ballet Hispanico--which specializes in Latin-infused contemporary dance--was born in Tijuana, Mexico. Before coming to New York over five years ago, Espinoza performed with various dance companies in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. 

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February 10, 2016

Ballet Hispanico Blog: Ballet Hispanico Unveils a new Look  PDF

Ballet Hispanico is proud to celebrate 45 years of sharing and reflecting the diversity of Latino cultures with the launch of a new brand that will propel the organization into its next 45 years. 

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February 8, 2016

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Ballet Hispánico's 'Bury Me Standing': A Moving Hymn to Romany Life  PDF

Bury Me Standing, Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller's hymn to Romany (gypsy) life, could easily have been a cliché. Instead, as presented by Ballet Hispánico last Thursday and Friday at the Annenberg Center, the piece was deeply moving - by turns sensuous, serious, and funny.

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February 3, 2016

Philly.com: Ballet Hispanico Returns to Philadelphia  PDF

 It's not an obvious career path: Eduardo Vilaro has gone from starring in a middle school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown to becoming an award-winning choreographer and director of an internationally celebrated, New York City dance troupe currently celebrating its 45th anniversary. 

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January 18, 2016

ElMinnesotaDeHoy.com: Una Presentacion Apoteosica: Ballet Hispanico  PDF

 El nombre de la compañía de danza se antojaba por sí misma sumamente atractiva. Y lo fue màs el incursionar en los medios sociales de comunicación, y leer críticas que se han publicado sobre la misma.

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January 15, 2016

StarTribune: Ballet Hispanico Offers Playful Night Of Hats and Havana Hotness  PDF

Ballet Hispanico turned up the heat at the Ordway in St. Paul on a chilly Thursday night. The 45-year-old New York troupe showed off its signature repertory informed by the dance and music of Latina America and Spain. 

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