News & Reviews


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

The New York Times: An Apollo Homecoming with Style and Bounce  PDF

Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director of Ballet Hispánico, looked out from the Apollo Theater stage and told the excited crowd, “This is home.”

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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

The 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 Hispánico--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 Hispánico 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 Hispánico’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 Hispánico 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 Hispánico 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 Hispánico 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 Hispánico Blog: Ballet Hispánico 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 Ballet Hispánico 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 Una Presentacion Apoteosica: Ballet Hispánico  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 Hispánico 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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December 14, 2015

Yahoo! News: How Cuba Produces Some of the Best Ballet Dancers in the World  PDF

 Cuba is well known for many forms of dance, from the mambo and the tango to salsa, the cha-cha and the rumba. But only ballet enthusiasts know that the dance form is one of the country's biggest cultural exports. 

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December 9, 2015

The New York Times: Ballet Hispanico Consolidates Leadership Roles, With Eduardo Vilaro as Chief Executive  PDF

Ballet Hispanico, which was founded 45 years ago to explore Latino dance, is rechoreographing its management structure. The company announced Wednesday that Eduardo Vilaro, its artistic director since 2009, would become its chief executive officer as well.

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November 30, 2015

Twin Cities Arts Reader: DanceBrazil Out, Ballet Hispanico In At Ordway  PDF

The Ordway, being a resilient institution, has not withdrawn into its new Concert Hall room after the frigid breakup; according to the Ordway's PR Coordinator Grace Solfest, she has already taken up with Ballet Hispanico, another dance company based in the Big Apple. 

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November 30, 2015

New York Latin Culture: Review: Ballet Hispanico Answers The Question "If Wall Could Speak"  PDF

 Ballet Hispanico presents its first evening-length commission, the world premiere of Fernando Melo's If Walls Could Speak at the Apollo Theater on November 20, 2015. Melo is Brazilian choreographer based in Sweden who has an international career and reputation.

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November 25, 2015

Macaroni Kid: "Saturday En Familia" With Ballet Hispanico at The Apollo Theater  PDF

 My son (age seven) and my daughter (age four) have never been to the ballet. As as former dancer, I have wanted to find the right time to introduce them. Too soon and I would risk turning them off to the art form; too late and I'd miss opportunities to share something that was once a very important part of my life.

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November 24, 2015

BroadwayWorld: Review: Ballet Hispanico Celebrates 45 Years at The Apollo Theater  PDF

 New York based company Ballet Hispanico performed this November 20-21, 2015, at the historic Apollo Theater, presenting the world premiere of If Walls Could Speak, by Brazilian native and acclaimed choreographer Fernando Melo. Artisitic Director Eduardo Vilaro proudly presented Melo in his New York debut through a collaborative effort to co-comission the work in conjunction with the Apollo Theater and support by Univision Communications Inc.

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November 19, 2015

The New York Times: Dance Listings for Nov. 20-26  PDF

 The Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo makes his New York debut, compliments of Ballet Hispanico performing If Walls could Speak at the storied Apollo Theater. The evening-length work is an ode to Mr. Melo's birthplace in all its cultural richness and political complexity, accompanied by live percussion and samba. 

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November 15, 2015

CBS 2 New York: Video: Ballet Hispanico Celebrates 45 Years  PDF

It's Latin flavor with a twist of grace. Ballet Hispanico will take the stage at the Apollo Theater next weekend. This year, the group has an extra reason to dance as well: It is celebrating its 45th anniversary. 

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November 12, 2015

StageBuddy: Review Lincoln Center at The Movies' Ballet Hispanico  PDF

 In the latest of the Lincoln Center at the Movies film series, Ballet Hispanico presented its signature contemporary dance with a Hispanic culture flair in CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana. For 45 years, Ballet Hispanico has demonstrated beauty and importance of Hispanic culture to dance audiences around the world. 

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September 21, 2015

The Dance Enthusiasts: Ballet Hispanico Receives $500,000 Award!!!  PDF

Ballet Hispanico is one of 18 dance companies recognized by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) through the first-ever Leadership Grants Program for Dance. This all-new initiative supports the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations that have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the field of dance. 

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April 25, 2015

New York Arts: Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce Theater  PDF

The program, divided into three sections, showed the company in very different lights. Up first, Show. Girl, with choreography by Rosie Herrera, costumes by Diana Ruettiger and lighting by Joshua Preston, uses the "Cuban cabaret ethic" to put forth dances that don't have much relationship to each other. 

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April 16, 2015

Columbia Daily Spectator: Ballet Hispanico To Capture Modern Latino Culture Through Dance  PDF

In their 2015 season at The Joyce Theater, Ballet Hispanico is once more pushing the boundaries of common conceptions of Latino movement, dance, and culture. Explaining his intent going into this season, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro said the company works to "deepen awareness of Latinos and Latino artists with works that reflect the cultures of the artists."

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April 11, 2015

NY1 Noticias: Feature: Compañia de Ballet Histórico Elige La Ciudad de Nueva York Para Su Estreno Mundial de "Conquer"  PDF

 Es una de las instituciones más tradicionales de danza latinoamericana, con 45 años de trayectoria. El Ballet Hispánico ha fusionado las raíces latinas con un moderno estilo de baile y bajo la direcció artítica del cubano americano, Eduardo Vilaro presenta su última creación, Conquer, del coreógrafo mexicano Miguel Mancillas. 

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April 10, 2015

Impacto Latin News: Feature: Ballet Hispanico Presenta Una Variedad De Matice De La Hispanidad En Su Nueva Temporada  PDF

 Al igual que uno nunca lee el mismo libro, uno nunca ve la misma obra. La nueva temporada de Ballet Hispanico en el Teatro Joyce traerá cada noche una nueva experiencia artística.

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April 9, 2015

Wendy Perron: Feature: Rosie Herrera at Ballet Hispanico  PDF

 This season Ballet Hispanico offers four programs that range from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's sure-fire Sombrerisimo to a world premiere by relatively unknown Miguel Mancillas. In between is Rosie Herrara's Show. Girl. A daring new voice on the landscape of contemporary dance, Herrara has produced gritty, surprising works that have an absurdist quality yet are sharply focused.

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April 7, 2015

Veer Magazine: Feature: VA Arts Fest Opens With Ballet Hispanico  PDF

 Ballet Hispanico's visit to the Virginia Arts Festival swirls (and leaps, struts, slides and lifts) through a Latino flavored look at matters as tangible as a kiss or as surreal as a Margritte painting.

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April 1, 2015

Bloomberg Businessweek: From Cuba With Love: Ballet Hispanico Honors  PDF

On Monday, Perez accepted Ballet Hispanico's Civic Inspiration Award on the stage of the hotel's ballroom, with his cousin among the family sitting at the rose-covered table.

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March 31, 2015

Haute Living: Inside The Ballet Hispanico's Spring Gala  PDF

 The Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom was on fire for the Ballet Hispanico's spring gala. The 44-year-old company lead by artistic director, Eduardo Vilaro, has performed for audiences in 11 countries on three continents, reaching over three million people.

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January 26, 2015

Dance Mogul Magazine: Interview: Company Dancer Christopher Bloom Nominated for Clive Barnes Award  PDF

 Ballet Hispanico is proud to announce that company dancer Christopher Bloom has been nominated for a 2014 Clive Barnes Award in Dance. The winner will be selected by a panel of critics and performers, and will be announced during a ceremony at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday, January 26, 2015.

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