Eduardo Vilaro - Artistic Director & CEO
Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education.
“Dance can be a vehicle to open dialogue and answer a lot of the questions that are being asked today, questions about female leadership, about diversity, about cultural leadership. All it needs is a platform, which is the stage. If you give people the right tools to have that dialogue, then at least you can have a conversation. Dance is a language that brings us together, that overcomes the barriers of social construct. Dance is language based on who we are and how we communicate with movement or gesture. Even if we can’t understand each other’s verbal language, we can understand movement and the images it brings."
Led by CEO & Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico is recognized as America's leading Latino dance organization.
The Company holds a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, and on 3 continents.
"The Latin-American experience at last has a voice." -The New York Times
“Ballet Hispánico wows with transcendent dance.” - Times Colonist
"Stunning! Ballet Hispánico dances to illuminate and to embody the Hispanic world. That it enlightens, excites, and awes the audience is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of its director since 2008, Eduardo Vilaro.” - The Berkshire Edge
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