Founder Tina Ramirez established Ballet Hispanico in 1970 to provide dance training and performance opportunities for underserved Latino youth, and has since given a voice to Hispanic dance in America, transforming Ballet Hispanico into one of the nation’s ambassadors of Hispanic culture. Today, through performance, training, and education, Ballet Hispanico celebrates, shares and further interprets the aesthetics of these dynamic and diverse cultures with all communities.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. The professional company, the School of Dance and the Education & Outreach programs celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.
The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance is rooted in Tina Ramirez’s original vision of a curriculum encompassing ballet, contemporary and Spanish dance techniques. The school offers a rigorous Pre-Professional Program and an Enrichment program with a rich variety of classes taught by a professional faculty of exceptional teachers. The flourishing Adventures in Dance program stimulates creativity and cultural awareness in young children. The school teaches more than 600 children.
The Ballet Hispanico Company has captivated audiences worldwide with its magnetic energy and eclectic choreography. Its 13 members perform works by Latino choreographers and other noted artists from around the world, fusing Latin dance with classical and contemporary forms. Company members are guest teachers at the School of Dance and engage in educational residency activities all over the country.
With instructors from Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, and the United States, students at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance receive not only a thorough grounding in the primary techniques, but also specialized training in the rich and varied Latin American dance traditions, which for many is their cultural heritage.
100+ classes a week for every dancer at every level, ages 2 through adult, in a wide-ranging array of disciplines:
Ballet * Hip-Hop * Flamenco * Modern * Afro-Cuban * Jazz * Salsa * Early Childhood * Yoga
Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach program is centered on in-depth classroom residencies of 12 to 20 weeks. Students participate in rich experiences in dance that connect authentically with areas of academic learning in the classroom and evoke a deeper awareness and understanding of Latino culture. Working with the teaching artists and their classroom teachers, students learn about Latino heritage through folklore, literature and dance, and participate in a fully costumed and choreographed culminating performance. Participating students also attend Ballet Hispanico’s spirited lecture demonstration, ¡Viajes!, which traces the evolution of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms along with their accompanying music and social customs. The result is an unconventional and entertaining insight into Latin culture.
A resource guide is provided to all participating teachers.