Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.
The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs.
Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.
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.