Ballet Hispánico Part III: Beyond 50 Years

As the company emerges from over a year of virtual programming, Ballet Hispánico hones in on an artistically vibrant future.

Noche Unidos: A Ballet Hispánico Night of Dance & UnityBallet Hispánico

Going Virtual

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City in March 2020, Ballet Hispánico immediately acted to keep our communities connected and sustain our students’ dance education. 

Chris Bloom and Gabrielle Sprauve Dancing at HomeBallet Hispánico

An entirely virtual campaign, #BUnidos, was launched to continue providing dance classes, weekly motivational inspirations and virtual performances to all.

Mariana Ranz Teaching Class from HomeBallet Hispánico

#BUnidos is a way to keep our mission alive, connecting to our communities and providing access to dance on an international level.

Choreographers & CocktailsBallet Hispánico

As part of #BUnidos, we provided access to our performances through weekly Watch Parties on Facebook and YouTube. Audiences could enjoy an evening of dance from the comfort of their home.

Choreographers & CocktailsBallet Hispánico

Each Watch Party is followed by a Q&A, Choreographers & Cocktails, hosted by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, with choreographers and occasionally, former or current Company members. Hosted live on Ballet Hispánico's website and social media, audiences have the opportunity to engage with our artists and ask questions in real time.

Noche UnidosBallet Hispánico

Noche Unidos: A Ballet Hispánico Night of Dance & Unity
The first of Ballet Hispánico's virtual galas, Noche Unidos was a spectacular virtual celebration and fundraiser with Latinx artists coming together to honor the legacy of Tina Ramirez and Ballet Hispánico’s roots while looking forward, beyond our 50th Anniversary.

MAMBO FOR 50 by Nancy TuranoBallet Hispánico

The evening featured world premieres by ten prominent choreographers: Kiri Avelar, Carlos Pons Guerra, Rodney Hamilton, Michelle Manzanales, Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pedro Ruiz, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Nancy Turano, and Eduardo Vilaro alongside celebrity appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Norman Lear, and performances by Gloria Estefan, Adam & Arturo O’Farrill, and Paquito D’Rivera.

Mi baile en casa by Kiri AvelarBallet Hispánico

“There is still work to be done, and Ballet Hispánico intends to pave the way and create these opportunities for Latinx voices to be amplified through dance, education, and our communities” - Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO

BUnidos por la CulturaBallet Hispánico

BUnidos por la Cultura

BUnidos por la Cultura was Ballet Hispánico's first virtual, month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Programming featured inspirational messages, salsa lessons, watch parties, live discussions with Company artists, and much more.

Eduardo Vilaro at the A La Calle Block Party by Billy PennantBallet Hispánico

"There is no doubt our Latinx cultures have contributed to American’s cultural brilliance. Our celebration is an invitation to deepen our nation’s understanding of the diversity of our culture and its indelible contributions,” - Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

BUnidos LogoBallet Hispánico

Coming Together in Solidarity

The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and increased attacks on AAPI individuals and groups, spurred by misconceptions about COVID-19, reinvigorated existing and new social justice activists to speak up and take action. Ballet Hispánico will always stand with our Black and AAPI communities and will continue to take action against systems of oppression and work towards an equitable future for our youth and our communities.

ObamaBallet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico is an organization that has served black and brown communities since its inception. At this pivotal moment in the racial justice movement, we too have a responsibility to look within and challenge areas in our organization that are affected by the white supremacy and racial inequality. We stand by our original mission, its principles and will deepen each commitment in our daily practice.

Ballet Hispánico's Christopher Bloom and Lenai Wilkerson (2021) by Rachel NevilleBallet Hispánico

50th Celebration

By spring of 2021, the Company dancers could safely go back to our studios on the Upper West Side where we rehearsed and filmed our 50th Celebration.

Ballet Hispánico 50th Celebration Hosts with Lin-Manuel Miranda (2021)Ballet Hispánico

Hosted virtually by Artistic Director & CEO, Eduardo Vilaro, with two School of Dance students, Chelsea Phillips and Theo Adarkar, the evening celebrated 50 years of dance, orgullo, education, sabor, access, amor, community, espíritu, and innovation.

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Students in 6 Cours le Monde (2021)Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico's Lyvan Verdecia, Shelby Colona, and Antonio Cangiano in Cada Noche. . .Tango (2021)Ballet Hispánico

Both the Company and School of Dance had featured performances alongside special guest appearances from Lin-Manuel and Luis Miranda, Rosie Perez, and more!

Ballet Hispánico in Tiburones (2021-07) by Christopher DugganBallet Hispánico

Live Dance is Back!

In-person performances halted in the midst of Ballet Hispánico's 2020 touring and preparations for the 50th Anniversary season at The Joyce Theater. The Company finally made it's return to live performances in summer 2021.

Ballet Hispánico's Paulo Hernandez-Farella in Batucada Fantástica (2021-07) by Christopher DugganBallet Hispánico

The Company's return began at the famed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival where Ballet Hispánico performed several works reflecting recent and early Company commissions from Latinx artists.

Ballet Hispánico in 18+1 (2021-08-17) by Erin BaianoBallet Hispánico

For the first time ever, five of New York City's most iconic dance companies came together for the BAAND Together Dance Festival at Lincoln Center's Restart Stages featuring Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. The festival was made possible by CHANEL.

Ballet Hispánico in 18+1 (2021-08-17) by Erin BaianoBallet Hispánico

Critics raved about the performances and about Ballet Hispánico specifically. "10 Ballet Hispánico dancers mamboed through '18+1,'. . .with humor and gusto. The groupings were a sculptural force that splintered into fun parties, and the rhythms were infectious." - Dance Magazine

Ballet Hispánico's Melissa Verdecia and Lyvan Verdecia in Línea Recta (2018) by Erin BaianoBallet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico performed in New York City's newest park, Little Island, as part of their NYC FREE festival, and later at one of the city's most well known parks, Bryant Park for their Picnic Performances series.

Dandara Veiga by Rachel NevilleBallet Hispánico

A Vision for the Future

Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates Latinx cultures, going back to the core mission launched by Tina Ramirez 50 years ago.

Ballet Hispánico's Dandara Veiga (2021) by Rachel NevilleBallet Hispánico

For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of honor for the omitted, overlooked, and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower, and give agency to, the Latinx experience and those individuals within it.

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