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Ballet Hispánico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance!

Photo Credit: Billy Pennant 

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events and performances, a preview of the company’s New York Season and more, with an Antojito, a Latinx Leadership Convening, Diálogos, and the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block party. “We celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on our nation,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

  • The celebration begins with the School of Dance Open House from September 9-12, 2019 including an orientation to welcome new and returning students and free trial classes for those interested in trying a new class. TheBallet Hispánico School of Dance empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers drop-in classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone. Further details are available at ballethispanico.org/classes.
  • On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm Ballet Hispánico will host an Antojito, an intimate sneak peek of newly created work, featuring a preview of Tiburones, a new work by Annabella Lopez Ochoa about the street gang The Sharks, made famous by the musical West Side Story. The full performance will take place at the Apollo on November 22-23, 2019. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
  • On Thursday, September 26, Ballet Hispánico will host the first Latinx Dance Leadership Convening from 9:00am-5:30pm.Ballet Hispánico and Miami City Ballet will convene a group of Latinx dance leaders to confer, discuss and find ways of working together to create more visibility of our cultural contributions and new ways of assuring diversity in our field. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
  • On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC will cohost Diálogos: Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance EcologyThis installation of Diálogos will feature curated guest speakers and artists including Ana Maria Correa from Miami City Ballet and Chris Núñez from Dance/NYC among others. Participants will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Ballet Hispánico’s 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party will take place onSunday, September 29 from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include free performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students, as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children’s activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.

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