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Ballet Hispánico Holiday Celebration ‘Club Havana’ Watch Party Benefit Featuring Special Guests

Photo credit: Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized this year as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, invites audiences to the Ballet Hispánico Holiday Celebration of “Club Havana” on Wednesday, December 23 at 7:30 pm est, available on YouTube and Facebook.

Ballet Hispánico’s signature work “Club Havana” is a celebration of Cuban music and dance with the Afro-Cuban legacies of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha rhythms. The work is the centerpiece of Ballet Hispanico’s fundraiser “BUnidos Our Artists Our Future.” The evening is a celebration of the many artists who have made this work a staple of Ballet Hispánico’s repertory. 

Host Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro chats with special guests who have been a part of the two decades-long history of the work since its 2000 premiere: choreographer Pedro Ruiz, who had a 21 tenure as a Ballet Hispánico dancer; alumni Company dancers Natalia Alonso, Rodney Hamilton, and Nicholas Villeneuve and current Company dancers Laura Lopez, Lyvan Verdecia, and Melissa Verdecia; Kate Lear, Board Chair, Ballet Hispánico; and Dr.AnaMaria Correa, former director of the School of Dance, who incorporated the work as a part of the Company’s education program.
Memorable video clips add a bit of holiday spice to the show, sharing “Club Havana” through the years and from presentations around the world, from the World Premiere in 2000 through the aughts and teens, culminating in a screening of a spectacular recent performance from last year’s Vail Dance Festival.

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