Ballet Hispánico in Spring 2023 has grown into America’s largest Latinx cultural organization. It’s become a full-fledged dance organization with its own studios, a touring company, school of dance, and multidimensional community arts outreach.
The Hispanic community dance company that Venezuelan-born, Mexican Puerto Rican dancer Tina Ramirez started in 1970, has grown into one of the cornerstones of New York City’s dance world. Ramirez, born in Venezuela where her father was bullfighting, passed on in September 2022, so this is a season of remembrance and gratitude. 🇻🇪 🇲🇽 🇵🇷
In the hands of its second Artistic Director, Cuban American Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico now performs on America’s most respected stages including New York City Center and Lincoln Center. 🇨🇺
And Ballet Hispánico is not only about dance. This company is about preserving our Caribbean and Latin American cultural heritage, and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Vilaro himself began his dance career at the company.
When you look back at Ballet Hispánico’s origins at Lola Bravo’s Spanish dance school on Seventh Avenue, and 13-year old Tina’s statement to her teacher, “when I grow up I want to be like you;” it becomes clear that while leadership is essential, it is the spirit of the dancers themselves that makes this company.
To be Hispanic today means many things, but most importantly, it means being part of the diverse cultural fabric that we call America. Latin culture is one of the largely unspoken taproots of this great experiment at making one out of many, so it’s no exaggeration to call Ballet Hispánico “One of America’s Cultural Treasures.”
Ballet Hispánico Spring 2023
The artists in the spring program represent the cultural heritage of Ballet Hispánico founder Tina Ramirez and current Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.
Ballet Hispánico dances “New Sleep,” an iconic Forsythe ballet pas de deux; new commissions: “Sor Juana” by Michelle Manzanales and “Papagayos” by Omar Román de Jesús; and a company classic “Club Havana” by Pedro Ruiz. It’s at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan; Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, 2023. From $35. nycitycenter.org 🇨🇺 🇲🇽 🇵🇷 🇻🇪
The opening night Legacy Gala tributes The Miranda Family who have done so much for Hispanic New York. Ana Navarro (The View) hosts the special evening at the Plaza Hotel followed by dancing to the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
Ballet Hispánico School of Dance
If you’re thinking about putting your children in dance school, think about Ballet Hispánico.
Studying dance isn’t only about learning to dance. It’s about learning to follow instructions, train your mind and body, work in a group, and always retain your poise.
Only a few who study dance go on to become professional dancers. But most who study dance will tell you that it helped them in their careers, wherever life led them.
Thank you Ballet Hispánico and New York City Center for sponsoring dance at New York Latin Culture Magazine. We have many outstanding clients, but you are among those we are most proud of. It’s because you both represent the best that New York can be.