Ballet Hispánico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance!
Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events, performances, and dance lessons for children and adults. Events include an Instituto Coreográfico, which will feature an inside look at Bennyroyce Royon's new work, the annual A La Calle Block Party, and a Hispanic Heritage Happy Hour.
"Ballet Hispánico has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures, and the shared human experience through dance, for nearly 50 years. Our Hispanic Heritage events invite everyone to celebrate diversity in all of its forms, and join our mission to be a catalyst for diversity change, all through the unifying lens of dance," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.
The celebration begins on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm with an Instituto Coreográfico featuring Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon. In his new work for Ballet Hispánico, Homebound/Alaala, Royon explores the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women in our society, overcoming hardship, and the feeling of being home. Guests are encouraged to explore, learn, and enter into a cultural dialogue with Royon as he examines the intersection of the Latino and Asian cultures, the similarities between the challenges faced in the United States and the Philippines, and how the bayanihan spirit can help an individual or community overcome these obstacles. This event is free and open to the public. bit.ly/BHInstitutoCoreografico
A La Calle Block Party on Sunday, September 16 from 12:00-4:00pm,a four-hour celebration of Latino dance, music, art, food and community, will take place on West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), Ballet Hispánico's home. The event will include dance performances by our internationally renowned Company, School of Dance students, and second company BHdos, as well as live music, free dance classes for adults and children, children's activities, and raffles. This event is free and open to the public. bhblockparty.eventbrite.com
On Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30-8:00pm, Ballet Hispánico will host its first Hispanic Heritage Happy Hour at La Nacional on 239 West 14th Street, NYC. Enjoy $5 drinks while browsing silent auction items. All proceeds will support Ballet Hispánico's work to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. General admission tickets are $10. bit.ly/bhHHMHappyHour
Photo of Bennyroyce by Kuo-Heng Huang.
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