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BALLET HISPÁNICO Announces 2017 Carnaval Gala

BALLET HISPÁNICO Announces 2017 Carnaval Gala




The Plaza Hotel
New York, NY


Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:30pm




2017 Carnaval Gala
Celebrating Trailblazing Latina Leaders
Legendary Actress and EGOT Winner
With the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award
Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle Group
With the Nuestra Inspiración Award
The Plaza Hotel, Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

New York, NY - Ballet Hispánico announced today it will be honoring Puerto Rican legendary actress and EGOT winner Rita Moreno with the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award and Ecuadorian-American Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca with the Nuestra Inspiración Award at its annual Carnaval Gala in The Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and dinner and dancing commence at 7:30pm. Proceeds, which last year totaled just over $1.1 million, benefit the creation of new Company works, scholarships in the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.

Ballet Hispánico was founded by a Latina leader of its own: National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, who emboldened the organization in 1970 with her mission to provide access to arts education and give voice to the Latino artist. Her legacy has lived on since 2009 through the expansive vision of Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused Ballet Hispánico with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape, and who has established programs that have nurtured a new generation of Latino leaders, many of them female.

"Ballet Hispánico builds on founder Tina Ramirez's legacy of female leadership by celebrating the achievements of two remarkable Latina leaders who have made their mark in the performing arts and corporate America," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "The evening is a celebration of Ballet Hispánico's determined and increasingly necessary commitment to fostering awareness of the gifts of diversity." 

"I love what this organization does for the community; it's inspirational. It fits with my own mission to serve our youth," said Rita Moreno. "I am excited to find other ways of partnering with Ballet Hispánico to reach our community with the arts."

"I'm honored to be recognized by such an impactful organization," says Nina Vaca. "Ballet Hispánico empowers our youth to pursue their artistic dreams and reminds us all about the value of bringing communities together. Many of those touched by Ballet Hispánico go on to establish careers in the arts or found their own successful businesses. I applaud Ballet Hispánico for building and strengthening the link between art and entrepreneurship."

Carnaval, the inspiration for Ballet Hispánico's annual Gala as envisioned by Eduardo Vilaro, is a celebration of the impactful voices of the Latino world-an exciting and fitting way to showcase the resilience and unparalleled vision of one of America's cultural gems. Attended by more than 500 of New York's most influential civic leaders, philanthropists and artists, the evening is filled with live Latin music and thrilling performances by the Ballet Hispánico Company and students of the School of Dance.  

The event is headed by Gala Chairs Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Richard Feldman, Kate Lear and David Pérez.

Attire for the event is festive black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, a journal advertisement, or for more information, please contact Felicia Mayo at (212) 362-6710, x 44 or efmayo@ballethispanico.org

Hispanic ballet in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "straight line." Photo credit: Paula Wolf

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