Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Program part of the Intrepid Museum's Virtual Kids Week
Ballet Hispánico offers a free presentation of its early childhood program Los Pasitos as part of the Intrepid Museum's virtual Kids Week on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:15am ET.
Recommended for ages 2-6, family members are also welcome to join the fun and stretch with the starfish, jiggle with the jellyfish and spring with the seahorses as we journey by boat, plane and imagination on this magical movement adventure. The event will be live-streamed on twitch.tv and will also be available on-demand through the Museum's Facebook and YouTube channels. For more information and to register, visit intrepidmuseum.org/kidsweek.
The presentation will be led by Rebecca Tsivkin, Ballet Hispanico's Early Childhood Programs Associate, and will include a dance class, a photo- and video-filled slideshow, and a Q&A session. The Los Pasitos program focuses on developing coordination, spatial awareness and musicality, with an emphasis on each child's individual self-expression. Kids Week attendees will receive a special discount for the virtual spring session of Los Pasitos, April 12 - June 10, 2021.
"We continue to survive, because we continue to create," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico.
"COVID-19 may be keeping us home right now, but it does not stop our desire to be creative and connect. I am excited to be able to offer our winter courses online, ensuring that our students, of all ages, stay connected, dancing, and learning," said Michelle Manzanales, Director of the School of Dance, Ballet Hispánico.
Ballet Hispánico remains committed to continue closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 along with the safety and health regulations mandated and suggested by our local, state, and national government. Plans are in the works and will continue to evolve as more information becomes available. To ensure that students can have a fulfilling virtual learning experience, Ballet Hispánico extended its teaching practices, offered training to its teachers and staff, and put these practices into action over the summer and fall. Through feedback from its students, faculty, staff, and other colleagues in the field, Ballet Hispánico feels prepared and confident for more virtual learning as needed during the 2020-2021 School Year.
About Kids Week at the Intrepid Museum
Kids Week welcomes kids of all ages and interests to join us online as the Intrepid Museum hosts dozens of fun-filled demonstrations, live animal shows, hands-on workshops, musical performances and special guests that the whole family will enjoy. Through themed daily activities, kids can explore space and science, engage with the arts and music, and learn all about animals!
About Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico is the nation's renowned Latino dance organization and one of America's Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.
Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient, Tina Ramírez, the organization emerged during the post-civil rights movement on New York's Upper West Side, providing a safe haven for primarily Black and Brown Latinx youth seeking artistic sanctuary during New York City's plight in the 1970s. The need for place, both culturally and artistically, led families to find Ballet Hispánico. The focus on dance as a means to develop working artists, combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization's roots and trajectory.
With its strong emphasis on dance, achievement, and public presence, the organization has flourished in its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. The organization serves as a platform for historically omitted and overlooked artists providing them with increased capacity, voice, and affirmation. Over the past five decades, by leading with Latinx culture at the forefront of performance, education, and advocacy, Ballet Hispánico's mission is a catalyst of change and possibility for communities throughout our nation.