RALEIGH, NC: Ballet Hispánico presents a Performance for Young People
Ballet Hispánico's Performance for Young People,
Dance Classes and Pre-performance Talk
Presented by NC State LIVE
On February 11 Ballet Hispánico will engage students in a Performance for Young People featuring excerpts from Arabesque by Vicente Nebrada, Danse Creole by Geoffrey Holder, Nací by Andrea Miller, Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, 18+1 by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales. The company will also teach a masterclass offer to the local dance community, and a Latin Social Dance class for students at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School. Prior to the main performance at the Stewart Theatre, the company will host a pre-performance talk open to audience members.
About Ballet Hispánico
For more than fifty years, Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America's Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From its inception Ballet Hispánico focused on providing a haven for Black and Brown Latinx youth and families seeking artistic place and cultural sanctuary. By providing the space for Latinx dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico uplifted marginalized emerging and working artists, which combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation fueled the organization's roots and trajectory. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director, ushering in a new era by inserting fresh energy to the company's founding values and leading Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future. Today, Ballet Hispánico's New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, for fifty years Ballet Hispánico has stood as a catalyst for social change. Ballet Hispánico provides the physical home and cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a robust public presence across its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. Through its exemplary artistry, distinguished training program, and deep-rooted com-munity engagement efforts Ballet Hispánico champions and amplifies underrepresented voices in the field. For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of hon-or for the omitted, overlooked, and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and be-yond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower, and give agency to, the Latinx experience and those individuals within it.
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