DANCE NEWS: Ballet Hispánico Invites Latinx Choreographers and Filmmakers to Apply to 2021 Instituto Coreográfico before March 1st

DANCE NEWS: Ballet Hispánico Invites Latinx Choreographers and Filmmakers to Apply to 2021 Instituto Coreográfico before March 1st

Published on February 5, 2021
Photo © Ballet Hispanico

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970 and recognized this year as one of America's Cultural Treasures, is accepting applications from emerging choreographers and filmmakers for the 
Instituto Coreográfico. Now in its ninth year, the Instituto has helped to provide an important platform for 11 choreographers. The program provides young Latinx artists a supportive environment in which to explore process, cultural identity, and movement invention through the creation of dance. Now accepting applications for submission online at by March 1, 2021 at 5pm EST.

When Ballet Hispánico was founded nearly 50 years ago, Latinx artists were invisible to the dance field. Since its founding, Ballet Hispánico has played an instrumental role in changing the narrative; now, generations of Latinx artists have produced art that reinterpret their heritage, bringing fresh perspectives on the Latinx experience. In 2010, Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro launched Instituto Coreográfico, a choreographic institute for Latinx artists to create culturally specific work in a nurturing learning laboratory of dance. The choreographer in residence is paired with an emerging filmmaker to document their process, create promotional materials, and add a layer of artistic collaboration.

"As a dancer back in the 80s, I could count on my hand the number of Latinx choreographers that would come through the door," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO. "Instituto Coreográfico is a way of nourishing, mentoring, and developing leaders and artists of color, in particular Latinas and Latinos."

Instituto Coreográfico also invites audience members, dance leaders, presenters and choreographers to respond, reflect, and enter into dialogue about dance and culture with an emerging choreographer through showings and panel discussions. With this invaluable platform, Ballet Hispánico continues to give a voice to young artists and opens access to the dance-making process for all audiences.

Good Night Paradise from Ramón Oller,  a selected choreographer for Instituto Coreográfico 2019

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Spring Instituto Coreográfico will have a combination of virtual and in person components. Ballet Hispánico will be selecting one choreographer and one filmmaker who reside in the United States for this year's Instituto Coreográfico. Ballet Hispánico is committed to keeping all artists safe during the pandemic, developing a "pod" approach and adhering to current health and safety protocols with dancers to enable the choreographer to work in studio, however the choreographer may also opt to do a virtual process. All applicants must be willing to follow physical distancing and our COVID-19 guidelines. A virtual showing will take place on June 10, 2021.

Instituto Coreográfico is open to applicants 18+ who identify as Latinx(a,o), Hispanic, Latin American, who have fewer than five years of professional experience, and who have availability from May 17-28, a minimum of five hours daily between 9am and 6pm ET.

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