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Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC Cohost Diálogos

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 6:30PM

Ballet Hispanico

  • Sep 2019

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Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC Cohost Diálogos

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 6:30PM

New York, NY , United States of America

Hispánico and Dance/NYC Cohost 

September 26, 2019 at 6:30pm

Heritage Month Celebration of Dance


Heritage Month 
free events and performances, including 
Diálogos: Art,
Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance
 on Thursday,
September 26 
6:30-8:30pm at Ballet Hispánico, The Arnhold Center, 167 W.
th Street,
event is free and open to the public. 
is requested


 and Dance/NYC cohost this
installation featuring curated guest speakers and artists
including Ana María Correa, Senior Director of
Community Engagement, Miami City Ballet; Ana "Rokafella"
 Co-founder, Full Circle Prod Inc; Christopher
 Visually Impaired Choreographer, Manager of
Justice, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, Dance/NYC; Eduardo
 Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispánico;
and Juan Castaño, Managing Director, Calpulli
Mexican Dance Company; moderated by performance artist George
Emilio Sanchez


will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion
exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and
Latino cultures in the NYC Dance Ecology. Inspired by Camille A.
Brown's The Gathering, the event will bring together
self-identifying Latinx dancers, choreographers, educators, and
administrators for a long table discussion to articulate their needs
and recommendations for thriving artistic practice in the
metropolitan NYC area. What are the contributions of Latinx dance
makers to what is today's NYC Dance Landscape? How do we continue to
preserve, support and resource Latinx dance makers and cultural
workers? What is the impact that systems of oppression have on Latinx
dance makers and cultural workers and what is their role in
addressing social justice issues?


celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we
come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our
voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on
our nation," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of
Ballet Hispánico. 


continues the celebration, Unidos Por
La Cultura
(United By Culture) with the company's 3rd Annual A
La Calle
 Block Party onSunday, September
from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West
89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues),
its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx
unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include
free performances by the internationally renowned Company and
prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students,
as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children's
activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party
is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This
event is free and open to the public


mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and
performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It
embeds values of justice,
equity, and inclusion
 into all aspects of the organization.
It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service
organization for professional dance.


Ballet Hispánico

Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been
bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and
explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether
dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico
creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.

organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina
Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break
through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo
Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company
whose vision of social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts
education for all drives its programs.

Ballet Hispánico, a
role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity
and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by
providing access to arts education.

 (Artistic Director & CEO) joined Ballet Hispánico
as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person
to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro
took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet
Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since
1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record
of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance
Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy
with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects
America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New
York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of
cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into
the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE
 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year.
In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side
 WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his
contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of
the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. 


funding for Ballet Hispánico programming is provided by The Arnhold
Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford
Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene
Foundation, The Francis Lear Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, The
SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.


is also made possible by public funds from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council,
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the
National Endowment for the Arts.


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