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Ballet Hispánico’s Spring 2022 Series of In-Person and Virtual Arts Partnerships Expands Across the Country

Ballet Hispánico continues its Community Arts Partnerships (CAPs) this winter and spring with a series of educational and community engagement events that will reach thousands of students, families and fans nationwide, from California to Texas and to the hometown of the company in New York. Community Arts Partnerships engage and enrich communities by providing educational programs that celebrate the authenticity of Latinx heritage, culture and traditions. Spring 2022 Community Engagement Events on Tour are generously sponsored by Goya Foods.

“Ballet Hispánico is committed to engaging with all the local communities we reach to bring the joy of dance and showcase the power of Latino culture, especially now as we return to the stage after a long absence” , said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director. and CEO, Ballet Hispánico. “Arts education is a transformative experience. When we reach out to underserved communities, we provide opportunities for those who may never have dreamed of or seen dance as an art. They have the opportunity to consider a different perspective and maybe develop an aesthetic.”


Dance lessons, discussions and post-performance interview with TITAS / Dance Unbound

Ballet Hispánico partners with TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND to work with different communities while in Dallas. First, Artistic Director and CEO, Eduardo Vilaro will host a virtual dance class for people living with Parkinson’s disease. The group, who are regular students of Misty Owens at Dance for PD Dallas, will sway to the rhythm of Mambo and Cha cha. The experiment continues as Mr. Vilaro engages in person with students at Booker T. Washington High School. On January 13, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND Executive Director and Artistic Director Charles Santos will have a live chat with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director/CEO Eduardo Vilaro. The conversation will focus on the company’s tenacity and prosperity in this difficult time, as well as the company’s rich history and work. After the company’s performance at the Theater Winspear Opera House, Ballet Hispanico will engage the audience in a post-performance talk.


Dance Residency, Masterclasses and Performances for Youth presented by James Madison University

In February, Associate Artistic Director Johan Rivera will stage a section of Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales about students in James Madison University’s Performing and Visual Arts program. Students will have the opportunity to receive virtual coaching by Ms. Manzanales and perform alongside the company at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. The Ballet Hispánico will offer contemporary Masterclasses taught by Eduardo Vilaro. Additionally, the company will present a performance for young people at Harrisonburg High School featuring excerpts from the company’s repertoire.


Community Dance Class presented by BYU Provo and Modern Dance Class by Weber State University

Artistic leadership and company members will engage the Utah community with Latin social dance classes open to all levels and with modern dance classes featuring a fusion of modern dance and Latinx dance forms.

RALEIGH, North Carolina

Youth performance, dance class and pre-performance talk presented by NC State LIVE

On February 11, the Ballet Hispánico will engage students in a show for young people with 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 from Michelle Manzanales. The company will also teach a masterclass offering to the local dance community and a Latin social dance class for Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students. Prior to the main performance at the Stewart Theatre, the company will host a pre-performance talk open to members of the public.


Dance Residence at Shenadoah Conservatory

Ballet Hispánico will offer a residency led by Associate Artistic Director, Johan Rivera. Shenadoah Conservatory students will have the opportunity to learn an excerpt from Vicente Nebrada’s Batucada Fantastica.


Dance Residence and Performance at Webster University

Ballet Hispánico will offer a residency led by Rodney Hamilton, Director of the Professional Studies Program at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance. Webster University students will learn an excerpt from Ramon Oller’s Bury Me Standing to perform later as part of the Webster University Dance Ensemble (WUDE) concert in May.


Hylton Performing Arts Center hosts Ballet Hispánico as Artists-in-Residence Presented by George Mason University

The Hylton Performing Arts Center welcomes Ballet Hispánico as artists in residence in February. Among the programming, there will be Latin social dance classes, repertoire masterclasses and talks-demonstrations with the community. Local schools include Colgany High School, Hunters Woods Elementary School, Hylton High School and Round Elementary School. Students at George Mason University School of Dance will also experience the joy of companionship with a repertoire dance class, featuring a fusion of contemporary dance and Latinx dance forms.


Youth performance, Latin social dance class, class visit and workshops presented by the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

Ballet Hispánico will engage Virginia Tech students by visiting an “Arts and Social Transformation” class highlighting the company’s stature in social activism and facilitating a movement-based experience. The dancers will work with the community by providing Latin social dance lessons to 8th graders at Pulaski Middle School. Ballet Hispánico will also present Performances for young people to elementary school students (K-5) with 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.


Performance for young people, virtual dance and dialogos

In March, Ballet Hispánico will offer a Performance for Young People (PYP), a virtual dance class and a Diálogos conversation with Doña Perón’s choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Through the Goya Gives initiative, the company partners with organizations like Ballet Hispanico to enrich the community by providing access to programming that celebrates Latino culture and inspires the community at large. Community engagement activities are subject to change. Additional activities may be added to these and other locations throughout the Spring 2022 tour. For more information about Ballet Hispánico’s community arts partnerships, visit The MetLife Foundation is the official sponsor of the Ballet Hispánico tour. Major sponsorship of CAP on Tour events is provided by Goya Foods.