Apollo Theater Welcomes Ballet Hispanico Celebrating The 'Voices Of Latin America'
One of the nation's most talented group of dancers Ballet Hispanico will bring their flair to the landmark Apollo Theater on Dec. 1 as part of Carnegie Hall's "Voices From Latin America," festival that is being offer in New York.
"If you've never seen a concert by the New York-based Ballet Hispanico, you may not know what to expect. Ballet? Flamenco? Salsa? Something in between? The company attempts a tricky balancing act, performing a repertory of works that blend Latin dance with both ballet and modern techniques," said Andrew Boynton of The New Yorker.
The company started in 1970 by highly accomplished dancer and choreography Tina Ramirez. The company said "it explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. The mission unfolds in the work of the professional Company, the School of Dance, and the Education & Outreach programs. Together, these divisions celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities."
Martinez boasts a very diverse company the works fuse Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance.
The choreographers represent a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. The Company has offered over 3,350 performances to an audience of over 2 million, throughout 11 countries on three continents.
Ballet Hispanico is also praised for its works in the community. The Manhattan-based dance troupe holds active classes for children in the surrounding areas and has cater to at least 20,000 New York City school children. The company holds workshops and master classes with members of the company.