NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we present to you Ballet Hispanico, a dance organization that honors Latinx dance culture through its work every day.
As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis, through movement the dancers tell a story – the story of Argentina’s former first lady Eva Peron who rose out of poverty to become a powerful leader.
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“She’s a hell of a heroine from Argentina,” said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispanico.
Vilaro brought DeAngelis in rehearsal at Ballet Hispanico for a taste of the piece premiered in the spring.
“This is a work created by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and we are very excited because it is a work of a Latina – of a Latina – which is important as we continue to change the narrative of diversity stories in our community. countryside. Vilaro said.
As the largest Latinx cultural organization in the country, according to Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico’s mission – since its inception 50 years ago – has been to provide access.
“Access for people who are marginalized, oppressed or who just need to see themselves reflected when they were not,” Vilaro said.
Vilaro, a Cuban immigrant, started with the company as a dancer and educator and is now its artistic director and CEO.
“Our heart is dance, but education is our backbone,” Vilaro said.
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Educating over 1,000 children a year through the dance school, the public as her professional company travels the world and the public through its community arts programming.
“This is what Ballet Hispanco does. It takes you by the hand and guides you through this awareness, discovery and expansion of understanding of our cultures, ”said Vilaro.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, that work is amplified, with special performances, discussions and celebrations.
Ballet Hispanico is eager to bring back its annual “A La Calle” block party after a hiatus last year due to the pandemic.
Vilaro explained that “A La Calle”, or “in the street”, celebrates the beginning of grassroots organization.
As for the Delta variant, the show will be virtual, but that means taking the event beyond the streets of New York.
“We believe that the block party is now accessible to everyone in the world,” Vilaro said.
Bringing communities together to celebrate Latinx culture and contributions, through dance.
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The virtual block party will take place on October 1. To participate in the free festivities and see what else Ballet Hispanico is doing for Hispanic Heritage Month, CLICK HERE.