Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, announces this year’s Ballet Hispánico School of Dance 2017 Summer Programs. Celebrating 45 years of dance and culture, the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large. Located at 167 W. 89th Street, NYC, the School offers something for students of all ages.
Summer Dance Camps, June 12 – July 8, 2017 – ages 3-8
Los Explorers (ages 3-5): Explorers will jump and create throughout the streets of Brazil, experience the wonder of moving through the mountains of Argentina, and learn the songs and dances of Spain in week-long camp adventures. Children are guided on a multi-sensory journey around the rhythms, stories, and natural wonders of these featured countries. Every week culminates in an open-studio invitation for loved ones to witness and celebrate their Explorer’s journey. Monday through Friday, 9am-noon, with the exception of the final week (Wednesday, through Saturday). Cost: $425 per week-long camp. Fourth week is $350 due to shorter duration.
Los Adventurers (ages 6-8): For the older traveler, Ballet Hispánico’s Los Adventurers Summer Dance Camp offers the ultimate mix of movement and cultural exploration for the budding dancer. Attendees develop appreciation for the rich music and art of the vibrant cultures of Spain and Cuba while gaining a welcoming introduction into ballet, Flamenco, and Latin American dance styles. Each week culminates in an open-studio invitation for loved ones to witness and celebrate their Adventurer’s journey. Monday through Friday, 9am-noon. Cost: $415-475.
ChoreoLaB, June 19 – 30, 2017 – ages 18+
An immersive, career-building program that places rising professional dancers in an intimate studio experience with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff.Artists in today’s dance world must be more than just technicians. Beyond demonstrating skilled technique, dancers are frequently expected to contribute thoughtfully to a choreographic process, transition seamlessly between varied styles of repertoire, and possess strong partnering ability. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors, or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. In ChoreoLaB, hone both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program that produces in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers. Collaborate with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff in an intimate two-week studio experience at Ballet Hispánico, receiving constructive feedback and guidance along the way. The program includes: classes in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, partnering, and Ballet Hispánico’s Latin-fusion contemporary; work in a choreographic process with renowned guest choreographers (see below); excerpts of Ballet Hispánico’s repertory from Company Dancers & Artistic Staff including works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro; forums and Q&A sessions with the Company Dancers and Artistic Staff regarding auditioning, professional communication skills, and other tricks of the trade; and participation in an open call audition for the Ballet Hispánico Company, with feedback from the Artistic Staff once the audition concludes.
ChoreoLaB Guest Choreographers
A native of Houston, TX, Mario Alberto Zambrano attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the age of 17. He subsequently danced for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company before retiring as a dancer after a 13-year-long career. Mario’s dance accolades include a 1994 Presidential Scholar Award where he performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton, and a 1995 Princess Grace Award Fellowship. Moving on to a literary career, he graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria, his first novel, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer pick for Fall 2013, He has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.
Eddy Ocampo, internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dance teacher, has created ballets in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Russia and throughout the U.S. He has been commissioned for theater, opera and museum installations, among them premieres at the Landestheater Linz in Austria, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, South Coast Repertory in Southern CA and the St. Petersburg Institut for Contemporary Art in Russia. Eddy has set choreography on such dance companies as Giordano Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Odyssey Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Kannon Dance (St Petersburg, Russia), and many regional ballet companies in the U.S.
Taryn Kaschock Russell directed Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the spring of 2013. Prior to that, Russell held the position of Rehearsal Director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In her twelve-year performing career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet, she traveled extensively, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. She has guest taught the Aspen Santa-Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and is a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Taryn has been commissioned to choreograph work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has staged existing repertoire on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Summer Intensive, July 10 – 28, 2017 – ages 8+
A one-of-a-kind Summer Intensive that challenges students to strengthen their classical technique, experience contemporary forms, and develop professional skills through specialized forums, all through a multicultural lens at one of the nation’s leading training programs.
Led by Michelle Manzanales, Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and Caridad Martinez, former principal dancer with the Cuban National Ballet, Ballet Hispánico’s multifaceted Summer Intensive experience provides
- Daily Classical Ballet & Pointe classes founded in Cuban methodology, a specialty unique to Ballet Hispánico
- Classical Variations & Partnering
- Modern & Contemporary classes with leading artists in the field from Limón and Dunham to Improvisation and Contemporary Partnering
- Flamenco Series for both beginners and more experienced students, focusing on the cante, palmas, and palo studies
- Ballet Hispánico Repertory classes taught by Ballet Hispánico Company Members & Alumni
- Conditioning & Stretch
- Master Classes in Hip-Hop, House, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Escuela Bolera, and more!
- Professional Development Seminars including:
How to Audition (Creating a Video Reel, Writing a Resume, Headshots)
College & Beyond
Ask the Pros: Q&A Sessions with Ballet Hispánico Company Members
Dancer Wellness & Self-Care
- Parent Forums: learn how to communicate with your child to support their journey through the dance world
- Open Studios on final day of Intensive
ABOUT BALLET HISPÁNICO
America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance. Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico has been led since 2009 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organization’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Through performances of its internationally-acclaimed Company, innovative dance training programs, and community education activities that inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds, Ballet Hispánico brings the joy of dance and Hispanic culture to the world. For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org
EDUARDO VILARO 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 principal 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’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. In 2016, he was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.
MICHELLE MANZANALES, Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Houston, TX, Ms. Manzanales has created works for numerous professional companies, universities, and schools throughout the country. Con Brazos Abiertos, her critically acclaimed first work for Ballet Hispánico, had its world premiere at the Joyce Theater in April, 2017. With humility, nostalgia and humor, Con Brazos Abiertos explored the iconic Mexican symbols that Ms. Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Ms. Manzanales’s previous works include Sugar in the Raw (Azucar Cruda) for Luna Negra Dance Theater, which was applauded by the Chicago Sun-Times as “a staggering, beautiful, accomplished new work” in 2007. In 2010, her homage to Frida Kahlo, Paloma Querida, was hailed as a “visual masterpiece” by Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune. She began working with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro in 2003 as a dancer for his then-company Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago, where she later became Rehearsal Director in 2006 and eventually served as Interim Artistic Director 2009-2010. Prior to her appointment to School Director, Ms. Manzanales served as the Rehearsal Director and Artistic Associate of the main company of Ballet Hispánico for seven years.