by Lauren Somers
Montgomery County Community College will bring the nationally renowned Ballet Hispanico to the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, with a daytime performance geared toward schoolchildren and families on Friday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m. and an evening performance on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening performance cost $30 for general admission and $15 for children under age 12, with $5 tickets for all ages available for the daytime performance. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and information.
Additionally, local dance enthusiasts, students and novices alike are invited to participate in a free master class led by Ballet Hispanico on Thursday, March 6, 3:45-5:15 p.m. the College’s Physical Education Building dance studio, 595 Cathcart Road, Blue Bell. To register, contact Dr. Melinda Copel at email@example.com or 215-641-6346.
Founded 42 years ago, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as America’s leading Latino dance organization, whose mission is to explore, preserve and celebrate Latino cultures through dance. In conjunction with its school of dance and educational outreach programs, it builds new avenues of cultural dialogue among the Hispanic diaspora and shares the joy of dance with all communities.
The company has performed in nearly a dozen countries on three continents for audiences totaling more than three million. Led by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, it showcases a repertory of works created by prominent choreographers and emerging artists representing many nationalities, including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Performances highlight the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality, athleticism and passion.
In its daytime educational performance, the company will use guajira, a form of indigenous Cuban music, as a template for learning about Cuban culture and dance styles while making connections to language arts and social studies curricula. Choreographed by Cuban-American choreographer and former Ballet Hispanico dancer Pedro Ruiz, the piece links personal expression with such dance styles as Afro-Caribbean, Spanish dance, modern dance and folkloric dances of the Americas.
The Ballet Hispanico presentations are being made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The tour is being made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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