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  • Press Kit 2016-17 Season

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  • MISSION & HISTORY Americas premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispnico 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 Hispnico has been led since 2009 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organizations legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects Americas 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 Hispnico brings the joy of dance and Hispanic culture to the world. Recognized for her achievements by the National Medal of Arts, the nations highest cultural honor, Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispanico in 1970 and served as Artistic Director until 2009. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, the organization has grown into a world-class institution.


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    Eduardo Vilaro was the first Artistic Director to assume the reins of Ballet Hispnico from its founding director and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez. After seven years of igniting Ballet Hispnico's vision with a contemporary perspective in dance and culture, he assumed the additional role of CEO for the organization. Mr. Vilaro was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the Bronx. He holds a BFA from Adelphi University and an MA from Columbia College in Chicago. Upon his graduation from Columbia College, Mr. Vilaro founded Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, a company which served as a springboard for Latino dance throughout the Midwest for 15 years.

    Mr. Vilaros own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He created over 25 ballets for Luna Negra and Ballet Hispnico and has received numerous commissions from dance festivals and arts organizations. 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. Mr. Vilaro was an associate professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College, has served on the board of directors of Dance/USA and is currently on the advisory board of Dance NYC. As an invited guest on panels and forums, he speaks to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro is a proud 2016 inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame.

    The Latin-American experience at last has a voice. -The New York Times






    Through the fresh, relevant new works of the Ballet Hispanico repertory, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro continues to explore the Latino voice in dance. Each season brings choreography from contemporary masters and emerging stars. These artists reinvigorate the companys aesthetic so that it resonates for a new generation of audiences. Works are organized by choreographer.

    ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA The Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa started her choreographic freelance career from 2003. In that same year she was hailed rising star of the Dutch dance scene (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry. Annabelle is a sought-after choreographer that has created works for more than 40 companies around the world such as Scapino Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Geneva Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gothenburg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Ballet Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz Munchen, Ballet Manila, Daniil Simkin Intensio Project, Cincinnati Ballet, Silicon Valley Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet and New York City Ballet.

    Sombrersimo (2013) Specially commissioned for the 10th anniversary of New York City Centers Fall for Dance Festival. An absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrersimo makes references to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter Ren Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats.






    MICHELLE MANZANALES MICHELLE MANZANALES (Choreographer) is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Houston, TX who has created works for numerous professional companies, universities, and schools including Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (Chicago, IL), Houston Metropolitan Dance Company under the direction of Dorrell Martin, the University of Houston, and Rice University among others. In 2007, Manzanales created Sugar in the Raw (Azucar Cruda) for Luna Negra Dance Theater, which was applauded by theChicago Sun-Times as "a staggering, beautiful, accomplished new work." In 2010, her homage to Frida Kahlo, Paloma Querida, was hailed as a "visual masterpiece" by Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune.

    Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) In her first work for Ballet Hispnico, Michelle Manzanales explores with humility, nostalgia and humor the iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining folkloric details with a distinctly contemporary voice in dance, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en espaol, Con Brazos Abiertos is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures

    Linea Recta (2016) Lnea Recta pairs the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed to Spanish classical guitar.


    RAMN OLLER RAMN OLLER is the founder and artistic director of Metros Dansa Contemporania in Barcelona. He trained in Barcelona, Paris and London, and has choreographed numerous works for his own company and others, including Compania Nacional de Danza under the direction of Nacho Duato, Ballet Nacional de Espana, Ballet de Cristina Hoyos, Introdans, Festival Aix-en Provence and Festival Avigonon.Mr. Oller was the Artistic Coordinator of the Andalusian Dance Center and is now the Director of the professional conservatory of dance of Institut del Teatre de Barcelona.

    Bury Me Standing (1998) The unique culture of the Gypsy or "Roma" people, who have journeyed across continents for a thousand years, inspired Spanish choreographer Ramn Oller to create Bury Me Standing. The compelling rhythms and melodies which accompany the balletdrawn from Spain and Eastern Europe, traditional folk songs, and contemporary world musicreflect the emotional essence of the Roma: their strong communal bonds, sensuality, feelings of oppression and longing, and their strength and exuberance.

    TANIA PREZ-SALAS TANIA PREZ-SALAS (Choreographer) was born in Mexico City. She obtained her first significant recognition in 1993, when she received the award for best female performer in the National Dance Competition of Mexico. Since then, she has won national and international recognition as both a dancer and choreographer, including the National and Continental Prizes for Choreography in Mexico and the sixth Paris International Dance Competition, among others. In 1994 Prez-Salas founded the Tania Prez-Salas Compaa de Danza. The company has been invited to perform her work in some of the most important theaters and festivals in Mexico, the United States, Canada, South America, China, the Middle East and Europe.

    3. Catorce Diecisis (2002) One of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance, Tania Prez-Salas draws inspiration from the number Pi to reflect on the circularity of our movement through life. With intense theatricality and breathtaking imagery set to music by Vivaldi and other Baroque composers, 3. Catorce Diecisis is a joyful feast for the senses.

  • PEDRO RUIZ, born in Cuba, choreographed three celebrated ballets while a principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico for 21 years. Choreography credits include The Joffrey, Luna Negra, New Jersey Ballet, the Ailey Professional School and the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program. He is on the dance faculty of Marymount College, The Ailey School and Scarsdale Ballet. Awards include the Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artists Fund and The Joyce Foundation Award. He was profiled nationally in 2007 on PBSs In The Life.

    Club Havana (2000) The intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a native of Cuba, in this re-imagined nightclub populated by virtuoso dancers.








    El Beso (2014) Spaniard Gustavo Ramrez Sansanos first work for Ballet Hispanico is a spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music and featuring original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez.






    GUSTAVO RAMREZ SANSANO was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009-2013, after directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain for four years. Sansano has been the recipient of numerous awards for his choreography, including first prizes at the Ricard Moragas competition in Barcelona, the Dom Perignon choreographic competition in Hamburg, and at Las Artes Escnicas de la Comunidad Valenciana. He has been commissioned to create works for Compania Nacional de Danza, the Hambur