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Ballet Hispánico: Culture and Community

Recently, Cal State LA has partnered with Ballet Hispánico to support and develop the community.

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Ballet Hispanico performing at the Luckman Theater in Spring 2017.

Ballet Hispanico performing at the Luckman Theater in Spring 2017.

J. Aaron Delgado

J. Aaron Delgado

Ballet Hispanico performing at the Luckman Theater in Spring 2017.

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Cal State LA has recently partnered with Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. The partnership is part of the new Community Arts Partnership LA that launches this year. Ballet Hispánico will perform annually at Cal State LA as part of its company-in-residence, as well as offer classes for the community, integration in public schools , interdisciplinary courses and workshops at the University.

In 2016, Ballet Hispánico performed at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at the University, which eventually led to meetings with educators at Cal State LA to bring the company back as part of a three year residency. Additional resources for students will be developed into the project each year.

President Covino looks forward to the cultural effects that the project will have on the University and surrounding Los Angeles community:

“We appreciate Ballet Hispánico’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for our community. This collaboration aligns with Cal State LA cradle-to-career initiatives that provide higher education pathways for our youth. We look forward to a rewarding partnership with this renowned dance company.”

According to a Cal State LA press release, “The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes.”

Through Ramirez’s initial vision for the performing company, Ballet Hispánico has since developed into an organization that is focused on community involvement and inclusion of arts programs for high-risk populations such as the Latino community in Los Angeles.

“Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs,” the release read.

Moving ahead, Cal State LA and Ballet Hispánico both have much to gain from their new partnership.

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