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BALLET HISPÁNICO announces Upper West Side Flood Update and Recovery Fund

by Michelle Tabnick
September 4, 2016
Ballet Hispanico (office)
167 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-362-6710

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Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispanico (office)
167 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-362-6710
www.ballethispanico.org

Ballet Hispánico announces that, on Monday August, 29th, 2016, a heavy water main broke at the company’s home at 167 W. 89th Street, NYC, at about 9:30pm, forcing the building to remain closed through the Labor Day holiday.

“The studios were flooded on the first level of our carriage houses, and our entire basement was submerged in six feet of water. Sadly, our basement held most of our costumes for our student performances, BHdos, and main company performances. We are assessing the damage currently and hope to have more information on our loss in the next five days,” said Eduardo Vilaro, CEO and Artistic Director of Ballet Hispánico.

Ballet Hispánico serves over 600 students and families year-round in their 21,000 sq. ft. facility on the Upper West Side, in addition to providing rental rehearsal space for dance artists, community groups, and Broadway musicals and productions.

Those interested in registering for classes in the School of Dance can continue to register online. Walk-in registration will resume on Monday, September 12th and the School will continue to hold as many classes as possible throughout this process of restoration.

To aid in the recovery process, Ballet Hispánico has begun a Flood Recovery campaign. Donations may be given at www.ballethispanico.org/support/flood.

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.

ABOUT BALLET HISPÁNICO

Celebrating over 45 years of sharing and reflecting the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, Ballet Hispánico is the new expression of American contemporary dance. Led by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the Company has produced world-class, multifaceted performances that have featured master works by Nacho Duato, cutting-edge premieres by Cayetano Soto and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and live music collaborations with renowned artists such as Paquito D’Rivera and Ruben Blades—to name a notable few. Ballet Hispánico has performed for audiences totaling over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, and on 3 continents. Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispánico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities. For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispánico on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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