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Ballet Hispanico

  • Eisenhower Auditorium The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 (map)

The exciting modern dance company “Ballet HIspanico” explores the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. 

“Ballet Hispánico’s artistic director Eduardo Vilaro has said that the troupe’s title notwithstanding, the company is ‘a new envisioning of American modern dance,’” writes a Boston Globe critic. “It’s an intriguing idea, particularly since a main mission of the New York-based group is to present dance through a Latino lens.” In its first appearance at Eisenhower Auditorium since 1993, Ballet Hispánico’s lens will focus solely on dances by Latina choreographers.

Founded in 1970 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico has become a catalyst for bringing communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures from around the world. The company of fifteen, representing a number of nationalities, brings to the stage training in modern and classical dance plus ballet.

The Cuban-born Vilaro, a former Ballet Hispánico dancer, has since 2009 infused the company with a vision of social equality, cultural identity, and quality arts education.

“Ballet Hispánico has been a gem of the New York dance scene for years, and, in their season premiere at the Joyce Theater [in April], the company proved as strong as ever,” writes a Village Voice reviewer. “Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro gives his troupe … opportunities to work with choreographers from around the world, producing contemporary works of bold technique that illuminate concerns of Latino/a identity and resiliency.”

Following the performance, Ballet Hispánico artists will participate in a discussion with audience members." --- Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are required (online or phone 1-800-ARTS-TIX /814-863-0255). Limited complementary tickets may be available; phone Christine Igoe at at the CPA box office, 814-863-0234, to inquire. Reservations are also necessary for the AD service; please contact the SLSG office ( or phone 814-238-0132) by October 3, 2018. Please arrive by 7 pm to obtain your equipment and to listen to valuable pre-show information. 

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