Ballet Hispánico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With #BUnidos Video Series

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( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) New Content on #BUnidos Video Series During Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 21st – Oct. 15th

ENSPIRE Contributor: Octavia Johnson

Ballet Hispánico celebrates Latinx cultures in a free virtual celebration of culture for Hispanic Heritage Month during its 50th Anniversary with #BUnidos Por La Cultura, a month-long series celebrating the legacy, representation, and impact of Latinx arts and culture. They kicked off with the Sept. 15th interactive programming. The virtual celebration will continue from Sept. 21st through Oct. 15th on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and ballethispanico.org.

Ballet Hispánico, America’s Latinx dance organization, celebrates Hispanic Heritage daily. This year, they’re providing access to diversified programming to communities nationwide virtually. From salsa steps from around Latin America to family recipes, #BUnidos Por La Cultura brings the power of Hispanic experience in a virtual celebration with engaging, inspiring, and entertaining audiences throughout the nation and the world.

The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and breakthrough stereotypes. Ballet Hispánico’s mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. Ballet Hispánico is the cultural ambassador for bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education, and social advocacy. Now, Ballet Hispánico is led by Artist Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education. “There is no doubt our Latinx cultures have contributed to American’s cultural brilliance. Our celebration is an invitation to deepen our nation’s understanding of the diversity of our culture and its indelible contributions,” Vilaro said.

Schedule:

Mondays, 3:00 p.m. EST
Orgullo

 Hispanic leaders and influencers will share the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and what it means to be Latinx/Latino/Latina. Participants include Gloria Calderon and Nina Vaca, among others yet to be announced.

Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. EST
Salsa

 Salsa dancing rules everywhere in Latin America and every country has its special flare. Each week viewers will learn salsa steps from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and New York. Master teachers include Lyvan Verdecia, Luis Salgado, Ana Saoco, and Wil Nieves. 

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. EST
Wepa

 Ballet Hispánico will provide a platform to other Latinx dance companies, Bombazo Dance Company, Pajarillo Pintao, Sankofa Danzafro, and Antares Danza Contemporanea to showcase their repertory and Latinx Dance genres from around the world. These watch party performances will be followed by Choreographers & Cocktails, a Q&A with our Artistic Director & CEO, Eduardo Vilaro, and the choreographers. 

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. EST
Tiki-Tiki

Celebrate the legacy of Ballet Hispánico with backstage tales and insider conversations from Company alumni and current dancers. Topics will cover different decades, from the birth of BH to the current dance environment.

Fridays, 6:30 p.m. EST
Fiesta

It’s not a Hispanic celebration without delicious food, and what better way to prepare it than with the family. Each week adults and children will gather to create a family favorite recipe, highlighting the history of the dish and the diversity of our food culture.

Ballet Hispánico continues as the beacon for diversity. The art explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. Explore more content ballethispanico.org/bunidos and join in the effort to #BUnidos. “Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing.”

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