Ballet Hispanico has been recognized around the world as the foremost dance interpreter of Hispanic culture in the United States. Founded in 1970 by Artistic Director Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico's innovative repertory fuses ballet, modern and Latin dance forms into a spirited image of contemporary Hispanic-American culture.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has performed for over two million people. They have appeared in major venues throughout the United States, including The John F. Kennedy Center, Houston's Wortham Center, the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, UCLA's Royce Hall, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, the University of Arizona, White Bird in Portland, The Lied Center, Broward Center, Wolf Trap, Michigan Opera Theatre, University of Washington, Jacob's Pillow, Boston's Celebrity Series and The Joyce Theater. The company's national television appearances include CBS Sunday Morning and, on NBC, Hispanics Today, Latin Access and the 1999 Hispanic Heritage Awards. In June 1999, the company was featured in a gala birthday celebration honoring President and Mrs. Bush; that September, they performed for 35,000 Mets fans at Shea Stadium.
Ballet Hispanico's international appearances include a weeklong engagement at the Zurich Summer Festival in July 2001 and a tour of Spain in 1998, where the company was featured for two weeks at Festival Grec in Barcelona and performed at the Conde Duque Theater in Madrid. In 1993, the company toured South America, visiting Panama, Venezuela, Argentina and Uruguay. While in Buenos Aires, they were the guests at a private reception with President Carlos Menem. Ballet Hispanico represented the United States at Expo '92 in Seville, Spain where they were featured at a special Independence Day Celebration at the invitation of the United States Pavilion.
Over 70 new works have been commissioned by Ms. Ramirez for Ballet Hispanico's repertory from choreographers of international stature such as Alberto Alonso, Talley Beatty, Graciela Daniele, George Faison, Vicente Nebrada, Ann Reinking and William Whitener, and such dynamic young artists as Susan Marshall, Ramón Oller, David Roussève and Pedro Ruiz.
Ballet Hispanico also includes a year-round school of dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance as its core curriculum, and extensive educational programming, both in New York and around the country, entitled "Primeros Pasos." Ballet Hispanico is housed in its own $2 million facility in Manhattan renovated especially for dance.