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Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Announces Fall 2019 Season
Through December 17, 2019
Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2020 Season
Through June 14, 2020
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration,
Announces B Unidos Instagram Video Series
In Response to COVID-19 Virus
Ballet Hispánico announces a new Instagram video series entitled B Unidos, to begin on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12noon. The series will feature a series of videos posted each weekday, created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.
"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."
Going forward, each weekday at 3:00pm, the company will release a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).
About Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.
Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.
The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.
Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives.
Battery Dance TV Launches
on March 27, 2020
Battery Dance announces the creation of Battery Dance TV, launching on Friday, March 27, 2020 at https://batterydance.org/dancetv/ to provide free live dance classes and programming for the general public by Battery Dance and affiliated artists through a regularly scheduled program. Faced with the cancellation of its New York City public school dance classes and the postponement of its State Department Nigeria tour, and with its popular dance studios closed, the company staff members went into high gear (from living rooms and kitchens), creating online content.
"Battery Dance TV allows us to continue connecting people across the world through dance at this time of social distancing and isolation," said Jonathan Hollander, artistic director of Battery Dance. "We and everyone we know at home and abroad are facing emotional, psychological, physical and financial challenges. For 45 years, we have explored the power of dance as an art form and a means for social impact and connection. We are not going to stop now when the need is so great."
Offerings will include:
• morning warmup/stretching/conditioning exercises to start your day off right
• mid-day classes in contemporary dance with afro, ballet and jazz fusion elements
• evening classes in varied ballroom styles
• a daily 4pm short video by dancers performing in their living rooms
Beginning on March 29, Battery Dance will tap into its international network to host Artists Talks every Sunday at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) with performers based in New York and from around the world, followed by Sunday classes in international dance genres such as Bharatanatyam dance from India, and African Fusion from Botswana.
Battery Dance also plans to expand its distance learning and programming by including online classes in lighting and production design, and classes in arts administration and cultural diplomacy. In the future, the Company plans to add short performances by youth around the world who will create short dances based on a specific weekly theme suggested by the Company.
Morning Classes & Instructors
Flow - Vivake Khamsingsavath
Stretch & Strength - Mira Cook
Conditioning - Sean Scantlebury
Afternoon Contemporary Classes & Instructors
Jazz Fusion - Jill Linkowski
Ballet Fusion - Bethany Mitchell
Storytelling & Repertoire - Hussein Smko
Afro Fusion - Sean Scantlebury
Evening Ballroom Classes & Instructor
Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Swing - Razvan Stoian
ABOUT BATTERY DANCE
As one of America's leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world's stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date. www.batterydance.org
MODERN DANCE 101:
DANCES BY RUTH ST. DENIS AND TED SHAWN
Sat/Mon/Tues at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
Theatre St. Jean Baptiste
Modern Dance 101: a program of dances by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, considered the Mother and Father of
American Modern Dance. The stellar cast includes PeiJu Chien-Potts (currently guest with the Martha Graham
Dance Company); Christine Dakin (former longtime principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company); David
Glista (Limon Dance Company); Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble; Adam Weinert (specialist in recreating
Shawn's dances for men); students from the Limon Institute; and pianist Nathaniel LaNasa.
Tickets: $35; $20 for students/seniors/dancers
Theatre St. Jean Baptiste | 150 East 76th Street
Just east of Lexington Avenue
YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX
PRESENTS DAILY ONLINE BALLET CLASSES
TAUGHT BY DIRECTORS, ARTISTS AND
ALUMNI FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Maria Khoreva, Mariinsky Ballet
Luca Masala, Princess Grace Academy
Kathryn Morgan, Miami City Ballet
Sasha De Sola, San Francisco Ballet
Skylar Brandt, American Ballet Theatre
Peter Stark, Boston Ballet
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) – the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition – is bringing together their extensive repertoire of alumni and affiliated dance professionals to offer an array of free online ballet classes. Starting Monday March 23, 2020 with Luca Masala (Artistic Director of Monaco’s Princess Grace Academy) and continuing Tuesday March 24, 2020 with Sasha De Sola (YAGP Alumna and Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet). Upcoming classes include Maria Khoreva (Mariinsky Ballet), Kathryn Morgan (Miami City Ballet), Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre), Peter Stark (Boston Ballet) and TONY-nominated Broadway performer Karine Plantadit (YAGP Judge and Emcee, former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) who will teach a special course on the Horton technique for ballet dancers. As the YAGP community practices social distancing, their social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) will provide these daily classes at 12pm EST, and they will remain available on each channel permanently.
YAGP’s mission remains - to ensure the future of dance. “A lot of people are posting guided dance instruction, but it can be hard for parents and for kids to determine whom to trust, and how to get quality training from home,” says YAGP Founder and Artistic Director, Larissa Saveliev. “As a global network for dance, we are in a unique position to bring together a group of world-class professionals, whose expertise meets the high standard of dance education that we’ve upheld since our founding in 1999. We hope these classes will provide young dancers with a great challenge to work on while they are at home.”
These online ballet classes are an addition to YAGP’s existing roster of online original educational programming, including YAGP’s existing library of master classes, YAGP’s Q&A series “Ask the Expert”, and YAGP’s “Tips on Technique” short video series, featuring mastery of a particular move or exercise.
Skylar Brandt in 2008 at YAGP NYC Finals Competition (By VAM Productions)
EVOLVING LIST OF DANCE PROFESSIONALS TEACHING YAGP ONLINE CLASSES:
Luca Masala Artistic Director of Princess Grace Academy in Monaco
Sasha De Sola Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet; YAGP Alumna
Maria Khoreva Soloist at Mariinsky Ballet in Russia; Scheduled to perform at 2020 YAGP ‘Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala (before COVID-19 cancellation)
Philip Neal Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet at the Patel Conservatory, USA; YAGP 2020 Outstanding School; Former New York City Ballet Dancer
Natalia Bashkatova Former Principal Dancer at Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du Soleil; YAGP Judge
Dmitri Kulev Founder and Director of Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, USA; YAGP 2020 Outstanding School; Former Dancer with Bolshoi Ballet, Pittsburgh Dance Theater
Kathryn Morgan Soloist at Miami City Ballet; YAGP Judge
Christopher Sellars Former Principal Dancer at Ballet West; YAGP Judge
Peter Stark Associate Director and Head of the Boston Ballet Men's Program, Boston Ballet II, USA
Nilas Martins Former Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet; Repetiteur, Balanchine Trust; YAGP Judge
Jean Yves Esquerre Founder and Director of European School of Ballet, The Netherlands
Oliver Matz Director of Zurich Dance Academy, Switzerland
Karine Plantadit YAGP Judge and Emcee; TONY-nominated Broadway performer; former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; will teach an entire course on the Horton technique for ballet dancers.
Skylar Brandt American Ballet Theatre Soloist; YAGP Alumna
Anna Ol Principal Dancer at Dutch National Ballet; Was YAGP’s 2020 Gala Guest Artist
Youth America Grand Prix
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