Ballet Hispanico Inaugurates Rockefeller Brothers Fund First Dance Residency at The Pocantico Center

Ballet Hispanico Inaugurates Rockefeller Brothers Fund First Dance Residency at The Pocantico Center

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970, announces its participation as the inaugural company in the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's (RBF) first dance residency as part of the Pocantico Arts Collaborative this spring. Ballet Hispanico, one of two dance companies awarded the RBF's Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture Grant, will develop a new choreographic work as part of its residency program at The Pocantico Center. A work-in-progress showing will follow this summer as part of Pocantico's summer performance season.

"The Pocantico Arts Collaborative aims to provide artists time and space for aesthetic exploration and opportunities for nurturing artistic imagination," said Susanne Pandich, Public Programs manager at The Pocantico Center. "We are thrilled to host a Dance Company of Ballet Hispanico's caliber as they share their creative process with the public through on-site performances and educational interactions."

Ballet Hispanico's Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and six dancers will spend the week of May 13-17, 2013 at The Pocantico Center, conceiving and creating an original work to be performed during the Company's 2014 season at The Joyce Theater. Rehearsals will take place in the Carriage Room of the Coach Barn, where the public will be able to view the creative process.

"The opportunity to work in a new environment, away from our home in the city, feeds the imagination and lends itself to creative exploration," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico. "We are grateful to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for allowing Ballet Hispanico the freedom to grow its artistic and educational impact within the community at The Pocantico Center."

Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach program also will visit Pocantico Hill public schools where members of BHdos, Ballet Hispanico's pre-professional Second Company, will perform Ballet Hispanico repertory for young people in local elementary and middle schools. As part of their educational programming, BHdos and Ballet Hispanico company members will visit classrooms to engage students in discussions about dance and professional development.

Ballet Hispanico will return on August 13, 2013 as part of Pocantico's summer performance season. The Company will preview the work-in-progress created in May and perform other selections from their repertory.