Ballet Hispánico (at 167 West 89th Street), America’s leading Latino dance organization, launched a new Instagram video series entitled B Unidos on Monday, March 23rd. Each weekday at 3:00pm, Ballet Hispánico is releasing a new video generated by its dancers, teachers and administrators using #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/
“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.
All three arms of the Ballet Hispánico are participating in the creation of B Unidos: the professional company, the School of Dance, and the Community Arts Partnership (CAP). With the goal of serving as class, exercise and inspiration, the series has a different theme for each day of the week:
- Motivational Mondays offer inspirational messages
- Take Action Tuesdays feature technique tips for young dancers
- Wepa Wednesdays explore of the many varied styles of Latin Dance
- Therapeutic Thursdays focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching
- Flashback Fridays give retrospective looks at the past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico’s archives
“Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts,” Vilaro continues. “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.”
Be sure to tune in each weekday at 3:00pm and use #BUnidos on Instagram.
Dear Gente; I can’t thank you enough for keeping Hispanics and the rest of the world reminded of what a beautiful culture we have. I attend your performances regularly. When we get through this dilemma I hope we’ll all return for the big shows, the sooner the better…God bless and take care.