Ballet Hispanico to come alive at UALR

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Ballet Hispanico will make it’s debut in Arkansas in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at UALR on Thursday, October 30 at 7pm.

The rhythms of Hispanic cultures around the world will come alive on stage in a dazzling dance spectacle at the UALR Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and the public in invited to attend.

The Ballet Hispanico will repeat it’s acclaimed show. Arkansans can enjoy the beat of tangos, classic Latin dance rhythms and contemporary sound.

Tina Ramirez, founder and artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, was awarded the National Medal of Arts for her enduring contributions to the field of dance. President George W. and Mrs. Bush presented the award in an Oval Office ceremony at the White House on Thursday, November 10, 2005.

Ramirez, was the first Latina dance artist to receive the Nation’s highest cultural honor joins a distinguished group of Hispanic artists who have received the award.

Ramirez established Ballet Hispanico in 1970. Since then, the professional Company has performed for more than two million people on three continents, building a repertory of over 75 works created specifically for the troupe by some of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers.

Born in Venezuela, the daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and a Puerto Rican educator, Ms. Ramirez came to the United States at the age of seven, where she studied dance under New York’s grand dame of Spanish dance, Lola Bravo, and with such noted teachers as Alexandra Danilova and Anna Sokolow.

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