Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the beauty that is Hispanic heritage is Ballet Hispánico and under Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, the emphasis is on the art and passion of dance.

Ballet Hispánico is one of the premier Latino dance organizations in the United States. They bring individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. Today Ballet Hispánico is led by Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all, drives its programs.

“We’ve been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance for more than 45 years,” said Vilaro. “Our Hispanic Heritage Month events and activities will bring the celebration to the Upper West Side neighborhood, which has been our home from the very beginning of Ballet Hispánico.”

The celebration begins Friday, Sept. 15—which is the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month —with the PBS broadcast of “Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents Ballet Hispánico” (at 9 p.m.). The program opens with “CARMEN.maquia,” a modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera, featuring physically charged and sensual choreography by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. The second part of the program, “Club Havana,” is a virtuosic reimagining of a sizzling nightclub by Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz. Originally filmed as part of the “Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance” series, the PBS broadcast will draw the largest national audience in Ballet Hispánico’s history. For more information, visit

The celebration continues Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Ballet Hispánico hosting a Salsa Extravaganza in an effort to give New Yorkers the opportunity to revel in the music and dances of Latino cultures. This free, two-hour event will offer lessons for all ages in three dance genres: salsa, merengue and bachata, followed by a celebratory dance for all, with refreshments. Both experienced dancers and first-timers are welcome to join in this joyous celebration. Refreshments will be provided by Calle Ocho/Bodega 88. For more information, visit

Time for a New York City block party, A la Calle Block Party, Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This four-hour celebration of Latino dance, music, art, food and community will take place on West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues), which has been Ballet Hispánico’s home for more than 45 years. The event will include dance performances by their internationally renowned company, School of Dance students and Bhdos, as well as a musical performance by Los Hacheros, free half-hour dance classes for adults and children and a variety of activities for children and families. A special free raffle will include items donated by 89th Street NY Kids Club and Preschool, Blu Dot, Book Culture, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Flywheel Sports, Macaron Parlour, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Rachel Realty, SoulCycle and The Vitamin Shoppe.

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