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Ballet Hispanico was founded in New York in 1970 by Tina Ramirez. The daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and grandniece of a Puerto Rican educator, Ramirez was born in Venezuela and came to the United States at age 7, studying with Lola Bravo, New York’s grande dame of Spanish dance, and noted ballet teachers Alexandra…

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Ballet Hispanico was founded in New York in 1970 by Tina Ramirez. The daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and grandniece of a Puerto Rican educator, Ramirez was born in Venezuela and came to the United States at age 7, studying with Lola Bravo, New York’s grande dame of Spanish dance, and noted ballet teachers Alexandra Danilova and Anna Sokolow.

As a professional dancer, Ramirez toured with the Federico Rey Dance Company but, in 1963, returned to New York to fulfill a promise to take over the retiring Bravo’s studio. In 1967, Ramirez created Operation High Hopes, a professional dance-training program for inner-city children, which led, three years later, to the establishment of Ballet Hispanico.

Vilaro was born in Cuba and arrived in New York at the age of 6. He began his dance training as a teenager on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and joined Ballet Hispanico as a dancer in 1985, performing works by Vicente Nebrada, Talley Beatty, Ramon Oller and other. He returned to the company in 2009, after 10 years with Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, which he founded and directed.

In addition to the professional company’s extensive touring, the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance offers year-round professional training in ballet, Spanish dance and modern for more than 600 students. School alumni, who include Jennifer Lopez, have gone on to careers in theater, television and film as well as dance.

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