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02 October 2007

Trumpets wail, hips pop and eyes smolder - experience the passion of Ballet Hispanico at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center Stage

Ballet Hispanico returns to the Rose Lehrman Arts Center Theatre on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The show is sponsored by Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Lemoyne & York. The media partner is Susquehanna Style Magazine.

The evening program will open with “Tito on Timbales,” with choreography by William Whitener and music by Tito Puente. Following the first piece is a selection of dances in the company’s repertoire, a sort of “best of” Ballet Hispanico, and then close with the hot and steamy “Club Havana,” choreographed by Pedro Ruiz. “Club Havana” will transport patrons to the smoke-filled night clubs of Havana and New York City in the 1940’s and 1950’s, where the mambo, cha-cha and rumba ruled the dance floor.

From the stunning individuality and expressive style of its dancers, to its colorful costumes and hot Latin sounds, everything about Ballet Hispanico is engagingly theatrical. Recognized around the world as America’s foremost dance interpreter of Hispanic culture, the New York based company reflects the full diversity of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world with an inventive repertoire that fuses ballet, modern, jazz and Latin dance forms.

Since its inception, the Ballet Hispanico Company has roused audiences worldwide with its magnetic energy and vivacious choreography. Under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Tina Ramirez, its 13 members perform works by the foremost Latino choreographers of our time as well as those of emerging artists. Celebrated for its innovative repertory and sizzling artistry, Ballet Hispanico embodies the vitality of Hispanic culture and its exceptional contribution fusing Latin dance with elements of classical and contemporary forms to create a new sphere of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move.

Ballet Hispanico was founded by Ramirez in 1970 to provide dance training and performance opportunities for underprivileged Latino youth. Ramirez has since given signature flair to Hispanic dance in America, transforming Ballet Hispanico into the nation’s preeminent ambassador of Hispanic culture. Through performance, training and education, Ballet Hispanico embodies a dynamic mission that inspires an appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of America’s ever-growing Hispanic population.

Tickets for the performance are $30 adult, $28 senior citizen, $20 student. RLAC Box Office phone is 717-231-ROSE (7673). Ticket sales online by using the Website link below.

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