Due to inclement weather and school closings, classes at Latin Ballet will be closed today but will resume tomorrow accordingly. Thanks for your patience and looking forward to seeing everyone in class on Thursday!
So you want to warm up your winter with some Salsa & Bachata? You're thinking you want to add some passion in your life with some Flamenco. Maybe you want to practice your poppin' and locking' with some Hip Hop. Perhaps you found your old Ballet slippers and want to brush up for fun. Latin Ballet has all the right moves to get you off the couch and on the dance floor!
We are extending our offer for Spring/Summer Registrations. Register now, and you can get the rest of January for FREE! That's a $250 value! Learn from our experienced instructors and join our lively familia. We'll even throw in some Spanish lessons while you dance!
Sign up now and make 2017 fun for your feet and your...sole.
Legend of the Poinsettia Completes Another Successful Year
We, at Latin Ballet of Virginia, wanted to extend a huge Thank You! Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our performances this week for the "Legend of the Poinsettia". The weather was rough, but we made it through. We appreciate everyone's support and how many people were so understanding and cooperative with our efforts. The children were beautiful, our faculty amazing, and our parents incredibly helpful. Miss Ana Ines King has done it again!
Thank you to Cultural Arts Center --- without you opening your doors, we could not have added an additional show on Sunday.
For all those who were unable to attend after purchasing tickets, please take advantage of our incentive to join us for another production with 2 FREE tickets.
We are happy to announce that Legend of the Poinsettia will be running today with an additional performance at 6pm! If you purchased tickets on Saturday, you can use them for either performance today. PLEASE email or call us to reserve so we do not go over capacity.
If you cannot attend today or tonight's performance, please know we are giving you the incentive to use those tickets for ANY of Latin Ballet's future performances this year with an additional 2 FREE tickets. We were crushed we could not perform yesterday, but we will make up for it in today's performances!
Hope to see your smiling face in the audience!
A big shout out to all of our dancers and parents who have gone above and beyond getting transportation so they can perform today!
Dear Friends and Familia,
As the ongoing weather of the day persisted. we are still in a holding pattern for Sunday's performances. As of yet, we are still performing at 3pm on Sunday if safety persists. We are trying to add a 6pm show and are confident we will be able to. Please keep informed through our website and social media. If you have any questions please contact us and please leave a message if no one is able to answer your call. We will return your call. Thank you all for your patience at this time and we should know more by noon tomorrow.
Good morning dear Friends and Familia,
It is with regret that we inform you all that our performance of "Legend of the Poinsettia" will be cancelled today and tonight. We were not expecting so much snow and the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen is closed. We have given our ticket purchasers some options:
We are attempting to add a 6:00pm performance on Sunday. If you would like to change your reservation to that day, please let us know and we will add you accordingly.
If you do not wish to attend Sunday's performance. Your Legend of the Poinsettia tickets can be used for any of our future performances for our 2017 Calendar. We will give you an additional 2 FREE tickets (a $40 value) to go along with the incentive.
If by any means you wish for a refund, we will happily comply. We are heartbroken that we cannot do our performances today and tonight and we do hope you join us for future productions. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to call Jo Ann Breaux @ 804.356.3876 or email her.
Thank you all for your understanding,
The Desk of Latin Ballet of Virginia
Dear Friends & Familia,
As we all are aware, it is supposedly going to snow starting tonight. We are currently in a holding pattern regarding our production tomorrow. We will be keeping you up to date, but as for now, it is on with the show! The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen has assured us the roads and parking lot will be clear, but we are also aware that the conditions of your locations may vary.
We will have confirmed news by midnight tonight whether we will be cancelling or not. If we must cancel the show, be assured we are working on alternative options for ticket purchases. Please visit our website, social media or local news for more information as the evening progresses.
Thank you for your patience in this matter and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will still be able to bring you our beautifully festive performance! If you need any further information feel free to contact us at 804.356.3876 or email us directly.
Jo Ann Breaux, Director of Operations & Marketing
Whoops, did you miss our spotlight this morning on WTVR Channel 6's Virginia This Morning? It's going to be ok, breathe. Here it is in all its glory! Thank you to WTVR for once again supporting Latin Ballet of Virginia!
Still haven't reserved your seats?? Luckily we still have some left! Continue the festivities with "Legend of the Poinsettia"!
One of the new things we are doing through the Latin Ballet of Virginia website is providing resources and knowledge of Latin American and Spanish traditions/customs/cultures. It is important as ambassadors of dance and culture to not only show you dance, but also to teach others where it all comes from and who we are as a community. As we progress through 2017, Latin Ballet of Virginia will showcase our dancers, our heritage, our students, our interests, and our community through dance and as a way for you all to get to know us a little better. We embrace the opportunity to share stories about who we are and educate others on where we come from.
A New Start with an Old Friend
by: Jo Ann Breaux
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street...
That song was embedded in my little brain for my entire childhood. I hadn't revisited Sesame Street until a child came into my life. I remembered all the characters including the actual people on the show---Maria, Luis, Mr. Gordon, and Mr. Hooper. I also recall watching it every day in the lunch room in Kindergarten and it was on the day Heather Hayes decided to slap me across my 5 year old face. Shocked and confused, I just kept watching the Count and went about my business. At that time I had Sesame Street, Electric Company, 321 Contact and Zoom to keep me company when my parents were at work.
The wonderful thing about Sesame Street was not only was it teaching me pre-school skills, but it was teaching me about culture and language without me even knowing it. Growing up in a partially Latin family, it was comforting to hear these characters I grew to love, speaking and teaching the language of my heritage. I learned many Spanish words watching Sesame Street and the way the format was created, I effectively learned it. I grew up in a tri-lingual home, where I was not taught uno, deux, or any of the three languages my parents could speak. That's anotehr story for another time, which brings me to today.
Recently, I've been teaching Spanish vocabulary to my boyfriend's daughter. She is absorbing the language quite well at 3 years old and loves to ask me in Spanish, "Jo Ann, yo quiero jugo de manzana, por favor!" I was actually surprised at how well she asked for apple juice, but I'm more surprised she does it without thinking now. This weekend, I was playing some games on PBS Kids with my her and I mistakenly hit "Videos" while playing a Sesame Street game and was brought to an amazing discovery...Sesame Street is still teaching Spanish and it's also teaching the culture of Latin America and Spain. I'm sure this isn't news to all of you who have children, but for me, who hadn't watched the show since I was a little one, it was fantastic to see!
Sure, we have Dora, Manny, and Elena now, but Sesame Street has been around for ages and to me has been such a huge foundation in implementing not only a bi-lingual education, but a preservation of Latin and Spanish culture through educational television and now the internet. What's prize-winning about Sesame Street after all these years is that it holds the attention of children, and let's face it, kids are hard to keep focused. Not unlike, Latin Ballet, Sesame Street also caters to diversity, children's self-esteem and competency, as well as teaching them how to deal with real-life situations. I also have to say, it's still appealing to watch as an adult!
So, this is just a big shout out to PBS for staying consistent over all these years and really implementing different cultural experiences to children through language and education and because it so closely relates to what LBV strives to achieve. So, MUY BUENA, Sesame Street!
Here's what I'm referring to:
Source: PBS and You Tube
And for those of you who want a little blast from the past...
Check out tomorrow morning on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 at 9am! We will be showcasing Legend of the Poinsettia with Artistic Director Ana Ines Barragan King and dancer Marisol La Cubana! Don't miss it!
We were recently honored with ranking at number 28 on Feedstop's top 60 ballet blogs.
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Our site was ranked based on following criteria:
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We are proud of this honor and gives us a new goal for 2017!
From all of us at Latin Ballet of Virginia, Happy 2017!
With that being said, we have so many things on the horizon! Check it out!
Thank you all for a wonderful 2016 year, but now is the time for new beginnings and great successes. We at Latin Ballet of Virginia are striving to be our very best and it all starts with you. We thank you all for the past year's contributions, the children who attended our classes, the educational programs we were able to give, the sponsorships received by our students, and ability to put on our lively performances. May 2017 bring us more success and smiles upon our students' and our audiences' faces.
Time is Running Out!
Don't forget to book your tickets now to our 17th Annual Celebration of the "Legend of the Poinsettia"! Continue the holiday festivities and join us for this vibrant and festive production.
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Latin Ballet is offering a special discount for Spring/Summer Classes. Register now and you get January FREE!!! Come learn ballet, Flamenco, Salsa/Bachata, Hip Hop, and so much more....
NuYoRican - Reserve Your Tickets Now!
We are proud and excited to bring NuYoRican to the LBV stage again in March! This important and relevant dance theater production tells the true story of the Migration that became a Movement that shaped a Culture. Moving stories from authors, Julia Barden Torres, Esmeralda Santiago, Piri Thomas, and others.
Help Us, Educate.
It's a new year and we have new challenges ahead. We would like very much to be a part of your school's curriculum or field trip. We would also like to continue to give children the ability to take our classes. We also wish for more resources to aid in the salaries of our staff, buying materials for productions and allowing us to give you the quality of production that is Latin Ballet. As always, your contributions are humbly accepted and much appreciated!
It's a Holly Jolly Christmas...
Rountree's Luggage of Richmond, VA is sadly going out of business. In the next two days EVERYTHING MUST GO! Why are we mentioning this? Well, Rountree's is a proud sponsor of Latin Ballet of Virginia and the proceeds from the remaining merchandise will be donated to Latin Ballet. So, show your support and give us a little Holiday cheer simply by going to purchase everything from ties to luggage to travel games and novelties! Hurry, time waits for no one!
Dear Dance Fans,
We are now taking sign-ups for our Spring/Summer classes. If you register now until December 31st, January is FREE FREE FREE! So, come learn all that is Latin Ballet!
See what's available
Dominion Foundation gave $1 million to support youth enrichment and programming in Central Virginia. Latin Ballet was honored to receive a $15,000 contribution towards the "Be Proud of Yourself" Program. We appreciate the continued support of Dominion Foundation and their efforts to aid in the growth of Richmond's youth. President of Dominion Foundation & Director, Community Affairs, Hunter Applewhite along with Simon Hodges, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Financial Analysis at Dominion, presented the very generous donations to 11 of Central Virginia organizations. Junior Achievement hosted the event this morning and demonstrated their programs that help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to be fiscally prepared and responsible while managing and creating capital.
As the holiday season is upon us and the giving season begins, we wanted to share that we are now a part of Amazon Smile! Now, when you do your holiday shopping online with Amazon.com, you can now give a little gift to us as well! As always, we at Latin Ballet of Virginia thank you tremendously for your support and we are joyous we get to give you the gift of dance because of it!
Give them the gift of dance with a Gift Certificate from Latin Ballet! We now have gift certificates available for purchase. Order online or at one of our offices. Gift certificates are a wonderful way to share our performances with loved ones, as we have many events throughout the year! Gift certificates are also good for classes and workshops at the Latin Ballet and a wonderful gift for that special someone!
Would your company like to sponsor our next event? Does your company help non-profits with a matching gift program? Maybe your company would like to sponsor an at-risk or low income child? Say no more, Latin Ballet takes pride in giving back to the community, but a lot of our ability to do so is because of corporate sponsorships and grants. We cherish all those who have given to us and we strive to build strong and healthy relationships with our donors and our community. If you or your company is interested in such giving, we would love to hear from you!
We encourage other ways to show your support of Latin Ballet of Virginia. Whether it's supplies for our educational programs, volunteering for an event, providing costumes, or giving a child a pair of shoes, there are many ways to help. Find out more.
Maybe you want to just skip it all and...
Thanks to the successful efforts and collaboration of ArtoberVA and the Better Housing Coalition, we were humbled and ecstatic by this particular response and we wanted to take a moment to share. It is moments like this that make Latin Ballet of Virginia very proud and we thank CultureWorks for their continued support and collaboration.
This is Tonya's story.
During ArtoberVA we partnered with the Better Housing Coalition and a handful of artists to bring performances and collaborative arts experiences into neighborhoods historically underserved by arts and culture.
While planning a performance at BHC's Winchester Greens community in North Chesterfield with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, we learned that the Latin Ballet had offered a free dance workshop for the children there six years ago.
Through that workshop one young lady, "Tonya", discovered a new world that changed her life forever.
Tonya did not know cultural Hispanic music or dance. The free workshop changed Tonya's life. She fell in love with dance. Latin Ballet offered her a scholarship, and motivated by her new passion, she continued to dance, and discovered something more of herself and the world around her.
Recently Tonya performed on stage with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. She continues to embrace new experiences and is open to new possibilities for her future all because her world was changed by one arts and culture experience six years ago.
Source: Richmond CultureWorks
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Did you know...
Latin Ballet of Virginia reached a total of 135,000 individuals (75,000 were children under the age of 18) through educational performances, residencies, and lectures. According to U.S Census, there are approximately 12,803 people who identify their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino who live in RVA.
Did you know...
Latin Ballet of Virginia provides scholarships to help at-risk and low-income children participate in the art-form of dance.
Did you know...
Artistic Director and Founder of Latin Ballet of Virginia, Ana I. King, and her successful development of educational programs to teach students Spanish and English through dance and to use dance as therapy for children with special needs gave her an honorable place in Virginia Women in History this year.
Did you Also Know...
Latin Ballet of Virginia teaches a myriad of dance styles including hip-hop, contemporary, and traditional Latin/Spanish dances throughout the year.
Latin Ballet is not just a performing arts company. Latin Ballet is a multi-faceted, vibrant and accomplished family. As ambassadors of dance and culture, we strive to contribute to the growth of our community in RVA. We are proud of our educational programs, our dedicated instructors and artists who dance with and for us, and we are delighted that we have touched and helped so many through the art of dance.
A majority of the contributions we receive go directly to at-risk and low-income families. These funds allow these children to become a part of something special and provides a growth that exposes them to the arts, boosts their self-confidence and teaches them about the world they live in. Every student we touch is an achievement for the arts. We want to continue the success of educating through dance and culture, but we have many expenses throughout the year—all the things required for us to put on productions, give scholarships, the space we need for classes, costumes, the ability to be able to travel to schools and to pay our staff. We love what we do and we hope you will join us this #GivingTuesday and help us make a difference.
'We were honored to have Latin Ballet of Virginia come to our school and so grateful for your generous support. Many of the students at our school have never attended a live arts performance and for some, this was their very first exposure to the Arts. Many of the students have never taken a dance class and I saw their self-confidence build before my eyes as they tried each dance step. Many of the students were completely unfamiliar with Hispanic dance and culture and they learned so much about the history of Latin America and Spanish exploration through this tour. These workshops and the performance by the Latin Ballet was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and eye-opening in so many ways for many of our students. "
— Rebecca Smith, Fluvanna County Schools
It's no secret that the holidays are for giving and it's no secret that this is a time we all need to stand together to give our children a better future. Feel free to check out our various educational programs.
Please donate today and help us build a stronger community.