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Save the Arts!

Can you imagine your child not being able to watch Sesame Street? What about the artists and galleries supported by the Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts or any of these -- Meals on Wheels, heating assistance for low income people, college financial aid for low income people, nutrition for pregnant and nursing women, nutrition for kids in developing countries, after school and summer programs for kids in low income communities, emergency food assistance, efforts to revitalize public housing, and cutting programs like AmeriCorps not to mention legal services for low income households.

Every cultural aspect of our community would disappear. How does this affect us? The NEA funds a huge chunk of Latin Ballet's operation. Every year they sponsor our productions and give us the ability to be able to bring things like "NuYoRican" not only to the Richmond stage, but also to the many places we travel within the year.

The funding specifically applies to our literary program and helps us support independent voices from across the literary spectrum—writers, publishers, editors—as well as connect them with our increasingly diverse communities here in Iowa. The bottom line: this funding is helping us to build and connect communities through culture. We think it’s important work.
— Andre Perry, co-founder of Mission Creek Festival in Iowa

We understand that fighting for arts and culture has been an ongoing battle with our government, but this cut would call for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — also would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.

So many educational programs would be cut. Our children will find it difficult to be exposed to art, music, and even books. Places like the Dominion Arts Center, Richmond Ballet, VMFA and tons of educational and therapeutic arts centers would struggle to keep their doors open.  Latin Ballet of Virginia would find this elimination of programming devastating.

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VISIT

https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/address to find your Representative and Senators and their telephone numbers. Make sure to contact both their DC and district offices as many times you have a better chance of speaking to someone at the district office. Tell them that President Trump’s proposed budget includes total elimination of the NEA and that you support federal funding for the arts and ask them to SAVE THE NEA. 

Utilize Social Media Platforms
Post positive comments about how the arts have positively impacted your life and your community on the Facebook page of your local Representative and Senators Kaine and Warner. Take to Twitter and tweet at your Representative and Senators. Make sure to give your support for federal funding for the arts and ask them to #SAVEtheNEA. 

Advocacy Tip
Keep your messaging positive and in support of the arts and remember that party affiliation does not signal support or opposition here. The National Endowment for the Arts is popular among members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Latin Ballet - Dancers Needed!

Latin Ballet of Virginia is seeking professional dancers, male and female with modern, hip hop, ballet and jazz dance background, preferably someone with knowledge of Latin and Spanish Dance forms, but not required. All touring, rehearsals, teaching and choreography opportunities are paid. If no experience in Latin/Spanish dances, dancers will be trained when needed. Please send your resume and bio to latinballet@latinballet.com

Potential candidates will be called for audition and interviews. 

Enrollment for Arts in Education Summer Day Camps

We want to remind all you parents out there that it is time to enroll in our Summer Day Camp series! Fun for ages 5-14 years with many activities including arts and crafts, dance and music! Sign up now!

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Registration Fee: $25
2 Week Sessions: $450
1 Week Sessions: $225

Celebrating our 17th annual "Be Proud of Yourself" Summer Day Camp! Many locations to choose from, a summer delight for children with fun activities for everyone through dance, history and language. 

 

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NuYoRican! Hurry now to reserve your seats!

We are proud to be bringing our restaging of "NuYoRican. Based on a migration that started a movement that shaped a culture, NuYoRican tells the true stories of thousands of Puerto Ricans who migrated to the United States after WWII, significantly to New York. We are thrilled to announce that the inspiration, Author and Journalist, Julia Barden Torres (Newyorican Girl...Surviving My Spanglish Life) will be introducing our 7:30pm show on March 18th. Please join us and reserve your seats now!

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Ana I. King to be Honored

 
Ana Ines King, Founder and Artistic Director

Ana Ines King, Founder and Artistic Director

 

Latin Ballet of Virginia is proud to announce that our Founder and Artistic Director, Ana Ines King will be honored at the Women in the Arts awards ceremony.  Please join us as we celebrate the life's work of Ms. King on this special evening.

Help Us Get to NYC!

Latin Ballet of Virginia is anticipating touring New York with our production of "NuYoRican". We are hoping to bring the production to many low-income communities and schools in the Bronx, but we need your help! Your donations make it possible for us to bring these cultural experiences and the gift of dance to other locations. Any donation will aid us in our travels and help us present this important production. Thank you for all you do for us!

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Latin Ballet of Virginia recognizes Black History Month: The Pioneers

Latin Ballet is celebrating Black History Month with the most influential and inspiring dancers and choreographers. These are their stories of the challenges they overcame throughout history. These are their stories of success and their rise to legendary status. Every week this month we will present African-Americans who persevered and diligently fought for their right to dance on the stages of the world and showed the world that race has no place in the arts...or anywhere else for that matter. These individuals are the inspiration for so many of our modern day dances and the reason that African/Caribbean dance was brought America. We commend these amazing talents.

Raven Wilkinson

She was the first black ballerina to be accepted into a major classical ballet company. She faced horrific racism and danger while she danced, but triumphed as a pioneer of dance.

Janet Collins

The first black prima ballerina who danced for the Metropolitan Opera in 1951. She became a teacher, a choreographer, and always a dancer. Because of her great passion for dance, Janet broke the color barriers of history.

Bill "Mr. Bojangles" Robinson

A Richmond, VA native, Mr. Bojangles could often be seen next to Miss Shirley Temple and was the highest paid African-American entertainer in his time. He would bring musicality to tap that no one had seen before using stairs as his medium.

Pearl Primus

Miss Primus brought African dance to the American Audience. As an anthropologist, dancer and choreographer, Primus brought the spirituality of African dance to the stage. She was impactful in her use of literature, poetry and traditions in dance.

Florence Mills

Known as the "Queen of Jazz", Florence Mills, was a successful Vaudeville dancer and singer. She played a part in the very first all black Broadway show, "Dixie to Broadway". Her dancing was infectious and it was said that the Prince of Wales could be seen tapping his feet when she took the stage. She died of medical complications at the young age of 31.

Catherine Dunham

Catherine Dunham brought her worldly dance experience to stage and film. She brought dance education to low income and high risk youths in St. Louis. She incorporated African and Caribbean movements into contemporary dance creating her own unique technique. She was also the first to form an all black dance company bringing ritualistic dance to American audiences.

Arthur Mitchell

Arthur Mitchell's accomplishments include creating the first African-American classical ballet company. The word "no" never existed in his vocabulary and he was quite determined despite the times. He inspired young people in Harlem to have self-confidence and motivation and accepted anyone who wanted to work. Discipline and determination, were key elements to the success of his school

Alvin Ailey

Known as "Cultural Ambassador to the World", Mr Ailey was a choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. His work revolutionized modern dance and it's popularity in concert dance performance.

Norma Miller

The "Queen of Swing, Norma Miller was discovered at the age of 12. She would later go on as the creator of the Lindy Hop. She's known for her comedic performances and her acrobatic dancing. She's still dancing at 97 years old and has worked with such great Jazz legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

 

Josephine Baker

Titled with such monikers as "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess", Josephine Baker is a legendary dancer, singer and actress. She was provocative and humorous and left her mark on the world of dance for her bold performances. She was world renown with great popularity for her work on the stages of Paris.  She fought segregation through organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and inspired the liberation of many women!

Reminder! Have you registered for this special offer?

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Helloooo Lovers, Friends, and Familia!

What better way to celebrate the month of love than by putting a little kick in your step. For a limited time only, Latin Ballet of Virginia is offering 3 Lesson packages for $100 per couple or $50 per individual in Tango and Salsa/Bachata.

Our professional instructors will teach you the fundamentals, history, and technique of the dances. We will even provide some chocolate motivation with sweet treats! So whether it's putting some romance in your life, meeting new people, or hanging out with friends, we invite you come share the love...of dance!

Argentine Tango
Starting Feb 16-Mar 2
Thursdays - 7-8pm

Heat up any Valentine moving to this traditionally passionate dance. Learn the fundamentals of tango and its beautiful footwork.

Salsa/Bachata
Starting Mar 9-23rd
Thursdays - 7-8pm

Want to fire up the dance floor?
Get those hips moving with these popular Latin social dances.

Classes are held at the Dominion Arts Center located at  609 E Broad St, RVA.  ALL are welcome.

REGISTER NOW! Floor space is limited and filling up fast!

It's Never Too Late!

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Special Offer from Latin Ballet of Virginia

What better way to celebrate the month of love than by putting a little kick in your step. For a limited time only, Latin Ballet of Virginia is offering 3 Lesson packages for $100 per couple or $50 per individual in Tango and Salsa/Bachata.

Our professional instructors will teach you the fundamentals, history, and technique of the dances. We will even provide some chocolate motivation with sweet treats! So whether it's putting some romance in your life, meeting new people, or hanging out with friends, we invite you come share the love...of dance!

Classes are held at the Dominion Arts Center located at  609 E Broad St, RVA.  ALL are welcome.

REGISTER NOW! Floor space is limited and filling up fast!

Argentine Tango
Starting Feb 16-Mar 2
Thursdays - 7-8pm

Heat up any Valentine moving to this traditionally passionate dance. Learn the fundamentals of tango and its beautiful footwork.

 

Salsa/Bachata
Starting Mar 9-23rd
Thursdays - 7-8pm

Want to fire up the dance floor?
Get those hips moving with these popular Latin social dances.


Spring/Summer Semester at Latin Ballet of Virginia!

It's not too late to start the year off right! We have many classes to choose from in two convenient locations. We have something for everyone including adults! For 20 years, Latin Ballet of Virginia has provided a dance education with a unique experience. Broaden your world with dance and culture...


February isn't just about flowers, candy, and sweethearts. February is celebrating love. What better way to show us your love than by donating to LBV.  We humbly thank you and appreciate all you give.

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Struggling with chocolate vs teddy bears? He has enough tools? We've got you covered. Time together is time well spent and what better way to do that than LBV Gift Certificates. Good for a date night performance or putting some romance with dance...lessons.

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“NuYoRican”, depicts the hardship and eventual triumph of the assimilation of Puerto Ricans who migrated to the United States after World War II and the cultural shock they experienced due to the enormous changes that followed from Puerto Rico after being declared a U.S. protectorate. 

The production also captures the essence of the Puerto Ricans’ Spanish and African roots with dances like La Plena y La Bomba, as well as Mambos, Salsas, Latin Jazz and Reggaeton and a tribute to Puero Rican musician Tito Puente!

A moving performance including true accounts from such authors as Julia Barden Torres, Piri Thomas and Esmeralda Santiago. A relevant piece in current times. A dance theater production for the whole family.

Reserve your seats now!!!

NOTICE: For all those who had tickets to our Legend of the Poinsettia that were for the date of the snow, we are honoring those tickets for this production or any other production this year at Latin Ballet of Virginia

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Latin Ballet of Virginia presents…

NuYoRican

A Migration that began a Movement that shaped a Culture

Artistic Director: Ana I. King

Objective: To teach and expose students to the historical event of the migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States after WWII through dance.

Summary:

NUYORICAN explores the true stories of Puerto Ricans who migrated to the United States after WWII and the depths of hardship and eventual triumph that came with assimilation. It is about the cultural shock they experienced due to the enormous changes that followed from Puerto Rico after being declared a U.S. protectorate. It captures the emotions of what it is to be a stranger in a strange land and finding your identity within your own culture while acclimating to another.

Please join us as we celebrate Puerto Rican culture with inspirations and true accounts from such authors as Julia Barden Torres (Newyorican Girl...Surviving My Spanglish Life), Piri Thomas (Down These Mean Streets), Esmerada Santiago (When I was Puerto Rican) and a special tribute to Puerto Rican percussionist and musician Tito Puente.

A relevant piece in modern times.

Times: Thursday-Friday: 10:30am; Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday: 3pm & 7:30pm; Sunday: 3pm

Location: Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA

Capacity: 350

Cost:  Groups of 10 or more - $10 per ticket including Chaperones and Teachers

Incentives:

  • Students receive extra credit for attending.
  • Great for ESL, Spanish, and History Classes
  • Reserve your tickets now for your group!
  • We are available to come perform at your school. Please contact us for information or visit our website at www.latinballet.com

The Expression of Dance

The Expression of Dance

There is no denying the power of art. The artistry of dance invokes and provokes emotions not easily expressed at times, but can also leave one feeling immense joy, compassion, and contemplation. 

LBV Extends January Free Offer...

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.

Another Successful Year of Legend...

Photo by: Kristen Weyer Baker

Photo by: Kristen Weyer Baker

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. 

Photo by: Christina Mastroianni Our beautiful little dancers

Photo by: Christina Mastroianni
Our beautiful little dancers

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. 

Please visit our website and stay up to date with the 2017 Calendar of Events. We are now registering for Spring/Summer Semester. We have a variety of classes for young ones and adults. 

Legend of the Poinsettia Will Go On!

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!

Tentative 6pm Sunday Date for Legend of the Poinsettia

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. 

Latin Ballet Cancels Saturday Performances

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

Impending Snow

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.

Gracias,
Jo Ann Breaux, Director of Operations & Marketing