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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!

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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!

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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

Latin Ballet on Virginia This Morning!

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!

Virginia This Morning airs LIVE Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 am.
Virginia This Morning airs LIVE Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 am.

Still haven't reserved your seats?? Luckily we still have some left! Continue the festivities with "Legend of the Poinsettia"! 

Latin Ballet: This isn't your abuela's ballet.

Hola!

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...

After 44 years on Sesame Street, veteran, Sonia Manzano's character, Maria was one of my favorites!

Hey you guys!!! Rita Moreno and her famous shout for Electric Company

From the second season, the opening credits of "The Bloodhound Gang" which were a series of short mysteries that aired as part of "3-2-1 Contact" on PBS.

Latin Ballet Makes the Top 60!

We were recently honored with ranking at number 28 on Feedstop's top 60 ballet blogs. 

The Best Ballet blogs were chosen from thousands of top Ballet blogs in their index using search and social metrics. 

Our site was ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

We are proud of this honor and gives us a new goal for 2017!

Let's Get This Show on the Road!

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!