Ballet Hispánico, the nation's renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America's Cultural Treasures, continues its Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) through a series of educational and community engagement events that will reach thousands of students, families, and fans nationwide, from California to Texas and back to the Company's NYC home town. Community Arts Partnerships engage and enrich communities by providing educational programs that celebrate the authenticity of Latinx heritage, culture, and traditions. "Ballet Hispánico is committed to engaging with all the local communities that we reach to bring the joy of dance and highlight the power of the Latino culture, especially now, as we return to stages after a long absence," remarked Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispánico. "Arts education is a transformative experience. When we reach out to communities who are underserved, we bring possibilities to those who may never have dreamed about or seen dance as art. They are given a chance to consider a different perspective and perhaps develop an aesthetic." NEW YORK, NEW YORK School Residencies and After-School Programs Ballet Hispánico will present in-person CAP school residencies at P.S. 018 Park Terrace and P.S. 098 Shorac Kappock. CAP will also offer Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA) programs at J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch (Council Member Keith Powers) and P.S. 180 Hugo Newman (Council Member Bill Perkins). Ballet Hispánico is grateful to Council Members Keith Powers and Bill Perkins for their generous funding of these CASA programs. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA Virtual Performance, Talk and Movement Workshop with Creciendo Juntos Ballet Hispánico and the Charlottesville Initiative for Social Practice through the Arts (CHISPA) recently joined forces for a live free virtual discussion and movement workshop with two of BH's artistic leaders, Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) and Michelle Manzanales (Director, School of Dance), exploring Mexican-American culture and themes of identity highlighted in Manzanales' critically acclaimed work, Con Brazos Abiertos. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Virtual Residency and School Assembly at Esteban E. Torres High School As part of a continuous engagement with the East LA Community, Ballet Hispanico's Community Arts Partnerships is offering virtual instruction to high school students at Esteban E. Torres High School with a virtual residency over the whole school year (September 13-24, 2021 and March 8-18, 2022). The weeks of instruction will concentrate on rigorous dance technique training, including Flamenco, Mambo, Salsa, and Jazz. The students were also engaged in virtual Performances for Young People on September 13, 2021 that took them on a guided journey through Latinx dance and culture followed by the opportunity to interact with their artists and educators through a live dance session and a Q&A. BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA Virtual Diálogos: Colorism in the Arts and Anti-blackness within Latinx Communities at Moss Arts Center Ballet Hispánico and Virginia Tech partnered to present a virtual Diálogos: Colorism in the Arts and Anti-blackness within Latinx Communities, moderated by Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and chief executive officer, Ballet Hispánico, at Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech. The evening explored the sources and effects of colorism and anti-blackness within the arts, and what steps should be taken to eliminate them in a candid conversation on identity and belonging. DETROIT, MICHIGAN Virtual En Familia Performance and Talk Ballet Hispanico's will bring a virtual performance to Michigan Opera Theatre as part of their David DiChiera Music Therapy Program on October 14, 2021 at 2PM ET. The program reaches local hospitals for cancer patients and their families. The virtual performance will be followed by a conversation with Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro. AMES, IOWA Rehearsal Observation Local university students will witness the process of a tech rehearsal guided by Associate Artistic Director and Latinx Dance Institute DIrector, Johan Rivera. FISH CREEK, WISCONSIN Performances for Young People Ballet Hispánico will present a Performances for Young People to an audience of kids K-12, led by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro. BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN En Familia Performance Ballet Hispánico will present an En Familia performance at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts' Harris Theater on October 22, 2021, led by Artistic Director & CEO, Eduardo Vilaro. There will also be pre-show talk led by members of the artistic team. EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN Performances for Young People Ballet Hispánico will present a Performances for Young People at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University on October 26, 2021 led by Artistic Director & CEO, Eduardo Vilaro AUSTIN, TEXAS Performances for Young People, University Visits, and Talks Ballet Hispánico will present a Performances for Young People, a tech observation for UT students, a session with UT graduate students about artistic and administrative careers in the arts, and pre and post- show talks on October 29 and 30, 2021 at Bass Concert Hall. For more information about Ballet Hispánico's Community Arts Partnerships visit ballethispanico.org/community. About Community Arts Partnerships Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) engage and enrich communities by providing educational programs that celebrate the authenticity of Latinx heritage, culture, and traditions. Ballet Hispánico has developed new, engaging virtual programs to share the vibrancy of dance and Latinx culture with communities spanning all locations, age-groups, and abilities. This is an opportunity to keep our communities connected and create platforms nationwide for Black and Brown artists to be celebrated. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission, and these programs create access points to these principles through transformative artistic experiences. During this time of social distancing, we have expanded our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not have to mean emotional distancing. We have more information on our virtual programming at https://www.ballethispanico.org/community/community-arts-partnerships/virtual-programs or visit our website ballethispanico.org. About Ballet Hispánico For more than fifty years, Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America's Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From its inception Ballet Hispánico focused on providing a haven for Black and Brown Latinx youth and families seeking artistic place and cultural sanctuary. By providing the space for Latinx dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico uplifted marginalized emerging and working artists, which combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization's roots and trajectory. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director, ushering in a new era by inserting fresh energy to the company's founding values and leading Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future. Today, Ballet Hispánico's New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, for fifty years Ballet Hispánico has stood as a catalyst for social change. Ballet Hispánico provides the physical home and cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a robust public presence across its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partner-ships. Through its exemplary artistry, distinguished training program, and deep-rooted community engagement efforts Ballet Hispánico champions and amplifies underrepresented voices in the field. For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of hon-or for the omitted, overlooked, and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower, and give agency to, the Latinx experience and those individuals within it.