About

Ballet Hispánico

Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage | July 14-18

A Festival favorite known for “piercing stereotypes” (The New York Times), Ballet Hispánico is celebrated as the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Under the direction of former Company member, Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the company is recognized for bringing communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.

Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramírez, the organization emerged during the post-civil rights movement on New York’s Upper West Side, providing a safe haven for primarily Black and Brown Latinx youth seeking artistic sanctuary during New York City’s plight in the 1970s. The need for place, both culturally and artistically, led families to find Ballet Hispánico. The focus on dance as a means to develop working artists, combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory. With its strong emphasis on dance, achievement, and public presence, the organization has flourished in its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. The organization serves as a platform for historically omitted and overlooked artists, providing them with increased capacity, voice, and affirmation. Their program celebrates five decades of lush and virtuosic dance, and includes:

  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Tiburones, a daring and insightful work that addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture
  • Batucada Fantástica, comprised of three selected solos by Vicente Nebrada
  • 18+1 by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Explore past Pillow performances on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive:

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This is an in-person event. An online presentation of this event will be available to stream July 29 – August 12. If you are interested in booking a ticket for the online event, please click here.

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Please review our COVID-19 protocols for visits to Jacob’s Pillow. All patrons are required to wear masks on-site. Patrons are only permitted to enter campus with a completed copy of our pre-provided Health Questionnaire and a ticket to at least one event occurring on the day of their visit. All events at Jacob’s Pillow this summer will be held outside or in outdoor tents. Performances and PillowTalks are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. We value your safety; thank you for helping us to produce our festival responsibly.

Event Dates
Wednesday, Jul 14

2:00 PM

Wednesday, Jul 14

6:00 PM

Thursday, Jul 15

2:00 PM

Thursday, Jul 15

6:00 PM

Friday, Jul 16

2:00 PM

Friday, Jul 16

6:00 PM

Saturday, Jul 17

2:00 PM

Saturday, Jul 17

6:00 PM

Sunday, Jul 18

2:00 PM

Onsite Event:
Ballet Hispánico
(Leir Stage)

At Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage: Jul 14 - Jul 18