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Honoring Tina Ramirez, Founder of Ballet Hispanico


Dance visionary Tina Ramirez (1920-2022), founding Artistic Director of America's leading Latinx dance organization, Ballet Hispanico, died peacefully on September 6, 2022.

Ramirez founded the organization in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements, and served as the Artistic Director until 2009. Her purpose was to address structural inequities in the arts, and she fulfilled this by creating a space where Hispanic dance and marginalized artists and youth can thrive. Ballet Hispanico continues to reach people through its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships.

"Tina's legacy lives on not only in the extraordinary gift that she left the world, but in each and every person, child, artist and family member that she touched and inspired. We are all part of her legacy of access and cultural pride and will continue her mission to give everyone the right to find their power and voice in dance," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO.

In honor of her passing, Ballet Hispanico will be hosting a public ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2023. To attend, please register in advance at 92ny.org/event/life-and-legacy-of-tina-ramirez.

For more on Ballet Hispanico, visit ballethispanico.org.

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