Four Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! This month, we’re taking time to honor trailblazing SAB alumni as well as highlighting ways to celebrate the enormous influence of the Hispanic community in the arts. Take a look at four ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month…

1. Learn about trailblazing SAB Alumni.

Fernando Bujones performing Bournonville's Konservatoriat at SAB's Workshop Performance in 1971.
Fernando Bujones performing Bournonville’s Konservatoriat at SAB’s Workshop Performance in 1971.

We are proud to highlight ballet icons and SAB alumni of Latinx heritage such as Alicia Alonso, Lourdes Lopez, Paloma Herrera, Fernando Bujones, and Evelyn Cisneros-Legate for their influence on the dance world. Learn more about these groundbreaking figures and catch up on our #SABTrailblazers series.

2. Explore the offerings at Lincoln Center.


Lincoln Center, the home of SAB’s studios, is hosting a variety of virtual and in-person events to celebrate the tremendous artistic contributions of Latinx artists, performers, and arts educators. Listen to the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra perform The Afro-Cuban Music of Chico O’Farrill or watch a Dance Break lesson featuring the Conga!

3. Delve into the historic career of Chita Rivera.

Chita Rivera in West Side Story. Photo by Martha Swope ©New York Public Library

In her new memoir, Chita Rivera shares details of her extraordinary life as a performer, which started as an SAB student at the age of fourteen. A pioneer in her own right, Chita Rivera has paved the way for dancers and performers with a career spanning seven decades. Add this book to your reading list this month, and be sure to read more about Ms. Rivera in our SAB Trailblazer feature as well.

4. Celebrate with Ballet Hispánico.

“Línea Recta”, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Center. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

Join the nation’s largest Latinx dance organization for several Hispanic Heritage Month programs, including their annual community celebration, Celebración Latina, on Sunday, October 15! Since 1970, Ballet Hispánico has been the cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States, creating innovative dance productions, providing transformative dance training, and fostering community engagement.

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