Ballet Hispánico, the country’s largest Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s cultural treasures, has announced the appointment of Tamia B. Santana as the new head of engagement and inclusion of the organization. As of today, Santana reports directly to Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO, Ballet Hispánico. https://www.ballethispanico.org/.
In her new leadership role, Santana will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources in Ballet Hispánico’s programming and program to promote a culture of engagement and inclusion aligned with the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion of the organization.
“We are delighted that Tamia is joining our Ballet Hispánico family. She is a strong advocate for the arts and a famous professional in the arts and education, ”said Vilaro. “Ballet Hispánico has served the communities of BIPOC since its creation and experiences diversity on a daily basis, offering our multiracial young people and with different bodies the opportunity to find their passions in a safe space. We have the continuing responsibility to review and analyze areas of our organization. who are affected by inequalities and define a way forward to overcome these challenges. As the Head of Engagement and Inclusion, Tamia will be an integral part of leading our future engagement, inclusion and diversity efforts and strategies. “
Santana will be responsible for strategizing and expanding Ballet Hispánico’s signature model, the community artistic partnership program, to create new avenues of engagement that will build on Ballet Hispánico’s unique space. as an advocate for the community. In collaboration with the artistic team, Santana will propose and plan the programming of the Latinx Dance Institute recently launched by Ballet Hispánico, which includes the Instituto Coreográfico, the “Diálogos” series and the Latinx Dance Leaders Summit. In addition, it will develop institutional community programming that will enhance and strengthen the brand and influence of Ballet Hispánico in New York City, across the country and abroad. In addition, Santana will play a decisive role in developing and maintaining lasting partnerships with schools, theaters, cultural organizations and universities. Santana brings with her 15 years of experience in directing, curating, producing and touring. She is the founder and former executive director of the Brooklyn Dance Festival, and co-founder of the Jeté Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Santana sits on the One Brooklyn Board of Directors through New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams, promoting collaboration and engagement among Brooklyn’s diverse communities through events, programs and services. She is proud to be a member of the Bessie Awards Steering Committee and Resident Director of the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Dance Festival Concert Series for Target First Saturday. Additionally, Santana has supported the organization and direction of dance events at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), SummerStage, Brooklyn Borough Hall and more.
About the Hispanic Ballet
For fifty years, the Hispánico Ballet has been the premier voice at the intersection of 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 Latin American cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training and lasting community engagement experiences. National Medal of the Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of post-war civil rights movements. Since its inception, Ballet Hispánico has focused on providing a safe haven for young black and brown Latinxes and families seeking an artistic venue and cultural sanctuary. By providing a space for Latinx dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico has uplifted emerging and active marginalized artists, who, combined with training, voice authenticity, and the power of representation, have fueled the roots and trajectory of the organization. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as artistic director, ushering in a new era by inserting new energy into the founding values of the company and leading Ballet Hispánico towards an artistically dynamic future. Today, the headquarters of the Ballet Hispánico in New York City is home to a dance school and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programming and the artistic community. From its origins as a dance school and community performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispánico has been a catalyst for social change for fifty years. Ballet Hispánico is the physical home and cultural heart of Latin dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a solid public presence through its three main programs: its company, its dance school and its partnerships with community arts. Through its exemplary artistic talent, distinguished training program, and deeply rooted community engagement efforts, Ballet Hispánico advocates and amplifies under-represented voices in the field. For fifty years, the Hispánico Ballet has given pride of place to the overlooked, neglected and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower and empower the Latinx experience and the people who make it up.