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--Inma Heredia, World’s Only Flamenco Standup Comedian to Perform--

(Leonia, New Jersey; September 24, 2012) – BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) premieres Dancing Empire: Four Centuries of Spanish Dance, a new educational program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented at the Leonia Public Library, located at 227 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public. For further information, contact the Leonia Public Library at (201) 592-5770.

BALAM, a New York City-based company, offers a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world with Balinese theatre. This program features Inma Heredia, the world’s first and only Flamenco standup comedian and BALAM’s Resident Guest Actor, as host and entertainer. The dancers performing in this special program are Barbara Romero, guest artist and co-director of Danzas Españolas; Carlos Fttante, artistic director of BALAM; and Robin Gilbert, BALAM principal ballerina.

The audience will be entertained by the rich diversity of Spanish dance and culture through a sophisticated line-up of traditional and original dance choreographies in different styles, including Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, Sephardic, Escuela Bolera, Andalusian Folk-Flamenco, and an original BALAM mask dance. Heredia, graced with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic charm and humor, will add to this eclectic mix performing popular Spanish songs.

Inma Heredia

From Seville, Spain, Ms. Heredia has trained at the London’s Stopgap Theatre Company, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, among others. She has performed for industry luminaries, including Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Pedro Alomodovar; Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuarón; and actors Eve Ensler and Alfred Molina. Her many television credits include appearing on Supercanal, Telemundo, Univision, HBO’s Latino “Habla” and “Habla Ya” campaigns, Comedy Central, and the 2001 and 2002 Latin Grammy Awards.

Ms. Heredia has performed at the United Nations in the Culture for Peace And Public Service Day, the legendary Apollo Theatre and the Comedy Store in Hollywood.


Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre. The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world. Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on the web at Stay updated about the company’s new work, events, activities and announcements on its blog,, or follow the company on Facebook,


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