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 Post subject: BALAM Dance Theatre Awarded Grant for Baroque Program
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:25 pm 

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BALAM Dance Theatre Awarded Grant to Create New Spanish Baroque Program

Summary: BALAM Dance Theatre has received a Fund for Creative Communities grant to create a new workshop series and performance, A Don Quixote for the Washington Heights Choir School, to present during September and October in New York City.

(New York, NY; July 31, 2014) -- BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) announces that the New York City-based ensemble dance company has been awarded a grant from the Fund for Creative Communities. The grant will provide seed money to present a Spanish Baroque dance workshop series and a performance for the community to experience and engage with the arts.

BALAM will create a workshop and new program, A Don Quixote for the Washington Heights Choir School, inspired by the classic novel, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The children’s workshop series will run from September 4 through October 17 and be offered free-of-charge to the students attending the institution.

They will receive Baroque dance lessons that complement their current Baroque music lessons at Washington Heights Choir School and dance and act in a finale performance with BALAM's artists on October 18. In the workshop, students will learn period fencing, perform the dances sarabande and bourree, and work with grotesque masks in the commedia dell'arte style.

The program will feature BALAM’s artists and guest artist Broadway actor and singer Mauricio Villalobos, as the bilingual English and Spanish narrator and Don Quixote figure, and Elias Guzman performing on the vihuela. The performance will be presented on October 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Holyrood Episcopal Church -- Iglesia Santa Cruz, located at 715 West 179th Street, in New York City. The performance will be free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

"This award enables BALAM to introduce and serve children and families from the vibrant Washington Heights community to Baroque music and dance and our eclectic programming," said Carlos Fittante, artistic director, BALAM Dance Theatre.

The program, A Don Quixote for Washington Heights Choir School, is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About BALAM Dance Theatre

Founded as a contemporary dance company in 1979 by choreographer and movement researcher Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) joins diverse dances and historical periods from around the world with the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre. A New York City-based chamber company, BALAM creates an entertainment experience that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The company’s innovative artistry and movement fusion of athletic and detailed skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

Programs include customized choreographies, lectures, demonstrations, master classes and workshops that educate the community at the grassroots level. BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues, including First Night New York, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Downtown Dance Festival and appeared throughout the United States and internationally. Praise has been received 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, visit BALAM Dance Theatre at; follow the company on Facebook,; and check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance and Pinterest.


Media Contact: Luhrs & Associates, Publicist, 201-592-9126, luhrsassocpress[at]

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