Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, announced that West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam was be designated “Ballet Hispánico Way” by City Council in a special street naming ceremony on October 20, 2022. An integral part of the Upper West Side community, Ballet Hispánico’s building is located on the block and the neighborhood has served as its headquarters for over 50 years.
The ceremony took place at 167 W. 89th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues at 11am this morning. Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, honorary chair Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Board Chair Kate Lear, and District 6 New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer spoke at the event.
Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx/Hispanic cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. For over 50 years, Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy and is now the largest Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico continues to be a catalyst for cultural unity across its three programs: Company, School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships.