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Hillsiders Explore Latinx Dance & Culture

On Friday, September 30, Hillside students attended a special performance from Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latinx cultural dance organization in the United States.

Ballet Hispánico's brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance, and community engagement.

As part of the dance company's "Performances for Young People" program, Hillside students were taken on an interactive journey through Latinx dance and culture. Excerpts from the Ballet Hispánico repertoire were narrated by their artistic leadership and included Dance Creole, Bury Me Standing, Con Brazos Abiertos, and Batucada Fantaistica.

Learn more about each excerpt, the choreography, the choreographer, the artistic components, and the questions that guided classroom activities by clicking on the images below.

Students also learned about Latinx icons like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente in a Q+A segment that rounded out the show. 

"We all truly appreciated and enjoyed this amazing performance," said SEPTA Vice President Amanda Kupillas. 


BONUS PDF: Batucada Fantai_stica Study Guide