Ballet Hispánico announces auditions for the Pa’lante Scholars Professional Studies Program for the 2022-2023 school year

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The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance announces that applications for the 2022-2023 school year of the Pa’lante Scholars Professional Studies Program are now open. The tuition-free program is aimed at students between the ages of 18 and 25 who wish to pursue a professional career in dance.

Classes will be August 29, 2022 through May 26, 2023, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some performances taking place on weekends. The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/palante-scholars.

Description of the program:

For more than fifty years, Ballet Hispánico has been a platform for young black and brown people to find their dreams in the world of dance. We’ve made it our mission to shine the spotlight on these talented young dancers, elevate their voices, and ultimately make them center stage on the world’s biggest stages. The legacy of Ballet Hispánico is intrinsically linked to the lived experiences of these students. As an organization, we face a period of rebirth of growth and revitalization, and we now seek to build on this legacy of access and inclusion, emboldened by our success to in turn create more opportunities to empower our young people. We are therefore delighted to announce a second year of the Pa’lanta Scholars program.

The Pa’lante Scholars Program was launched in 2021 as an innovative, tuition-free professional study program designed to bridge the gap between the pre-professional and professional stages of a dancer’s career. Ballet Hispánico addresses the need for more career-focused programs that strengthen the artistry and leadership of our communities, without the financial burden often associated with professional development tuition. We believe that a talented young dancer should never be held back by financial difficulties. Removing the financial barrier to professional training will in turn allow young dancers to pursue artistic careers without the burden of tuition debt. The impact of this vision will be reflected as dancers will be better able to thrive in their artistic careers, furthering the recognition and representation of Latinx dancers in the field.

The program immerses selected dancers in an intensive professional program focused on artistic development through a comprehensive full-day program that includes, but is not limited to, daily ballet and contemporary technique classes, masterclasses in Spanish dance, screen, Latin rhythms, floor work, modern dance, and more, plus professional development seminars on topics such as nutrition, self-advocacy, financial planning, and literacy, and other life-work skills frameworks. While focusing on the professionalism necessary to succeed in the world of dance, dancers will have the opportunity to learn and perform selected pieces from the repertoire of the famous Ballet Hispánico company as well as original works created by accomplished choreographers in the field. Each dancer will have the opportunity to benefit from one-on-one coaching and mentoring during rehearsals from the Program Director, as well as other members of the Ballet Hispánico artistic team, including Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Villaro.

With this holistic approach, Pa’lante Fellows will not only strengthen and enhance technical skills, but will deepen each Fellow’s development as a professional dancer and the sensitivity required in their professional work.

To be considered, interested dancers between the ages of 18 and 25 must submit the following documents via the application form before Friday, April 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST:

Application materials:

1. Headshot

2. CV (1 page max) – include at least 2 references.

3. Letter(s) of Recommendation (1 minimum, may submit more) – attesting to the candidate’s work ethic, ability to work in a group, professionalism, maturity and artistry.

4. Essay (written or video) – expressing the applicant’s goals, reasons for applying, ability to afford the cost of living in New York, and why they are a good fit for the program.

5. Video (wide shot, 2 minute sample) – demonstrating ballet and contemporary with minimal editing.

If accepted, Pa’lante Scholar dancers are required to commit to the full academic year in order to participate. Places are limited to maintain the integrity of a corporate life experience. No more than 20 will be accepted. Housing is not provided. All applicants must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 in order to participate in the program. Accommodation is not provided, students are expected to find their own accommodation. To participate in the program, all applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including a booster) and provide proof of U.S. citizenship, green card, permanent residency, and/or valid visa for the duration of the program ( BH is currently unable to offer student visa assistance).

Recent highlights from the 2021-2022 Pa’lante Scholars include a performance in the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and scholars Nina Basu and Laura Perich with Doña Perón as Young Evita. There will also be the Pa’lante Scholars Spring Concert, a public showcase on May 6 and 7, 2022 at 7 p.m. and May 8, 2022 at 1 and 6 p.m. This concert will feature new works by Juan Rodriguez and Tsai-Hsi Hung.

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