Date & Time: October 3 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Olmsted Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Join the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join us for a talk, demonstration and Q&A with Adelphi alumnus Eduardo Vilaro ’85, Artistic Director and CEO of the Ballet Hispánico, and members of his company.

This is a free event generously sponsored by numerous campus partners.

Eduardo Vilaro - Ballet Hispanico 2021

About the Speaker

Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico

Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual, and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award.

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Event Sponsors

Leading Sponsors

  • Office of Alumni Relations
  • Department of Dance
  • Latin American Studies in the Program of Interdisciplinary Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Office of Student Affairs

Supporting Sponsors

  • Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies
  • Department of Art and Art History
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Department of Theater
  • General Studies
  • Honors College
  • International Studies Program
  • Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
  • Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Studies

Contributing Sponsors

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Levermore Global Scholars
  • Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost contact Dr. Priya Wadhera, Chair of the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department via email, wadhera@adelphi.edufor questions. 

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