Students Take a Journey in Dance and Culture in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on Wednesday, October 11, Stephen Gaynor School’s neighbors from Ballet Hispánico held an assembly for the entire school. Dancers performed three pieces that took students on a journey from Mexico to Brazil and countries in between, highlighting different music, styles, and costumes.

The Associate School Director from Ballet Hispánico, Rodney Hamilton, introduced each piece, and helped the students visualize the sights and sounds that inspired the choreographers and dancers. Mr. Hamilton introduced the assembly, saying, “It is really exciting to we come and share how we celebrate our Hispanic and Latinx culture. Ballet Hispánico has been around for 53 years. The company was started with a small group of dancers and has now grown to the largest Latinx/Hispanic arts organization in the nation. So, we’re very excited and very proud. And that’s one of the reasons that we’ve been invited here to celebrate this Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Students got out of their seats and even learned a few merengue moves — it turns out Gaynor students have a great sense of rhythm! Ballet Hispánico offers classes for children and adults and are hosting a Block Party on Sunday, October 15, to close Hispanic Heritage Month. The block party is open to the whole community and you can RSVP here!