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BALLET HISPANICO MAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS DEBUT, OCT 1

August 18, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
BALLET HISPANICO
OCTOBER 1


Fairfax, Virginia, August 16, 2005—Established in 1970 by artistic director Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico’s innovative repertory fuses ballet, modern, and Latin dance forms into a spirited image of contemporary Latin culture. Now, the company makes its Center for the Arts debut with a mixed bag program including excerpts from some of their most popular works on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00PM. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
Critics have hailed Ballet Hispanico for their ability to meld Latin culture and movement within contemporary choreography. The pieces in their eclectic repertory have been hailed as “vibrant” (Tierra de Nadie by Clive Barnes, in The New York Post), “light and lively…exceedingly well performed” (Eternamente y un Día, by Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times), and “a silky, sexy joy” (Club Havana, by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times).
Artistic director Tina Ramirez was born in Venezuela and came to the United States at the age of seven. Since founding Ballet Hispanico in 35 years ago, Ms. Ramirez has garnered praise for her talent and foresight. Among the many accolades she has received, Ms.

Ramirez is the recipient of 2002 Dance Magazine award, one of the dance world’s highest honors and, in 2004, she was named by AARP Magazine as one of its ten “People of the Year.” She received an Hispanic Heritage Award in 1999 and a Governor’s Arts award in 1987 for her outstanding contributions to the quality of New York’s cultural life.

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Tickets for BALLET HISPANICO are $44, $36 and $22. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.