Latin Ballet Dance

Sheila Ward
Photo Credit: Elli Morris

Name

Melissa Perez-Obregon
2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone Number: 804-855-9251
Email Address: latinballet@latinballet.com
Website: www.latinballet.com

Biography

The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) supports a future love of the arts through a number of initiatives.  LBV’s professional dance company brings innovative and exciting culturally-rich dance experiences to the community as a whole, traveling to sites around the state (and often beyond, including international engagements) to tell stories plucked from Spanish traditions.

Through the “Be Proud of Yourself” (BPY) educational programs, LBV utilizes members of our professional dance company and faculty to prepare children (especially Hispanic, minority, and at-risk children) for success by providing access to professional dance performances, promoting an understanding of different cultures, and offering unique opportunities for children (and their families) to learn a variety of skills through dance.  As a school of dance, LBV inspires future leaders, teaching skills like persistence and humility that last a lifetime.  The Latin Ballet also nurtures a Junior Company, shaping talented and committed students into professional dancers.   Through each of these programs, LBV works to facilitate access to and participation in cultural experiences. 

Guided by a mission to, “create and strengthen connections to Hispanic/Latin American cultures through innovative and immersive dance-inspired education and performances that affect positive and sustainable change in people's lives," the Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) provides culturally diverse performances and classes, paying specific attention to those most likely to miss out on the arts. LBV seeks to connect cultures; educating and inspiring through innovative educational activities. LBV supports the community by helping prepare Hispanic and minority at-risk children for success and increasing access to the arts for low-income families.

Educational Background/Training

Ana Ines King (Artistic Director, Educational Programs Coordinator) holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from the Instituto de Bellas Artes of Colombia, South America. Mrs. King has 25 years of experience teaching, directing and performing in South America and the United States. She was a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography and at the Center for the Arts of Henrico County, for seven years. She currently directs LBV's collaboration with Richmond CenterStage educational programs.

Ana Patricia Nuckols (Dancer, Faculty, and Director of Operations & Digital Development) has a B.A. in Global Affairs with concentrations in Environment, Latin America, and Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Dance/Performance from George Mason University. A native of El Salvador, she has over 15 years experience teaching, performing and choreographing in the US.

As teaching professionals, we do continuing education in a variety of dance styles, as well as in Dance as Therapy, Release Techniques, Somatics, and Body Mind Centering.

Tremendous experience in working with diverse populations in varied settings has been the greatest training for developing our artistic skills. LBV reaches directly over 600 youth annually in our residencies. This does not include those we engage through workshops, lecture demonstrations and classes at our school of dance. Yearly we review our successes and our areas of weakness and refine our programs and our training. As we have watched the needs of the community change, we have adapted our programs and received additional training so that we might continue to offer quality programs to additional populations.

Richmond's Hispanic population has grown considerably and now accounts for nearly 6 percent of the city's population. LBV began as a way for those new to the U.S. to have a place that was familiar and where they could feel accepted. Today LBV strives to be a place where kids realize their true potential. As it has grown, LBV has reached out to a wide variety of students who can feel lost (those struggling with learning disabilities, health needs, or just looking for a place to belong) and provided them with a place to go to realize their potential and feel accepted.

Fees

Dance Theater Productions - Repertory Performance - $4,500 - $10,000 (Depending on production version and quantity of performers)

Lecture Demonstration: From $1,500 - $3,000 (Depending on the quantity of artists involved)

School wide performance by the students: $1,500

School wide performance by the students/Lecture demonstration: $2,000

Workshop: From $100-$200 (Depending on the number of students and instructors involved)

Residency: From $4,000 ($400 per day) - $6,000 ($400 per day and Lecture Demonstration included)

*Fees are negotiable depending upon the size and scope of the service, as well as the needs of the presenter. Fees do not include accommodation expenses.

Audience

All ages

LBV is committed to high quality and professionalism in our performances and through our educational programs. All services are appropriate and/or adaptable for a variety of audiences.

Educational Programs

  • The Be Proud of Yourself (BPY) educational programs teach language skills, promote self-respect, encourage higher education, and offer guidance to students new to the U.S., while offering innovative and exciting lessons in culture.

    BPY includes:

    • Spanish Language through Dance, emphasizing language, identity, history and culture.
    • Dance as Therapy, incorporates the science of breathing, energy and the brain with movement and dance for children with attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, high functioning autism disorder and mild cerebral palsy.
    • English as a Second Language through Dance, helping those new to the US improve language communication skills.
    • Everybody READS! promoting love for reading and literature.
    • Arts Education Summer Day Camp, a full immersion camp for students 5 to 13.  Comprised of Four sessions of two weeks each, the camp includes classes such as percussion, arts and crafts, dance history, storytelling, dance-theater, Latin ballet, Hip Hop, Latin and Spanish dances.  LBV's Educational Program Director collaborates with instructors to ensure compliance with the Virginia Standards of Learning for the Arts.
    • Healthy Love for Me, providing health education for obese and children at risk.
    • Jardin VERDE (Green Garden) uses art to express the power of nature and the dangers nature faces from humans, challenging youth to consider ways they can positively impact the world.

    The Latin Ballet offers: Lecture Demonstrations - 40 min to 1 hour performance -that includes cultural and historical information about the dance, the countries where the dances originated and audience participation; Residencies - series of workshops for 4 to 10 weeks that include a final performance by the students and a lecture demonstration by LBV artists; Performances - short presentations by LBV artists including student participation; Workshops -one to a series of lessons of less than 4 weeks; Master Classes- a one time lesson of 2 hours; and Full  Length Productions – includes a full production by all LBV professional artists of 1 to 2 hours in length.

    Goals - Student improvement, as evaluated by grades and/or teacher feedback, in: communication and social skills: ability to follow instructions, focus on lesson plans and participate in activities: and increase in self-esteem. BPY study guides include more in-depth information on content and outcomes. 
    LBV has extensive study guides that show the connection dance has to many subject areas. For a more in depth look at our programs, please refer to the study guides on our website.

    https://www.latinballet.com/index.php/classes/education-programs

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