BalaSole Dance Company, founded in 2010 by Roberto Villanueva (Executive & Artistic Director), is a multi-genre and all-inclusive dance company. Since its official incorporation in July 2010 as an educational non-profit dance organization, the company has presented performances for the general public at prominent New York City dance venues such as the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. In June 2012, BalaSole Dance Company officially became the resident dance company of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
BalaSole Dance Company is the first and only hybrid dance organization (part dance company and part showcase) in the United States that is solely dedicated to bridging the gaps in the field of dance. It provides artists with artistic freedom, mentorship, an arena to express their own artistic voice, and an environment for cross-pollination of styles. The company's executive & artistic director provides artists one-on-one consultations to help them find a balance between "creativity" and "accessibility" in their work.
BalaSole has been described as "a Kaleidoscope of Human Shapes" (The New York Times), "an electrifying showcase" (NBC News), "a showcase for overlooked dancers" (Back Stage New York), and "a unique venture in the contemporary New York dance scene" (Oberon's Grove). Huffington Post highlighted the company for its "Boundless Soul." Attitude Magazine and Time Square Chronicles noted the company for its "admirable goals and intentions." Dance Europe Magazine praised BalaSole for "the presentation of skilled artists who can command the stage." Broadwayworld.com called the company's "emphasis on the creative process extremely refreshing." Theatrescene.net wrote, "This is why we go to see dance." ENV Magazine stated, "this interactive collaboration of independent thinkers has not been seen since the 1980’s in the New York dance scene."
Since 2010, the company has held 19 New York City concert seasons and featured over 200 dance artists performing pieces that range from ballet, modern/contemporary, experimental, postmodern, hip-hop, jazz, musical theater, flamenco, tap to African dance.
The mission of BalaSole Dance Company is to bridge the gaps that exist in the field of dance. BalaSole Dance Company carries out its mission by:
The company was established as a result of the following imbalances, which are contributing to the gaps in the field of concert dance:
The vision of BalaSole Dance Company is to promote a balance in the field of concert dance where:
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