Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ballet Hispanico Spring Gala at the Plaza Hotel In New York City

Monday night was the Ballet Hispanico Carnaval Gala 2018 celebrating the impact of Latino Leaders in America.
The evening honored Emilio and Gloria Stephan who could not have been nicer. When it came time to make a pledge of $15,000 for a full scholarship Glorias hand was the first to go up in the ballroom. Carolina Herrera was honored and was surprised by a fashion show carried out by the dancers from the Ballet Hispanico Company. Marcos Torres was also honored and he remarked on the help of a school teacher that turned his life around as a teenager growing up in NY having lost both his parents, There was hardly a dry eye in the room at the end of the speech. Then he asked us all to recognize the teacher with a warm round of applause as he pointed him out in the room. 
It was an evening about music and dance and paying it forward and helping others. It brought us all together. We got to see the school dancers and the company perform. There was also a group from New Orleans who had come up to NY to dance for the event. The company has been working with Ballet Hispanico too.
Emilio talked about the importance of roots and remembering where we come from while Gloria reminded us that the arts transcend age, race, religious and political lines and unites us all.
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