Latin Ballet | The Art Scene

Latin Ballet | The Art Scene


♪♪ Can we go over this part?
You need to teach. You got to learn it. I think that what draws
people into Ana Ines King, working with her, is that she has a way
of bringing out the beautiful in every dancer
that she works with and every person that she meets. Puts 110 percent into every
production that she does, whether it’s with the students,
with the parents, coordinating the sets,
coordinating the costumes. Getting everybody ready
to put the best foot forward and the best show. Something that makes
the Latin Ballet special is Miss Ana. She is an absolute inspiration,
an absolute powerhouse. She uses people’s uniqueness
and she shows that off onstage. I was interested in dance even when I was
the belly of my mama because my mommy
was a dancer. Before I actually walk,
she was showing me steps. And going down the steps,
we will dance. See when you dance and also
when you play an instrument and also when you do
your passion, what you like the most,
automatically you feel proud. Now let’s do the rehearsal. Latin ballet is very unique in the fact that
we bring a culture that a lot of people don’t
understand and they don’t know and they don’t see
the beauty in it because it’s not
in the mainstream, it’s not in the forefront. We have a lot of students that
are not of a Latino background. So they come and they say well,
what is flamenco, what is merengue,
what is bachata? And we can actually
give them that so that they can in turn,
each one teach one. Go home and share that
with everybody else as well. There’s more to this
than just ballet or modern. We can take those styles and
kind of fuse them into our jazz, the Caribbean music,
the Latin music, all of these things that fuse
to make dance what it is for us. There’s just a vocabulary that comes with being
in the Latin Ballet classroom. It catches on.
All the girls will use specific Spanish words
for specific movements and then sometimes we’ll
switch over to English. FS: It helps the Spanish
speaking students that are trying to learn
English as a second language. It helps them feel more
comfortable with English. And as well as a lot
of the students that don’t speak Spanish, they’re there
because their families want them to be submerged
into the Latin culture and to learn some Spanish. Ana is very passionate
as a director and as a teacher. She’s very, very in tune
with the needs of the audience, as well as the needs
of the dancers and how to make it the
best experience for everybody. Her productions are
completely unique. They’re completely
an interpretation of a story, her interpretation
of a story through dance. And a lot of what she just wants
to communicate is her passion and her love for dance. And I think something that
she teaches that is not taught in pretty much
any other dance school is how to be passionate
and absolutely love dance. Every single one of our
productions is a story. It’s quite amazing to see
what she can come up with just within a year, let alone within a day,
a month, a week, you know. And she can pull it all together
very succinctly, very fast. It is more fun to see like
the whole history in dance, in a dance production. And it’s only really like
how many people that they have that they don’t know
that part of the history or what all the story
from a book that we are seeing. That they actually send me
emails or texting, asking where did
the music is from, why did you choose that music
and what is that, what does this means this? And where can I find the book,
things like that. [Music] I think one of
the best things about Day of the Dead
and Día de los Muertos is that we’re used
to these shows, but in our culture
in Northern America, it’s, you know, Halloween
is kind of just dressing up in costumes and going around. But, you know,
for our Day of the Dead it’s more of celebrating
the dead and bringing them
into our homes every day and that
they’re never forgotten. For Day of the Dead, we went
over there with the company to learn how to do, the actual visual
for Day of the Dead. And so it’s really beautiful
to go over there, get the instruments
that they have and learn from this, the real native telling us
what is the inspiration and what do we have
to do at that moment and feel at that moment. It’s not the same being here
and just talk about. I feel magical when I dance
with the Latin Ballet, and especially when
I’m telling these stories. Because I know there’s some girl
in the audience who was me when I was that age going –
what’s happening? Oh, I love that, I can do that. When I come
to the Latin Ballet and when I perform
and when we’re dancing to pieces and when we’re dancing
in productions, it’s about the story and it’s about sharing
that story with the community. Ana has taught me that
you’re not too old to dance and to live your dream. When you dance,
when you act, you are, you have to be proud because you have to show
who you are, tell a story with your body. (Clapping and Cheering)

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