As we ponder how to best support for-profit businesses through this crisis, we should keep in mind that arts organizations are a precious part of our economy and their survival is essential to restoring our souls.
I had the chance to meet the charismatic Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico with my new high school intern Grace Goodsel who is a dancer herself. The interview was surprisingly upbeat considering he is facing a temporarily closed dance school and delayed performances including the 50th-anniversary celebration of the company that was scheduled for earlier this month. His team and dancers are models of resiliency, using their talents to give back and cheer us all up through dance despite having many challenges to overcome.
Ballet Hispánico’s Instagram Series , called B Unidos rolls out new programming every week and guarantees to lift spirits no matter the difficulties you are facing right now. In addition, Company dancers from Ballet Hispánico who are currently quarantining across the country will come together virtually for a video performance in Bailando Juntos, which will be unveiled Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 3 pm.
Meet Eduardo here and learn about how to face a crisis with compassion through these video clips created by Grace who learned about video editing through this project:
What is your personal story? How did your company come about?
What is the creation story of Ballet Hispanico?
As the C.E.O of Ballet Hispanico how has it been for you for the past few weeks, and how have you had to shift to adapt to the current events? Especially with such a big anniversary (50th) coming up?
How can my readers help you and support the arts?
How is staying connected with your colleagues and practicing compassionate leadership important now, more than ever?
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