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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance

Mission: Through dance, drama and music, Alborada’s passionate artistry reveals the many diverse and historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. Both entertaining and educational, the variety of its repertoire runs the artistic gamut of Spanish Flamenco and traditional dances, to Hispanic, Celtic, Moorish cultural influences and beyond. The Company brings the "Power of Spanish Dance Theatre" with widely acclaimed repertoire performed in theaters throughout New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area. Alborada also provides Arts-in-Education programs for K-12 schools, colleges, libraries, museums and corporations as well as community outreach programs for the elderly and at-risk youth.

Results: In our recent fiscal year (July 2014 - June 2015), Alborada brought the rich diversity of the Spanish cultural arts to over 11,600 people in New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area, including over 6,900 students in 31 K-12 schools. Programs included exciting full-stage theater productions, Arts-in-Education lecture demonstrations and community outreach presentations. Annual support continued from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission (MCCHC), with new business sponsors joining the mission. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary as a non-profit organization and a cultural resource, highlights of the year included: • Our 20th anniversary home season production, “20 Years of Flamenco and Spanish Dance in New Jersey" on September 25th, took our enthusiastic audience on a vibrant retrospective journey of favorite choreographies, excerpts from our acclaimed "Sephardic Connection" show and new dances pointing to the company's bright future. This program was supported in part by the MCCHC, with the use of Crossroads Theatre generously underwritten by Johnson & Johnson. • Our third annual "Fería de Sevilla" free-to-the-public outdoor flamenco dance and music festival, presented on May 3rd in collaboration with Woodbridge Township at the Parker Press Park, with returning sponsorships by The Bank of Woodbridge - Div. of BCB Community Bank), AmeriHealth New Jersey and UPS®, along with support from local small businesses. This event, emulating Spain's famous "Fería de Sevilla" (Seville Fair), reached over 600 people with flamenco dance performed with live guitar music, educational workshops (dance, castanet and cajon), children's arts & crafts, Spanish food and more. A new feature was a call to visual artists to come and make original art inspired by the Feria, which was displayed at the Woodbridge Barron Arts Center for 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month. • Touring of our Three Kings Day holiday production, with new venues in December 2015. • FY 2016 will see the expansion of our mission to include history projects - with the award of 2 grants from the History Program of the MCCHC and the NJ Council on the Humanities in support of "The History of Spaniards in NJ" project. This project will feature a free public lecture with Q&A on high level research conducted on the migration of Galicians and Sephardic Jews from Spain to NJ since the mid-1800's, accompanied by visual aids such as a costume display, photos, and Alborada artists demonstrating regional musical instruments and dance movements. A Spring 2016 date will be announced ASAP for the event. Alborada has a busy 2015 - 2016 season ahead. Please visit our website for more details - www.alboradadance.org.

Target demographics: All ages of children and adults of all ethnic backgrounds are served by Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Annually, between 10,000 to 15,000 people benefit from Alborada's diverse cultural arts programming.

Geographic areas served: State of New Jersey and greater Tri State area

Programs: Full-Stage Theater Productions: Recuerdos de Espana - Spain's Golden Age of Classical Dance and Flamenco; The Moorish Connection - The influences of Ancient Persia on Cordoba, Spain; Homenajes - Spain's cultural history from the 1930's - 1980's; Spain Meets Ireland - The surprising Celtic Connection of northern Spain with Ireland; The Sephardic Connection - The powerful story of the Spanish Jews in 1492; The Journey - The roots of flamenco in India; The Feast of Sarah - Gypsy cultures in Spain, Hungary and the Balkans; The Trail of Gold - The Age of Spanish Exploration in South America; Feria - A festival celebration of Spain and Mexico; Pasion - The passion of Flamenco and the Argentinean Tango; El Sueno - Celebrate Three Kings Day and enjoy the diversity of dances from Spain and Latin America; Dance Dramas - Granada The End (Death of Garcia Lorca), El Amor Brujo (Manuel de Falla's Ballet). Arts-in-Education Lecture Demonstrations are provided in K-12 Schools, Colleges / Universities, Libraries, Museums, Corporate Diversity Events, Senior Centers, and in community outreach organizations for residents in assisted living centers and at-risk youth. We also perform in Hispanic Heritage Month events, Flamenco Tablaos in Spanish Restaurants, and in free-to-the public festivals. Please visit the Alborada website www.alboradadance.org for more information on our programs.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended numerous theatre shows and community events with performances by Alborado Spanish Dance Theatre.
The commitment of the group to educate the public about the history of Spanish dance is an inspiration to me as well as are the singers and dancers who display the artistry of Flamenco in a colorful and exciting way.

Viva Espana and viva Alborado!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ten years or so that I have been involved with Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre and its executive director, Eva Lucena, have given me a wealth of artistic, cultural, educational and practical experiences. As a student, the study of dances from the many regions of Spain and around the world has given me such an appreciation of the immensity of the influence and appeal of Spanish music and dance. One does not have to be of Hispanic heritage to fall under its spell. I have had the opportunity to perform some of these beautiful dances at senior centers, hospitals, schools and festivals. Sharing this passion for dance with such appreciative audiences is very rewarding. Working with and learning from the many talented members of Alborada's company is such a pleasure. Their loyalty and hard work is inspiring. The most inspiring is Eva, herself. She works ceaselessly to maintain the high standard of the company that she co-founded with Maria Alba and to create opportunities to bring Alborada's cultural treasures to the public.
Signing up for flamenco lessons ten years ago was a leap of faith and turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done for myself. And one more thing, I LOVE the costumes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student of Alborada, I find the study of flamenco and the regional dances of Spain such a beautiful and uplifting experience. It has enriched my life. I have talked to so many people and they all say that since becoming involved with Alborada, whether through lessons, volunteering, or just enjoying the performances, that a whole new world has opened up for them. There are many opportunities to volunteer to perform at festivals and events that serve the community, like The Freehold Latino Festival, on the boardwalk in Belmar, The East Brunswick Street Festival, The Lakewood Renaissance Faire, The Internatioal Festival at Red Bank Elementary School, and The Metuchen June Bug Festival. Alborada students give their time and, in return, reap the rewards of of the joy of performing these gorgeous, culturally and historically rich dances! Nowhere else could this be but as a student of Eva Lucena, who nurtures us all, and Alborada. I can immerse myself in a culture and history that is not my own, but that resonates deep within me. Flamenco is age-friendly, and does not require a certain body type in order to participate. As long as I can strap on my flamenco shoes, I will continue to study and learn and, hopefully be an ambassador of good will to this wonderful world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alborada is a wonderful organization that works tremendously hard to educate the community about culture and the power of dance. Their shows are thoughtfully choreographed and beautifully performed, each telling a story that captures, enlightens, and entertains. Aside from their shows, Alborada also participates in many community events, spreading awareness and excitement for Spanish dance to people of all ages and walks of life. The classes offered by various members of the company throughout New Jersey are welcoming of dancers at all levels, inspiring even the most apprehensive participant to succumb to the joys of music and movement. I am certainly grateful to Alborada for being a true inspiration to me for over six years and I look forward to enjoying all their future projects.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre merits special recognition for transmitting the cultural heritage to the public. I have experienced the great fortune to receive instruction in the art form of Spanish dance
from master teachers Eva Lucena and Claudia Campbell. From both of them, I have been enriched intellecutally and aesthetically with regard to Hispanic culture, history, folklore, language, and music.
I have appreciated the opportunity to participate in community service with Alborada by performing
in local venues with the company and students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer my time to Alborada to help with marketing and small grant writing tasks. This dance company truly makes miracles on a shoestring budget. They bring a Broadway show like experience on stage – live music, dance, singing, drama, poetry, history and more – at ticket prices usually $20 or below. Their passion for the Spanish cultural arts is unmatched, and they also bring in other world cultures – Latino, Caribbean, Indian, Irish, Middle Eastern and more – to show how these cultures influenced Spain, and through these arts, to also show how we can appreciate cultural differences and similarities.

Maria79

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alborada's shows are truly spectacular; their performers are dedicated experts and scholars of this genre, so it definitely shows the love and respect they have for authenticity and art. Their flamenco classes are fun and comprehensive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Heritage Month committee wants to thank you for today's presentation. It went very well and was well received by the children, the parents, the teachers, the staff and the guests; we were also pleased to see that the dancers and musicians did a fantastic job. We want to thank you for bringing us happiness with your music and dancers to our school. This show was an excellent event to wrap up our Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Washington Community School.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I try to attend all their performances in my area. The well executed choreography is original and brings out elements of flamenco well researched and rarely displayed by other companies. Alborada embraces diversity, unifies traditions, and celebrates the gypsy experience. Educational, uplifting, inspirational!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly respect and admire the work (lots of work) that Alborada did for the community and for its artists members! The only group in New Jersey, such a big state but there is no foundation like Alborada that sustains all years preserving the Flamenco arts and culture. The performances has no boundaries, always exploring new works, that we could see in the company repertoire shows, presenting the mix of different culture, and in every show they have always involved large numbers of performers. This scale I have only experienced on & off Broadway theaters. Alborada artists members do these because they LOVE doing it! so every presentation come from their hearts and the audience could simply see this loving and talented energies on stage! They deserve all your support! I forgot to mention also, I am lucky to find Alborada and have learned the Flamenco dance the past 1yr from them. OLE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am taking lessons in Flamenco Dance--it's the only studio that does so where in my area--and the dance company is great. Full of talented people and great teachers!