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Phone: 732-598-3979
860 King Georges Post Road
Fords
New Jersey 08863
USA
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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, over 12,000 people benefit from Alborada's diverse cultural arts programming.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assist with marketing activities, such as distributing advertising materials, preparing press releases, entering show information on event websites and more. Provide logistical assistance at shows either backstage or front-of-the house.

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.

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:
From July 2012 - June 2013, Alborada brought the beauty and rich diversity of the Spanish cultural arts to over 12,600 people in NJ and the greater Tri-State, including over 6,600 students in 30 K-12 schools. Programs include 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). On September 15, 2012, Alborada peformed its 17th home season production, "The Three Gypsies", for an enthusiastic audience at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, accompanied by the Joel Rudin Chamber Ensemble and baritone Ernesto TresPalacio. This unique program interweaving flamenco with classical Spanish dance and music, was supported in part by the MCCHC and New Music USA Live Music for Dance Program, with the use of Crossroads Theatre generously provided by Johnson & Johnson. And for the first time ever, Alborada - in collaboration with the Woodbridge Arts Alliance and BCB Community Bank - brought the famous April Fair of Sevilla, Spain to the Woodbridge Parker Press Park on April 21, 2013 in a free-to-the-community "Feria de Sevilla" festival. For 3 hours, over 600 attendees enjoyed Spanish food, arts & crafts, dance performances, and dance & castanet demonstrations.

In August 2012, Alborada received its third grant from Target in support of 2 Spanish dance and music assemblies for financially underserved K-12 school districts, which were held in November 2012 at North Plainfield High School, and in February 2013 at School 28 in Elizabeth. New supporters of our mission included the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation, the Dennis and Denise Gesumaria Charitable Fund, with annual support continuing by Rawson Foods.

Our 2013 fall season began with our newest home season production “The Moorish Connection - From Ancient Persia to Cordoba, Spain”, performed on September 8 at the Main Stage Theatre at Middlesex County College (Edison). In the words of Alborada’s Executive Director Eva Lucena, “This show took the audience back in time to the years 711 to 1492, when Moorish music and dance fused with the Gypsy Flamenco art of that era and also joined with the Hebrew chants found in the synagogues in Córdoba, in Spain’s southern province of Andalucía. This concert was significant because it reminds us of our shared heritage with other cultures. It tells us that through dance and music we can bring cultures together in harmony and peace. This is a journey that took place centuries ago, melded the Jewish population, the Moors, and the Spanish Gypsies, and gave the world - Flamenco!”. We were thrilled to have an enthusiastic audience who loved the show!

Alborada has a busy fall 2013 season - please visit our website for more details! www.alboradadance.org

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10/29/13
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 ... more »
10/29/13
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 ... more »
10/25/13
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... more »
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