ALBORADA SPANISH DANCE THEATRE Overview
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 13,000 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.
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.
• Our 18th annual home season production, “The Moorish Connection - From Ancient Persia to Cordoba, Spain”, took our enthusiastic audience back in time to the years 711 to 1492, when Moorish music and dance fused with the Gypsy Flamenco art, and with the Hebrew chants found in the synagogues in Córdoba.
• Our second annual "Fería de Sevilla" free-to-the-public outdoor flamenco dance and music festival, presented in collaboration with Woodbridge Township at the Parker Press Park, with second annual title sponsorship by The Bank of Woodbridge (Div. of BCB Community Bank), and new sponsorships from AmeriHealth New Jersey and UPS®, along with support from local small businesses. This event, emulating Spain's famous "Fería de Abril" (Seville April Fair), reached over 500 people with flamenco dance performed with live guitar music, dance and castanet workshops, arts & crafts, Spanish food and more.
• Continued touring of our popular "Hispanic Tapas" show, a dance journey through Spain, Mexico and South America, to new venues - Bucks County Performing Arts Center in Yardley, PA and the Roxbury Performing Arts Center in Succasunna, NJ.
• The premiere of a new show, "Spring Fever!", at the Jersey Show Arts Center in Neptune, NJ, featuring the talented soloists and ensemble of Alborada.
• Touring of our holiday production, "El Sueño - The Dream", to theaters in West Windsor and Rahway, NJ.
Opening our new season on September 13, 2014, Alborada performed its 19th home season production, "A Flamenco Tap Happening", receiving a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience at Crossroads Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ). In collaboration with two exciting stars of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble - Maurice Chestnut and Karen Callaway Williams - and accompanied by saxophone player James Rook, Alborada's musicians and dancers took its audience on a vibrant and historical journey to 1929, when Spanish Poet Laureate Federico García Lorca visited New York’s Harlem and wrote a poem entitled “The King of Harlem”, exploring the search for identity of African Americans and the Spanish Gypsies at this time in history. This unique program was supported in part by the MCCHC, with the use of Crossroads Theatre generously underwritten by Johnson & Johnson.
Alborada has a busy 2014 - 2015 season ahead. Please visit our website for more details - www.alboradadance.org.