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 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.
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.
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