ALBORADA SPANISH DANCE THEATRE

Rating: 4.9 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 860 King Georges Post Road Fords NJ 08863 USA

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 2013 - June 2014), Alborada brought the rich diversity of the Spanish cultural arts to over 15,700 people in New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area, including over 8,400 students in 32 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. Highlights of the year included: • 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.
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.
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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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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I can't think of any.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the appreciation on the faces of the people who attend the community events. Their excitement is contagious!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How I have come to realize my own creative potential and been able to go beyond my boundaries. It was something that I didn't think would happen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Positive, hardworking, helpful, fair, and generous with their time and advice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do a lot more of what it is already doing.

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About every week

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2010-1-01

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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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more funding to support their current programs and to grow in the future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to expand their classes, if at all possible, to addt'l locations in New Jersey

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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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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Great company of dancers and musicians! Also teachers!

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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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the emotional and intellectual enrichment I get from attending their performances

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About every six months

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2009-9-01

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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!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great people and full of dedication.

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About every six months

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2009-11-01

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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!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I learn and gain confidence in my ability to perform.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most professional and talented!

Ways to make it better...

More stduent dancers at my level of learning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting well-known and respected in the community.

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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