Those who live in the New York City area know that there was a serious water main break on Monday on the Upper West Side.  I now understand that the break was at or near Ballet Hispánico’s home on 167 West 89th Street, and that the building will be closed through Labor Day. Walk-in registration for classes is scheduled to resume on September 12.

More seriously, company CEO and Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro advises; “The studios were flooded on the first level of our carriage houses, and our entire basement was submerged in six feet of water. Sadly, our basement held most of our costumes for our student performances, BHdos, and main company performances. We are assessing the damage currently and hope to have more information on our loss in the next five days,”

Ballet Hispánico is an impressive company with a long history. It serves over 600 students and families year-round in its 21,000 sq. ft. facility on the Upper West Side, in addition to providing rental rehearsal space for dance artists, community groups, and Broadway musicals and productions. I reviewed a recent program of theirs at the Joyce Theater quite favorably. But that aside, this is obviously a serious situation for any company, particularly one with limited resources.

To aid in the recovery process, Ballet Hispánico has begun a Flood Recovery campaign. Donations may be given at www.ballethispanico.org/support/flood.

Ballet Hispanico dancers in Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's "Flabbergast" Photo Paulo Lobo

Ballet Hispanico dancers
in Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s “Flabbergast”
Photo Paula Lobo

— Jerry Hochman