Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico

Happy Birthday to Tina Ramirez, who danced into the world on November 7, 1933 in Venezuela. Her father was a Mexican bullfighter and her Puerto Rican great aunt founded the island’s first secular school for girls. A teacher, artist, and social entrepreneur, Ramirez founded the dance company and school Ballet Hispanico in 1970  For Ramirez, dance is “not only an art form but a source of self-esteem, cultural awareness, and social mobility”.   For over 30 years, the company has dazzled audiences throughout the world, and educated and nurtured tens of thousands of children.  An inspiring video tribute to Tina Ramirez is at Dance USA/ Tina Ramirez.