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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, December 16, 2012

Alumni Gift Brings Ballet Hispanico to UC Santa Barbara for Weeklong Residency

Renowned international dance company Ballet Hispanico will help kick off the new year at UC Santa Barbara, offering free instruction to dance students as well as free performances and classes in the community.


Their appearance comes courtesy of alumnus John Arnhold ’75, and his wife, Jody, herself a veteran dance teacher and passionate advocate for dance education.

A six-figure gift from the Arnholds will fund the residency by New York-based Ballet Hispanico — the nation’s premier Latino dance ensemble — that also includes outreach to area schools. Their arrival launches a new season of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara!, a multi-organization collaboration to bring free music and dance from diverse traditions to venues and schools across the county.

Ballet Hispanico’s visit will feature family shows in Isla Vista, Guadalupe, and downtown Santa Barbara; free classes in Latin social dance in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Guadalupe; and assemblies at nine local schools. The ensemble will also instruct UCSB dance students in ballet and modern technique, and give them a private showcase.

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