Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

2014 Performance Calendar (still forming)


 Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m., New Music and Choreography Concert, Cosmic Reflections, Sre (premieres 
Queens College New Music Group & BALAM & Yowana Sari gamelan ensemble
LeFrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copeland School of Music
Reeves Ave, Flushing, New York 11367

Friday, May 2 at 2 p.m., Captivating Rhythms (Out & About series)
5 Star Premier Residence of Teaneck
655 Pomander Walk, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Sunday, May 11 at 5 p.m., Baroque Dance and Music
Leah Gale Nelson, Baroque violin and friends
Church of Our Saviour's Atonement (MOSA Series)
178 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040

May 22-June 8, DHRAMA:The Remarkable Dialogue Between Krishna and Arjuna

Photo by Vicente de Paulo

A one hour play written by famed Brazilian playwright/screenwriter/director João Falcão, featuring actors Luca Bianchi as Arjuna and Livia de Bueno as Krishna with movement consultation by BALAM.

Teatro LATEA in Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, 
107 Suffolk Street, NYC 10002, (212) 529-1948

Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Baroque Music and Dance
Exponential Ensemble (Pascal Archer, Artistic Director)
Carlos Fittante, Guest Dancer
National Opera Center, Audition Recital Hall
330 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-8630 •

Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m., BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Carlos Fittante, guest dancer in program TBA
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA 02115

December, The Christmas Show (dates to be announced)
St. George Theatre
35 Haytt St, Staten Island 10301

Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m., (program to be determined)
Fort Lee Public Library 
320 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

(*New program)

Toshinori Hamada´s Interview About Sunda Upasunda


Don't miss The Faces of Love on Saturday, February 1. 8 p.m.

Puffin Cultural Forum

20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666 

For more information, visit

(201) 836-3499 

Tickets: $10  Seating is limited.  Reservations are recommended!

By Public Transportation
Midtown Manhattan
NJ Transit bus #167T or 167Q "DUMONT - HARRINGTON PARK - NEW YORK" from the 42nd St. Port Authority terminal. These buses usually leave from gate 210 on the second floor and usually takes about 25 minutes depending on Lincoln Tunnel traffic. The stop for the 167T is "Teaneck Rd. at Puffin Way", which is the first stop after turning on to Teaneck Rd. As you get off the bus, facing the same direction as the bus is traveling, Puffin Way (formerly East Oakdene Ave.) should be right in front of you on the right, immediately in front of the Enrite gas station. For the 167Q get off at the first stop after crossing over Teaneck Rd. on DeGraw Ave., then walk back to Teaneck Rd., take a left and walk 2 blocks until you see Puffin Way and the Enrite gas station on the other side of Teaneck Rd. Puffin Way is a short street that dead ends with our parking lot on the right. Theater entrance is on the first floor at the far end of the sole building.

Uptown Manhattan
Take the NJ Transit bus #182 "HACKENSACK - NEW YORK (GWB)" bus from the GW Bridge terminal (175th St. on the A subway) to the stop on DeGraw Ave. immediately after crossing Teaneck Rd. The bus usually leaves from Platform #23 and it takes 20-25 minutes.
Walk back to the intersection with Teaneck Rd., take a left onto Teaneck Rd., and then your first right, immediately before the Enrite gas station onto Puffin Way, which deadends to the left of the entrance to our parking lot.

Golden Night, BALAM's New Year's Eve Program

BALAM will perform Golden Night on New Year's Eve in Morristown, NJ 
Presbytarian Parish House Upstairs, 65 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960.  
7:15-8 & 8:15-9 p.m., Festival Pass: $25.  For tickets, go to /

 BALAM's Artists: Nani Devi, Toshinori Hamada, Carlos Fittante. 

Guest Artists: composer, Elias Guzman of New York Music and Arts Center, his student Alexandre Moreira Dumaine, Caitlin Klinger from the Dance Ensemble of the Boston Early Music Dance Festival, and Barbara Romero from Danzas Españolas.

Percussion Welcome Dance (world premiere)
Choreography & Dancer: Carlos Fittante
Music: Drum orchestration composed and played by Elias Guzman, assisted by Alexandre Moreira Dumaine
Mask: Vaslav Jirovec
Costume: Edward Sylvia, Casandra Saulter

Margapati, a Balinese dance solo inspired by magnificence of a lion
Choreography & Dancer: Nani Devi after the traditional
Music: Traditional Balinese Gamelan in the Gong Kebyar style
Costume: Traditional
Folia: Fantasia Baroco Español   
Choreography: Carlos Fittante in the Baroque style
Music: La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli performed by Leah Gale Nelson
Dancers: Caitlin Klinger, Carlos Fittante
Masks: Jane Stein
Costumes: Carlos Fittante, Robin Gilbert, Katherine Klinger

El Vito (Spanish Escuela Bolera dance style)
Choreography: Jerane Michelle after the traditional
Dancer: Barbara Romero
Music: traditional performed by Francisco de Goya group

Panaderos Flamenca (Andalusian folk dance style)
Choreography: Mariano Parra after the traditional
Dancers: Barbara Romero, Carlos Fittante
Music: traditional performed by Francisco de Goya group

Rey de Oriente
Music composed by Elias Guzman, performed by Elias Guzman and Alexandre Moreira Dumaine

Sunda Upasunda (a dance fusion inspired from a myth from the Hindu epic, Mahabharata)
Choreography: Toshinori Hamada
Music: I. Ketut Carter from the Semara Ratih Gamelan of Ubud, Bali
Dancers: Nani Devi, Toshinori Hamada, Carlos Fittante
Masks: Jane Stein
Costumes: Steven Campos
Photo: Julie Lemberger

BALAM Dance Theatre - Contemporary dance inspired by Balinese theatre 
and world dance styles

BALAM Boutique Scarves for Your Special Occasions!

Missouri Audiences Delighted with Historical Dances

On September 27 and 28, BALAM presented some of its period works with the Kingsbury Ensemble in “Shall We Dance?” at East Central College in Union, Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante appeared as guest artists in BALAM’s new French Baroque dance suite performed to music by Georg Muffat.  They 
also delighted audiences with three Latin Colonial dances using music arranged by Tom Zajac, after Bishop Martínez Compañón's late 18th century book of music, Codex II, and captivated everyone’s imaginations with BALAM’s mysterious masked duet, Folia: A Baroque Pageant.  Fittante opened the shows with the elegant notated dance by Louis Pecour, Chaconne de Phaeton.           

"On behalf of the music department, I want to thank you again for your exquisite performance…One music student commented on how it took her back in time allowing her to have a brief glance of the Baroque life…A philosophy professor sent a long email to the entire college praising your performance…Everyone enjoyed the program tremendously!”  
-   Dr. Jennifer Judd, Associate Professor of Music, East Central College, Union, MO

Fittante also taught three Balinese and Baroque dance masterclasses for the dance department at Washington University during his stay in St. Louis.  

Photos: Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante. Credit: William Long

Past Summer Events

Past Summer Events
Photo of Nani Devi by Julie Lemberger 

Sunday, July 21, 2-3 p.m., The Faces of Love, FREE

BALAM Out & About series.  Fort Lee Public Library.  320 Main St., Fort Lee, NJ 07024 . (Out & About Series)
An eclectic collection of dances that demonstrate different kinds of love, from romantic to martial passions. Dance styles presented include Balinese, Baroque, Spanish, Japanese Noh and contemporary dance.  For the audience's pleasure and enrichment, dvds created by BALAM offer brief introductions on the culture and history of each of the pieces.

Photo of Toshinori Hamada as Rahwana by Julie Lemberger

Friday, July 12. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  Ramayana: Abduction of Sita

Hunter Elementary School gymnasium, 7794 Main St, Hunter, NY 12442.  Free and open to the public. The performance will highlight new choreographic segments and animal characters performed by the children with BALAM's performers.

Support is provided in part by the Puffin Foundation Ltd. and the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 3-4 p.m. Summer Integrated Arts Faculty Recital

Suggested Donation $18. Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St John St., Monticello, NY 12701

Carlos Fittante in Message Home performing diverse musical works are Pascal Archer of Exponential Ensemble, Kenneth Hamrick of American Virtuosi, Akiko Hosoi and Andrew Trombley-Directors of the Nesin Cultural Arts Aspiring Young Artists program, Rachel Evans-Baroque violin and Nancy Wegrzyn-Viola, Jessica Nesin and Jeffrey Young on piano, and Mauricio Villalobos singing.

Sunday, Sept. 15,  12-1 p.m.,  Enchanted Dances of the Forest 
FREE.  Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in Central Park located at 105th St. and Central Park West. NY, NY.
Photo: Julie Lemberger

● Oleg Tambulilingan, a traditional Balinese dance duet known as the love dance of the bumblebees, with Nani Devi and Carlos Fittante
● Audience Balinese dance lesson
●  El Beso de España sung by Inma Heredia 
● La-Tinita with Robin Gilbert
● Una Paloma Blanca sung by Inma Heredia and danced by Olsi Gjeci as a masked winged bird and Robin Gilbert as La-Tinta
● La Madrileña, a 19th century flirtatious Spanish Escuela Bolera dance with castanets, performed by Barbara Romero of Danzas Españolas
● Audience Lesson in Spanish dance
● Ramayana: Abduction of Sita, an action packed story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic, blending Balinese and diverse movement styles

Monday, Oct. 14, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Captivating Rhythms, FREE 
Woman's Club of Englewood
187 Brinckerhoff Ct.,  Englewood, NJ 07631

Video excerpt Isle of Bali 
Caracoles Antiguos
Fandangos de Huelva
El Vito
Video Introduction of the Escuela Bolera
Garuda Gila

Teaching in the Community

August 11-23.  Nesin Summer Institute.  Nesin Cultural Arts.  An opera workshop for children with original music motifs by Nancy Wegrzyn and instruction in choreography by BALAM Dance Theatre.  Monticello, NY.

Sunday, June 30.  10-1 p.m.  Yoga, Karate and Balinese dance workshop for the Venice Youth Group of the Ecclesial Carmelite Movement.  NYC, closed to the public

July 1-12.  Monkey Chant for the Catskill Mountains,  a workshop and performance residency.  Hunter, NY.
BALAM will present a workshop inspired by the Balinese Kecak for children from Hunter and Tannersville, New York.

July 15-18.  Nesin International Music Festival

BALAM will teach period dances and classes for teenage music students with a focus on rhythm and embodying music at Monticello High School (MHS).  Monticello, NY. (MHS graduate, Emma Lauferweiler performs a minuet.)

We Thank You for Your Support!

Breakthrough, captivating, and transformative” were just a few of the words expressed by Ms. Melinda McCool, Principal, Hunter Elementary School. in response to BALAM Dance Theatre's educational residency, Monkey Chant for the Catskill Mountains in Hunter, NY, July 1-12.

BALAM needs to raise only $200 for the project to break even and pay for itself. The company's treasury is very modest and each project has to pay for itself. Please consider making a donation in any amount today. Even $1 will help. 

BALAM’s work with the children made a real difference in their lives. These kids will never forget their magical journey as expressed by the 7 year old Riley, "I never experienced anything like this before," and BALAM has been invited back in 2014.

Many of the children who participated were from households of low income and had special learning needs. All thirty children flourished in this project! They learned with their entire bodies and through physical play and movement connected the workshop concepts to broader topics of reading, story telling and listening.

It’s easy to make a donation. Simply click the secure Paypal link, or make a check payable to BALAM Dance Theatre and send it to BALAM Dance Theatre, 319 West 18th St, 4C, New York, NY 10011.

BALAM is a not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Thank you for helping us enrich other people’s lives through our art.


Carlos Fittante
Artistic Director

Lisa Terry on Baroque Cello in "Fiesta Odalan"

Modern cellos use metal strings that require enough tension to tune instruments to today’s concert pitch of 440.  This is very different from the smaller Baroque cello that uses gut strings and is tuned somewhere around 415.  The Baroque cello’s lower tension allows for a more relaxed, nuanced sound.  Also, the instrument is played without an endpin and rests easily in the diamond shape of the player's legs, who widens the knees and narrows the ankles.  This original resting placement of the cello on the legs promotes a lighter touch of the instrument and allows for more freedom in the upper body.  Historically, for propriety’s sake ladies played the Baroque cello seated sidesaddle. 

Guest artist Lisa Terry will play the Courante and Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite in C major in “Fiesta Odalan”.  Photo:  William Wegman

Fiesta Odalan, A NYC Performance & Fundraiser

Sunday, April 28.  6 p.m. “Fiesta Odalan”, a performance & fundraising event. 
Greenwich House School of Music (Renee Weiler Concert Hall), 46 Barrow St., NY, NY.

Islene Pinder as the Jauk, 1980.
BALAM will present an evening of favorite pieces and new works to commemorate founding director Islene Pinder’s vibrant cross-cultural vision and pioneering spirit.  The program will feature an exclusive video excerpt of Islene’s groundbreaking choreographic work and personal Balinese archive and performances by the full company.

Don't miss guest artist Irma Sandrey, film and Broadway actor and master teacher from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, make a special appearance reading an excerpt from "The Diary of Anna Karenina".  Also highlighted are Kenneth Hamrick of American Virtuosi on piano, and Lisa Terry of Parthenia, A Consort of Viols, performing two movements from the Bach Cello Suite on baroque cello. 

BALAM's eclectic group of artists Nani Devi, Inma Herdia, Carlos Fittante, Robin Gilbert, Toshinori Hamada, Anton Zea Nadal and Dianna Warren will sing, dance and act in a diversity of works including traditional Balinese dance, mask and ballet point work, Commedia dell'Arte, Spanish Escuela Bolera, Colonial Peruvian inspired dances and Noh Theatre, 

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Visit the BALAM Boutique and purchase Balinese artwork, colorful silk scarves, picture frames, and many more fine gift items.  All proceeds will benefit BALAM’s workshop and performance of "Ramayana: Abduction of Sita" in a summer enrichment program for the underserved elementary school children and residents of Hunter and Tannersville, New York, July 2-12, 2013.  

The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 6 p.m.  The program runs approximately 75 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission.

The suggested ticket donation starts at $30, with a special student rate of $20.  (One complimentary drink is included with your $30 ticket purchase.) Seating is limited.  Reservations and ticket purchases are required in advance.  
Your advanced ticket purchase will guarantee you a seat.  The house opens at 5:30 and unpaid reservations will be held until 5:45 only. 

Purchase your ticket today on our blog.  Click the PayPal Donate Button to make a secure electronic payment, a $30 suggested donation, or a $20 special discounted student rate.  

Call 646-361-9183 or send an e-mail to

BALAM Enhances a Masked Ball

Friday evening, March 8, BALAM will perform at the Clarion Society's Masked Ball, a gala event at the chic Cosmopolitan Club in NYC.  BALAM's artists, fully costumed and masked, will mingle with the guests and later dance a minuet to live music, after providing a fun minuet lesson for the invited guests.  This is just one of the many services BALAM can provide for an event or organization.