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

BALAM Dance Theatre to Premiere Women of Wonder During Women's History Month

BALAM Dance Theatre's studio has been abuzz creating new work to excite and transport community members to another culture and time.  BALAM's newest creation, Women of Wonder, celebrates the extensive talent and achievements of its female artists. 

During Women's History Month, BALAM will unveil this diverse program of dance, comedy, and song, featuring an eclectic repertoire of Balinese, Spanish, and American modern and fusion pieces.  This family friendly program will debut on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  The event is free and open to the public.

A dynamic line-up of dancers and artists will perform in Women of Wonder.  Aligned with BALAM's mission to inform and educate the community about diverse culture and dances at the grassroots level, host Carlos Fittante will offer interesting facts about the history and culture of each piece. 

The program's exciting first stop is Bali.  Resident Balinese artist Nani Devi will present her exquisite interpretation of Condong from the Balinese Legong dance.  

Queens College student Justine Rodriguez and alumna Maria Gueros resurrect their scintillating performance of Jubilant Blossoms, a Balinese fusion dance that had a triumphant premiere in the college's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.  

Transporting the audience from Bali to Spain, BALAM's resident Spanish dancer, Barbara Romero, debuts the company's newly reconstructed Escuela Bolero solo, La Cachucha. This rarely seen dance was made famous by the romantic ballerina Fanny Elssler.

She's back!  The world's only flamenco comedian, glamorous Inma Heredia, will return to BALAM, keeping everyone in stitches with an excerpt from her successful New York City cabaret show, Divas de España. 

BALAM makes its final stop to honor a special performer and dance trailblazer in the United States.  Former company member Maher Benham joins as a guest artist to premiere Homage, a modern dance solo dedicated to American dance legend Martha Graham.

2015 Calendar (still forming)

Next Event

Sunday, March 29.  3 p.m.  Baroque Treasures from Peru. 
Teatro Lirico of DC presents
La Púrpura de la Rosa,
the first Spanish opera performed in the capital of the New World in Lima, Peru.  Choreography and dancers provided by BALAM.  Church of the Epiphany, Washington D.C.


Friday & Saturday, January 10.  7:30 p.m.  Dido and Aeneas and Tobias and the Angel
Princeton University Opera Theatre
Princeton University, Richardson Auditorium
BALAM's choreographed dances are featured in this performance.
Tickets: $10 general / Free for students

Sunday, February 22.  3 p.m.  Corelli's Violins and Dancers
$20 Suggested Donation
Cambridge Concentus presents a selection of sonatas and concerti grossi with Baroque dances by BALAM.
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, MA

Sunday, March 8.  2 p.m.  Baroque Music & Dance 

Brooklyn Baroque presents Caroline Copeland and BALAM's Carlos Fittante in a program of music and dance from the court of Louis XIV.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School
25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 723-1169

Sunday, March 22.  2 p.m. Women of Wonder - FREE

BALAM's new Out & About program premieres at the Fort Lee Public Library with Nani Devi, Barbara Romero, Inma Heredia, and guest artist Maher Benham.
320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
(201) 592-3614

Sunday, March 29.  3 p.m.  La
Púrpura de la Rosa 
Teatro Lirico of DC presents the first Spanish opera performed in the capital of the New World in Lima, Peru. Choreography and dancers provided by BALAM.

Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11. 8 p.m. Sunday, April 12. 4 p.m.  
Spring Together
A program of evocative multi-disciplinary works assembled by choreographer Beth Soll and trapeze artist Janet Aisawa.
Medicine Show Theatre
549 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 
BALAM will create a new solo based on the Icarus myth with original music by Elias Guzman.     

Thursday, April 16.  6 p.m.  Don Quixote-Soy Yo 

An all school performance with BALAM created for The Brick Church School, featuring original music by Elias Guzman.  
62 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
(212) 289-4400

Friday, May 5.  6 pm.  Dancing Warrior.  FREE

Little Egg Harbor Public Library, 
Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
290 Mathistown Road
(609) 294-1197

September 7-10, Acis & Galatea

Four Nations Ensemble presents a chamber version of this favorite Handel opera for Hunter, New York sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Foundation. 
Carlos Fittante & Caroline Copeland dancers.

December 11-13. The Christmas Show

St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island 10301
BALAM's Robin Gilbert & Carlos Fittante in Grand Pas de Deux

Support BALAM Dance Theatre's Work in Underserved Communities

BALAM needs your help  now to bring its extensive repertoire and Out & About Touring series to more underserved communities in 2015.  Fees do not cover the costs of these projects.  
Make an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation of any amount now to support:

•$10-$15 per hour for rental of dance studio space
•$35 per hour for a tailor or seamstress to alter BALAM's costumes
•$200 rental of a van for one day to transport performers, costumes, and props
•$300 printing a flyer or postcard for a show
•$400 the average cost of a new costume

........and other costs.

An electronic donation made be made easily on this blog.  Click the Donate button found in the upper right-hand corner.  
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New York, NY 10011

Thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at a BALAM performance, activity, or event in the New Year!

Jubilant Blossoms Makes Triumphant Premiere

Jubilant Blossoms, BALAM’s new choreographed piece, had a triumphant premiere with full houses all four nights in Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves: The Queens College Dance Concert. The Queens College Gamelan Yowana Sari Orchestra provided the live music.

Women of Wonder, A New BALAM Out & About Program in 2015

Maher Benham, a Martha Graham dance technique specialist, will join BALAM's female artists in its new program, Women of Wonder, on March 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Lee Public Library in Fort Lee, New Jersey.   (Photo: Donald Greenhaus)

Peruvian Colonial Dances at Trinity Church, December 29

Herald the New Year! BALAM’s Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante join GEMAS-Early Music of the Americas in a presentation of the 18th century Peruvian Codex by The Bishop’s Band at Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place, in New York City on December 29, 2014. 

Jubilant Blossoms to Premiere in December at Queens College

BALAM Dance Theatre is counting down the days until our new Balinese dance inspired piece, Jubilant Blossoms, is performed in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.   The dance students and the Yowana Sari, the Queens College gamelan ensemble, have enjoyed rehearsing it.

Performance Dates & Times:
Thursday, December 4 -Saturday, December 6. 7 p.m
Sunday, Decemberat 3 p.m.
Queens College
Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11367-1597
$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission 

2014 Calendar of Events


Next Event

Monday, December 29.  6:00 p.m.
Bishop Martinez's Codex II: Baroque Peruvian Music and Dance
The Bishop's Band
Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place
New York, New York 10006

Full Calendar 

Sunday, January 19.  5:30 p.m.
The Baroque in the New and the Old World: Venid Deidades
(a Peruvian Baroque opera by E. Ponce de Leon, 1745)
Teatro Lirico of DC (
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
BALAM's Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante, guest dancers
Tickets: $30, $40, $60  

Saturday, February 1.  8:00 p.m.
The Faces of Love
Puffin Cultural Forum
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 836-3499
Tickets: $10
Full company performance with guest artists

Sunday, February 9.  3:00 p.m. $20 suggested donation
Baroque Groove: Ground Basses - Chaconnes & Passacailles
Cambridge Concentus
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational United Church of Christ
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Guest Baroque Dancers: Carlos Fittante, Caitlin Klinger

Tuesday, March 18. 7:00 p.m.  
Clarion Society Masked Ball (Invitation only)
BALAM guest entertainment and dance lesson

Thursday, April 3.  2:00 p.m.  
Romantic Rhythms of Spain
Hellenic Women’s Club
Knickerbocker Country Club
188 Knickerbocker Road
Tenafly, New Jersey 07670

Tuesday, April 29. 7:30 p.m.  
New Music and Choreography Concert 
Queens College New Music Group, BALAM & Yowana Sari Gamelan Ensemble
LeFrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copeland School of Music
Reeves Avenue
Flushing, New York 11367

Friday, May 2.  2:00 p.m.  
Captivating Rhythms
5 Star Premier Residence of Teaneck
655 Pomander Walk
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666

Sunday, May 11. 5:00 p.m.  
Chamber Music and Dance from 18th Century France
Folia-Entertainment of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Leah Gale Nelson, Baroque violin; Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante, dancers
Church of Our Saviour's Atonement (MOSA Series)
178 Bennett Avenue
New York, New York 10040

Thursday-Sunday, May 22-June 8
DHRAMA:The Remarkable Dialogue Between Krishna and Arjuna 
A one hour play written by famed Brazilian playwright/screenwriter/director João Falcão Featured actors: Luca Bianchi as Arjuna and Livia de Bueno as Krishna 
Movement consultation provided by BALAM Dance Theatre.
Teatro LATEA in Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York, New Yrok 10002  

Monday, May 26.  9:00 p.m.
BALAM's Toshinori Hamada performs in 
The History Channel's new miniseries, The World Wars.

Monday, June 2.  6:00 p.m.
Music concert by Anna Bogolyubova and Elias Guzman of New York Music and Arts Center Classical music presentation, featuring BALAM's Rhythm Bird performed by Carlos Fittante.
Symphony Space, Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025
Tickets: $15-adults • $10-children

Tuesday, June 3.  7:30 p.m.
Dixon Place presents Moving Men with BALAM's
The Dancing Warrior: Iaido, Apollon, Senamori, El Vito
BALAM's Toshinori Hamada and Carlos Fittante collaborate on a new program of traditional dances and martial training forms of Japanese Samurai sword technique, French classical fencing, Noh Theatre dance, Baroque dance, and Spanish Escuela Bolera dance.
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
New York, New York 10002
212-219-0736 •
Tickets: $15-door • $12-advance purchase • $10-students and seniors

Saturday, June 28.  8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29.  3:00 p.m.
Anahid Sofian Dance Company 35th Anniversary Season
Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante, guest artists in Ma’na.
Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St.
New York, New York 10023 • (212) 787-1178
Contact: Anahid Sofian Dance Company • 212-741-2848 •
Tickets: $35 advance purchase • $40 day of show

Friday, July 11. 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Discover the Splendors of Spain
(cumulative performance from a summer enrichment residency)
Hunter Elementary School auditorium
7794 Main St
Hunter, New York

Monday- Saturday, July 28 - August 2. 10:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m. (workshop registration required)
Virile Elegance, Baroque dance masterclass as a component to The Small-Sword Academy
Martinez Academy of Arms, Levels 1 & 2
Pope John Paul Community Center
4206 Kennedy Blvd.
Union City, New Jersey 07087.  
For more information, go to

July 21 – August 9. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Registration required)
Marblehead School of Ballet 2014 Ballet Summer Intensive
BALAM's Baroque Dance Workshop segment taught by Carlos Fittante. August 4-9.
The Marblehead School of Ballet
115 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945
Paula K. Shiff, Director 
Contact: 781-631-6262,

Tuesday, September 23. 7:00 p.m.
Dances of Thrones
Exponential Ensemble
This performance can be viewed free via live video feed.
Guest dancer Carlos Fittante performs a minuet by Telemann, Bach's Bourree from the Cello Suite no.3, Message Home: A 9/11 Memorial, Chaconne de Phaeton
National Opera Center, Audition Recital Hall
330 7th Ave (29th St.) 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-8630 •
Tickets:  $20 - adults / $10 - students & seniors

Friday, September 26. 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.  
Balinese dance masterclass.  (Closed to the public)
New York University Tisch School of the  Arts
715 Broadway, Blackbox Theatre
New York, New York 10003

4 Saturdays in October. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Balinese Dance Masterclasses with Nani Devi 
OPEN TO ALL. No previous experience necessary. 
October 4, 11, 18, 25
Keystone Studio, 252 West 30th St, Bell 4B
New York, New York
$15 per class

Saturday, October 18. 3:00 p.m. 
Broadway Meets Baroque in Washington Heights 
Holyrood Episcopal Church ~ Iglesia Santa Cruz, Parish Hall
FREE (Donations welcomed.)
715 W 179th Street, New York, New York 10033
(212) 923-3770

The program is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Saturday, November 1. 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, November 2. 3:00 p.m.
Tales from the Arabian Nights, FREE
Mosaic Dance Theatre
BALAM Dance Theatre's Carlos Fittante, guest artist
Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street 
Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
For reservations: 1-800-838-3006

Saturday, November 8. 8:00 p.m. 
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
33 Kaatsbaan Rd.
Tivoli, New York 12583
Tickets: $100.

The Four Nations Ensemble with Diane Walsh, piano; Andrew Appel, harpsichord and director Guest Artists: Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fitante, dancers. 

Enjoy an afternoon of 18th and 19th century ballroom dances from Paris and Vienna and masterworks of keyboard music inspired by the gavotte, minuet, chaconne, landler, waltz, galop, and polonaise, with music by Bach, Couperin, Rameau, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy.

Friday, November 14. 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Physical Culture: Baroque Dance Performance & Lecture 
History of Costume I.  (Closed to the public)
New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY 10003

Saturday, November 29.  8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 30.  3:00 p.m.
BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Double Bill:  La Serva Padrona; Livetta e Tracollo
Carlos Fittante, Baroque commedia dancer 
New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Thursday – Saturday, December 4 – 6. 7:00 p.m. &

Sunday, December 7.  3:00 p.m.  
Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves: The Queens College Dance Concert
BALAM's new work, Jubilant Blossoms
Goldstein Theatre
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, New York 11367-1597
Box Office: Phone: 718-793-8080 / Mon. - Fri.: 12 Noon - 6 PM
Information Hotline: 718-997-3075
Tickets $10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission

Friday-Sunday, December 12-14. 3 & 7:00 p.m.
The Christmas Show 
St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt Street
Staten Island 10301
Friday, December 12. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13. 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 14. 3:00 p.m. & *7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $30, $20, $10

*Sunday night special: All tickets $20 or $10
Tickets: http://

Saturday, December 20. 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, December 21.  3:00 p.m.
Revels of the Season
Long Island Baroque Ensemble
Featuring diverse vocal and instrumental music.
Presenting BALAM's Baroque choreographies.
December 20 

8:00 p.m. 
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Smithtown, Long Island

December 21
3:00 p.m.
Christ Church
Oyster Bay, Long Island

Monday, December 296:00 p.m.
Bishop Martinez's Codex II: Baroque Peruvian Music and Dance
The Bishop's Band
Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place
New York, New York 10006


Friday, January 9. 7:30 p.m.  & Saturday, January 10.  10:30 p.m.
Dido and Aeneas and Tobias and the Angel
Princeton University Opera Theatre
Princeton University
Richardson Auditorium
BALAM's choreographed dances are featured in this performance. 
Tickets: $10 general / Free for students

Sunday, March 22.  2:00 p.m. 
Women of Wonder
Fort Lee Public Library
320 Main Street 
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024

Spotlight: Queens College Dance Students

Meet the students performing BALAM Dance Theatre's new Balinese dance fusion piece, Jubilant Blossoms, in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.  See them perform this exquisite new work Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7.

Justine Rodriguez
Major: Dance
Year in college: Senior
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
Modern, Ballroom, Caribbean, West African, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical

"I enjoy the Balinese piece because it's very different from the norm I'm used to...When I use the fan and sarongs, it reminds me of a flower blossoming... and the head movements remind me of a flower, when they move side to side from the wind."  

Maria Gueros
Major:  Accounting  Minor: Business and Liberal Arts, an honors program  
Year in College: Senior (final semester)
Previous dance experience:
Tap; ballet; Spanish dances, such as Sevillanas, Tango and Salsa; 
Japanese Noh, English Country Dance; and with a group of 
 students, choreographed a Belly Dance fusion piece. 

“It’s an exciting experience to learn the ancient traditional dance of another culture. I love working with dainty fans and elegant sarongs. They were a little tricky learning to maneuver at first, but they are my favorite part of the dance. They add an air of alluring and enigmatic beauty. I feel the music invites you to dance through its rich elements of chiming bells, xylophones and flutes…This experience is a dream come true."

Marcia M. Francis
Major:  Dance
Year in College: Senior                      
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
African, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap

"To me, to dance as a flower feels very delicate.  To be honest, it gives me a sense of pride and humility at the same time.  It makes me feel beautiful, as if I presented to the world… I find the posture, the stance, the curvature the spine, and the positioning of the feet a challenge because the Balinese dance positions are different."

Ariana Spinelli
Majors: Dance, Spanish, Secondary Education
Year in college: Junior
Previous dance experience or types of dances learned:
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre,  
Hip Hop, Modern, Limón Technique, Flamenco 

 “Knowing that I am a flower, makes me feel sweet and pretty, and the movements compliment this image very nicely…This experience helps strengthen my appreciation for culture, especially culture in which I had no knowledge of beforehand.” 

 Performance Dates

Thursday, December 4 -Saturday, December 6. 7 p.m
Sunday, Decemberat 3 p.m

Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts

65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, New York 11367-1597

$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission

Bali Comes to Queens with Jubilant Blossoms

Bali comes to Queens in BALAM Dance Theatre's new choreographed piece, Jubilant Blossoms.  Don't miss its premiere in the Queens College Dance Department's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves directed by Professor Edisa Weeks.  This 60-minute faculty and guest faculty program showcases modern, contemporary Chinese, South African, and Balinese inspired new works, along with live music.   

Based on Traditional Balinese Dance

Jubilant Blossoms, performed by a female dance quintet, features S curved bodies, darting eyes, and fluttering fans. The inspiration of this new work came from the traditional Balinese dance Kembang GirangQueens College students Marcia Francis, Maria Gueros, Diane Kissoon, Justine Rodriguez, and Ariana Spinelli (pictured above) will perform this original choreography with Yowana Sari, the Queens College gamelan ensemble under the direction of Professor Michael Lipsey.

"I enjoy the Balinese piece because it's very different from the norm I'm used to...When I use the fan and sarongs, it reminds me of a flower blossoming... and the head movements remind me of a flower, when they move side to side from the wind."  

-- Justine Rodriguez, a senior and dance major at Queens College

For several weeks, the dancers have been learning the Balinese dance technique in the class with Carlos Fittante.  They have become acquainted with and enjoyed Professor Megan Healey's original costume design, inspired by the lively colors of the frangipani tree blossoms, capturing the Balinese love of glamour!

Jubilant Blossoms to Premiere in December

Mark your calendars and join us for the premiere of Jubilant Blossoms in Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.

Thursday, December - Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, Decemberat 3 p.m
Goldstein Theatre-Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, New York 11367-1597
$10 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission