Orlando Ballet is donating a thousand free tickets to the Puerto Rican community who have been affected by Hurricane Maria for their upcoming show Bailamos! The Latin-inspired performance will be showing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from Feb. 15-17.
This is the first time that the Orlando Ballet will be offering free tickets to Puerto Ricans in Central Florida who were affected by Maria. They partnered with Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to make it happen.
Even though this is the first time the ballet is offering tickets, it is the third time they are performing Bailamos! The show made its first appearance in 2010 and again in 2011. In addition to wanting to give back to the Puerto Rican community, Bailamos! was bound to make a comeback.
“Since this was my 10th anniversary season, it made sense to bring back something that I thought was kind of representative of me,” said Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill. He says he has always had a love for Latin culture. Several of the pieces in Bailamos! were created by him during his artistic directing years at Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico. “It is a real dance-driven show,” says Hill. It showcases Latin choreography along with salsa and tango. They will be featuring hits such as Gracias a la Vida, I Love Salsa and pieces from Don Quixote. It will be close to two hours long with a 20-minute intermission. Hill will also be co-hosting the performance with News 13’s anchor Ybeth Bruzual.
Hill adds that the Orlando Ballet is doing better than ever. Their two previous shows this year, Carmina Burana and The Nutcracker, sold well. He anticipates the same for Bailamos!
If you or someone you know might qualify for a complimentary ticket, contact the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration at 407-776-9000. The show is also open to the general public and is welcoming for all ages. If you do not qualify for one of the free tickets, go to https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2019/bailamos/ to purchase tickets or call the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts box office at 844-513-2014.