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American Bolero Dance Company 

 

American Bolero Dance Company (ABDC) is a nonprofit arts organization devoted to the performance, teaching and preservation of traditional Spanish dance styles. The Company’s
repertory encompasses classical and folkloric Spanish dances, 18th-century Escuela Bolera,
Zarzuela and Flamenco. ABDC’s productions foster collaborations among dancers, singers,
musicians, and choreographers of diverse training and backgrounds, and are noted for their
integration of theatricality, imaginative choreography and authentic costuming. 

 

American Bolero Dance Company’s primary goal is to present performances in the United States
that accurately represent the music, history and the traditional dances of Spain and its Latin
American influences. Its secondary goal is to educate aspiring dancers and musicians in the
United States by providing workshops and lecture/demonstrations, and a complete curriculum
within its affiliated Spanish Dance School to pass on the rich traditions of Spanish dance and
music.  

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Founded in 1996 by dancer/choreographer Gabriela Granados, American Bolero Dance
Company had its debut showcase in Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in 1998.
Since then, the Company, with Ms. Granados as producer and artistic director, has presented
signature productions in New York City, the Mid-Atlantic States and Europe, including Olé Olé
(INTAR Hispanic-American Arts Center, 1998), Olé Olé Fin de Siglo (Sylvia and Danny Kaye
Playhouse, 1999), Spanish Gems (Flushing Town Hall, 2005), Tablao Flamenco (Centro
Español and The Chian Federation, 2008-2015), Retrospectiva (Tony Bennett Concert Hall at
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 2014) and FlamencoLIC (The Secret Theatre, 2016).  

 

In addition to creating its own productions, ABDC is continually sought after and presented by
well-known opera companies (Baltimore, Orlando, DiCapo, and Mannes), orchestras (Orchestra
of St. Luke’s, Queens and Bronx Symphonies, The Sherman Ensemble and The Cassatt String
Quartet) and universities (Wesleyan University, Long Island University, and Maryland
University). In 2008, Ms. Granados and company members performed at a fundraising gala
honoring tenor Plácido Domingo at Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. 

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As founder, artistic director, and principal choreographer of ABDC, Ms. Granados is responsible
for the wide range of activities encompassed by the company. In 2002, an educational outreach
program was created after the company received a Heritage and Preservation grant from the
National Endowment of the Arts for an apprenticeship program. Apprentices were provided with
scholarships to study the company’s style and repertory and performances took place throughout
New York City schools. Since 2009, ABDC has been the recipient of re-grants from the New
York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
and J.P. Morgan Chase through the Queens Art Fund, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts. It has also been awarded program funding directly from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

In 2002, the Company’s affiliated Spanish Dance School was established in the borough of
Queens. The School provides age-based, syllabus driven instruction in the various Spanish
dance styles, mentioned above, as well as ballet and character dance. Its students range from
ages four through adult. Presenting yearly recitals, ABDC’s Spanish Dance School also offers
performing opportunities for its serious and dedicated students.

 

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