Port Chester, September 23, 2016
Ballet des Amériques is happy to announce the arrival of dancer Mauricio Zenteno from Bolivia. With the help of the Pro Bono Partnership and affiliated volunteering attorneys from Robinson+Cole, the company successfully petitioned for an O-1 visa for “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement” on behalf of Mauricio Zenteno. As Bolivia’s preeminent classical dancer, Mr. Zenteno joins Ballet des Amériques both as a company dancer and as ballet instructor in the conservatory. Mr. Zenteno will give his debut performance with the company on October 1, 2016, at the historic Music Hall in Tarrytown. Born and raised in a vibrant culture of Bolivian folkloric dance, Mr. Zenteno began his classical training with Argentine dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Melba Zarate. On account of his talent and excellent ballet training, Mr. Zenteno built an international career with companies in Bolivia, Argentina and the United States. With a background in folkloric dance, superior ballet skills as soloist and in partnering and an ability to cross genres into modern and other forms of dance, Mr. Zenteno is an excellent fit for the “Ballet of the Americas.”
Ballet des Amériques wishes to thank senior staff attorney Jennifer Grudnowski at the Pro Bono Partnership as well as attorneys Jennifer L. Shanley and Joshua S. Mirer of Robinson+Cole for their work on this case and their contribution to the performing art of dance.
Ballet des Amériques was also joined recently by two graduates of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College: Garrett McCann has danced with Ballet des Amériques for the past season and was recently joined by Victoria Kress who will likewise give her debut performance with Ballet des Amériques on October 1, 2016, at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
Established in 2011, Ballet des Amériques – the “Ballet of the Americas” – is a company of classically trained dancers performing works of French-American director and choreographer Carole Alexis. Drawing on multifarious cultural traditions, these works transcend the established categories of classical, modern and contemporary dance in surprising and captivating ways. Attracting ballet aficionados and fans of modern and other dance forms alike, the company is poised to enchant ever-growing audiences.