Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

Experience the Power of Spanish Dance Theatre

aka Alborada   |   Woodbridge, NJ   |  www.alboradadance.org

Mission

Through dance, drama and music, Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre's passionate artistry reveals the many diverse and historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. Both entertaining and educational, the variety of its repertoire runs the artistic gamut of Spanish Flamenco and traditional dances, to Hispanic, Celtic, Moorish cultural influences and beyond.  The Company brings the "Power of Spanish Dance Theatre" with a widely-acclaimed repertoire performed in theaters throughout New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area. Alborada also provides Arts-in-Education programs for K-12 schools, colleges, libraries, museums and corporations as well as community outreach programs for the elderly and at-risk youth.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Eva Lucena

Main address

101 Main Street C/O Township of Woodbridge

Woodbridge, NJ 07095 USA

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EIN

22-3406591

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The public of all ages needs awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Our society is diverse and the public needs to understand that while we may be different in some ways, we are also very similar in many ways, so we can all get along.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Company Theatre Productions

Alborada professional company performances are full-stage productions in theaters. Our repertoire includes: The Sephardic Connection, The story of the Spanish Jews and their exodus from Spain in 1492; The Celtic Connection, Celtic heritage of northern Spain and Ireland; The Feast of Sarah, Gypsy dances from Spain, Hungary and the Balkans; Fuego, Fusion of modern with traditional Flamenco; Recuerdos de Espana, Spain's Golden Age of Classical Spanish Dance and Flamenco; Homenajes, Spain's Cultural History from the 1920s to the 1980s; El Sueno, Weaving elements of the classic Nutcracker story with the traditional Hispanic Three Kings Holiday and; OLE, A traditional Flamenco juerga.

Population(s) Served

To meet its educational goal of using the arts as a medium for enabling the public to better understand and appreciate cultural diversities and similarities, Alborada presents a lecture/demonstration program called A Taste of Spain: A Trip through Spain with Dance, Song and Music. This presentation integrates a concert-like presentation of the diverse dances and music of Spain, including folkloric, flamenco and the classical tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries, accompanied by narrative explanations of Spanish history and cultural traditions.   Interactive opportunities are provided to learn the basics of palmas, the rhythmic hand-clapping characteristic of Flamenco, and escobilla (Spanish footwork), along with introductions to musical instruments such as the guitar and castanets.   The program can be expanded with dances from Mexico, South America and the Dominican Republic, to become Hispanic Tapas, to demonstrate similarities among Hispanic world cultures. Alborada also conducts educational presentations for senior centers, libraries and charitable organizations serving at-risk youth with the aim of making the arts and culture of Spain more accessible to those that might not normally have opportunities for exposure. 
Alborada continues to be on the roster of Arts-in-Education organizations for Young Audiences-NJ, the Morris Arts Council and The College Agency, a Minnesota based presenting agency for college programs.   In 2008, 2010 and 2012, Alborada received a grant from Target in support of Spanish Dance assemblies in financially underserved schools in NJ.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Mayor's Proclamation for Alborada's 20th Anniversary 2015

Woodbridge Township

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

- Use the rich diversity of Spain's cultural arts as a method to create awareness and understanding of cultural differences and similarities among the public of all ages.
- Cultivate the cultural arts of Spain through educational and performance programs.
- Continue implementing our strategic plan for future sustainability of the company.

- Present arts-in-education programs in K-12 schools, libraries, museums and other educational venues, and demonstrate Spain's cultural traditions and history through dance, music, songs, poetries and more.
- Present full stage theater and dance drama productions, many with cross-cultural themes that explore Spain's diverse and complex history, including it's historic interactions with other world populations - Arabic, Jewish, Celtic, Indian, Mexican, South American and more. Its annual home season fall production is supported by the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
- Present 2 major free-to-the-public programs to benefit the public and especially K-12 students and low-income families: the "Feria de Sevilla" Flamenco & Cultural Arts festival supported by Woodbridge Township & corporate sponsors; and "The History of Spaniards in NJ" lecture demonstration, supported by the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
- Find and implement new GOS funding sources for the company's long term goals.

- Founded in 1995, Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre has an over 20 year history of performing arts in NJ and the greater Tri-State area. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary in September 2018, the company continues its annual outreach of 9,000-10,000+ people of all ages with all of its cultural arts programs. The company consists of 20 professional artists - dancers, musicians & singers - who perform in its cultural arts programs. The company's dedicated staff and volunteers ensure company operations work as needed to implement its programs.
- The company is building for future artistic sustainability by: training our apprentices to join the company ensemble, further training its core ensemble, and preparing soloists for promotion into the principal rank.
- NEEDS: The company needs more funding to add additional staff, as the increasing administrative work of running the company requires additional resources.

- Alborada met its annual attendance goal of over 9,500 attendees attending our fiscal year 2018 presentations and programs.
- In 2018, another soloist was promoted to the principal level, joining 2 other soloists promoted to principal in 2016.
- In 2016, 3 of its apprentices were promoted to join the ensemble as company dancers; more to come in 2019-2020.
- Alborada has expanded its new "History of Spaniards in NJ" lecture-demonstration program: 2016 - Galicians of northern Spain, 2017 - Sephardic Jews, 2018 - Spaniards & Mexicans. This program presents research conducted on the immigration of Spanish populations to NJ (with further expansion in 2018 to include other world cultures) since the early 1900's to create new cross-cultural conversations and understanding. The outcome is an interactive lecture with a scholar/historian accompanied by visual aids such as dance & musical instrument demonstrations, traditional costumes display, archival photos and immigration documents and photos.
- NEED: Alborada continues to need additional funding for new staff.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marta Silverberg

Monmouth Family Health Center

Term: 2018 - 2020

Caspar Ewig

Hill Rivkins & Hayden LLP

Grecia Marchena

Fikus Media LLC

Mirta Barrea-Marlys

Monmouth University

Marta Silverberg

St. Barnabas Health System

Board leadership practices

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