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Wednesday October 14, 2015

As part of the museum’s celebration of Latin American arts and culture, Celebración de las Artes, Piedmont Arts On Stage will bring the Latin Ballet of Virginia to Martinsville on Thursday, October 29. The group will perform the ballet, “Día de los Muertos,” at 7 pm at Martinsville High School Auditorium. 

A centuries old Mexican celebration of family and love for souls long departed, “Día de los Muertos” weaves tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture, with the passion and expressive beauty of dance.

“El Día de los Muertos is a celebration of one of the most traditional Mexican festivities,” said Ana Ines King, founder, artistic director and educational programs director for the Latin Ballet. "This Aztec ritual and commemoration started at least 3,000 years ago. It is a festive interaction that embraces the cycle of life. Mesoamerican natives, African-Americans and Spanish blend their traditions during the celebration.”

“Through Celebración de las Artes, Piedmont Arts hopes to elevate the appreciation and understanding of Latin American arts and culture in our community,” said Executive Director Kathy Rogers. “The Latin Ballet of Virginia is known for their innovative and immersive performances that affect positive and sustainable change in people’s lives. We know that our community will truly be amazed by their inventive stage production and artistic prowess.”

Tickets to Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Latin Ballet of Virginia “Dia de los Muertos” are now on sale at Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville; by calling 276.632.3221; or online at PiedmontArts.org.

Ticket Prices: $25 Reserved Seats • $15 Adults • $5 Students


As part of Piedmont Arts’ educational outreach, the Latin Ballet of Virginia will also perform Spanish Through Dance for students at Carver Elementary and Axton Elementary on Friday, October 30. 

Spanish Through Dance concentrates on the practical use of Spanish in relationship to the body, movement and music. Students will learn to connect dance to language, culture and history by learning to pronounce Spanish words, sing songs and perform traditional and social Latin American and Caribbean dances.


Celebración de las Artes is sponsored by Harvest Foundation, Eastman, Alcoa, Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. 

Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at www.PiedmontArts.org.

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