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This item originally appeared in the September 30, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

By SARAH BROACH
Staff Writer

Forget the tutu and pink ballet slippers.

The Ballet Hispanico will show a different side of ballet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when the company performs in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Alan Goldspiel, an associate professor of music and artistic director of the Louisiana Tech Concert Association, said he is responsible for booking acts that come to Tech through the LTCA.

"One of the missions of the LTCA is to bring to campus cultural events that students wouldn't normally see," he said. "We try to enlighten students culturally."

Described as a display of “intoxicating rhythms of Hispanic culture from around the world” in the Louisiana Tech Concert Association brochure, the Ballet Hispanico is the first program for the LTCA 2004-2005 season.

Goldspiel said he feels bringing the Ballet Hispanico to Tech is a good way to continue the LTCA's mission.

"They're a very fine company performing modern dance to Latin music," he said. "I think combining dance with popular music really works."

Goldspiel also said the chance to see a distinctive ballet performance for such an inexpensive price is rare.

"Out of college, going to see a show like this would cost much more money," he said. "Students should go to experience something they've never seen before.

"For anyone not familiar with Latin music and modern dance, come see what it's all about. Experience as many different things as possible."

The Ballet Hispanico is based in New York City and tours throughout the United States. The company has also performed in a number of countries, including Spain and Italy.

Andrei Constantinescu, a graduate student of theater, said he anticipates a good-sized crowd that will not be disappointed.

"It will be a really fun show that will dazzle those in attendance," he said.

Constantinescu works in the box office in Howard Auditorium and feels the LTCA is very important to the campus.

"There are so many artists in the world doing tremendous work that have never been heard of before," he said. "The LTCA events bring artists like them to campus and make it affordable."

Dr. Kenneth Robbins, director of the School of Performing Arts, said he believes such a nontraditional presentation will leave students feeling mentally enriched and satisfied.

“Invariably, following an LTCA event, I hear students who are leaving their first cultural enrichment opportunity saying such things as 'That was cool' or 'Glad I came' and so forth,” he said.

“Ballet Hispanico is an organization of professionals who are dedicated to sharing their special blend of Spanish culture through classical dance.”

Tickets are $3 for students with a valid Tech ID and can be purchased at the Howard Auditorium box office. The box office is open from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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