Photo by Suzanne Faulkner Stevens, courtesy of Lincoln Center

How many of us have hovered breathlessly over our iPads, watching grainy YouTube footage of Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Theme and Variations? Or Suzanne Farrell in Mozartiana? (Hundreds of thousands of us, to be exact.) Well, get ready: Yesterday, Lincoln Center announced its brand new Dance Week, a series of seven online broadcasts devoted to our favorite art form. Part of Lincoln Center at Home, the organization's new portal for digital offerings, the six-day fest will feature performances by Ballet Hispánico, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. What's particularly exciting is that some of these—including the aforementioned Theme and Variations and Mozartiana—are legendary performances of yesteryear.

Ready to hear the lineup? Check it out below, then tune in to Lincoln Center's website or Facebook page to watch the performances.

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Gabrielle Sprauve. Photo by Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispánico dancer Gabrielle Sprauve understands firsthand the major impact teachers of color can have on a young black dancer's career. Over the course of her training, she had two teachers in particular who left a lifelong impression on her dancing. Here, she shares some of her experiences.

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Michelle Manzanales has been a part of BH for more than seven years. Photo courtesy of BH

Michelle Manzanales' Mexican-American heritage is a constant theme weaving through her work as a teacher and choreographer. Especially when it comes to the music she chooses. "Dance class is where my love for music grew, so for me it's important to expose students to all kinds of music."

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Ballet Hispánico students in a flamenco class, a signature technique of the school.

If you've never taken a flamenco class or had the pleasure of watching one, now's your chance.

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Michelle Manzanales teaching Ballet Hispánico. Photo by Alona Cohen

This week Ballet Hispánico launched its first ChoreoLaB workshop, a summer intensive intended to better prepare aspiring professional dancers—with more than just excellent technique. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro wanted to create a program that bridges the school and the company, to help dancers transitioning into the professional world and better hone their skills.

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Lyvan Verdecia and Melissa Fernandez

When Ballet Hispánico’s Lyvan Verdecia was studying at the Cuban National Ballet School as a teenager, Martha Iris Fernandez helped him perfect his turns.

“Male dancers in Cuba are known for their turns and their jumps. For me, jumps always came naturally, but turns—not so much. So Martha would focus on turns and turns and turns, getting me to execute them at a level that made them look effortless. She would emphasize the placement of my spine and make sure I always had a high passé—things that separate the amateur from the professional.”

Martha Iris Fernandez is a classical ballet teacher at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana.

See Ballet Hispánico tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

Photo by Paula Lobo, courtesy of Ballet Hispánico

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Alessandra Corona in rehearsal with Alexandre Barranco for Ramon Oller's Thorns of the Crown

After dancing with Ballet Hispanico for 12 years, Alessandra Corona found a mentor in Zvi Gotheiner, who encouraged her to take care of her body.

“He teaches you to be very connected with your own body. If you feel it’s not possible to extend your leg, or if you’re injured or in pain, you just have to listen to your body and not force it too much. When I had a knee problem and was recovering, he said to take it easy for a while and then slowly rebuild the strength to achieve what I had done before.”

See Corona and her company, A Corona Works, in Thorns of the Crown, September 9–10 at 7:30 pm at Sheen Center in New York City.

Photo courtesy of A Corona Works

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Photo: by Stephanie Naru, courtesy of Ballet Hispanico

After two years of planning and construction, Ballet Hispanico has opened the doors of its newly renovated headquarters on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “Ballet Hispanico is continuing its mission to be a beacon for communities to celebrate Latino culture," says artistic director Eduardo Vilaro. “In order to do that, we can't be shrouded in darkness. We need to be bright and up front."

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