Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

2017 Calendar

Upcoming Event

Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. $20
Sarabande Espagnole Pour Homme (1701)
Dig Dance: Weekend Series: A Retrospective on the Series, Fridays at Noon 1987-2017
92Y Harkness Dance Center, Buttenwieser Hall, 2nd floor 
1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd Street. 

2017 Season

Thurs., Jan. 5 at 1:15  p.m. FREE
Baroque Music and Dance from the Courts and Villages of Europe and the New World. St. Bartholemew's Church
50th Street and Park Ave. New York, NY

Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger

Lisa Terry-Baroque cello, Maureen Murchie-Baroque violin, Adam Cockerham-Baroque guitar, Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante-dancers
Presented by GEMS Midtown Concert Series

Thurs., Feb. 2, 4:30-6:00. Balinese Masterclass
NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Closed event

Sun., Feb 5 at 4 p.m. 
$30-adults, $25-seniors, Free-students under 18
Leonia Chamber Musicians Society
Spanish Inspired Music, a program of works by Joaquín Turina, Luigi Boccherini, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

All Saints Episcopal Church,
150 Park Avenue, Leonia, NJ

Photo Credit: Marilyn Nichols

Featuring Cynthia Phelps, Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic and Carlos Fittante of BALAM Dance Theatre

Wed.-Fri., April 5-7 at 7 p.m. Sat., April 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., April 9 at 3 p.m. $22, $15-seniors, $10-students.

Damn Yankees, presented by the Drama, Theatre, and Dance Department at Queens College with music by Richard Adler, lyrics by Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, directed by Charles Repole, and choreography by Carlos Fittante
Queens College's Kupferberg Center, Goldstein Theatre
64th Ave, Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 793-8080

Thurs., April 6, 1:15-2:00 p.m. FREE 
St. Bartholemew's Church, 50th Street and Park Ave. New York, NY. 
GEMS Midtown Concerts presents 
The Musicians of BALAM
Lisa Terry-Baroque cello, Maureen Murchie-Baroque violin, and Adam Cockerham-Baroque guitar. 

Photo Credit: William Wegman

Sun., April 30, 2-3 p.m. Free
Poetry Moves, a family friendly program celebrating National Poetry Month of diverse dance, music, and text. BALAM artists to be featured: Inma Heredia, Carlos Fittante, Toshinori Hamada, Yumiko Niimi, Barbara Romero, and guest musician Guzeli. Fort Lee Public Library320 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. (201) 592-3615,  
Photo Credit: Yi-Chun Wu

April 27-May 7
The Dreyfus Affair 
BALAM Baroque inspired dances for the
Ensemble for the Romantic Century
Fisher Playhouse at BAM

Max Von Essen and Meghan Picerno. Photo Credit: Shirin Tinati

Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. $20
Sarabande Espagnole Pour Homme (1701)
Dig Dance: Weekend Series: A Retrospective on the Series, Fridays at Noon 1987-2017
92Y Harkness Dance Center, Buttenwieser Hall, 2nd floor 
1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd Street. 

June 11-18, Le Carnaval de Venise / June 17, 24,  and 25, La Serva Padrona and Livietta e Tracollo
BALAM's Carlos Fittante will perform in the Boston Early Music Festival 2017 Festival Operas
Cutler Majestic Theatre and Jordan Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

BALAM Dance Theatre to Debut New Baroque Inspired Work at Queens College

When the curtain comes up in December at Queens College, BALAM Dance Theatre will debut The Fountain of Pleasure, a new Baroque inspired choreography created by artistic director Carlos Fittante.  This latest work will premiere in XWhyY: My Genderation Dances of Exploration, for the Queens College-City University of New York's Faculty Choreographic Showcase
            The performance will be presented at M11 Studio Theatre, Rathaus Hall at Queens College, located at 64th Ave in Flushing, New York.  The program will be presented on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. 

            The new work features Carlos Fittante and guest artists Alexis Silver and Andrew Trego from the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble.  Queens College student dancers Cindy Centurion, Gavy Contreras, Delsa Heredia, Khiabet Leal, Jaria Morris, and Rochelle Reyes will join them.  Other artists involved in the program are costume designer Sarita Fellows and props by Nelly Reyes.
            The dance style, physical acting technique, and theatrical conventions of Baroque theatre.  "In the opening tableaux, personifications of love, passion, compassion, humor, compromise, affection, and trust are performed.   The ballet's narrative illustrates a Baroque sensibility in which divinity intervenes on the behalf of humanity to offer insight and guidance," said Fittante, Artistic Director of BALAM Dance Theatre.  Fittante's critically acclaimed co-choreographed work has appeared in the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival's Almira and other productions.

            The elegant piece is accompanied by an overture excerpt and Chaconne from Les Fountaines de Versailles, circa 1683, composed by Michel-Richard Lalande and performed by the Orchestre de Chambre Hewitt.  "The students will learn much from this experience gaining formal refinement and beauty rooted in a tradition of western culture.  For some students this is their first performance concert and introduction to Baroque dance and music.  A special thanks is extended to Professor Weeks for her work as co-rehearsal director and Leslye Del Carpio, who generously served as an understudy for the pantomime sections," said Fittante.

   A choreographer and dance artist of remarkable diversity performing Ballet, Spanish Escuela Bolera, Baroque, Balinese and other movement styles, Fittante has performed throughout the world in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, England, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and the United States.  As a Baroque choreographer and dancer, he has performed with several leading period music and dance ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival, where he is ballet master; New York Baroque Dance Company; Four Nations Ensemble; and The Bishop’s Band. He has also choreographed and performed for the opera companies Teatro Lirico D.C. and New York City Opera; and others.  His period choreography for George Frideric Handel's operas Almira and Acis and Galatea received critical praise.
Photo credit: Andre Constantini

            Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for adults.  Student tickets may only be purchased at the box office window.  Adult tickets are available online at and at the box office.  For further information about tickets, contact the box office at 718-793-8080 and

2016 Calendar


Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m. Free.
Myths, Stars, and Legends
Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
10 West Ramapo Road
Garnerville, New York 10923

Thursday, January 28, 1:15-1:50 p.m. Free.
Sprezzatura New York Style
Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at East 50th Street, New York City.
A Gotham Early Music Scene's (GEMS) presentation

Thursday, February 4, 4:30-6:10 p.m. (Closed to the public.)
Balinese dance masterclass
New York University-Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, February 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (Closed to the public)
Baroque dance masterclass
Parsons New School 
Fashion Studies Program
66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Thursday, March 24, 2:00-2:20 p.m.
Library Circuit Audition
Middletown, New York

Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. $20
Dances of the Baroque Era
Carlos Fittante, Caroline Copeland, Alexis Silver, and Andrew Trego
Juilliard 415 Orchestra and the Juilliard Dancers
Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Tickets $20. Go to the Juilliard Website

Friday, April 15, 6:00 p.m. FREE
A Multicultural Ramayana 
BALAM performs with
Gamelan Son of Lion

The Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC
The Community Theatre Ministry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, NY 10034.  Open to the public.

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 4:30p.m.
Jump on the Dance Wagon
Odissi-Balinese-modern dance fusion by Katherine Posin with Odissi dancer Mala Desai and Carlos Fittante
The Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $15-$30

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. FREE
Baroque dance masterclass
Room 351, Aaron Copland School of Music
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367

Tuesday, August 2, 7 - 8 p.m. - FREE
International Music and Dance for a Multi-Generational Audience
Gamelan Son of Lion and BALAM Dance Theatre at the Ossie Davis Theater
New Rochelle Public Libary
One Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 
Tel: (914) 632 7878

Thursday, August 4, 1 p.m. - FREE
Dancing Warriors
Ocean County Library Manchester Branch, Ocean County Library
21 Colonial Dr., Manchester, NJ 08733
(732) 657-7600

Friday, August 5, 1 p.m. - FREE
Dancing Warriors
Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch 
112 Burr St, Barnegat, NJ 08005

Tuesday, August 9, 1 p.m. - Free
Dancing Warriors
Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branh
112 Jersey City Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735
(732) 793-3996

Sunday, August 21, 2-3 p.m. - FREE
Myths, Stars, and Legends
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Drive
Warwick, NY 10990
 Registration Required
Call 845-986-1047 ext. 3 

Friday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. 
Closed Event
Balinese dance performance and masterclass.
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
111 Second Avenue, NYC

Friday, October 7 Baroque Dance Masterclass & Performance
The New School, Professor Elizabeth Murano
French Fashion in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries

Thursday, October 13. Baroque Dance Masterclass
Dance History, Professor Katherine Profeta
Queens College-City University of New York

Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. $20
Icarus and Asha
American Dance Guild honors 
Jean Erdman at 100
Myth and Modern Dance
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
1395 Lexington Avenue , 2nd Floor New York, NY 10128 
 Available at, or by calling 212-415-5500 

Friday, November 11, 9:30-12 p.m.
Baroque Dance Masterclass & Performance
Professor Elizabeth Murano
French Fashion in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries

Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 
8 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
Boston Early Music Festival
Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Baroque choreography by Carlos Fittante
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115
Tickets: $25-$125. 
Monday and Tuesday, November 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m. $65, $55.
Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Wednesday-Friday, November 30-December 2. 12 p.m., 8 p.m., 8 p.m. FREE
Sevillanas Corraleras with Barbara Romero
St. Joseph's College Dance Club Concert, Tuhoy Hall
St. Joseph's College, 245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205.

Thursday-Sunday, December 1-4. XWhyY: My Genderation Dances of Exploration. $10 Students, $16 Adults

The Fountain of Pleasure, a new Baroque inspired choreography for the Queens College Faculty Choreographic Showcase.
Alexis Silver and Andrew Trego, guest artists. M11 Studio Theatre, Rathaus Hall, Queens College, 64th Ave, Flushing, NY 11367. Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, December 8-11
The Christmas Show
December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10 at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. 
St George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St. Staten Island, NY. (718) 442-2900. Tickets

Join the BALAM Dance Theatre Volunteer Team

Are you looking to develop new skills, fulfill community service requirements, undertake an internship, make a difference in underserved communities, or meet new people?  Then, join BALAM Dance Theatre and be a part of introducing people of all ages and backgrounds at the grassroots level to different cultures and time periods.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Community members can get involved in hands-on activities or participate virtually undertaking volunteer opportunitites in our Out & About touring series, concerts, programs, and events.  If you have a creative flair, design graphics and the layout for flyers, postcards, and other materials to announce upcoming events.  Lead fundraising projects or assist with bookkeeping and accounting.  Join the marketing team and write articles, press announcements, and other products for our programs.  Photograph or film rehearsals, performances, or productions.  Up-and-coming artists can receive training and hands-on experience on the stage.  Work behind-the scenes with staging, lighting, assembling props, and costuming.  

If you have an interest, skill or talent to share, tell us.  Sign up now as a BALAM volunteer.  For details, call 646-363-9183 or send an e-mail to info[at]

Bring BALAM Dance Theatre's Work to Underserved Communities

BALAM Dance Theatre's New York City season is underway with a free Ramayana workshop for the children of the Washington Heights Choir School, culminating with a free performance of A Multicultural Ramayana.  BALAM needs your help now to bring its extensive repertoire and Out & About Touring series to underserved communities in 2016.  Fees do not cover the costs of these projects.  

Join Us

Partner with BALAM Dance Theatre to complete the work on these and other upcoming projects.  Make a donation in any amount and help us transform the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds in these communities.  A supporter has agreed to donate $300 if BALAM can match that amount.  With your help, we can reach this goal!  Your donation of any amount will help to support the following:
  • $10-$15 per hour for rental of dance studio space
  • $35 per hour for a tailor or seamstress to alter BALAM's costumes
  • $400 the average cost of a new costume
  • $300 for rental space
  • ........and other costs.

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Contributions may also be made with a check payable to BALAM Dance Theatre addressed to:

BALAM Dance Theatre
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New York, NY 10011

Thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at a BALAM performance, activity, or event this year.

BALAM Dance Theatre to Debut A Multicultural Ramayana: A Blending of Balinese and Spanish Cultures.

BALAM Dance Theatre premieres its new Out & About series program, A Multicultural Ramayana, a performance of a beloved Hindu myth, featuring Balinese fusion and Spanish dances performed to live Indonesian gamelan music.  The performance will be presented at The Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC & Delphi Theatre The Community Theatre Outreach Ministry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church located at 20 Cumming Street in New York City on Friday, April 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The family-friendly program is free and open to the public.
BALAM Dance Theatre's Ramayana. Photo Credit: Neil Sapienza

Good Versus Evil

The story of the Ramayana presents a narrative of good versus evil between archetypal characters with good triumphing and restoring the balance of order between cosmic forces of creation and destruction.   
"This new rendition of BALAM Dance Theatre's signature work of the story ballet inspired by the Hindu epic, Ramayana: Abduction of Sita, reveals with greater clarity one of its deeper themes, a call for unity and peace.  Presenting work that express a message of inclusion and forgiveness is particularly poignant," said Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director, BALAM Dance Theatre.

The New York City-based company offers a new vision of contemporary dance by combining ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historic periods with Balinese theatre.  This latest program from BALAM’s community Out & About series features the company’s Artistic Director Carlos Fittante as Rama and performer Toshinori Hamada as Rahwana.  Yumiko Niimi returns to the company to perform the role of Princess Sita.  Boonyarith Pankamdech, a specialist in Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Technique, joins as Hanuman-The Monkey King. 

Flamenco Stand-Up Comedian 

BALAM's resident actor Inma Heredia, the world's first and only flamenco stand-up comedian, will perform La Chispa de Andalucia (The Spark of Andalusia).  She will tell the story in English and Spanish and offer dramatic narration interspersed throughout the dance and music segments. 

Inma Heredia

"I am happy to bring the heart and warmth of Latin culture to BALAM's multicultural program!" stated Heredia.

Barbara Romero, BALAM’s Spanish Escuela Bolera dance specialist, debuts as the Golden Deer.  Her piece will utilize a 19th century Spanish escuela bolera dance movement, while playing castanets performed to the live gamelan music.  

Gamelan Son of Lion will perform live an original gamelan score of vibrant Indonesian music.  The New York City based
instrumental ensemble specializes in contemporary pieces written for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan.   
Gamelan Son of Lion

The costumes, designed by the company's late founding director Islene Pinder, were created in Bali and are variations on traditional Balinese dance costumes.  The props used in the ballet were handcrafted in Bali and suggest the forest of Alengka, where, according to the Ramayana myth, the story unfolds.  The movement styles utilized in the fusion ballet blend Balinese, ballet, modern, Baroque, and karate movement, reflecting the dance skills of the BALAM company members. 

The show will include an audience participation segment and a question and answer period.  Limited seating is available.  For further information, call BALAM Dance Theatre at 646-361-9183 or send an email to

A Multicultural Ramayana is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Artist Spotlight: Nani Devi

Nani Devi, BALAM Dance Theatre's Resident Balinese Artist, teaches classical Balinese dance lessons for the company, as well as those from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi.   Born in Bali, Indonesia, Ms. Devi began dancing at the early age of ten in the village of Tabanan. 

Nani Devi. Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger
Noted for dancing with a natural grace and  sweet expression, she was selected by the  Indonesian government to perform in the  palaces of Bali for visiting heads of  state.  She has performed in Russia, Japan,  China, Thailand, the Philippines, and the  United States among others.  Look for  announcements about her  upcoming  master classes that will be open  to the  public. 

BALAM Dance Theatre to Premiere Myths and Stars in Leonia

BALAM Dance Theatre is bringing its eclectic, diverse style to New Jersey again with the premiere of a new Out & About series program, Myths and Stars.  This exciting dance song and dance program features comedy and Balinese, ballet, Spanish escuela bolero, Baroque and fusion dance styles.  The performance will be presented at the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, New Jersey, located at 227 Fort Lee Road, on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The New York City-based company is recognized for presenting a new vision of contemporary dance that combines ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and historic periods with Balinese theatre.  This latest program from BALAM’s community service Out & About series features the company’s Artistic Director Carlos Fittante, Resident Guest Actor Inma Heredia, Resident Spanish Dance Specialist Barbara Romero, and guest dancer Yumiko Niimi debuts with the company.

"This diverse program showcases the creative and expressive talents of the company's performers.  BALAM will present and immerse the audience in the grandness and beauty of ancient myths and the glamour and amusing aspects of pop Spanish culture," said Fittante.

Flamenco Stand-Up Comedian To Perform

The entertaining and diverse program features the world's first flamenco stand-up comedian Inma Heredia performing excerpts from her acclaimed one-woman cabaret show, Divas de España.  On the stage, Heredia will transform and become these performers:  singer and actress Sara Montiel; singer, dancer and actress Lola Flores; and actress, comedian and flamenco guitarist Charo.

Two beloved myths will be represented through dance.  The first, Rama and Sita, is an excerpt from the Hindu epic Ramayana, danced in a Balinese fusion style, with Fittante and Niimi. 

"This piece is very enjoyable to perform because of the fusion of the Balinese and balletic styles.  The Balinese dance style is unlike anything that I have done before," explained Niimi. 

The second piece, Icarus, presents the Greek myth performed by Fittante in a Baroque contemporary dance movement style with three-foot hand carved Balinese wings.  Romero will spotlight luminary dancer Fanny Elssler, who originally performed the balletic solo La Cachucha in 1836, to round out the unique program. 

The family friendly show will include an audience participation segment.  The library is handicapped accessible.  Parking is available in the back of the building, in the municipal lot located on Broad Avenue, and on the streets around the library.  For further information, contact the Leonia Public Library at 201-592-5770.