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

BALAM Dance Theatre to Premiere Women of Wonder During Women's History Month

BALAM Dance Theatre's studio has been abuzz creating new work to excite and transport community members to another culture and time.  BALAM's newest creation, Women of Wonder, celebrates the extensive talent and achievements of its female artists. 

During Women's History Month, BALAM will unveil this diverse program of dance, comedy, and song, featuring an eclectic repertoire of Balinese, Spanish, and American modern and fusion pieces.  This family friendly program will debut on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  The event is free and open to the public.

A dynamic line-up of dancers and artists will perform in Women of Wonder.  Aligned with BALAM's mission to inform and educate the community about diverse culture and dances at the grassroots level, host Carlos Fittante will offer interesting facts about the history and culture of each piece. 

The program's exciting first stop is Bali.  Resident Balinese artist Nani Devi will present her exquisite interpretation of Condong from the Balinese Legong dance.  

Queens College student Justine Rodriguez and alumna Maria Gueros resurrect their scintillating performance of Jubilant Blossoms, a Balinese fusion dance that had a triumphant premiere in the college's fall 2014 dance concert, Cool Rhythms, Hot Moves.  

Transporting the audience from Bali to Spain, BALAM's resident Spanish dancer, Barbara Romero, debuts the company's newly reconstructed Escuela Bolero solo, La Cachucha. This rarely seen dance was made famous by the romantic ballerina Fanny Elssler.

She's back!  The world's only flamenco comedian, glamorous Inma Heredia, will return to BALAM, keeping everyone in stitches with an excerpt from her successful New York City cabaret show, Divas de España. 

BALAM makes its final stop to honor a special performer and dance trailblazer in the United States.  Former company member Maher Benham joins as a guest artist to premiere Homage, a modern dance solo dedicated to American dance legend Martha Graham.