Dance Index

The journal Dance Index was founded by Lincoln Kirstein in 1942. Over the following seven years, 56 issues were published, presenting original scholarship on a wide range of dance subjects. In the spirit of its predecessor, the new Dance Index examines the multi-dimensional richness and diversity of the world of dance. Its intention is to surprise and excite a general audience with a new level of understanding and appreciation of the real and critical importance of dance in contemporary culture. 

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Spanish Dance in New York City’s Puerto Rican Community

By Sandra Rivera

DANCE INDEX, Volume 12

No. 2 Fall 2021

ISBN: 978-0-87130-090-4

32 pages, 27 illustrations


In writing this essay I have relied on the resources afforded by my own vast experiences with Spanish dance, including the mastery of nearly 40 dances from my formal training — dances that had been passed on from [Lola] Bravo to [Tina] Ramirez, with clear influences from Spanish roots and La Argentina herself. It is interesting to note the number and variety of dances that we were able to learn and perform with a high degree of mastery. How were Bravo and Ramirez able to accomplish what they did? Why were Puerto Ricans, in particular, drawn to Spanish dance, and how did this experience impact our community?

– Sandra Rivera

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