Ballet Plata y Oro
Age is nothing but a number and the ladies of Ballet Plata y Oro show the World that everyday. The Ballet Plata y Oro is a group of senior women ages from 65 to 93 who study and perform both flamenco and Mexican folkloric dance traditions.
Some of these amazing women, who are of Latino or Hispanic heritage, danced folklorico and/or flamenco in their youth while others are experiencing these dance forms for the first time as participants rather than just audience members. But all of them are having fun sharing their culture and traditions through dance.
This project is made possible with funding from South Arts in partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Metro Nashville Arts Commission and HCA TriStar Health.
Ballet Plata y Oro is led by Chayito Champion in her classes at Wellmed Senior Community Centers in San Antonio, Texas. Being a senior herself, Chayito is an inspiration for her students, pushing them to learn new choreography while honoring their cultural traditions and having great fun. Chayito Champion is a world renown flamenco singer in high demand both nationally and internationally, always captivating her audiences with her heartfelt and passionate performances. Her recent engagements include such prestigious venues as Repertorio Español, Thalia Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. She is currently the Flamenco singer for CBJ Essemble and Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo. Chayito recently recorded 2 Albums Asi soy Yo and Levanto. New York Times has written "Chayito Captivated her audience with her haunting voice". Famed flamenco dancer and Chayito's mother, Teresa Champion, is another inspiration for the dancers. Performing for decades, Teresa is still holding her own as a solo dancer, revered teacher and excellent choreographer.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and Metro Nashville Arts Commission; and community support from HCA TriStar Health.