The Colombian Folkloric Ballet of New York Estampas Negras was established on January 11th, 1992 by the initiative of its director Enrique Alvarado. His dream was to accomplish success in divulging the Colombian folkloric tradition in a distant land.
With arduous work, Estampas Negras made its debut in the Colombian Independence Day Festival, on July 20th of 1992. The dream of a cultural project gave path to the acknowledgement and acceptance of the public.
A great number of dancers and people have contributed in the management and development of this company. It introduces elements of classical, ethnic and contemporary dance forms that enrich the artistic creation which makes the choreography, costume, prop and scenery design into a spectacular event.
Again, as part of the arduous activities, Estampas Negras has performed through out New Jersey and the Metropolitan area, in numerous festivals, cultural events, and parades. Amongst the great parades, the Hispanic Parade has been an active event for the past seven years, which takes place annually on 5th avenue. In addition, since 1994 the ballet has performed with professionalism on well-known stages of the Tri-state area, and has received a well-deserved gratitude from the public and organizations.
Colombian Counsil General (Mauricio Suarez Copete) with Jessica Bermudez and Paula Mejia
The Council General and two of our dance performers at a dinner gala for the Colombian Civic Center 2000.