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Jul 7, 2015

Iconic Dancer, Rosita Balthazar, Passes

Rosita Balthazar

And finally to end the news, there is sad news to report.  The Institute of Creative Arts and the country have lost an icon in the creative arts industry. Rosita Balthazar lost her fight to cancer on Monday night at her Los Lagos home in the Belize District. One of the founding members of the Belize National Dance Company, Balthazar was the assistant artistic director of the company alongside Althea Sealy. A choreographer, a dancer and a teacher Balthazar taught the various genres of dance throughout the Belize District and the cayes. She also taught regionally in Saint Vincent, where she revived the traditional Garifuna cultural dances that had been lost on the Caribbean island. Managing Director of BNDC, Denise Enriquez, who has been behind the many fundraising efforts for Balthazar, says that the fifty-four year old would be remembered for her smile and passion every time she took the stage.

 

Denise Enriquez

Denise Enriquez, Managing Director, BNDC

“She was diagnosed with breast cancer about two years ago, in 2012 while she was on tour with us in Europe. She’s since been battling cancer and she lost that battle last night. She passed away quietly at home; her sisters were by her side. Rosita was truly an iconic, in my mind, dancer, teacher and choreographer. She was one of the founding members of the Belize National Dance Company. She was the artistic director of the junior company, because we had a junior company when we started too. So when the dance company started in 1990 along with her, Miss Althea, Sherette and the other dancers, we also had a junior company and she was charged with the director of the junior company and she was assistant artistic director to Althea. So that post she held for several years until she got sick about two years ago. She is also the artistic director for the San Pedro Dance Company, so she started other dance companies as well and has branched out. She was an itinerant teacher that goes out to schools and teach. So most of the primary schools in Belize City and rural areas know who Rosita is because she goes into the rural areas as well to teach dance. Her talents went beyond Belize because she has also been able to help other countries to restore the art of dance. In St. Vincent where the Garifunas originated, they had lost all the traditional dances and things that make the Garifunas who they are. So she was traveling to St. Vincent to teach Punta and all the traditional dances as well. So she was a part of the restoration of culture as well. There is so much that I can say about her. She has danced extensively; not only with the dance company but internationally. She has traveled with us and participated in CARIFESTAs. Aside from the performance aspect, she also taught and choreographed. She’s an all arounder when it comes to dance. So in terms of legacy and what dance has lost, it really lost a lot.”

 

Rosita Balthazar dead at fifty-four years.

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1 Response for “Iconic Dancer, Rosita Balthazar, Passes”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    It is my opinion that Rosita Balthazar should be given a State funeral for her exemplary service to our Country.

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