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A new routine for Tina Ramirez
A new routine for Tina Ramirez

If there is a Latina dance gene, Tina Ramirez, the diminutive spitfire and founder-artistic director of New York-based Ballet Hispanico, has it in spades. The Venezuela-born daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and Puerto Rican homemaker, Ramirez says she learned to dance on the tops of her father's feet as a child. But at the end of this month, after nearly four decades at the helm of one of the most acclaimed Latino dance organizations, Ramirez will hang up her dancing shoes and artistic hat. Her successor, Cuban-born Eduardo Vilaro, a company member from 1988 to 1996, takes the reins Aug. 1. Before that day, though, Ballet Hispanico will make its Los Angeles Music Center debut with...

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