The José Greco Foundation for Hispanic Dance, Inc was founded in 1972 by José Greco to deepen the work he began 30 years prior to bringing the beauty and diversity of Spanish dance and music to as wide and diverse an audience as possible.
José stated that the mission of the Foundation was to:
- cultivate, promote, sponsor and develop the appreciation, understanding and love of Spanish dance throughout the United States;
- provide for continuing educational and training programs in Spanish dance so that its art and techniques may be projected forward from generation to generation; and
- show and demonstrate the relationship of the vital elements of Spanish culture„both artistic and educational„to the people of the United States with particular reference to music and the visual arts.
Today, the Foundation is striving to preserve José's legacy and continue with the mission he set forth. Since 2003, José's daughter, Carmela Greco, has been touring throughout the US and Japan giving workshops and performing in order to propagate knowledge of her father's work and to raise funds to renew the Foundation's efforts. Carmela's efforts have enabled the Foundation to establish and support a performing dance company, Compañía Carmela Greco, to perform traditional Spanish dances and explore new choreographies.
The Foundation's main goal is to establish an annual festival in honor of José that will make relevant and integrate in today's society the multi-faceted knowledge of its founder. As the Foundation grows it will work to:
- host and sponsor dance, music and voice workshops, lectures and writings on Spanish dance and music;
- facilitate performances, shows and festivals to showcase the many forms of Spanish dance;
- provide educational outreach programs;
- establish a library of Spanish arts and archive of José's works, and exhibit Spanish and Hispanic fine arts; and
- continue to support the work of Compañía Carmela Greco.