Sunday, June 23, 2024

Belize mourns the loss of dance pioneer Rosita Baltazar


The San Pedro community is grieving the loss of exceptional dancer, choreographer, founding member of the Belize National Dance Company and dance instructor for the San Pedro Dance Academy, Rosa Rosita Baltazar. The death of Baltazar was announced on Tuesday, July 7th, after she succumbed to her battle against cancer.27 Rosita Baltazar-1
Baltazar was a pioneer in the art of dancing in San Pedro, having been part of the San Pedro Dance Company (now Academy) since 1998. Born in Livingston, Guatemala, Baltazar loved dancing from childhood. After moving to Belize City, Baltazar continued to pursue her dreams of dancing and ultimately traveled abroad to study the art. Throughout her life, Baltazar gained skills from the Jamaica National Dance Company, Sarosita Ballet Arts School in Florida, USA, Canterbury College of Theatrical Arts in London, England and the Folklore Dance Company of Mexico. “We are profoundly saddened to announce the passing a truly exceptional dancer, teacher, choreographer and a founding member of the Belize National Dance Company. Belizean dance has lost an icon today and we will never forget her energy, dedication and passion onstage and off-stage,” said the Belize National Dance Company in an official note.27 Rosita Baltazar
The San Pedro Sun joins the rest of the community in sending the Baltazar family the most sincere of condolences. Her legacy will live on in the countless island residents who danced under her tutelage.

Read more


Please help support Local Journalism in Belize

For the first time in the history of the island's community newspaper, The San Pedro Sun is appealing to their thousands of readers to help support the paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991 we have tirelessly provided vital local and national news. Now, more than ever, our community depends on us for trustworthy reporting, but our hard work comes with a cost. We need your support to keep delivering the news you rely on each and every day. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Please support us by making a contribution.

Local News