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to perform you must register by: April 15th

Attention performers!

join us for this one of a kind event, which aims to highlight and celebrate Queer, Trans, and ally Afro-Latin dancers from DIFFERENT parts of the globe!

june 10th & 11th | san jose, ca

We are happy to be back IN PERSON! 
Thats Right! The Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival is back and we are excited to share all that this multifaceted festival has to offer.  

We come together as one, in celebration of self-love & self-expression. Join us as we aim to make Afro Latin Dance Culture more inclusive for all.  

celebrating self-love & self-expression

About the Festival

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If you are interested in participating here is what you need to know:

Join Alex and Desiree for their first performance challenge at the QALDF, bringing you the kind of Bachata we know you like!  You'll get to spend 4 hours with them, learn a choreography, and perform on stage with Alex and Desiree themselves!!!

Focusing on the joy of dance, you’ll not only sharpen your technical abilities as a Bachata dancer, learning the AnD style, but you’ll also get to develop your artistry by leveling up your stage performance.

Let the Bachata spirit hit you as you find your flow, work your body movement, and have a great time doing what you love with Alex and Desiree!

1️⃣  Sign-up early!  This challenge will SELL-OUT! 
2️⃣  Plan on arriving on Thursday (challenge starts early on Friday)
3️⃣  Book your hotel room before they sell out. 

5678 - BACHATA!!! (Dem hips don’t lie)!

ALEX & DESIREE PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE

Join Us for the Performance Showcase, taking place Friday & Saturday night.  Have a seat and enjoy the Shows! ✨

We Guarantee a performance line-up like no other!  With over 30 performances per night! 

Performance Showcase

Join us as we discuss important and relevant issues in our Communities 🌈 🙋🏾‍♀️

We will be talking about the Queer Experience as well as Anti-Blackness within the Afro Latin Dance Culture.

Join this Movement!  Lets together, learn and explore ways to be more inclusive and affirming. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.
 

🔸Alex & Desiree
🔸Serena Spears
🔸Ana Masacote
🔸Dioney da Silva
🔸Frankin Liranzo
🔸Sekou McMiller
🔸Jahaira Fajardo


Who are the panelists?

Saturday 11th - 6:00-7:30 pm

dISCUSSION PANEL

discussion
panel

 introducing the first annual

social dances
& pool parties

alex & desiree 
PERFORMANCE challenge

performance
showcases

35 workshops & 
1 Masterclass

What 's happening on this 4th edition 

- WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS -

The amazing Lineup

amber&poko

ArVejon Jones

alex & Desiree

magda & valeria

kakah

Jhesus Aponte

Tina & Kyla

Serena Spears

Noelia & Irena

Angelica & Jahaira

Ana Masacote

Ace Fusion

Ciara Morales

Antonio Doza

Angie & Aundrey

Jeremey Feliciano

enzo

Dioney da Silva

Lyrick Cruz

Lilly Rose

Latisha Hardy

morgan (mo) hernandez

Monique Manzo

bryon & sammantha

John and Liz

Kathy Reyes

Eli Torres

sekou mcmiller

milton

Mariah & Andrea

karol maracas

kyla hallums

Specializing in Latin-style dancing, Alex and Desiree are professional dancers who partnered in 2015 to share their passion with the world. Whether it’s teaching at the world’s premier dance festivals or bringing exciting-energetic showcases to stages across the globe, they are currently among the most sought out artists today. While both Alex and Desiree are well rounded in many forms of dance the world has really embraced their interpretation of Bachata. They have undoubtedly become the leading couple representing Bachata Clasica also known as Traditional or Dominican Style Bachata. 

Their trajectory includes winning world coveted titles and recognition for their signature choreography and their abundant contributions to the Latin dance scene. You may have also seen Alex AnD Desiree on television shows, music videos, and all over social-media platforms. Despite their popularity, however, their focus continues to be the spread of joy and passion through the growth of dance communities everywhere. Apart from coaching and training dancers from across the globe, Alex and Desiree are also part of the official judging panel at two of the world's most prestigious Dance Championships such as the World Salsa Summit and Bachatea World Masters. 

bachata performance challenge

ALEX & DESIREE

ArVejon Jones is a Bay Area freelance artist. ArVejon’s has trained and performed in Tap, Hip Hop, West African forms, Jazz, Ballet, Horton Technique, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian, House, and Vogue.

ArVejon has performed in 30+ cities in the United States including the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Association for Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), as well as performed internationally in Sweden, and Canada.

Teaching experience includes the Boston Ballet’s “Education and Outreach Initiative,” Portland’s BodyVox “JAG” program, LINES/ SF Dance Center, and San Francisco State University where he is a dance lecturer. He has been nominated twice for an “Isadora Duncan Dance Award”. He is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the 2021 Queer Latin Dance Festival! 

JAzz | all level

arvejon jones

hip hop

amber&poko

Jhesus Aponte has been surrounded by dance his entire life and has taken the talent he was born with to the greatest heights with every intention of continuing his ascension to even taller peaks. An internationally renowned dancer and choreographer who is taking the world by storm with every rhythmic move he makes, Aponte is two times winner of World Salsa Championships, prestigious titles to add to his already abundant list of accomplishments.

Born and raised in the town of Santurce in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Jhesus Aponte comes from a family of musicians. Music was constantly played in the home and Salsa, the cultural music and dance of the island, became embedded in Aponte's subconscious in the same way learning to speak does.

Aponte's inherent love of dance took a more professional turn at the hands of a friend who brought him to an aerobic jazz class. "I was enchanted," he says of that first formal lesson, "and decided to start training to become a more complete dancer." Classes in Jazz, Ballet, Music Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, Swing, Hustle, Flamenco and Rumba, ensued at various schools throughout Puerto Rico, including Bailos, New Attitude, Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, and Dance Machine, and New York City at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Eglevsky Ballet where he had a Summer Scholarships. In 1991, Aponte landed his first job as a professional dancer, and has not stopped working professionally since.

 

As a Choreographer Aponte has choreographed for many Stars, Concerts, TV, Music Videos and Commercials. In Theatre, The West End in the UK , Off Broadway and many Regional Theaters in USA, Dominican Republic, Uk and PR. Jhesus has taught and perform in countries such as, North, Central and South America, Turkey, Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Spain, Japan, South Korea, China, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom, Israel, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Germany, Thailand, Australia, Guadeloupe & Sweden.

salsa | intermediate

jhesus aponte

Kakah is internationally known for her work with Brazilian Zouk and Bachata. She not only remixes songs but also produces original music for both dance styles. Her songs already surpass 15 million views across streaming platforms. A successful career that comes from years of training in music and dance. She has worked for various events all around Brazil including all of the major festivals in the country. And the list goes on internationally. Reaching almost every continent, she headlines major events in every one of them. Over the years she has also collaborated with a list of singers producing music for Brazilian Zouk and Kizomba.

 Aside from her work with music, Kakah organizes an event held in Fortaleza - CE called Swing Zouk Weekend. A festival to bring together two of her passions, Brazilian Zouk and West Coast Swing. She also dedicates herself to teaching new DJs/Producers in the creation of music and dancers into the art of Musicality. 

She was nominated as artist of the year in 2016 and 2017 by the Zoukology website. You can find her original work on Spotify, Itunes, Soundcloud and Youtube.

souk | all level

Kakah

The beauty of this power-duo is being two women, meaning: breaking the stereotypes of Male-Lead and Female-Follow, where dance becomes a gender-less art of expression.
Skilled in Bachata Moderna, their workshops are social centric with focused learning on proper leading/following technique. They want to empower everyone by being the best on the dance floor with special emphasis on musicality, styling and self confidence.

Their dance journey is certainly unique! They’ve partook in the Official Videoclip of Grupo Extra “Dame De Eso” as they travel throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and plenty other regions to teach and perform at various congresses and festivals.

bachata moderna | intermediate

magda & valeria

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mambo fusion | intermediate

noelia & irena

Serena Spears is a fusion dancer, performer, teacher, and choreographer from Brooklyn, NY. With three decades of dance experience and a diverse background in hip-hop, modern, African, and ballet as well as Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern dance forms, Serena focuses on creating seamlessly integrated and moving fusion that inspires people around the world.

Serena began training in MENAHT (Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, and/or Turkish) dance in 2006, and in 2010, she transitioned to contemporary fusion bellydance. In 2014, Serena started learning Afro-Latin and partner dancing, spending the last six years exploring salsa, bachata, chachachá, rumba, Afro-Cuban folklore, tango, samba, and, most recently, Brazilian zouk. Combining her new training pathways with the old has given her a unique perspective on body mechanics, movement, and isolations and continues to strengthen her love of dance as art, connection, and healing.

body movement & isolation | all level

serena spears

Tina Cavicchio & Kyla Hallums are dance artists who have been collaborating together for years and have been combining their skills to create a unique dance experience. Tina is a queer dancer with experience in various styles such as Afro-latín, street dance, and codified dance techniques. She works to push people to reach their full dance potential no matter their experience, and helps people express their story through movement. Kyla comes from a music background as a professional singer and a dance background based in afro-Latin dance and movement expression. Kyla Hallums is the founder of Body Love, a global movement to guide people of all genders, orientations and sizes to feel empowered in their bodies. She incorporates this movement throughout her teachings to show that we can all be dancers. Combined, these two create a dance experience to help people remember why they chose to dance in the first place.

bachata | all level

tina & kyla

Andrea Arenasvazquez (They/Them/Theirs), nicknamed “Ace Fusion” was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and in the year 1995 moved to Brooklyn, N.Y, where they were raised. Throughout their youth Ace was known as the “Dancing Queen”. They attended Hip-hop, Salsa, Bachata classes and shared their love for dance whenever the moment presented itself. Ace has made it their goal to touch the hearts of others with love and connection through music and dance. Traveling and dancing, have created so many wonderful opportunities for Ace. While serving their country in the USMC and now in their career as an International Bachata instructor, Ace has had the chance to teach and dance in places like Japan, Africa, ​Spain, Copenhagen, Sweden, France, and various states throughout the U.S. Ace is dedicated to sharing all the knowledge that has been shared with them with future dance generations to come.  

bachata | all level

ace fusion

Ana is an internationally-renowned Latin dance specialist, a passionate community advocate, and the proud, queer daughter of Mexican immigrants. A childhood spent consuming books landed this Chicana at MIT, where she studied business and co-founded Afro-Latin dance and music company, Masacote Entertainment, with Joel Massicot.

She has been blessed to share her lifelong love of salsa dance with communities in Boston and around the world. Today, Masacote is one of the most influential and in-demand Latin performance groups in the salsa industry, and in 2014, they received the Small Business Association Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award. In 2018, she launched Dance to Power, LLC, an online global academy dedicated to helping womxn discover their best lives through dance.

Andrew Cervantez:
Andrew is currently one of LA’s Top male soloist and a three time World Latin Dance Cup Champion in the same gender division. He exudes tremendous showmanship and energy both on stage and on the dance floor. He has the ability to lead and follow, and is most known for his following styling and multiple fast spins.  

salsa | all level

ana masacote

Angelica Medina and Jahaira Fajardo are the Directors of In Lak’ech Dance Academy, in Oakland CA. They both share an immense passion for dance, and in 2014 they met and fell in love on the dance floor. They soon after decided to grow as dance partners while training for competition. In December 2015 they placed 1st in the Latin Ladies Same Gender Division, at the World Latin Dance Cup. Jahaira made history as the first Bachata female leader to become a World Champion. In 2018, they returned to to WLDC as pros and placed first in the Bachata Couple Pro Cabaret division. 

In 2017, Jahaira and Angelica participated and completed the Alex and Desiree Bachata Instructor Certification Course. They also had the honor to Direct The AnD WW ~Team SF Season One. 

In 2018, In Lak’ech Dance Academy produced the first ever Queer Latin Dance Festival, where Queer and Trans Latinx dancers are highlighted and celebrated. This event continues on an annual basis. 

In Lak´ech Dance Academy is the direct result of the passion Angelica & Jahaira share for Latin Dance and for their community.

bachata | all level

angelica & jahaira

Angie and Audrey are a Queer Latinx couple with a mission to decolonize society’s mentality by uplifting Afro-Latinx culture, history, and gender-free expression in partner dance. Angie started her formal training at age 14 in her hometown Colombia. Audrey was born in the Dominican Republic, where her training began in ballet at the age of 4. Though trained in a variety of dances throughout the years, it wasn’t until they both reconnected with their roots, through Afro Latin dances that they began their journey as a performing duo. Angie and Audrey specialize in salsa and afro cuban dance movement. They perform Salsa on 2, most times fusioned with flamenco dance, Afro cuban, modern, and hip hop/phunk.

afro latin movement | all level

angie & aundrey

Antonio Doza - Dancer, Actor, Model, Health & Financial Advisor based in New York City. Known for his great performance presence, Antonio brings so much heat to the stage that he guarantees all eyes are on him. As an instructor, he brings his intriguing style with his amazing Spinning, Isolation, Body Movement, Styling, Lead & Following skills, and Exquisite Technique to his workshops and classes. He is Co-staring in the new hit movie, “SHINE” and is featured in numerous music videos by many top name commercial artists. Antonio has traveled throughout the world teaching and sharing his talents. He is currently touring, acting, modeling and directing his Lindas De Doza & Doza Dance CoEd Teams.

salsa | all level

antonio doza

Ciara has been a dancer throughout her life and has always aspired to connect with others through her love for dance. As far as she can remember, dance and music have always had a crucial part in bringing her and her family together, and it is still such a profound source of joy, love and escape. 

Ciara began formal dance training in 2012 when she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago’s American Sign Language Interpreting Program. While living in Chicago she took classes and trained in Ballet, Modern, African, House, Hip-hop and Bachata. 

When she is not dancing, she is working as a freelance American Sign Language Interpreter. Although Ciara has grown up as a dancer, both interpreting and dancing share the same space in her heart.

bachata | all level

ciara morales

Mexican World Champion Dancer. He has won in the following competitions: Euroson Latino 2015, World Salsa Summit 2016, Euroson Latino World Salsa Championship "cabaret" 2018, Euroson Latino World salsa Championship 2018.

mambo en fuego | intermediate

dioney da silva

Canadian Peruvian non-binary choreographer and dancer Enzo Vergaray is a competitive professional salsa dancer where he quickly made an impact in the dance community and taught, coached and trained in all forms of dance styles. As a performer, Enzo is well known for his hypnotic performances marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. He is also known for his smooth and clean social dancing and styling as a follow and lead. Enzo now lives in Australia to share his knowledge and passion for dance as well as to grow, motivate and train dancers. 

sexy heels | all level

enzo

Dancing since 9 years old I found my voice and understanding of who I am as an individual. Started dancing ballet at the age of 9 then moved on to hip hop at the age of 10 dancing in after school programs all through middle school and high school. When graduated high school decided to try out for ensemble espanol Spanish theater which is where I studied the art of Spanish dance of flamenco and Spaniard folklore. Then at the age of 21 I finally decided to start Latin dancing and being 26 now I never looked back. Being under the direction of some of chicago’s greats Rocky Quionies, Angel Martinez and Kimberly Rivera they led me in the right direction and have given me the tools and help build my path to where I am today. Now I’m direct two amazing teams here in Chicago La fuerza Storm Chicago and my very own team Femme Fatale Chi.

femme heels | all level

jeremy feliciano

Latisha Hardy is a business owner and professional dancer, bringing culture and diversity to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Leaving corporate America in 2016, she began dancing professionally and opened her own studio. Recently moving to the Downtown area, the studio quickly became city renowned and recognized for its professionalism, expertise, and community. 
 
Latisha’s dedication to community brought together a semi-professional dance team that travels and performs across the states with a message of empowerment. The impact on the team and in the community have been remarkable.

salsa fusion | all level

latisha Hardy

Lilly Rose Valore is a Dancer/Model/Trans Activist from Boston, MA. She is a Program Assistant at Futures Without Violence which is a nonprofit organization working to end Domestic Violence for Women and Children. Her work for Black Trans Lives has led her to become an artist/activist. Lilly has always had an interest in developing the lives of marginalized groups specifically within the city of Boston. Her activism work has included speaking on LGBTQ+ awareness panels and teaching vogue classes as well as history and performing at LGBTQ fundraising events. Lilly's art often has queer symbolism weaving in and out of her work to bring awareness until her people don't have to suffer anymore. Stylistically she's a retro 1950s girl at heart but her values don't come from that era she says. Lilly has also picked up a sudden interest in quarantine as she is telling her story through photo and film. Creating art from home! 

vogue galore | beginner

lilly rose

Lyrik Cruz of Puerto Rican descent from Chicago has become a highly acclaimed world renowned choreographer and master instructor who has danced in just about every corner of the world, including Canada, West Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Canary Islands. He has served as a guest Choreographer to over 20 dance companies in the world. In addition to choreographing for shows at Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom and major music venues throughout the east coast, for the past 6 years Lyrik has served as a principal choreographer on creative team of legendary choreographer and TV director Debbie Allen, showcased pieces at the Wallis Annenberg Theatre for Nigel Lithgoe, appeared on the CW's hit sitcom "Jane the Virgin" as a featured dancer, choreographed for international recording artists J Balvin (Capitol Latino) and Becky G (RCA), Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle", The ELLEN Show, Greys Anatomy and the finale of American Idol "The Farewell Season" on FOX. Cruz' is also part of the creative team for Norman Lear’s IMAGEN AWARDS where he serves as the creative director and choreographer. Most recently Cruz garnered nominations for the CHITA RIVERA AWARD in NYC and the World Choreography Awards in LA for his work in the movie “SHINE” for outstanding choreography in a film and just wrapped in Warner Brothers “In The Heights” the movie where he is one of the featured dancers. Cruz adds a unique flair and vibrant energy to every project he is involved in. Cruz is on a mission to share his passion with the world and bring his Latin fusion to the forefront of TV/film.

latin fusion | all level

lyrick cruz

Inessence Dance Company directors Bryon Stroud and Sammantha Arias first joined forces in 2012. Now, their once-small group of local bachata dancers has expanded to become an organization of 100+ across the Bay Area and Sacramento.

smooth bachata moves | intermediate

bryon & sammantha

Monique Manzo, a Reno, Nevada local, began her dancing career over 20 years ago, training at a variety of studios located in some of the performing arts capitals of the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas. 
In 2017, Monique decided to utilize her knowledge and expertise to form her own community of talented and passionate dancers through the creation of The Reno Empire, a dance studio located in her hometown of Reno, NV. Monique began directing two performance teams at The Reno Empire - Bachata and Heels. She incorporates a variety of styles throughout her teaching and choreography including Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, and Burlesque. Although it’s clear that Monique has a love and passion for all forms of dance, there is one style that will always hold a special place in her heart: Bachata. 
“The first time I heard a Bachata Remix - I fell in love. By allowing the music to take over my soul, my body began to realize the many styles that Bachata could encompass. It was love at first dance.” - Monique, on her love for Bachata. 
From soft and sweet to hard-hitting and sexy,
To her, providing a space for her students to grow as dancers and performers is the best part of teaching. Because of her deep understanding and appreciation for the art of dance, Monique is able to identify the individual strengths and talents of each and every one of her students, providing them with the necessary skills and technique to become more.

heels fusion | all level

monique manzo

Morgan ‘Mo’ Hernandez (she/her) is a Pansexual, Chicana Dancer based in Sacramento, CA. She was classically trained in Ballet and Jazz for 10 years and broke into the Latin Dance scene in 2017, training in the styles of Bachata, Mambo, and Latin Heels. 

She was a company member and coach for Inessence Dance Co. in San Francisco, CA for 3 years and began dancing as a company member for Lines Dance Academy in 2020. Mo trains and performs with the LDA Goddesses Team.

Mo lets her passion and love for dance lead the way and enjoys helping students of all skill levels reach their goals. She especially loves building community through Bachata and seeing her students evolve as people through the practice of movement.

bachata/heels fusion | all level

morgan (mo) hernandez

Eli Torres is a 4x World Salsa Champion and Pioneer of the Same Gender Category. This World reknowned artist has been contracted all over globe to coach some of the worlds most prestigious teams and professional dancers that have become world salsa champions today, including all of his dance partners. He has also been contracted by the Swing community to train/coach for Single footed spins, creative movement, technique, choreography and more. He is a Leader and Follower in the dance community and is known for being a "Technician" which makes him an exceptional instructor. Known around the globe for his Spinning Technique, Shapes for spins, and an innovator......

??? | all level

Eli Torres

12 years of professional dance experience, Teaching, performing and judging Bachata competitions in Local and international venues.
Currently based in Berkeley Ca.
Director of KathyReyesDance Performance teams.
Producer of 2 top dance socials in the Bay Area and founder of BELLA Dance Weekender, a unique women’s celebration.

bachata | all level

Kathy Reyes

John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, dance artists and world salsa champions, are recognized as one of the most accomplished competitive salsa dance instructors in the world with over 155 medals at the World Latin Dance Cup.
They are the founders and directors of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Two Time World Team Champion Salsamania Dance Company.
Salsamania is recognized as the premier salsa dance company in the Bay Area performing "San Francisco Style" salsa (a fusion of New York and Puerto Rican styles). Salsamania dancers are known for their hypnotic performances that are marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. 

salsa | beginner

John & Liz

Mariah and Andrea Burkhart, founders and creative directors of Embrace dance company, based out of Reno NV. Our love for dance is what brought us together in the beginning, and is still a big part of who we are together today. Just like the love we have for dance, our love for one another is ever flowing and everlasting. We strive to grow, learn and teach in the world of dance, continuing to create movement that represents who we are as a company as well as, who we are as a couple. Embrace is a company where we encourage our dancers to be unapologetically who they are, in a space we continue to make safe and welcoming, for all who have the desire to grow along side us.

bachata with flava | all level

Mariah & Andrea

Milton is trained in different disciplines such as jazz, ballet, contemporary and Latin rhythms,
He is one of the strongest exponents of the Same Gender in Mexico characterized by his mastery of technique and his spectacular choreography.
He is currently the champion of the World Salsa Summit 2021, Same Gender Couple.
He is also part of the strongest salsa company in Mexico (Open Break)

mambo | all level

milton

At the forefront of a new movement in the dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Afro Latin dance rich with Afro - Caribbean (Salsa/Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Yoruba, etc...) with urban dance, modern, jazz and contemporary styles combined with his explosive energy on and off stage, has earned Sekou broad recognition World-wide. Sekou has performed and choreographed for Top latin artist such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, PitBull and the pop icon MADONNA. A recent recipient of fellowship with The Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab for Winter/Spring 2017 and the City University of New York (CUNY) Dance Initiative winter/spring 2017, Sekou’s choreographic works have been featured thorough North America and abroad in over 30 countries. Sekou can be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros theatrical feature "In the Heights" (2021) directed by Jon M. Chu and in the newly release documentary "Uprooted: the journey of Jazz Dance".

afro latin fussions & technique |  masterclass

sekou mcmiller

Kyla Hallums, founder and director of Baila with Kyla, is a Nashville-based dancer, teacher, choreographer, and team coach with a focus on Latin dances, body love, and empowerment. Both Kyla’s dance style and teaching approach are informed by her background in music, her work with joyful embodiment practices, and her quest to make space for students of all kinds.

Learn more at www.bailawithkyla.com

empowerment movement |  all level

kyla hallums

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bachata fusion |  all level

karol maracas (tatiana)

- djs -

dj el matatan

dj edwin rivera

dj Ace

dj ron

dj kakah

Andrea Arenasvazquez (They/Them/Theirs), nicknamed “Ace Fusion” was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and in the year 1995 moved to Brooklyn, N.Y, where they were raised. Throughout their youth Ace was known as the “Dancing Queen”. They attended Hip-hop, Salsa, Bachata classes and shared their love for dance whenever the moment presented itself. Ace has made it their goal to touch the hearts of others with love and connection through music and dance. Traveling and dancing, have created so many wonderful opportunities for Ace. While serving their country in the USMC and now in their career as an International Bachata instructor, Ace has had the chance to teach and dance in places like Japan, Africa, ​Spain, Copenhagen, Sweden, France, and various states throughout the U.S. Ace is dedicated to sharing all the knowledge that has been shared with them with future dance generations to come.

New york

dj ace

Rivera Rhythm aka Edwin Rivera is one of the most influential artist in today's Latin dance & music scene. Born & raised in the Bronx NY of Puerto Rican decent, Rivera has geared his dance & music career in a way that has allowed him to perform at some of the biggest festivals throughout the world. 
 
"I like to describe my dj sets as a unique experience that delivers pure authenticity to my roots” as described by Rivera himself. Rivera specializes in Salsa/Mambo, Deep House, Latin, Salsa electronic dance fusion, Moombahton, Trap, Progressive house and Twerk music. When Rivera Rhythm arrives the place comes alive. 
     
Rivera became the first organizer to produce the first ever live stream latin dance & music festival on its own platform, "Sigue El Sol Fest". 

Los Angeles

dj edwin rivera

Brian - "El Matatan Del Amargue" - is a dancer & DJ based in New York City. He has been DJing in the scene since 2012, and involved in dance even longer. He has been an instructor specializing in Bachata since 2013.

DJ Brian El Matatan has been known to play open format events, but specializes in Latin music. He has held multiple residencies over the years. 

Affiliations: 
BachaDura Social Club, LatinParty.com, Matatan LLC.

new york

dj el matatan

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dj lady ryan

Kakah is internationally known for her work with Brazilian Zouk and Bachata. She not only remixes songs but also produces original music for both dance styles. Her songs already surpass 15 million views across streaming platforms. A successful career that comes from years of training in music and dance. She has worked for various events all around Brazil including all of the major festivals in the country. And the list goes on internationally. Reaching almost every continent, she headlines major events in every one of them. Over the years she has also collaborated with a list of singers producing music for Brazilian Zouk and Kizomba.

 Aside from her work with music, Kakah organizes an event held in Fortaleza - CE called Swing Zouk Weekend. A festival to bring together two of her passions, Brazilian Zouk and West Coast Swing. She also dedicates herself to teaching new DJs/Producers in the creation of music and dancers into the art of Musicality. 

She was nominated as artist of the year in 2016 and 2017 by the Zoukology website. You can find her original work on Spotify, Itunes, Soundcloud and Youtube.

brazil

dj kakah

Ron Palma, aka DJ Ron, "El Duro", " El Montro", "El Montro del Amargue" - He has been influenced by the music he's heard as child and from listening to the radio, the best of the 80’s Hip Hop.

Started DJing after a good friend, saw the passion he had and suggested he try it. It has been 9 years now and loves it. Watching people react to the music he plays is what makes him want to continue DJing.

Performer/Resident DJ in Northern California. Has dj’ed internationally and locally at many Dance Festivals, Clubs and Socials since 2013.

During the 2020 pandemic, he had to transition his work to online events. Dj’ed LIVE on FaceBook, Youtube, Instagram and many online/virtual socials and events. Used these platforms to spread music, art and bring awareness to the many social inequalities that plague our communities today. 

Since 2019, he hosted an online radio show “El Colmadito de la Bachata” and “El Colmadito de la MUSICA” on CongaBongoRadio.com dedicated to educating and sharing his love for Bachata and Salsa. 

bay area

dj ron

be a part of the embetterment of the Afro latin dance community.  join the conversation with our discussion panel.

pARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST EVER QUEER AFRO-LATIN DANCE COMPETITION!

Get your dance on to local and international dj's at the pool parties and night socials.

10 GENRES OF MUSIC TO ENJOY INCLUDING:
VOGUE, HIP HOP, BACHATA, SALSA, MERENGUE, ZOUK, JAZZ, HEELS, & CONTEMPORARY.

POLISH YOUR DANCe SKILLS, by LEARNING FROM WORLD RENOWNED QUEER INSTRUCTORS. 

ENJOY 2 NIGHTS OF PERFORMANCES FROM TOP QUEER & Ally, domestic and international dancers THAT ARE BRINGING SPECTACULAR SHOWS.

6 reasons why you can't miss it 

"I was moved and touched by the unique QALDF experience and what it stands for.
 Never in my life have I experienced a space that promotes such a safe environment for such a large variety of people."

This is what they say

When Queer and Trans people are given a Safe Space to be their Unapologetic Selves

"I’m sure this has been the case for many LGBTQ people, but growing up, I had to find a way to feel safe in the world around me; I never had a space presented to me that said, “you’re safe here.”
That is PRECISELY what you are doing for people and I am welled up with emotions just thinking about what a blessing that is to our community."

This is what they say

When Queer and Trans people are given a Safe Space to be their Unapologetic Selves

"I can’t express how rare it is to see such a well-balanced event! I mean really, I have never been to an event where most if not ALL of the staff was super attentive and ON IT the WHOLE time. Everyone seemed very committed to doing a great job. So hats off to all of your staff! "

This is what they say

When Queer and Trans people are given a Safe Space to be their Unapologetic Selves

"presenting a space that allows one to be their unabashed, authentic self is a GIFT that’s nothing short of life-changing. And opening the door for this space for people all over is where positive change happens; it is where the world is re-shaped to fit the needs of EVERYONE and not just the few. Albeit on a small scale, you are changing lives and you are changing the world one step at a time and I am endlessly grateful that our community has you."

This is what they say

When Queer and Trans people are given a Safe Space to be their Unapologetic Selves

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