In 2017 Angelica and Jahaira co-founded In Lak’ech Dance Academy. The first Queer, Trans, and Ally, Salsa & Bachata dance school in the United States. It did not take long before the students at In Lak’ech Dance started to ask for a Latin dance festival that would center Queer & Trans dancers.
The Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival was born to create inclusion in the Latin Dance world, where heteronormative ideology and patterns are overwhelmingly dominant.
Together, with the help of an incredible team, we decided to create the 1st ever Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival in the US, in June of 2018, in Oakland CA. Since then we continue to grow and get more and more creative in our goal to make Afro-Latin dance more inclusive and inviting to the Queer & Trans community.
Welcome to the Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival!
As the co-founders of this incredible celebration of dance, diversity, and unity, we are overjoyed to extend our heartfelt welcome to you.
This festival has been a labor of love, born from the shared passion of our dedicated team, and the collective belief in the transformative power of dance. We are here to honor and celebrate the talents, stories, and identities of queer and trans, Afro Latin dancers from all corners of the world.
Our journey has been a remarkable one, and it's not just about dance; it's about creating a space where everyone can be their authentic selves, free from judgment, and celebrated for who they are. It's about embracing the rich cultural tapestry of Afro Latin heritage and its profound influence on the global dance community.
We want to thank you for joining us on this incredible adventure. Your presence is what makes this festival truly special. Whether you're an experienced dancer, a passionate supporter, or someone taking their first steps on this journey, you are a vital part of our community.
With love and gratitude,
Angelica & Jahaira
Co-Founder, Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival.
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