QALDF is more than just a dance festival; it's a transformative experience. We proudly center, celebrate, and uplift Queer and Trans Afro Latin dancers, creating a haven where all gender identities and sexualities are embraced and celebrated. In a world where barriers often overshadow the beauty of dance, QALDF stands as a beacon of change.
Our mission is clear: to reshape the narrative and redefine the culture of Latin dance, breaking free from the constraints of tradition. We provide a safe, affirming, and inclusive environment where dancers can thrive, express themselves, and be celebrated for who they are.
Queer and Trans Latin dancers often face exclusion and discrimination in Afro-Latin arts and culture. QALDF changes that. By supporting us, you help dismantle these barriers, ensuring that hundreds of Queer, Trans, and non-binary dancers find their voice and power. Here, they participate in inclusive workshops, engage in vital conversations, and showcase their talents with pride.
We invite you to become a sponsor of the 6th Annual Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival, taking place June 14th to 17th, 2024, at the DoubelTree by Hilton in San Jose, California. Your support matters, and it has the power to inspire a lifetime of self-confidence, self-expression, and positive change for Queer and Trans individuals.
Our sponsorship levels start at $500 and go up to $15,000, offering you a chance to make a meaningful impact on the festival and the communities we serve. As a sponsor, you'll enjoy a range of benefits, including exposure, recognition, and the knowledge that you're contributing to positive change.
✔ PROVIDE OVER 60 HOURS OF DANCE! WORKSHOPS-PERFORMANCES-SOCIAL DANCING
✔ showcase 2 live concerts featuring openly Queer salsa legend Choco Orta and rising star Johnny Sky
✔ facilitate a Panel discussion covering vital topics such as consent and safety
✔ HOST THE 3rd ANNUAL QUEER AFRO LATIN DANCE COMPETITION
✔ offer DANCE WORKSHOPS BY OVER 50 queer, trans, and ally INSTRUCTORS commissioned TO TEACH AND PERFORM.
In a dance culture that has increasingly become heteronormative and often unwelcoming, we recognized the imperative for change.
Latin dance has too often been marred by gendered, sexist, and homophobic/transphobic language, perpetuating an unsafe environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies. QALDF emerged as a response to this challenge, driven by the vision of In Lak’ech Dance Academy, the first Queer and Trans Salsa & Bachata dance company in the US, led by Angélica Medina & Jahaira Fajardo.
In 2018, we embarked on a mission to create an unparalleled Latin Dance event—one where Queer and Trans individuals would not merely be acknowledged but celebrated, respected, accepted, and unconditionally loved. The resounding success of our endeavor was evident not only in the growing number of attendees but, more importantly, in the countless affirmations of hundreds of participants.
We are steadfastly dedicated to providing a crucial and much-needed sanctuary for Queer and Trans Latin dance enthusiasts from every corner of the world. Our mission is clear: to challenge the status quo, redefine cultural norms, and foster a community where dance becomes a force for change and acceptance.
Yet, we cannot achieve this alone. We need your support to make this transformation a reality—a transformation that transcends the dance floor and resonates far beyond our festival. By joining us as a sponsor, you become a vital part of this movement for inclusivity, love, and empowerment.
Together, we can rewrite the narrative of Latin dance culture and inspire change that lasts a lifetime. Join us in our mission, and let's dance toward a brighter, more inclusive future.
Co-founders of In Lak'ech Dance Academy & Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival
In its inaugural year, the Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival welcomed over 300 enthusiastic participants. The second year marked a remarkable milestone, with the number of attendees soaring to 550+, a testament to the festival's growing influence and appeal.
Even in the face of unprecedented challenges, the third year boldly embraced a virtual format during the COVID-19 Pandemic, drawing over 300 attendees from not only the United States but also 6 other countries (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Italy, Spain, Russia, Panama). This global reach showcased the festival's unwavering commitment to inclusivity and resilience.
As the festival continued to thrive, the fourth year saw nearly 700 passionate attendees coming together to celebrate the intersection of dance, culture, and identity. Last year, for the fifth annual QALDF, we reached a historic milestone, captivating the hearts of over 1000 attendees from different parts of the country and across international borders.
And this year, our aspirations know no bounds. We envision a future where this vibrant gathering doubles in size, attracting a community of Queer, Trans, POC, and Ally Latin dancers. These individuals, representing all walks of life, come together from national and international locations, creating a rich tapestry of cultural diversity.
Our audience spans a wide age range, from spirited dancers aged 16 to seasoned enthusiasts at 65, each bringing their unique energy and passion to the festival.
You will have the opportunity to grow audience engagement with giveaways or interactive booths.
You can use QALDF to launch a new product or updates to an existing feature or service you provide.
Attendees at QALDF are eager to experience all that the event has to offer. They want to learn about the brands that are displayed and made available. Our attendees are open to discover new products and services, which generates a pool of potential quality leads for your brand/services.
As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to get to know the event participants, through direct interactions the day of the event or through surveys and questionnaires administered by the event.
Brand exposure; your logo will be displayed in all marketing distribution as well as on the event website, event programs and social media.
Your participation demonstrates to attendees that you are contributing to their community, which creates goodwill and positive associations with your brand.
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Your sponsorship/donation is tax-deductible, our Fiscal Sponsor is QCC-The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture (Tax ID Number: 94-3227839).
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