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Going since 2017, Dancing Diaspora community classes honor the ancestral dances of Brown and Black people from all over the world. Classes are uniquely interpreted by the diverse dance practitioners of Dancing Diaspora Collective and embody the 3 core values of the collective: 1) ALL bodies are dancing bodies, 2) our bodies KNOW, and 3) we BELONG in our bodies, we belong in community.
All classes are taught by Dancing Diaspora Collective members– Tuesday classes feature a different teacher each week, while Thursday classes feature the Resident Teacher of the month.
Open up some space in your casita, turn up the volume, y a bailar mi gente! All bodies and levels of experience welcome!
ABOUT DANCING DIASPORA COLLECTIVE: DDC is dedicated to honoring, sharing, and reimagining dance practices of the Latin and African diasporas in dialogue with local and global histories of cultural resistance. Dancing Diaspora Collective is a group of 12 artists and healers dedicated to curating ongoing programming for Dancing Diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond.
ABOUT DDC THURSDAY TEACHER: Bianca Medina (@medinamoves) is a Boricua-Mexicana movement artivista highly versed in Modern & Afro-Latin forms. She holds a BFA in Dance, and has toured nationally and internationally as a professional dancer, teaching artist, and arts activist. In reclaiming her Afro-Latin Indigenous roots, her movement mission lies in championing the representation of Latinidad within modern dance.
ABOUT DDC TUESDAY TEACHER: Jose Richard Aviles (@soynalgona) is an Urban Planner, Social Worker, and internationally touring Performance Artist native to South Central. Aviles work explores the relationship between space, place, and body. Their first piece Callejera explored the connections between being from the hood and a femme. Aviles has been fortunate to perform Callejera alongside Las Cafeteras and Monsieur Perine.
ABOUT DDC TUESDAY TEACHER: Rachel Hernandez (@rachelhernandezdance, @extraancestral) is a dancer, performer, and choreographer skilled in Afro-Brazilian, Modern, and Ballet dance. She has developed her signature Afro-Brazilian dance classes and Extra Ancestral Workshops being taught throughout L.A County. She currently choreographs the dance component of Extra Ancestral and plays percussion with Bloco Obini.
ABOUT DDC TUESDAY TEACHER: Isis Avalos (@lamorenamovement) is a performer, choreographer, teaching artist from South Texas, based in Los Angeles. Her lived experience as an undocumented child from Mexico, growing up on the Border is the root of her artivism through dance.
ABOUT DDC TUESDAY TEACHER: Patricia “Patty” Huerta (@pa_huer, @primerageneraciondance) is a First-Gen-POC artist, performer, choreographer, and educator bringing forth Latinx experiences through dance making. She received her B.A and M.F.A in Dance and Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. Patricia is an active member of the Dancing Diaspora Collective and Co-founder of Primera Generación Dance Collective.