The Queer Liberation movement has inspired us to create an inclusive and safe dance environment for all gender expressions. We use gender-neutral language and model the importance of consent. We utilize dance as a healing and community-building tool for participants who have been mistreated in other spaces, and center our events around supporting and uplifting LGBTQS+ dancers.
Community building & engagement concepts are used to help empower our community to be their unapologetic selves. We understand that learning and connectedness are key elements to growing a strong and inclusive community.
In Lak'ech Dance Academy's Founders Angelica & Jahaira created the organization with the intention of using Afro-Latin dance as a tool for self-care and healing.
In Lak'ech Dance creates a safe space for LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Two Spirited, +) people to claim their identity with pride while reaching personal goals through dance.
We aim to increase LGBTQ2S+ visibility in hetero-normative Latin Dance environments by training strong LGBTQ2S+ dancers. Visibility increases awareness and open-mindedness, which positively impacts LGBTQ2S+ communities and society at large.
Produce events that are culturally grounded within Latinx communities and traditions.
Impact the larger Afro-Latin dance culture, to become more inclusive to all gender expressions and sexualities.
Provide a safer and more affirming space for LGBTQ2S+ people to participate in Afro Latin dance.
I'm a Queer Chicanx dancer and professional therapist. In Lak’ech is a fusion of my passion for therapy and dance. After years of providing therapy services, I noticed that many of my clients and communities benefited from somatic forms of healing. This realization led me to explore dance as a non-verbal form of trauma release.
I was born and raised in NYC, and was born to Dominican parents. I hold a Masters of Arts in Psychology, and Masters of Public Health. I'm also a highly regarded speaker and educator about Afro-Latin dance as a medium to understand history, social justice, and trauma healing.
In 2014, Angelica and Jahaira met and fell in love on the dance floor
Jahaira has two Master degrees: Psychology and Public Health
Angelica is a healing practitioner and received her M.A. in Drama Therapy
Jahaira's family is from Dominican Republic, and Angelica's is Mexican