- 2-Day Pass
- All Workshops
- Evening Socials
- After Party
In Lak’ech Dance Academy presents the first ever Queer Latin dance festival!
Join us for this historic, one of a kind, Queer Bay Area event!
This festival is a celebration of the community In Lak’ech Dance Academy has fostered throughout their first year. This celebration includes two full days of dance – workshops, choreography challenges, performances, social dancing, after parties, and more!
Workshops taught by world champions Queer Identified Instructors!
Learn a Bachata choreography by Alma Latina Boston director, Tina Caviccho and her partner Courtney.
Celebrate Gender Expression and Inclusivity at our 2 amazing theme parties!
Enjoy a Diverse Performance Showcase from dancers who identify as Queer/Trans & Allies.
Don´t miss out on the awesome opportunity to learn a Bachata Fusion Choreography by Tina Cavicchio and her partner Courtney Livingston from Alma Latina Boston. This challenge is for beginner / intermediate level dancers and starts Friday and continues Saturday.
You will then perform on Saturday’s night showcase at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
This challenge will cost $75 in addition to a festival pass.
Meet our special guest: Andre Veloz – La Foforera de la Bachata.
She is a singer, songwriter, painter, and actor. She pursues each of these art forms with equal command – one might say abandon. She is an extraordinary vocalist who takes to the stage as if she owns it and, from the very first note, connects with the audience as if to say: “Come with me; let’s let it all out together.” Her name is Andre Veloz, and her surname (English translation: “fast”) bespeaks the daring of a woman who has plunged headlong into the male-dominated world of Dominican bachata, making no excuses and begging no quarter. Her oh-so-soulful voice – pure, sonorous and effortless – is tailor-made for this genre, popularly known as the “Dominican Blues.” That voice is at once plaintiff and sure, the hallmark of bluesy music everywhere; it says: “Yes, it hurts, but I will survive.”
The 1st Annual Queer Latin Dance Festival, is so PROUD to bring Andre Veloz and her band, all the way from the Bronx NY, to the Bay Area for this very momentous event. Andre Veloz will be singing live on Saturday night.
“We female bachata singers are like Unicorns. People think we are a myth, but WE DO EXIST! – Andre Veloz
Ron Palma, aka DJ Ron, “El Duro”, ” El Montro”, “El Montro del Amargue” – has been influenced by the music he’s heard as child (Cuco Valoy – El Brujo, Oscar D’León, Lalo Rodriguez, Tommy Olivencia, etc.) and from listening to the best of the 80’s Hip Hop in the radio (Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, EPMD). He Has a strong passion for music, dance and you’ll usually find him somewhere lost in the mountains hiking.
DJ MigZ– Musician turned Dancer turned DJ.
DJ MigZ has been impacted by music all of his life. Whether it was playing jazz in his earlier years or learning to Latin Dance in community college, to becoming a DJ during his later College Years. His passion for music continues to grow as he explores other genres and shares this passion with the dance community. He DJs primarily in the Bay Area at events like Bachatanightz-Berkeley Edition, San Francisco’s Hot Bachata Nights, and at the famous Salsa Nights at Davis Graduate.
Latin Rhythm | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Trilliant Studios - Studio A15:00 pm
Salsa for beginners On-2 | 1 hr Workshop | Trilliant Studios - Studio B
In Lak'ech Dance Academy
15 min break16:00 pm
Bachata Partner Work Connection | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner - Intermediate | Trilliant Studios - Studio B
Dancers| Instructors | Artists
Salsa On-2 | Mambo Partner Work | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Trilliant Studios - Studio A
Salsamania Dance Company
Dinner Break | 1 hour20:30 pm
Doors Open / Social Dance | Trilliant Studios - Studio A21:30 pm
Showcase | 30 min | Trillian Studios - Studio A22:30 pm
DJ Ron | Social Dancing - Bachata & Salsa | until 2:00 am | Trilliant Studios - Studio A23:00 pm
DJ | Social Dancing - Reggeaton, Cumbia & Hip-hop | until 2:00 am | Trilliant Studios - Studio B23:00 pm
Part 2 of the Bachata Fusion Performance Challenge | 2 hr Workshop | Beginner | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio A10:00 am
Bachata | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio A
In Lak'ech Dance Academy
Salsa On-1 | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio B
Dancers | Choreographers | Instructors
Body Movement | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner - Intermediate | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio C
Phyzeke Dance Academy
Break 15 min13:15 pm
Bachata Sensual | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio A13:30 pm
Diva Styling | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio B
Dancer | Choreographer | Instructor
Cumbia | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio C
Sabor Latino Dance Company
Break 15 min14:30 pm
Salsa On-2 | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio A14:45 pm
Ballet Folklórico | 1 hr Workshop | Beginner | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio B
Ensemble Folklorico Colibri
Latin Jazz Fusion | 1 hr Workshop | Intermediate | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Studio C
Dancer | Choreographer | Instructor
Break 15-min15:45 pm
1 hr Tech Rehearsal | Performers Only | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Auditorium16:00 pm
2 hr Dinner Break17:00 pm
Doors Open / Social Dance | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Auditorium19:00 pm
Showcase | 1 hr | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Auditorium19:30 pm
30 min | Auditorium20:30 pm
1 hr | Oakland Asian Cultural Center | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Auditorium
Singer & Songwriter
DJ Ron | Social Dancing - Bachata & Salsa | until 12:00 am | Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Auditorium
DJ - Friday & Saturday
DJ Migz | until 3:00am | Club BnB
DJ - After Party
* Sliding Scale Tickets are limited to 10 tickets per price, as this is a program to make the festival as affordable as possible to all attendees.
Ask for Special Code to be able to purchase.
After party tickets may be paid at Club BNB
The venue will be at Trilliant Studios
The venue will be at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
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