Queer Latin Dance Festival, 2019

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Queer Latin Dance

Queer Latin DanceJune 7 & 8
In Lak’ech Dance Academy & Qcc present
The 2nd Annual Queer Latin Dance Festival
OACC, Times for workshops, shows, dancing online
Tickets: $20-$100

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-queer-latin-dance-festival-tickets-50388794240

Founded in 2017, In Lak’ech Dance Academy is a Queer, Trans, and Ally Bachata & Salsa Dance Academy, based in Oakland CA. The Directors, Angelica Medina and Jahaira Fajardo, offer opportunities for growth and healing through dance and are actively building an inclusive, loving community of talented dancers. They would like to create visibility by training strong Queer performers, as they believe that visibility increases awareness & open mindedness – which has a positive impact on the LGBTQ community as a whole.

This festival aims to highlight and celebrate Queer/Trans dancers and their Allies. It includes two full days of dance – workshops, choreography challenges, performances, social dancing until 2am and more!

Latin Dance Party


Friday, June 7th @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Salsa Challenge w/ Dioney 11 am-2:00pm
Bachata Challenge w/ Andrea & Ciarra 2-5pm
Dance workshops: 2-4:30pm
Doors open at 9pm
Performances 9:30-10:30
Social Dancing: 11:00p.m.-3 a.m.

Saturday, June 8th @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center

-Salsa Challenge w/ Dioney 11am-2:00pm
-Bachata Challenge w/ Andrea & Ciarra 9-11am
-Dance workshops: 11:45-4:30pm
-Doors open: 8:30pm
-Performances: 9-10pm
-Social Dancing: 10-3am


If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay at a hotel nearby the festival, you can reserve your room at Oakland Marriott Hotel. Special rate at $169 a night (sleeps four) for folks attending the festival. Link is below

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Andrew Cervantes – Salsa Diva Styling (intermediate/advance) Antonio Doza – Spinning Fundamentals (beg/int.)
David & Lyliana/MG Elites – Latin Rhythms (intermediate) Zeke Ruvalcaba – Body Movement (beginner)
Jhon & Dalia – Salsa on-2/Mambo partner-work (intermediate) Melanie & Andrew – Salsa on2 shines & partner-work (int/adv.)
Mirelle & Manny – Cumbia (beginner) Edonce – Bachata Diva Styling (beg/int.)
Tina Caviccho – Contemporary body-movement (int/adv.) Jahaira & Angelica – Bachata Footwork (beg/int.)
Lexi & Oscar – Bachata shines & partner-work (beginner) Angelica Medina – Salsa/Mambo Shines (Intermediate)
Kathy Reyes – Bachata Shines (beginner) Andrea & Ciarra – Bachata Dominican Explosion shines & partner-work (beginner)
Roy & Johnathan – Bachata shines & partner-work (beg/int.) Dioney – Salsa on 2 partner-work (int/adv.)
Christelle Durandy Edonce
Enzo Jesus
Lady Forbidden Lexi & Oscar



5-hour Performance Challenge

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a Bachata choreography in 5 -Hours, with Andrea Arenas and Ciarra Morales. This challenge is for beginner and intermediate level dancers and starts Friday, June 7th from 2-5pm. and Saturday, June 8th from 9-11am. Participants will perform on Saturday’s showcase at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This challenge will cost $80 in addition to a festival pass.

6-hour Performance Challenge

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a Salsa on-2 Fusion Hot Choreography, in 6-Hours, by Dioney de Silva. This challenge is for intermediate/advance level dancers and starts Friday, June 7th from 11-2pm. and Saturday, June 8th from 11-2pm. Participants will perform on Saturday’s showcase, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This challenge will cost $100 in addition to a festival pass.


Musical Act
DJ Don
DJ Migz DJ Ron


Andrea & Ciara

Andrea Arenas, nicknamed “Ace Fusion” was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and grew up in Brooklyn NY. In junior high school and throughout high school she attended Hip-hop, Salsa, and Bachata classes and was also introduced to Jazz. She consistently performed in school talent shows and has always touched the hearts of others with her charisma and ability to connect with the music and her audience.  Andrea has travelled the world during her time serving in the Marine Corps.  She has social danced in areas such as Japan, Africa, West Coast, Europe, and East coast.  In 2015 she participated in the world renowned certification course by Alex and Desiree. Here she received her certification as a Bachata instructor.

Ciara has been a dancer throughout her life and has always aspired to connect with others through her love for dance. She began formal dance training in 2012 when she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago’s American Sign Language Interpreting Program. While living in Chicago she took classes and trained in Ballet, Modern, African, House, Hip-hop and Bachata. When she is not dancing, she is working as a freelance American Sign Language Interpreter. Although Ciara has grown up as a dancer, both interpreting and dancing share the same space in her heart.


Mexican World Champion Dancers.  They have won in the following competitions: Euroson Latino 2015, World Salsa Summit 2016, Euroson Latino World Salsa Championship “cabaret” 2018, Euroson Latino World salsa Championship 2018.

Funded in part by the Sparks Fund for Equity and Innovation of Horizons Foundation.