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Alliance Members in Conversation

Plática with LXDEA

The Latinx Dance Educators Alliance (LXDEA) hosts virtual pláticas with Alliance members, making space for informal conversations as Latinx/e dance educators in community, communion, and fellowship

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Engaging Plática

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The Latinx Dance Educators Alliance employs plática, loosely translated as informal conversations, as a regular Alliance practice that shapes our learning as a community of dance educators


November 12, 2023

Co-hosted by
Siomara Bridges-Mata & Kiri Avelar

Sentipensante Pedagogy + Social Emotional Learning in the Dance Space and Beyond

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Elisa De La Rosa, Franchesca Marisol Cabrera, and  Karla Canamar-Hardaway

Reflections on Traditional and Contemporary Ballet Folklórico

Co-hosts Elisa De La Rosa, Franchesca Marisol Cabrera, and Karla Canamar-Hardaway led a plática on teaching, performing, and choreographing traditional and contemporary Ballet Folklórico

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December 4, 2022
Siomara Bridges-Mata

SEL-f Worth as an Inspiration for Student Empowerment 

This plática was shaped around social emotional learning (SEL) and self worth, guided by the following reflective questions:

  • How important is developing one's self-esteem and sense of self-worth?

  • What intentional efforts can be taken in the classroom to build a student's self-esteem and understanding of their own self-worth? 

  • How does our own self-worth impact how we lead? 

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July 24, 2022

Chell Parkins
Alexia Buono

LXDEA Alliance members Chell Parkins and Alexia Buono hosted our Summer Plática with LXDEA on Pedagogies of Home

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Pedagogies of Home

What active choices do we make regarding our teaching practices and cultural identity, ours and our students?

What lived experiences led us to these choices, or the choices we have yet to make?

How is all of this in conversation with or intentional transformation of the systems and institutions that do not serve us?

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
Gregory Youdan
Andrea Rivera Maza

LXDEA Alliance members Gregory Youdan and Andrea Rivera Maza hosted our second Plática with LXDEA on missing representation, what that has meant for us as Latinx dance educators, how it has affected our personal lived experiences, and in turn, our professional practices

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
Sandra Rivera

Following the publication of her groundbreaking essay Spanish Dance in New York City’s Puerto Rican Community, Sandra Rivera hosted LXDEA’s inaugural Plática with LXDEA, where we heard about her journey as a proud Boricua dance educator and engaged in conversation with one another around the simultaneous feelings of both pride and shame of language as a marker of cultural identity

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