The Latinx Dance Educators Alliance (LXDEA) is a resource site for educators. This platform is a direct response to the historical and continued exclusion of Latinx/e contributions and experiences, and a moment to come together as a community to activate and ensure change in the narrative - further visibilizing our pedagogies, our art, our stories, and our histories as foundational to the field.
LXDEA connects dance educators through the Alliance, provides a curated database of Latinx/e centered resources through the Oasis, and promotes Chicana/Latina feminist practices of Plática, Testimonio, and Convivencia to shape learning experiences for dance educators in community.
The Alliance is a consortium of Latinx/e and Hispanic identifying dance educators...
Plática, or informal conversations, is a regular Alliance practice that shapes our learning as a community of dance educators...
A space to shout out and give gratitude to those who are doing the work…
The Founding Chingonas' Bio
NYC-based dance educators and social justice arts advocates, Kiri Avelar and Michelle Manzanales hold personal, lived experiences of 20 plus years teaching in the field, both in the U.S./Mexico borderlands and the greater NYC area. Their teaching practices stem from the intersection of multiple identities and employ an autoethnographic approach in discussing personal identities, how these identities are visibilized in their teaching artistry, and how identity is emanated in their classrooms. This grounding promotes a learning space centering Chicana/Latina Feminist theories, methodologies, and pedagogies of testimonio, plática, and convivencia.