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A Space to Explore & Reflect
DESCUBRIENDO LATINX

An open-access online repository, Descubriendo Latinx builds upon the frameworks laid out in the recently published article in the Journal of Dance Education, Solidarities of the Marginalized as Anti-racist Dance Pedagogy: Reflections on Collaborative Advocacy from Dance Educators with Connective Marginalities, co-authored by Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo, Kiri Avelar, Dr. Ruohan Chen, and Franchesca M. Cabrera. This central writing está plasmado through this site, framing and giving movement to the exploration of rhizomatic teaching and learning of worlds in interdependence to challenge and reimagine dance history pedagogy, curriculum, and scholarship in historical and contemporary contexts.

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Witness testimonios of dance students, teachers, scholars, authors, and creatives

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Descubriendo Latinx through Testimonio, a screendance response

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Translanguaging, Multilingual Ecologies, Translations

Readings & Lesson Plans

Chicana/Latina Feminist Epistemologies

Scholarly Texts & Praxis

Dance Histories of the Americas, Transnational American Modern Dancemakers

Readings & Films

Border Theory, Fronteriza Dance Making

Text, Film, Platforms

Testimonio & Plática

 Pedagogy & Research Methodology Applications

Screendance, Film, Photo Essay, Visual Art, Choreography

Interdisciplinary Tools for Creative Practice Application

Pedagogies of the Home, Theories of the Flesh

Podcasts, Platforms, Readings, & Lesson Plans

Pluriverse Politics, Epistemologies of the South, Rhizomatic Teaching & Learning

Readings & Viewings

Readings for K-12

Simone Woods

Una Respuesta: Doris Humphrey's "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías" restaged for a Spanish Dancer

Una Respuesta: Doris Humphrey's "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías" restaged for a Spanish Dancer

A collaboration with artists Sandra Rivera and Michael Rivera, the employment of matador postures and Spanish dance movement principles in Doris Humphrey's "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías" (1949) are embodied through a Spanish Dance lens.

quienes somos

quienes somos

Descubriendo Latinx through Testimonio

Descubriendo Latinx through Testimonio

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

A collaboration with artist Kennyth Montes de Oca, this black and white photo essay is a creative response to American modern dance choreographer Lester Horton’s "The Park" (1950), his political statement on police brutality against Mexican Americans in Los Angeles, sparked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case of 1942.

Una Respuesta: Martha Graham's "El Penitente" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Martha Graham's "El Penitente" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

In collaboration with artists Isabella Vergara and Sandra Rivera, this screendance explores the embodiment of religious sect ritual of the Southwestern United States, as seen in Martha Graham's "El Penitente" (1946).

Una Respuesta: José Limón's "Tonantzintla" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: José Limón's "Tonantzintla" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Bringing the photographic archive to life, this film is a creative interdisciplinary response to José Limón's "Tonantzintla" (1951), a conversation with diasporic iconography, soundscapes, and site specific framing, in collaboration with artist Franchesca Marisol Cabrera.

Mestiza Consciousness

Mestiza Consciousness

Una Respuesta: Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

A collaboration with artists Jessica Featherson and Franchesca Marisol Cabrera, this screendance explores the fusion of Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" (1949).

Una Respuesta: Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

A collaboration with artists Jessica Featherson and Franchesca Marisol Cabrera, this screendance explores the fusion of Katherine Dunham's "Veracruzana" (1949).

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

A collaboration with artist Kennyth Montes de Oca, this black and white photo essay is a creative response to American modern dance choreographer Lester Horton’s "The Park" (1950), his political statement on police brutality against Mexican Americans in Los Angeles, sparked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case of 1942.

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: Lester Horton's "The Park" - A Photo Essay By Kiri Avelar (2020)

A collaboration with artist Kennyth Montes de Oca, this black and white photo essay is a creative response to American modern dance choreographer Lester Horton’s "The Park" (1950), his political statement on police brutality against Mexican Americans in Los Angeles, sparked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case of 1942.

Ruido

Ruido

Una Respuesta: José Limón's "Tonantzintla" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Una Respuesta: José Limón's "Tonantzintla" - A Film By Kiri Avelar (2020)

Bringing the photographic archive to life, this film is a creative interdisciplinary response to José Limón's "Tonantzintla" (1951), a conversation with diasporic iconography, soundscapes, and site specific framing, in collaboration with artist Franchesca Marisol Cabrera.