About

ABOUT US

- THE COMMUNITY -

In Lak´ech is more than a dance academy, In Lak´ech is also a very special community where people can feel free to be their true selves - to claim their identity with pride and honor - while reaching personal goals through dance.

We exist to promote artistic expression & healing within the queer community. We want to provide an opportunity for Queer individuals to express themselves through dance, while claiming their identities with pride and honor. We encourage team bonding, as we believe in the power that comes from the unique experience of being part of a larger community.

We want to increase queer visibility in an environment where hetero-normative influences are the majority. We would like to create visibility by training strong Queer performers, as we believe that visibility increases awareness & open´mindedness - which has a positive impact on the LGBTQ community as a whole.

- THE STORY -

In 2014, Jahaira Fajardo and Angelica Medina, the Directors of In Lak’ech Dance Academy met and fell in love on the dance floor. They both share an immense passion for dance & decided to grow as dance partners while training for competition. In December 2015 they placed 1st in the Latin Ladies Same Gender Division, at the World Latin Dance Cup. Jahaira made history as the first Bachata female leader to become a World Champion.

In 2017, Jahaira and Angelica participated and completed the Alex and Desiree Bachata Instructor Certification Course. They also had the honor to Direct The AnD WW ~Team SF Season One. In Lak´ech Dance Academy is the direct result of the passion they both share for dancing and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others through dance.

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MEET THE TEAM

Co-Founder
Bachata & Salsa Director

ANGELICA MEDINA

Co-founder | Bachata & Salsa Director

Angelica Medina is a queer chicanx from Los Angeles, CA. Dance has always been a big part of her life. In 2012, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her graduate studies in Drama Therapy. She began to train with the prestigious salsa dance Company, Salsamania. During her time with Salsamania, Angelica placed 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2015 under the Amateur Salsa Team division at the World Latin Dance Cup. She also competed under the Amateur Salsa Solo division and placed top 3.

In 2015, Angelica began her Bachata training with Inessence Dance Company. Since then Angelica has continued to perform in various dance festivals/congresses in San Francisco, Reno, L.A. New York, D.C., Paris, Mexico, India, and Miami.

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JAHAIRA FAJARDO

Co-founder | Bachata Director

Jahaira was born to Dominican parents in Washington Heights New York City. Bachata, Bolero, Merengue, and Salsa are a huge part of her social makeup.  These genres were a constant musical element in her youth.

In 2000 she moved to San Francisco CA to pursuit graduate studies.  Always looking for ways to connect to her Dominican culture, in 2013 Jahaira joined the prominent and highly regarded Inessence Dance Company.  Under the direction of Bryon Stroud and Sammantha Arias, Jahaira learned how to dance Bachata in the Leader role.  Soon after she began to perform at local events and festivals.  Jahaira loved being part of a team and immersed herself into the Latin dance culture.

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ALFREDO ROJAS

 Salsa Director

Alfredo Rojas brings his passion for dance, his warm personality, and his vivid teaching style to his students and colleagues at In Lak´ech Dance Academy.  An avid dancer since 2009, Alfredo is now creating dynamic on-2 Salsa choreography and trains competitive dance performers.

From Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Alfredo came to the U.S. in 2000. He attended basic Salsa lessons around the Bay Area until he found and joined Salsamania Dance Company.  During his six years with the Salsamania Alfredo competed in both the 2014 and 2015 World Latin Dance Cup, where his teams ranked second and third place, in the Amateur Salsa Team division.  He has performed in shows throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Alfredo wants his team to social dance, perform, compete, and succeed at the highest levels anywhere in the world with the on-2 style of Salsa.

 

WHAT DOES IN LAK´ECH MEAN?

In Lak’ech : “Tu eres mi otro yo” “You are my other me”, ” We are a reflection of each other”.

This mayan teaching “has evolved into a moral code, and a way to create a positive reality for all life”. Every action or inaction we take, whether is positive or negative not only affects our well-being, but also that of our community, while impacting all life on earth.

In Lak´ech speaks about the profound connection and interdependence that we have to each other and all living things. This teaching binds us together as one – as a global community, regardless of our individual status in the world.