La Mezcla

La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. Through elaborate rhythmic arrangements and choreography, performances by La Mezcla cross musical genres and dance styles.

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photo by Jean Melesaine, Sandy Vasquez, Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Vanessa Sanchez
Pachuquismo at Dance Mission Theater, 9/2018. Photo by Jean Melesaine.

La Mezcla has presented work in San Francisco Bay Area dance festivals including CubaCaribe, D.I.R.T., Paseo Artistico and Xicana Moratorium. In September 2017, Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla worked in collaboration with East Side Arts Alliance to produce “Bruja,” an evening of all female percussion exploring Chicana History from the 1940’s through today, featuring La Mezcla, Bien Firme and Chulita Vinyl Club. In September 2018, La Mezcla self-produced Pachuquísmo at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. In October 2019, Brava! for Women in the Arts presented the full version of “Pachuquísmo.”


In October 2019, members of La Mezcla held a short residency at CSU Channel Islands, leading tap and Son Jarocho workshops, lectures & discussions on La Mezcla’s work and the historical and cultural perspectives of Pachuquísmo, and performing a short excerpt of Pachuquísmo on campus.

Student Son Jarocho workshop at CSU Channel Islands

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