Vanessa Sanchez and Brava Theater have been awarded the Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Grant for Dance and Movement-based performances!
We are proud to announce today that we have been selected as one of 10 recipients of this year’s Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Vanessa Sanchez will work with Brava Theater to create “Ghostly Labor,” a rhythmic piece about the legacy of exploitation of Latina and Indigenous female labor in the US-Mexico borderlands. With La Mezcla, the work will premiere in 2022. Click here for a full list of the Hewlett 50 recipients and more info on the Hewlett Foundation!
Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla will be featured in “Nuestra Fuerza!”
Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla will be featured in “Nuestra Fuerza,” a virtual presentation that celebrates the voices of domestic workers and laborers in the fight for dignity and social justice. Join us June 26th, 4:30-6pm. Click here for more info!
Vanessa Sanchez will be teaching a free tap workshop as part of MACLA’s “Stories from la Sala” series!
Join us Friday, June 12th at 4pm for a free 45-min tap demo and workshop!
Happy National Tap Dance Day!! La Mezcla has released a social distancing performance video!
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Online Tap Classes with Vanessa Sanchez!
This workshop is for tappers with some experience- a tap dance foundation is necessary to get the most out of it. While this workshop will include a warm up and technique building exercises to get us going, most of the time will be devoted to learning rhythmic choreography. Tap shoes are not required, but preferred is possible.
Absolute Beginner Tap Class, Wednesday 3:30-4:20
No Tap dance experience required! An introduction to Tap dance, this class will focus on basic elements of Tap including vocabulary, musicality and technique. Drop-ins welcome, all sessions are suggested to begin developing a Tap dance foundation. Tap shoes not required (hard-soled shoes will be fine for this series). If you have never Tap danced before, please take the Absolute Beginner Tap Class.
Beginner Tap Class, Wednesday 4:30-5:20
Do you know what a Shuffle is? How about a flap? Then this class might be for you!
This class is geared towards people with some basic Tap dance experience. Taught at a slow pace, this class will focus on the fundamentals of Tap dance. We will build on basic movement vocabulary, musicality and technique through warm up sequences and rhythmic choreography. Content can be adapted for advanced beginner students. Drop-ins welcome, all sessions suggested.
Due to the current global pandemic, all Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 shows and tour dates have been postponed!
Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla are seeking trained Womxn Tap dancers with performance experience for weekly rehearsals, paid performances, understudy roles for award-winning show “Pachuquísmo,” and the development of a new rhythmic work!
Sunday, 2/23/20 @ 2:30-4:30 at Brava Theater, San Francisco (2781 24th st.)
The audition will consist of a warm up, tap technique, rhythmic exercises and choreography. If you have any questions, please email LaMezclaSF@gmail.com. Please click here to register for the audition!
If you are unable to attend the audition, please contact Vanessa Sanchez @ LaMezclaSF@gmail.com and fill out the registration form linked above.
Vanessa Sanchez has been awarded a CA$H Grant!
Thank you to Dancer’s Group for supporting the development of a new work! “Ghostly Labor,” a multi-disciplinary dance performance that explores the experiences of migrant farmworkers in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, will be shown in collaboration with Baile Colectivo May 8th, 2020 in San Francisco. Click here for the full list of grantees!
Pachuquísmo won an Izzie Award!!
In its 34th year, the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards has named “Pachuquísmo” the 2019 honoree for Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Production! This new award is presented to a production that has exhibited exceptional integration of choreography, performance, music/sound/text, and visual design and was created during the period of eligibility by or for a Bay Area individual or organization. Click here for a full list of awardees and nominees and stay tuned for info on the Award Ceremony!
Vanessa Sanchez has been announced as an Artist-in-Residence @ Brava Theater!
Sanchez and La Mezcla will continue this year working out of Brava Theater! Click here to see the artist-in-residence page!
Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla will hold a Technical Residency at World Theater in Seaside January 2020!
With support from New England Foundation for the Arts Production Residency Grant and CSU Monterey Bay, “Pachuquísmo” will have a weeklong residency at World Theater January 6-10th, 2020. An extension of the NEFA National Dance Production Grant, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the PRD grant will allow Vanessa Sanchez and Technical Director Justine Fernandez to focus on the technical needs of the work before it goes out on tour. A big THANK YOU to Circuit Network & CSU Monterey Bay for making this happen and New England Foundation for the Arts for their support!
Tickets for Pachuquísmo on sale now!
Get your tickets for Brava presents “Pachuquísmo” 10/18 & 10/19 now! Click here!
“Pachuquismo” was awarded the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Production Grant!
We are so excited to be on this amazing list of Grant Recipients! Stay tuned for more info on upcoming tour dates! Click here for more info and for a list of all 20 grant recipients!
We got a California Arts Council Grant!
Brava for Women in the Arts received a California Arts Council Artist in Communities Grant for the development and presentation of “Pachuquismo” in Fall 2019! The funding will provide Vanessa Sanchez a residency at Brava Theater from June to August 2019 that will include rehearsal time, free community workshops and panels featuring Chicana Historians and Artists! Get all the details in the CAC’s latest press release: http://tiny.cc/CACGrants2019
Vanessa Sanchez is a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow!
Vanessa is thrilled to be one of the 31 US artists who has received the fellowship to support the practice of working through dance to address social change! The fellowship was made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For a full list of the fellows and info on their practices, click here!
CALL FOR UNDERSTUDIES
La Mezcla is seeking understudies for the theater performance “Pachuquismo” to be performed in San Francisco and Southern California in October 2019 with additional tour dates to follow. “Pachuquismo” is an all-female production that tells the Pachuca perspective of the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 through Tap Dance, Zapateado, Son Jarocho and live Jazz Music. While understudies may not perform in this run of the show, there are opportunities for performances and future touring dates in 2020.
Understudies needed include Tap dancers, Mexican Zapateado dancers with experience in Son Jarocho, Son Jarocho musicians with strong vocal abilities and Jazz musicians. Rehearsals begin August 2019. Understudies will be paid a stipend and will not need to attend all rehearsals.
Please send a description of your dance or music training, performance experience and a performance video to LaMezclaSF@gmail.com
Vanessa Sanchez received a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grant for 2018-2019!
Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla received a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures!