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La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous traditions and social justice.

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La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous traditions and social justice.

Read Our Story

founder

Vanessa Sanchez

Founder, Artistic Director

2013 - present

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members

Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban

Dancer

current

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Kirsten Millan

Dancer

current

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Sandy Vazquez

Dancer

current

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Our Story

San Francisco’s La Mezcla dance company, founded and led by Vanessa Sanchez, has created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. They use dance and song to tell stories of Chicana history, culture and resistance. Blending tap dance and son jarocho zapateado (traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico,) Sanchez describes this unique dance style as “zapatap.” Watch these dancers perform dynamic choreography in front of iconic Mission District murals and landmarks, then bring us back to the 1940s West Coast Zoot Suit era (popularized by Bay Area playwright Luis Valdez) when young Mexican-American men and women, "pachucos" and “pachucas,” proudly repped their identity, while defying cultural and style taboos. Rocking big hair and flashy zoot suits, the women of La Mezcla reclaim this early California history.

Our Story

San Francisco’s La Mezcla dance company, founded and led by Vanessa Sanchez, has created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. They use dance and song to tell stories of Chicana history, culture and resistance. Blending tap dance and son jarocho zapateado (traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico,) Sanchez describes this unique dance style as “zapatap.” Watch these dancers perform dynamic choreography in front of iconic Mission District murals and landmarks, then bring us back to the 1940s West Coast Zoot Suit era (popularized by Bay Area playwright Luis Valdez) when young Mexican-American men and women, "pachucos" and “pachucas,” proudly repped their identity, while defying cultural and style taboos. Rocking big hair and flashy zoot suits, the women of La Mezcla reclaim this early California history.

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La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous traditions and social justice.

Read Our Story

La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

La Mezcla

Tap, Zapateado

san francisco

dance group

Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous traditions and social justice.

Read Our Story

founder

Vanessa Sanchez

Founder, Artistic Director

2013 - present

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members

Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban

Dancer

current

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Kirsten Millan

Dancer

current

Icon_ionic-ios-arrow-back Copy 45

Sandy Vazquez

Dancer

current

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Our Story

San Francisco’s La Mezcla dance company, founded and led by Vanessa Sanchez, has created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. They use dance and song to tell stories of Chicana history, culture and resistance. Blending tap dance and son jarocho zapateado (traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico,) Sanchez describes this unique dance style as “zapatap.” Watch these dancers perform dynamic choreography in front of iconic Mission District murals and landmarks, then bring us back to the 1940s West Coast Zoot Suit era (popularized by Bay Area playwright Luis Valdez) when young Mexican-American men and women, "pachucos" and “pachucas,” proudly repped their identity, while defying cultural and style taboos. Rocking big hair and flashy zoot suits, the women of La Mezcla reclaim this early California history.

Our Story

San Francisco’s La Mezcla dance company, founded and led by Vanessa Sanchez, has created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. They use dance and song to tell stories of Chicana history, culture and resistance. Blending tap dance and son jarocho zapateado (traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico,) Sanchez describes this unique dance style as “zapatap.” Watch these dancers perform dynamic choreography in front of iconic Mission District murals and landmarks, then bring us back to the 1940s West Coast Zoot Suit era (popularized by Bay Area playwright Luis Valdez) when young Mexican-American men and women, "pachucos" and “pachucas,” proudly repped their identity, while defying cultural and style taboos. Rocking big hair and flashy zoot suits, the women of La Mezcla reclaim this early California history.

Join

the

community

Empower the dancer in you. Showcase your moves and discover more ways to dance.