Danza Descalza’s primary objective is to work towards the democratization of dance by introducing it to different types of audiences and offering shows accessible to all. Based in Montreal, the collective is active both locally and internationally. Composed of numerous partners and collaborators, Danza Descalza has three principal members who work as choreographers, performers and teachers: Yesenia Fuentes, Andrea Nino and Laurence Sabourin-Laflamme.
Created in 2014, the Danza Descalza collective offers unique performances and workshops, a bridge between innovation and tradition. AKO, the collective’s most recent production, is a work specifically designed for public spaces. The show was a success in 2019 with over 30 performances across Canada. Danza Descalza also offers weekly and one-off workshops, as well as corporate and school workshops.
Laurence Sabourin-Laflamme is an interdisciplinary artist who works as a choreographer, dancer-performer and accordionist. Trained in both contemporary dance and classical ballet, she has developed a passion for Afro-Colombian dances. She has made several trips to Colombia where she produced her play Mange Racine (choreographer/performer) and toured with the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, with which she was a member for 5 years. She also works with Mandoline Hybride and Les Mains Tendres, with which she tours in Canada as well as internationally.
Andrea Niño works as a performer for choreographers Léa Tremblay, Roger Sinha, Alejandro de Léon, the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, and as a choreographer for Cartographie Vivante and Filer. Trained in contemporary dance at LADMMI, she continues to deepen her exploration of traditional Afro-Colombian, West African and Afro-Brazilian dances of the Orishas (via a CALQ professional development grant).
Yesenia Fuentes is a performer, choreographer, dancer and teacher. She is a tireless creator who has produced performances and collaborations combining dance, music, video and photography in Canada, France, Germany and Colombia. Between 2013 and 2015, she created the antikörper piece with the support of the Vivacité program (CALQ, City of Montréal, Ministry of Culture and Communications) and the MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels) through their long-term mentoring and support program.