Mentorship & Networking Program
David Herrera Performance Company's LatinXtensions is the only comprehensive culturally centered mentorship and networking program in the United States. The 12-month program advises emerging Latinx dance artists in developing their professional artistic practice. Capacity building focuses on non-profit management skills, producing, grant writing practice, equity best practices, engaging communities, building artistic networks, articulating values, and long-term career goals. Participants will exchange ideas, collectively troubleshoot production and administrative problems, and develop ways to create and support each other as a community.
The program's second focus creates a network with other regional and national Latinx artists; thus developing a rich and thriving community support system of dance artists, presenters, curators, and collaborators. Other established Latinx , POC, and LGBTQ professional dance artists serve as guest speakers throughout the year expanding the knowledge base and network of participants. Previous guest speakers have included Rosie Herrera, Alfonso Cervera, Vanessa Sanchez, Kyoung Park, Jackie Lopez, Gerald Casel, Irvin Gonzalez, and more.
Who is Eligible
The program is open to any emerging self-identifying Latinx or Hispanic dance artist with under 5 years of self or organizational production experience and/or under 5 years of professional dance experience.
The program is not currently open to high school students. Undergraduate and Graduate students may apply so long applicants can attend scheduled sessions without long-term interruptions.
There will be two cohorts for the 2022 LatinXtensions program:
1) San Francisco/Bay Area cohort.
You must be located in the SF/Bay Area to apply for the SF/Bay Area cohort.
The SF/Bay Area cohort will have cohort meetings every second Thursday of the month 10am - 1pm PST. Held in person.
Covid vaccination proof required for space entry.
2) National cohort
The National cohort will have cohort meetings every third Thursday of the month 10am - 1pm PST. Held virtually.
You must be located in the U.S. or its territories to apply for the National cohort.
The program runs January 2022 – December 2022
* monthly cohort meeting.
*monthly 1-to-1 check-in meeting with David Herrera. Meetings can be live or via Zoom.
* Attending 1 performance live or online every 2 months as a cohort. Tickets for performances provided by program.
Applications are open November 1st - 30th for the 2022 cycle.
Cohorts will be announced December, 15th 2021.
Isabella Limosnero, Angelica Velez, Alexandra Rosen, Westyn Narváez, Valerie Mendez, Vincent Chavez
2019 - 2020 Cohort
Jocelyn Reyes, Nico Maimon, Jesse Escalante, Marlene Garcia
Jesse Escalante, "My experience has been a very educational and informative one. I am extremely proud of being a part of it and feel the experience has developed me further as an artist. I would highly recommend this program to other individuals... Overall, I’d say what changed the most was my own personal interest in my art and my plans for it...I have realized the beauty in devoting a large amount of time to a dance pice in order to do proper research and develop it. It helped me understand there is no rush in needing to create work and the beauty in developing one piece of work for several years. This program changed the way I viewed networking and how to reach out into local communities to further support your show."
Jocelyn Reyes, "I have really enjoyed LatinXtensions and would recommend it to others. It’s been so nice to connect with other Latin American artists and receive mentorship from David. It’s been so helpful to hear from David and other guest artists about their experiences with presenting work (grant writing, managing rehearsals, fundraising, marketing, networking, touring). I learned so much and look forward to implementing this information in my future endeavors. Watching shows [together] has been very informative in how I approach my work. It’s been neat to see what elements of a performance read across audience members...and what does not. Our post show discussions have been very fruitful in this way. Last but not least, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my peers - other artists who are also up and coming choreographers/dancers."