Mentorship & Networking Program



Accepting Applications October 19-November 22, 2020

We will be considering 4-7 artists for the 2021-2022 cycle. To learn more about the program or to inquire about the 2020 application process please email at Announcement of cohort December 2020.

LatinXtensions is the only comprehensive culturally centered mentorship and networking program in the United States. The 12-month program advises emerging Latinx & Hispanic 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, fostering intrarelationships with cohort and guest speakers, coalition building, artistic excellence, and long-term career goals.   

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.

Requirements / 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 3 years of professional dance experience.  

Artist must be residing in the San Francisco/Bay Areas for duration of cycle.

Currently not open to artist living outside of the United States.  


The program is not currently open to graduate, undergraduate, or high school students currently enrolled in a degree program, nor Ph.D or doctoral candidates, regardless of whether the field of study is related to artistic work.  


Program runs between January 2021 – December 2021

3-hour monthly group meeting, third Thursday of every month 11am-1pm.

1-hour monthly 1-to-1 meeting with David Herrera (scheduled between mentee and director)

Attending 1 performance every 1-2 months as a co-hort (or online presentation in the case of on-going Covid restrictions).

Tickets for performances provided by program.  

Guest Speakers TBD.  




2019-2020 Awardees: 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."


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Nicole Maimon

Nicole was born in Mexico, but is a California native. She studied dance and technical theatre at San Francisco State University, where she was recognized as the Departmental Honoree. She has performed works by Brenda Way, Trisha Brown, David Herrera, Jocelyn Reyes, & Alyssa Mitchell. Nicole is also co-founder of bananarama, a queer, racially diverse movement collective.