Jahaira & Angelica

Jahaira & Angelica (Oakland)

Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
Community for dancers of all gender and sexual identities
Directors of In Lak’ech Dance Academy and producers of the Queer Latin Dance Festival



Jahaira Fajardo was born to Dominican parents in Washington Heights New York City. Bachata, Bolero, Merengue, and Salsa are a huge part of her social makeup.  These genres were a constant musical element in her youth.
In 2000 she moved to San Francisco CA to pursuit graduate studies.  Always looking for ways to connect to her Dominican culture, in 2013 Jahaira joined the prominent and highly regarded Inessence Dance Company.  Under the direction of Bryon Stroud and Sammantha Arias, Jahaira learned how to dance Bachata in the Leader role.  Soon after she began to perform at local events and festivals.  Jahaira loved being part of a team and immersed herself into the Latin dance culture.
Angelica Medina is a queer chicanx from Los Angeles, CA. Dance has always been a big part of her life. In 2012, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her graduate studies in Drama Therapy. She began to train with the prestigious salsa dance company Salsamania. During her time with Salsamania, Angelica placed 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2015 under the Amateur Salsa Team division at the World Latin Dance Cup. She also competed under the Amateur Salsa Solo division and placed top 3In 2015, Angelica began her Bachata training with Inessence Dance Company. Since then Angelica has continued to perform in various dance festivals/congresses in San Francisco, Reno, L.A. New York, D.C., Paris, Mexico, India, and Miami.
In 2014, Jahaira and Angelica, the Directors of In Lak’ech Dance Academy met and fell in love on the dance floor. They both share an immense passion for dance & decided to grow as dance partners while training for competition. In December 2015, they placed 1st in the Latin Ladies Same Gender Division at the World Latin Dance Cup. Jahaira made history as the first Bachata female leader to become a World Champion.
In 2017, Jahaira and Angelica participated and completed the Alex and Desiree Bachata Instructor Certification Course. They also had the honor to Direct The AnD WW Team SF Season One. In Lak´ech Dance Academy is the direct result of the passion they both share for dancing and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others through dance.

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