Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa Sanchez is a Chicana dancer, choreographer, and educator who focuses on community arts and traditional dance forms to emphasize voices and experiences of Latina, Chicana, and Indigenous womxn and youth. Based in San Francisco, she is a 2019 Dance / USA Artist Fellow and the founding artistic director of La Mezcla, a rhythmic ensemble that explores history and collective resistance through tap dance, Mexican zapateado, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Her all-female tap dance and Son Jarocho production Pachuquísmo, the recipient of the Isadora Duncan Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Production, will tour nationally in 2022. She is currently a dance lecturer at University of California Santa Cruz.