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RECAP | Support Our Styles: ¡Baila! | Hosted by More Than Movement

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

On behalf of everyone at Rae Studios' More Than Movement, we would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who attended last weekend's Support Our Styles: Baila!, celebrating Latin & Hispanic Heritage Month. Students got a taste of Bachata, House, and Reggaeton with some of the Bay's best instructors! Lexi, LatinHeat, and Sara brought fun and flavor to their workshops while giving historical and cultural context to the dance forms. We are continuously grateful for the support from our students and helping keep these amazing dance forms alive!

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Featured Instructors:

Event Staff:

  • Ybarbo Cabrera (they/them) | Studio Host

  • Tashi Cowan (she/her) | Studio Host

  • Lexi Nutkiewicz (she/her) | Photographer & Videographer

  • Kristie Lui (she/her) | Photographer & Videographer

Tag: @raestudiossf , @lexi_naomi , @latinheatsoulshifter, @coqui_sf, @lexinut7 (photographer/videographer), and @angryjazzhands (photographer/videographer) #MoreThanMovement


-Past Event Workshop-

In honor of 2023 Latino/a/x Heritage Month, More Than Movement is proud to present Support Our Styles: ¡Baila!

Support Our Styles aka S.O.S. is an event hosted by More Than Movement dedicated to highlighting the culture, history, and foundation of the various street styles that continue to exist in our communities today. To celebrate Rae Studios' incredible Latiné community, we are hosting a special edition of S.O.S. as a love letter to the many contributions of the Latiné community in dance.

Classes are all levels and welcome to all! Come celebrate this heritage month with dance! More information about our instructors and their class below.

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2023 | 2:30pm- 7:30pm PT

Location: Rae Studios, 414 Mason St. 705, San Francisco, CA 94102

Early Bird Tickets (end 9/28):

$25 single class

General Admission Tickets:

$30 single class

Special Promo for Lexi Shreeve's class

$25 single class or buy one get one 50% off (BOGO deal offered through Eventbrite)

Members (For members, please register through MindBody)

$20 single class


Hosted by the More Than Movement Committee. Learn more about their work.

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

About the Instructors:

José "LatinHeat" Vaca (he/him), a Chicano con raíces Michoacanas, is a multifaceted individual who has carved his path as an architect, entrepreneur, designer, artist, and freestyle expressionist. His journey into the world of dance began in 8th grade when he and his cousins were captivated by the electrifying performances of Battle of the Year 2000. Inspired to find his own rhythm in life, José's dance passion took root during high school, where he met Gaby aka Aqua, who became his first freestyle dance mentor. It was through Gaby's introduction to the Soulshifters x Circle of Fire crew that José's perception of dance transformed profoundly.

After being introduced to more members of the crew, he had the opportunity to connect with his Jedi master, Coflo. Despite some initial hesitation, Coflo recognized José's unwavering determination and infectious smile, ultimately accepting him as his padawan. José joined the Soulshifter family in 2015, just a day after his college graduation, a moment of great personal significance for him (joining the crew, not the graduation). Throughout his dance journey, José has witnessed the transformative power of the support and inspiration that comes from being surrounded by an incredible family of multifaceted individuals as well as his hard work, pouring oceans of sweat into his craft.

In his workshop, Welcome Home, José will bring his unique blend of youthful energy, undeniable handsomeness, and an unapologetic embrace of his Mexican heritage, infusing his every move with the spirit of El Gallo Negro from Blood In Blood Out, Órale.

Lexi Shreeve (she/her) is a Bay Area Native, born and raised. Her background and introduction to dance started in gymnastics and musical Theatre, where she studied classical dance genres. In 2013 Lexi began training in Latin styles, Bachata, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Merengue. Lexi fell in love with the Latin-style dances and the culture surrounding them. Her love and drive to train led her to travel the world and even move to new cities, NYC, Paris, and Tampa, to be able to learn different variations of each style and to access some of the best instructors worldwide.

Lexi’s first love is social dancing but she also performs, choreographs, and teaches. In 2019 Lexi opened her own dance company, Black Ivy Dance Company, based in Sacramento. Black Ivy was a home to take your training to new levels, opportunity to perform and travel, they performed and taught at events such as Nextplay (POC in tech event), events hosted by UC Davis, Sacramento State, and numerous local and worldwide Latin dance Festivals and Congresses. Lexi’s dance goals have evolved over time and now she aims to keep enjoying dance and sharing that with others! She currently only teaches at specific Latin Festivals/Congresses and pop-up workshops throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Reggaeton will now be taught by Sara Templeton. Thank you for your undertsanding.

Sara Templeton (she/her) is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in San Francisco. She started her professional hip-hop career at sixteen, dancing with Culture Shock S.F. and L.A. and guest performing with independent artists throughout the Bay Area. While earning her dance degree at Loyola Marymount University, Sara expanded her artistry to include ballet and contemporary, and began a focused re-engagement with salsa and other Latin dances connected to her Puerto Rican heritage. It was during this time that Sara truly honed in on her passion for choreography and teaching, and the ways in which the intelligence of different dance techniques could cross pollinate for the benefit of the artist.

Today, Sara makes the most out of her diverse dance background by working with dancers of various styles, ages, and abilities in helping them express the best of who they are. Sara strongly believes in the joy of dance, and is dedicated to fostering a safe and playful space where students can work on sound dance technique while feeling motivated to grow. When Sara is not bouncing around with her dance students, she is working on choreographic projects, experimenting with dance for film, or running her two small businesses (Basmati Bags and Objects For Art). Besides dance, Sara is an ardent, 20-year practitioner of Iyengar yoga, and a strong believer in massages and chocolate.

Registration is required for this event.


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