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In 2020, La Casa Mandarina AC in partnership with Ballet After Dark Baltimore and  FORCE: upsetting rape culture launched Ballet After Dark Mexico (BADMx) a unique nine-months free, holistic, trauma-informed dance therapy course that helps survivors os sexual violence heal trauma using elements of classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Heal trauma through dance!

Cynthia Híjar

Director of BADMx 

Cynthia Híjar is a Mexican feminist, artivist, dancer, comedian and pedagogue co-creator of the web comic Nacho Progre and the feminist comedy collective StandUperras As a grad student at the Masters in Pedagogy at the School of Philosophy and Literature, in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she's currently working on a thesis about the contribution of somatic education in women's rehab. As a dancer she has professional studies in Contemporary Dance at the Choreographic Research Center of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBA), and has been a student of dance and somatic education in different workshops and training programs with teachers such as Marina Acevedo, Kathryn Alter and the Danza Contemporánea de Cuba company. Cynthia has been a speaker on TEDx #MéxicoCityWomen and as a writer has published opinion articles in feminist Latin American media.


Anahí Arteaga Salas

Art Residency BADMx 

Anahí Arteaga is a dance, body and soul artivist. Started studying Belly Dance in 2004 and since then, she has been preparing in diverse dances and knowledges to have better resources in the scenic performance; the primary being Pole Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall. Member of HANIN Colectivo Escénico since 2014, PEC 2016-2018, and Bruck Babilon Méxco Dance Crew since 2018. Graduate in Choreography from the Classic and Contemporary National Dance School (ENDCC). In the last years she has been researching about she-body, movement and self-care, developing what she now calls Corporal ReOrganization (ReOrganización Corporal).

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Ballet After Dark - Baltimore 

Ballet After Dark is an organization in Baltimore, USA, that provides holistic dance therapy to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Founded in 2016 by Tyde-Courtney Edwards, a classical trained ballerina, art model and survivor of sexual assault.

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FORCE: upsetting rape culture


FORCE: upsetting rape culture  is an art activist collective in Baltimore, USA, devoted to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. FORCE is best known for the Monument Quilt a collection of 3,000+ stories of survivors from sexual and intimate partner violence displayed 50 times in 34 cities in the United States and Mexico. In 2014, La Casa Mandarina AC made a partnership with FORCE to share experiences and projects.


Ballet After Dark México comenzó su primera temporada el 7 de septiembre de 2020.

​Próximamente presentaremos a nuestrxs participantes.

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