Celebrating Afro-Latino Dance & Culture

Julia Jaskwhich Rodríguez

Julia RodríguezJulia Rodriguez graduated from the College of Charleston in 2002 where she majored in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies. She later pursued a Master’s degree in Nursing at the Medical University of SC. Julia currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at a private mental health practice in Charleston.

Julia founded Buen Aché in 2006, and has served as Artistic Director and principal choreographer for the company since that time. Julia is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. She has studied dance in West Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, and continues to develop her dance technique by studying with prominent West African and Afro-Latino dancers and choreographers around the US.

In addition to dancing with Buen Aché, Julia also dances with the Charleston-based West African dance company Wona Womalan, led by Guinean Artistic Director Fode Moussa Camara. Julia continues to refine her style in Latin social dance by frequenting the Latin dance scene around the Southeast.

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