Andreina Maldonado, , 2018 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grantee

Andreina Maldonado

  • Dance
  • San Francisco, CA

Andreina Is a performing artist and educator from Maracay, Venezuela. She lived 10 years in Indiana, and moved to the Bay Area in 2013 to become a professional dancer and social justice organizer. Her dance background is in Afro-Venezuelan dance and music, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, West African dance, and most recently modern contemporary. Andreina holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Animal Behavior from Indiana University. She is interested in how traditional art forms like music and dance reflect the cultural identity of a group of people and how these artistic expressions are used to create narratives and hopes for change.

Andreina’s vision is to create performances that highlight underrepresented voices and that have a social message. Andreina has worked with the African American Dance Company, Bangofla Music and Dance Ensemble of Cote D’Ivoire, Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana and Flores do Samba of Brazil. She is currently a member of Duniya Dance and Drum Company, CherieHill Afro-modern Irie Dance and Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Creations. Andreina also performs her own repertoire and collaborates with other artists in the Bay Area and beyond.

​In San Francisco, Andreina has worked primarily in the Mission District in non-profits that serve people of color, artists, LGBTQ, labor and domestic workers. Her first job was at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts as Events and Media Coordinator. During her time at MCCLA she learned about the community and the challenges that Mission residents experience as a result of gentrification and the high price of living. In 2016 Andreina received an offer to work as a community organizer with the San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective, a program of Dolores Street Community Services as the Leadership Coordinator working to structure and support the path for members to become leaders in the organization. Andreina has consistently worked on performance art throughout her work in cultural programming and activism. She has collaborated with various Bay Area artists in music and dance, and also worked as an independent artist and educator.

Andreina is currently a teaching artist with the Performing Arts Workshop, where she teaches world dance at Mission Education Center, a middle school designed to help Spanish speaking students learn English, and at St. Joseph’s Family Center, a transitional home for homeless families where she works with at-risk youth in acquiring basic skills of safety, trust, and exploration. Andreina’s artistic work lays in activism and identifying the challenges that her community faces in order to transform them into empowering experiences that feed the individual and the community as one breathing organizing.