Meet the dancers behind the Latin dance group
Who are we?
We are Johns Hopkins University’s only Latin dance team dedicated to embracing and sharing a love for Latin American culture. We are made up of students from all backgrounds that have used this shared love to form a family on campus. ¡Baila! is a home away from home for many of our members and, through dance, gives us a chance to educate others at every annual showcase.
What do we do?
We meet twice a week to practice for two hours. We hold multiple open workshops throughout the year, mainly focused on teaching salsa and bachata. Our big Fall performance is Culture Show, and our Spring highlight is our own annual showcase where we tie together all of the year’s dances with a theme. We also perform many times both on and off campus throughout the academic year.
We are led by a group of E-board members and two co-captains that are elected each year by the rest of the team. Regardless of the position, the majority of our members step into positions of leadership ranging from organizing sorority serenades to teaching choreographies of their own. While we discuss team matters regularly, we hold official general body meetings every two months mainly dedicated to organizing our main performances.
We are also made up of a select group of our members who not only participate in all of our regular practices and events, but also practice to compete against other Latin dance teams in the Spring. Auditions are held each year for those who are interested in competing.
Hear from our members
“¡Baila! gave me so much time when I most needed it. It gave me an amazing and supportive family, great memories each time we were together and a feeling of belonging. It helped me become a better dancer and a more confident person. It’s definitely made my Hopkins experience 1000x better than I ever thought it would be.”
–Dania Hinojosa ’22, Cognitive Science