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For Dancers of all backgrounds
and experience

2020 season in development

B.A.D. co is the dance company of Barrio Alegria. Through this program we open doors for dancers, with a lot or very few experience, to perform in our community.

To be a B.A.D. co dancer you must have the following qualities:

  • Be a team player

  • Have the highest sense of commitment

  • Have a high willingness to learn

  • Care deeply about our community


Following our commitment to support the arts, we have choreographed, produced, and participated in various shows in our community. We believe that art is not limited to people who want to become professionals; in fact, we outreach and look for anyone who identifies as a non dancer or artist, but who is looking to create change in their community. Together we strive to overcome challenges in technique, storytelling, and performance.

B.A.D. co functions as a free dance collective that looks for teaching and performing opportunities for community dancers, so we care more about creating change through dance than the limelight.

We have been doing this for years, and in the past we have choreographed Latin dances such as Salsa, and Bachata, but also Bhangra, Huayno, and traditional Chinese dances. Our plan is to offer opportunities for community members to learn from experienced choreographers in the styles of Salsa, Bachata, Afro Peruvian, Bhangra, and more! We will be working on one choreography per quarter, and will be performing them at several community events!

At BADco, we look for committed dancers, not experienced ones because we want to challenge you to see yourself dance with confidence, excitement, and passion.

The mission of BADco is to promote and develop social and multicultural awareness through an intensive technical and reflective study of dance. Embedded in our choreographies are rich and stimulating stories that promote Latin dance as an artistic and cultural expression that has the power to enrich and transform the individual, community, and society.

Join B.A.D. co

If you wish to join B.A.D. co as a dancer, please send Daniel an email at

Or call us at


B.A.D. Model:

  • Yearly commitment for performances, Quarterly commitment for choreographies.

  • One choreography per quarter (Barrio will hire top choreographers/instructors)

  • Choreographies to be presented at community events/Barrio events

  • Choreographies will include: Bachata, Salsa, Afro Peruvian, Bhangra, etc.

  • Four big presentations per year.

  • Possibility to get paid presentations.

  • Not for profit project

  • Free for dancers


Dancers commitment:

  • Rehearsals will take place once a week, Usually Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm

  • Minimum of 4 presentations a year per choreography

  • It is free to join and free to participate, and Barrio will subsidize costumes if they cost more than $40

  • Can only join once a quarter so that the group does not slow down.

Do you only do

Latin Dances?

No. B.A.D. co coreographies have included Bhangra dances, traditional Chinese dance, and a Moroccan dance in addition to Latin dances

Will I have to purchase expensive stuff?

We believe that traditional dances have to be respectful of cultural traditions, however, we try to minimize expenses to dancers

Do you only perform in Reading?

Although performing in our city is top priority for us, we sometimes perform in other cities as well.

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