Founded in 2011, the mission of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is to use dance to advance Haitian cultural expression and to empower youth.
JAE is a Haitian contemporary dance company directed by Jean Appolon. Combining Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance, JAE inspires and educates audiences about Haitian culture, traditions and current issues. JAE conducts performances, and community and youth classes and workshops in the Boston area and beyond, with the goal to use to dance to promote healthy communities through authentic cultural events and educational programming.
JAE’s other major point of focus is in Haiti where The Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute happens each July. The Institute provides fifty young Haitian dancers with a free, high quality and intensive dance program directed by Jean Appolon. In addition, JAE aims to develop DANCE HAITI! as an intensive, daily after-school dance program, which includes wrap-around services in academic tutoring and health education, for young Haitians without financial resources. JAE is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
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