Panama · Performing Arts
Contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and cultural advocate Analida Galindo has been awarded the 2022 AFIELD Fellowship for her initiative Enlaces Program, a community-based child protection program aimed to create opportunities through dance, access to cultural goods and non-formal education, for 350 children at risk in Santa Ana, Panama.
Enlaces was born in 2010, under the umbrella Espacio Creativo Foundation, with the three main services: artistic, academic, and psycho-emotional, and a mission of transforming the lives of children and adolescents in socio-economical hardships, guiding them to develop their artistic potential through contemporary dance.
Her work through different organizations made it possible to democratize access to art and culture in highly vulnerable communities, impacting more than 15K people annually as audience. 100% of Enlaces graduates have managed to enter the labor or academic market, which allows them to break cycles of poverty and social exclusion.
Analida Galindo (Panama) is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and cultural advocate. She has been working towards developing the contemporary dance scene in Panama for about 20 years. She graduated from Boston College with an emphasis in Operations Management and earned the John B. Atkinson Award. She continued her dance studies at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, and in parallel obtained an MBA from University of Miami. In 2000, co-founded Momentum dance company, staging six annual dance seasons in Panama and working with international choreographers Michael Foley, Antonietta Viccario, Pamela Pietro and Fernando Hurtado. Collaborating with different choreographers she has performed internationally in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Korea.
In 2010, she founded the Enlaces Program, which seeks to provide opportunities to youth from at-risk communities through artistic training focused on dance, today under the umbrella of Fundación Espacio Creativo.
In 2012 she co-founded PRISMA, the international festival of Contemporary Dance of Panama. She is also the co-director of Fundación Espacio Creativo, created in 2014 as a platform to provide opportunities through dance, education and culture, and Steps Academy, a leading contemporary dance school in Panama.