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Jean Appolon Expressions


Jean Appolon Expressions

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Jean Appolon Expressions uses dance to celebrate Haitian cultural expression and empower young people through innovative dance performance and community programs. See our repertoire

JAE is one of the few companies in the world to synthesize Haitian folkloric dance and modern technique. As an ambassador of Haiti, and the Haitian, Caribbean and African diasporas, JAE showcases artistic expression of a specific cultural community.

JAE is proud to call Boston, with the third largest Haitian population in the U.S., its home. JAE conducts community classes, teen programs, and performances in the Boston area and beyond with the goal of enriching and enlivening communities through authentic cultural programming.

Every summer, JAE conducts The Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute in Port-au-Prince. Sixty young Haitian dancers are selected to participate in a free, high quality dance program directed by Jean Appolon. Begun by Jean Appolon in 2006 and based at Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENARTS), the annual Institute moved in 2013 to an open-air dance studio constructed at the Hotel Oloffson. Read our 2016 institute report back.

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Where Your Gift Goes

  • The annual Haiti Summer Dance Intensive

  • Free community dance classes

  • Support the development of young Hatian dancers though Dance Haiti!

  • Support the performing arts community in Haiti

  • Train dance teachers to change lives

  • Sponsor company performances

  • Support our dancers

  • Support our staff


Did you know you can also shop our online boutique? All proceeds directly support JAE. 

Join Jean Appolon Expressions with a donation this holiday season. As a JAE donor you become an essential part of Jean Appolon Expressions. From underwriting JAE’s dynamic performances to providing a lunch for a student in our Haiti Summer Dance Institute, every donation counts and every donor makes a difference. Please give today.

Contributions in support of Jean Appolon Expressions are essential to sustaining JAE’s vital work in Boston and Haiti. JAE has been recognized as exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and contributions to JAE are tax-deductible.

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Write a check made payable to Jean Appolon Expressions and send to: Jean Appolon Expressions, P.O. Box 391173, Cambridge, MA 02139

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