Connecting Boston and Haiti through the healing power of dance.



performances that change your being



classes, programs, workshops



telling Haiti's story firsthand


Jean Appolon Expressions

The mission of Jean Appolon Expressions is to use dance to advance Haitian cultural expression and to empower young people. JAE seeks to elevate Haiti’s artistic heritage and celebrate its universality through innovative dance performance and community programs. See our repertoire

The Boston-based Haitian contemporary dance company is one of the few in the world that synthesizes 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 and is also a medium of cultural diplomacy. With the third largest Haitian population in the U.S., Boston and its cultural landscape are greatly enhanced by the presence of JAE.  

JAE also conducts community and youth classes, teen programs, workshops and performances in the Boston area and beyond, with the goal of enriching and enlivening communities through authentic cultural events and programming.

Each July JAE conducts The Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute in Port-au-Prince. Sixty young Haitian dancers, age 12 or older, are selected via an open audition process to participate in a free, high quality and intensive 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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