Somos Luceros, created by me, is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light.
In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars.
We are dancing bodies of light.
Somos Luceros weaves together my training and experience over the course of my lifetime in a variety of somatic practices and movement modalities: Afro-Caribbean dance, African Dance, Latin Dance, Nia (First Degree Black Belt, Moving to Heal, 5 Stages of Healing, and 52 Moves), Yoga (300 Hour), QiGong, SomaSoul somatic therapy practices, Expressive Arts, and Strozzi Institute movement practices around dignity, resilience and trauma-support.
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I have choreographed several Somos Lucero practices for your exploration. Sometimes these can be experienced live via Zoom (check calendar of events) or you can rent a recording to move to at your own time. Classes are one hour. Simply make a donation and email me with the class(es) you want to rent. I will then send you the link and password.
Decide which class(es) recording(s) you’d like to experience. Descriptions of each dance are listed further below on this page (scroll down).
- Dancing for Hope, Faith & Healing: An Embodied Journey of Personal to Collective Hope
- Dance of Emotional Resilience: An Embodied Tribute to the Archetype of Resilience
- Dance of Emotional Resilience with the Breath: Nourishing our Nervous System
- Dancing with Versatility: An Embodied Exploration of Creative Range & Adaptability
- Dancing for a more Beautiful World: An Embodied Tribute to Justice & Sacred Activism
- Dancing to the music of Hamilton: An American Musical
- Dance of Liminality: An Embodied Exploration of Transitions & The Space Between
- Dance of Magnetism – Embodying Our Aliveness
- Dancing the Soil of Life – An Embodied Exploration of Home
- Dance of Resurrection: An Embodied Exploration of the Self Liberated from Judgment
- Dance of Collective Joy – A Community-Created Movement Experience (Playlist 1)
- Dance Freedom of Expression (to the music of Prince)
- Dancing Self-Care: An Embodied Exploration of Attending to Your Well-Being
- Dancing Lioness: An Embodied Exploration of Grace, Agility, Strength & Courage
- Dancing Valor: An Embodied Exploration of Resistance, Resilience & Respect
- La Sonrisa: Dancing in Celebration of My Smiling Father
- Vamos a Gozar: Dancing in Celebration of Abuela’s 103rd Birthday
- Danza del Viento: An Embodied Exploration of Dancing with the Winds of Change
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Following are the class recording descriptions:
Somos Luceros: Dancing for Hope, Faith & Healing – An Embodied Journey of Personal to Collective Hope
Class recorded September 20, 2020 & January 23, 2021
Join me for Dancing Hope, Faith, & Healing.
In the tarot, the Star card represents the symbolic archetype of the guiding light. Light is a source of hope, faith and divine guidance. We often send our most desired wishes up to the stars or we look up at the stars as we speak to the ancestors of our past and hopes for the future. Inspired by the tarot card of the Star, Dancing for Hope, Faith and Healing is an embodied moving prayer for ourselves, our ancestors, the collective, and future generations.
There is what seems like an infinite distance between us and the stars in the sky. When we send up our hopes, it is faith that carries us across the distance to an ultimate place of healing. The choreography of this class guides us on a journey of personal to collective hope, of calling on faith in the moments we feel most broken, in despair, and in need, and of trusting that healing is on the horizon.
Somos Luceros: Dance of Emotional Resilience – An Embodied Tribute to the Archetype of Resilience
Class recorded September 27, 2020
Join me for the Dance of Emotional Resilience
In most dictionaries, resilience is defined as the ability to return to an “original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.” In other words, after life throws us off center, we are able to recover, bounce back and move forward.
This class is an experiential and embodied tribute to the archetype of resilience, something we all experience in some form or shape in our lives. Adversity in all its guises calls us to navigate emotional, mental, physical and spiritual stressors with a set of inner tools and resources that are varied and that ultimately allow us to find the strength to remain standing and to keep moving in this life.
Somos Luceros: Dance of Emotional Resilience with the Breath – Nourishing our Nervous System
Class recordings October 4, 2020 and February 21, 2021
Join me for the Dance of Emotional Resilience with the Breath
In most dictionaries, resilience is defined as the ability to return to an “original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.” In other words, after life throws us off center, we are able to recover, bounce back and move forward.
The breath is the great stabilizer. When an emotion quickens our breath, we can practice lengthening and deepening the breath to help us move through the emotion. Breath conducts our energy. When we are feeling like we just can’t make it out of the whirlpool or stress, our breath can serve as a lifeline to guide us to a steadier shoreline.
This class is an experiential and embodied tribute to the archetype of resilience, something we all experience in some form or shape in our lives. Adversity in all its guises calls us to navigate emotional, mental, physical and spiritual stressors with a set of inner tools and resources that are varied and that ultimately allow us to find the strength to remain standing and to keep moving in this life. For this class, our primary resource will be our breath.
Somos Luceros: Dancing with Versatility – An Embodied Exploration of Creative Range & Adaptability
Class recorded May 30, 2021
Join me for Dancing with Versatility: An Embodied Exploration of Creative Range & Adaptability
My word for my 45-46th year of life, chosen on my birthday in October 2020, is Versatility. Inspired by the “forced” versatility of 2020, I decided I wanted to devote my attention to this concept whole-heartedly and whole-bodily! For me, as with many of us, versatility began as a necessity – as a way to adapt to all that the year of the pandemic asked of us. Over time, it shifted from necessity to joyous curiosity as I explored the various ways I can apply my skills in new ways.
Versatility is our ability to embrace a variety of ways of being and doing. It is an optimistic perspective that says, “yes, there is more!” It allows us to turn from one application of an expression or experience to another, with ease. It hones our creative range. Versatility invites us to take a pattern and experiment with doing it differently. We become masterful at accumulating skill and molding it into something new. Versatility is how we honor a lifetime of practice, gathering, learning, refining and applying our gifts, skills, abilities, and talents to multiple areas of life with broad, deep and colorful strokes.
Let’s come together this weekend and dance versatility in community – exploring our creative range and ability to adapt known patterns in fresh new ways.
Somos Luceros: Dancing for a more Beautiful World – An Embodied Tribute to Justice & Sacred Activism
Class recorded Sunday, January 17, 2021
Join us for Beautiful World: An Embodied Tribute to Justice & Sacred Activism
“Finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find.” – Terry Tempest Williams
This body of work is an expression of my hopes and dreams for embodying presence on this sacred planet we call home. Inspired by the tarot card of Justice and one of its archetypal expressions as sacred activism, Beautiful World celebrates and invites us to embody the qualities of gratitude, truth, hope, humanity, ancestry, compassion, possibility and universal love.
Together we will explore and embody removing veils of division, offering our respect and reverence for the balance that earth and humanity provide, share in solidarity even as we struggle, to advocate for each other, to honor our ancestors and their struggles for justice, to listen deeply to one another, to experience joyful and passionate resistance as we dismantle the past and shape the future, and to offer our hopes and prayers for healing and unity.
Somos Luceros: Dancing to the music of Hamilton: An American Musical
Class recorded November 1, 2020
Join us to Dance to the music of Hamilton: An American Musical
Join me for an embodied journey of Lin Manuel Miranda’s brilliant interpretation and vision of Alexander Hamilton.
With this dance, we pay attention to the story of a coming of age, of falling in love (with an ideal and humans), of vision and ambition, of a rise to power and then a fall, and of profound loss and its inevitable opening to forgiveness and grace. Our bodies will go for the ride with the story.
Don’t throw away your shot! Let’s Dance!
Somos Luceros: Dance of Liminality – An Embodied Exploration of Transitions & The Space Between
Class recorded November 21, 2020
Join us for the Dance of Liminality: An Embodied Exploration of Transitions & The Space Between
To be in a liminal space or state is to be in transition. We are not in the familiar of the past and not quite in the unformed future. We stand on a threshold waiting to cross over. Liminality can be filled with both uncertainty and excitement. It is undeniable that change is afoot.
Liminality invites us to be present in the space between what was and what is yet to be and to discover within us a way to navigate this intermediate state with curiosity and openness.
This dance is an experiential and embodied expression of what it means to exist in a liminal space. We are guided to play with and explore transitions, cross thresholds, play with space between, be suspended in space and time, and become skilled navigators of the unknown.
Somos Luceros: Dance of Magnetism – Embodying Our Aliveness
Class recorded November 29, 2020
Join us to for the Dance of Magnetism – Embodying our Aliveness to the music of Angelique Kidjo
To be magnetic is to have the power to attract and influence the attention of others. I liken it to having a command of our life force energy. To notice that by exuding light from within we can illuminate and draw others to life, just like all forms of life reach up for the Sun.
Angelique Kidjo is a force in the worlds of art, music, advocacy, culture and creativity. Experimental, playful, collaborative, joyful, magnetic and fierce, her passion is tangible. Her voice and presence expand out, radiating from her center like the sun extends its rays of warm light to bring all things to life. She wants us to feel and dance with abandon…to express every ounce of joy and emotion until our feet can’t move any longer. Her presence is magnetic and she invites us to embody the aliveness of magnetism.
The focus is of Magnetic is embodying our aliveness – guided by the sonic brilliance of Angelique Kidjo. This dance is an experiential and embodied expression of what it means to be magnetic, to know the power of our own aliveness to animate us and to inspire others. We explore different rhythms and movement patterns that wake up our cells, tissue, bones, muscles, and limbs. We use our hands to gather and shape energy. We drum with our hands and feet. We learn to cultivate vital energy so that we can sense the somatic patterns of radiance, warmth, vitality, and aliveness.
Somos Luceros: Dancing the Soil of Life – An Embodied Exploration of Home
Class recorded December 12, 2020
Join us for Dancing the Soil of Life – An Embodied Exploration of Home
Soil is the ground from which our lives are nourished. It is the place we grow from. It is the physical and energetic medium that holds us up so that we can flourish. Home is a place where we live. It is adorned with things that remind us of who you are. Including and beyond a physical space, home is also an embodied state of being. It is the loving familiar ground of our lives that let’s us know we are whole, held and always connected to a spirit of origin.
The focus of Dancing the Soil of Life is exploring ways we can nourish the ground of our lives. We root so that we can flourish, growing upwards and outwards. We explore home as a state of being that we carry with us wherever we go. We adorn our somatic selves with reminders of who we are.
Somos Luceros: Dance of Resurrection – An Embodied Exploration of the Self Liberated from Judgment
Class recording options: December 27, 2020 and April 4, 2021 (emphasis on Rebirth)
Join us for the Dance of Resurrection: An Embodied Exploration of the Self Liberated from Judgment
Rise up. Awaken. Heed the call of your most holy and whole self.
In the tarot, the Judgment card, sometimes referred to as Awakening, is the archetype of rebirth. At the heart of this expression is resurrecting the limitless whole self that has been buried deep within us as a result of judgment, criticism and shame. These buried aspects create unnecessary constriction in our lives, boxing us in to fit in places and spaces that do not honor the truth of who we are. Shedding the skin of judgment may be the most courageous thing we do. Our wholeness, both as individuals and a collective, relies on reclaiming and offering love to those constricted and buried parts.
The focus of Resurrection is breaking out of the box. In this dance, we are summoned to go on an embodied exploration of expanded awareness, truth, liberation from judgment, and reclamation. On this journey, perhaps we will discover a deeper sense of self-acceptance, a renewed commitment to the truth of ourselves, and heed the call to a new beginning rooted in our most sacred and holy self.
Somos Luceros: Dance of Collective Joy – A Community-Created Movement Experience (Playlist 1)
Class recorded January 31, 2021
Join us for the Dance of Collective Joy: A Community-Created Movement Experience (Playlist 1).
The focus of this class is elevating and celebrating joy in community.
Earlier this year we set the collective intention to cultivate joy in 2021. After the unprecedented individual and collective stressors of 2020, we want to experience and share more joy in our lives and in community. Somos Luceros dancers submitted over 40 songs for our collective joy playlist!
In this recording, we debut our first of the playlists showcasing 14 of the songs that have evoked joy in our community members lives. The choreography is a blend of movement prompts and sensations of joy described by those who submitted songs and my (Jennifer) creative expression. Make no mistake, this is a collaborative creation. Somos means “we” and Luceros means “light.” We weave our light (and our joy) together with music, movement and merriment!
Somos Luceros – Dance Freedom of Expression (to the music of Prince)
Class recorded February 13, 2021
Join us for Dance Freedom of Expression (to the music of Prince)!
“A strong spirit transcends rules.” – Prince
Join me this weekend to dance to select music from Prince. Our theme is Freedom of Expression. Prince once said in an interview, “When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to…” He proceeded, mostly uncompromisingly, towards that freedom. He both defied and transcended genres and “norm” expectations – in music, songwriting and arrangement, art, and as a persona.
Prince left a legacy defined by endless creativity. This weekend, we celebrate his music and the invitation he gave us to embrace and live freedom of expression. Prepare to move your hips, gyrate, belt out some lyrics, and set yourself expression free.
The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling. You are invited to receive the choreography, bring it into your body and make it your own – and break “the rules!”
Somos Luceros – Dancing Self-Care: An Embodied Exploration of Attending to Your Well-Being
Class recorded February 28, 2021
Join us for Dancing Self-Care: An Embodied Exploration of Attending to Your Well-Being
Attending to our well-being is a deliberate act. With our consciousness placed on the care of our Self, we pay attention to the signals of our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bodies and discern how to respond.
To feel well and to be in a state of well-being is a deeply personal experience. No one specific practice or approach works for everyone at all times. Self-care can be expressed as turning inward, resting, conserving our energy, moving from ease, softening, or reducing effort. Self-care can be emphasizing movements, expressing emotion, reaching for support, setting boundaries, or seeking release from stressors. Self-care can also be dynamic, shifting and changing as honor how we feel in the moment and attend to the signals and sensations of our interior and external realities.
Dancing Self-Care is a guided embodied exploration of different somatic ways we can attend to our well-being. The emphasis on this dance is bringing awareness, compassion, heart and love to whatever needs our attention. The playlist is a compilation of songs from other Somos Luceros bodies of work woven together to offer a nurturing sonic landscape and movement prompts that provide ease to your body with their repetition and simplicity.
Somos Luceros – Lioness: An Embodied Exploration of Pride, Power, Protection & Play
Class recorded August 8, 2021
Join us for Lioness: An Embodied Exploration of Grace, Agility, Strength & Courage
Choreographed by Janice Steinberg &
Re-Interpreted by Jennifer Lucero-Earle
All music by Wiyaala, the “Young Lioness of Africa.”
Lioness is a body of work that was initiated and choreographed by my dear friend Janice Steinberg of Nia San Diego. She and I both fell in love with the music of Wiyaala awhile back. When Janice said she was creating a routine to Wiyaala’s music, I asked her if I could learn it. With her blessing I have embodied and reinterpreted Lioness for Somos Luceros.
The lioness is primarily the hunter and leader of their pride (family/community of lions, lioness’ and cubs). They are keenly aware that the survival of their pride is dependent on their skill, strength, speed, agility, courage, and grace. Unlike lions, they retain a sense of playfulness into their adulthood which makes them quite fun and creative. Their roar, used to proclaim their territory and defend their loved ones, can be heard up to two miles away. The lioness teaches us to be self-assured, caring, protective and purposeful.
Lioness is an invitation to explore and embody pride, power, protection, play and proclamation (the lioness’ roar) along with their gifts of grace, agility, strength, courage, and beauty. This body of work has brought me so much joy. I look forward to dancing it with you.
The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling. You are invited to receive the choreography, bring it into your body and make it your own.
Somos Luceros – Dancing Valor: An Embodied Exploration of Resistance, Resilience & Respect
Class recorded May 11, 2021
Join us for Dancing Valor: An Embodied Exploration of Resistance, Resilience & Respect
As I crafted the class, I carefully and intentionally chose the word “valor” for its meaning in English and for its Spanish translation “value.” To have valor is to possess or enact “strength of mind or spirit.” Doing so gives us the bravery to confront danger. A deeper level of this action is recognizing that you are valued and hence worthy of being defended and protected from harm or the threat of domination. Valor in both languages captures the spirit of this dance.
This dance exploration is a tribute to the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when, fighting back against foreign domination, the Mexican Army emerged victorious over the French forces of Napoleon III. The holiday, known as Cinco de Mayo, honors this battle of the people’s resistance to colonization, their demand for respect, their pride, resilience, and valor in the face of such immense threats to their sovereignty.
The playlist for this class draws from artists across the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) and is nearly entirely in the Spanish language.
This dance is crafted with the heartfelt intention to strengthen our sense of pride, dignity, and reverence for the challenges our ancestors faced to preserve (and save) their existence.
Somos Luceros – La Sonrisa: Dancing in Celebration of My Smiling Father
Class recorded June 20, 2021
Join us for La Sonrisa: Dancing in Celebration of My Smiling Father
My father passed away 19 years ago. It is my pleasure to celebrate him this weekend, on Father’s Day, in dance and in community.
My father was a tall and wide man with broad shoulders and long legs. As a glazier, he was always on his feet, cutting and carrying heavy glass and associated building materials, beautifying storefronts and apartment buildings all over New York City. In this dance we pay tribute to him by mobilizing our shoulders, hands, legs, and multiple smile lines!
This dance exploration is a tribute to the qualities my father passed down to me:
- Sonrisa – smiles
- Felicidad – happiness
- Chévere – being “cool”
- Esperanza – hope
- Fe – faith
- Optimismo – optimism
- Cariño – care and affection
He was also incredibly playful (juguetón) and had a deep abiding value for friendship (la amistad) so may these be threads we weave into our class this weekend!
The playlist is as diverse as my father’s taste in music was – he loved everything!
Somos Luceros – Vamos a Gozar: Dancing in Celebration of Abuela’s 103rd Birthday
Class recorded July 4, 2021
Join us for Vamos a Gozar: Dancing in Celebration of Abuela’s 103rd Birthday
It’s time again for our annual dance celebration to honor my abuela who turns 103rd this week! Each year we shake our hips to latin music and this year is super special as I have updated the playlist with songs that I know would make my abuela smile and dance in her wheelchair.
Vamos a gozar translates to “let’s enjoy.” One of my abuela’s favorite phrases, it captures her spirit and life motto so perfectly. She loves nothing more than to gather with people and have fun. For over 100 years she’s moved with a self-assured relaxed easy stride swaying her hips in a flowing skirt. It is a gloriously hypnotic sight.
Abuela would want us to dance in joy and enjoyment, and to shake our hips with playful abandon and confidence. Let’s do it!
Somos Luceros – Danza del Viento: An Embodied Exploration of Dancing with the Winds of Change
Class recorded July 18, 2021
Join us for Danza del Viento: An Embodied Exploration of Dancing with the Winds of Change
In the Cambridge dictionary, wind is defined as “a current of air moving approximately horizontally, especially one strong enough to be felt.”
Winds are a sign or signal to us that a change is coming. We can feel this in our bodies. They advise us to hold steady or to be ready for extraction and uprooting like a leaf blowing from a branch to the ground. Of course there are countless explorations in between; winds can affect our vision, hearing, skin, and our internal states.
In this dance, we are invited to explore dancing with winds of change. Together we fly, soar, glide, sail and surf. We play with embodying different types of winds: those that uproot us, take us off balance, lift us higher, support our glide across to a new plane of experience, allow us to swirl and ride through its blusters, currents and gusts, and those that usher in a fresh new beginning. This embodied exploration is a loving template to assist us when we feel change afoot in our lives.
Somos Luceros – Dance of Rest (La Danza del Descanso): An Embodied Exploration of Ease, Support & Replenishment
Class recorded September 12, 2021
Join us for the Dance of Rest (La Danza del Descanso): An Embodied Exploration of Ease, Support & Replenishment
“Rest speaks peace into the daily storms your mind, body, and spirit encounter.”
– Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
To rest is to place yourself in a position of support. It’s a practice of choosing ease in place of strenuous efforting. To rest is to allow yourself to feel replenishment. To rest is to lay down the weight and strain of internal and external pressures, demands, and stressors. To rest is to nurture a sustainable existence that feels peaceful, fully alive and recognizes energetic resources available.
In this dance we explore ways to cultivate rest even as we are in motion. We release the high expectations in our minds by getting into a flow state offered by simplicity. By choosing ease, we allow our hearts to recover from various feeling states. We practice pausing and resting into the support of our bodies so that we recenter and regenerate our energy. In finding our right rhythm of rest and activity, may our spirit experience revitalization.
Others (not yet recorded)
Cornflake Girl: Nia to the Music of Tori Amos
Much of my adolescent and early adult years were spent listening to the moody, emotional, rebellious, quirky, melodic and edgy music of Tori Amos.
Cornflake Girl: A Nia-inspired routine is a body of work I have crafted using the language and movement of the Nia Technique. The focus of the routine is modern dance, one of Nia’s 9 movement forms. The intent is explore various shapes, speeds and movement qualities, including the vast emotional range provoked by the music.
The choreography includes themes that repeat and invites us to play with shapes in space, to go inward and then outward, to be melodic and explosive, to be smooth and sharp, and to most of all explore the beauty, depth and breadth of emotional expression.
The routine is of my own creation and is not an official or endorsed Nia routine. Cornflake Girl is a 90-minute masterclass.