Denise Carlos, MSW

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Denise Carlos grew up in the Huntington Park neighborhood of South East L.A. with her older sister and parents.  Her father is from Mexicali, Baja California and her mother from Amacueca, Jalisco and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970’s to work and raise their family. One of Denise’s nicknames growing up was “Diantre”- meaning “little devil” in Spanish. Speaking mostly in double-entendres, she is known for her silly humor and comedic nature.  Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on women and children from Loyola University, Chicago and works on the daily to help develop critical thought around community feminisms, sexuality, and self-love.  She has been dancing folklorico for over half her life! When she is not with Las Cafeteras, you will find Denise zapateando with Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles. Two of Denise’s favorite life teachings are “Que Viva La Vida” and “Dance as if nobody is watching.”