Dancing for Haiti One artist’s quest to help preserve the country’s culture and promote healing. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff The Jean Appolon Expressions dance company burst onto Boston’s arts scene in 2011. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Jean Appolon's artistic mission is to preserve Haiti’s cultural legacy through dance, and celebrate the connection between Haitian dance and the rites of Vodou ceremonies. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Dancers and drummers with Jean Appolon’s Expressions recently performed at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff The dance troupe performed at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Appolon (center) left Haiti for Boston in 1993 and later earned his degree at New York’s Joffrey Ballet School. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff “What dance has really taught me is how rich we are as Haitians and as people of African descent, and the impact of the Afro-Haitian tradition for dance around the world,” says Appolon. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff In Haiti, aspiring dancers with no access to training have been known to walk for hours to reach Appolon’s Summer Dance Institute, a competitive four-week program that offers free instruction and meals to 50 students each year Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Appolon's electric choreography, which combines modern technique and folkloric tradition, has drawn a diverse and growing audience to his company’s performances across New England. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff At The Dance Complex in Cambridge, Appolon's classes pack in crowds of 75 people or more spanning many ages, skill levels, and nationalities. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Dancers watched from the wings of the stage during a performance. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff “The kids really connect to what we are doing,” says Appolon.