About us

JUNTOS Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses dance to develop leadership and community building in underserved areas. JUNTOS works with university volunteers, providing dance workshops and offering dance performances with select communities nationally and internationally. Each year, JUNTOS works with numerous organizations in Boston, New York, San Francisco and internationally in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. We collaborate with organizations such as orphanages, public hospitals, retirement homes, centers for HIV+ children, homeless shelters, and more. Volunteer programming is open to select university dance BFA students.

History

JUNTOS was founded in 2008 by Ailey/Fordham BFA student Joanna Poz-Molesky. Originally intended for a one-time international trip to Mexico in 2009, JUNTOS quickly expanded to an organization bridging performance, community outreach, and intercultural exchange. Today, JUNTOS conducts three programs from one-day outreach opportunities to year-long leadership work. JUNTOS continues growing each year: outreach trips, artists involved, collaborators, and workshops among many more aspects.

Mission

JUNTOS cultivates international community through shared dance experiences. Our professional college dancers volunteer and invest in our programs to provide dance opportunities to underserved communities. Working primarily with Latin-American based organizations, JUNTOS uses the art of movement to inspire confidence, self-esteem, and collaboration.

Vision

JUNTOS aims to provide all participants with tools to explore the capacities of their creative expression of dance in a safe space that fosters individuality, diversity and unity.

We strive to offer our volunteers an immersive experience, fostering globally-aware, service-oriented leaders. We target pre-professional dancers who are exploring the role of dance in society, and provide these volunteers with a platform to develop their language of dance within a global community.

With these volunteers, JUNTOS aims to provide dance exposure primarily to Latinx underserved communities, local and international, such as women’s safe homes, migrant and immigrant centers, foster homes, retirement centers, hospitals, and youth programs. Through movement workshops, we hope participants discover new creative expressions that invite and encourage confidence, self-esteem, and self-expression.

We seek to foster an international community by developing and sustaining ongoing relations, and by building a network of people from different backgrounds who will become creative leaders.

Partnering Organizations

JUNTOS works with many organizations in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Listed are organizations JUNTOS currently has strong relationships with or are working on creating more in depth relationships with. This list does not include the various hospitals, small communities, or retirement homes we work with.

National

California
  • The Janet Pomeroy Center, San Francisco Link
  • The Raphael House, San Francisco Link
  • Canal Family Support, Kid’s Club, San Rafael Link
  • Covenant House, Oakland Link
  • East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Link
New York City
  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Link
  • Covenant House Link
  • True Care Link
Boston
  • Rosie’s Place Link
  • Covenant House Link

International

Guatemala
  • Casa Guatemala, Itzabal Link
  • Hospicio San Jose, Chimaltenango Link
  • Los Patojos, Jocotenango Link
  • School of the deaf and blind in Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
  • CEIPA, Xela Link
  • Education and Hope, Quetzaltenango Link
Mexico
  • Community of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca
  •  Fracción de Juchitan de Zaragoza
  •  Centro Cultural de San Cristobal
  •  DIF Nacional LinkA government protection system based throughout Mexico. JUNTOS’ experiences with them include performances in retirement homes, women’s refuge centers, and centers for disabled adults and children.
Nicaragua
  • Casa Alianza, Managua Link
  • Fundación NITCA Link
  • NicaPhoto Link
  • Asociación Mary Barreda Link
  • Escuela de Comedia y Mimo Link

Staff

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Joanna Poz-Molesky - Oakland, CA

Founder; Executive Director

Amy McMurchie - San Francisco, CA

Abroad & Local Programs Director

Ariane Michaud - World Traveller

Communications Director

Sussan Hrozek - Xela, Guatemala

International Relations

Christian Barrios - Xela, Guatemala

International Relations

Julia Horner - New York, NY

East Coast Programs Manager

Karly Burton - New York, NY

Administrative Assistant

Board Members

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Joanna Poz-Molesky, Founder; Executive Director
Sean O’Connell, Treasurer
Rachel Higbee, Secretary
Catherine Van Ness, Board Member

In the news

Dance Teacher Magazine, June 2017

“In Training: Beyond the Footlights”
Dance Magazine, March 2015
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“Dancing Across Borders”
East Bay Express, 19 November 2014

“Connecting Cultures through Dance”
San Francisco Chronicle, 24 January 2014

“Presentan colectivo de danza contemporánea”
El Quetzalteco, 19 January 2013

“Compañías de Oaxaca y Nueva York en intercambio”
Noticias, 28 May 2012

“Fordham Conversations” (last three minutes)
WFUV: 12 December 2009

“Art as Exchange: Director of JUNTOS Reflects After Mexico Trip”
Fordham University Observer: 23 September 2009

“A New Dance Program Comes to Fordham”
Fordham University Observer: 25 February 2009

Other:

“Dancing’s an International Language”
San Jose Mercury News, 27 September 2010

Across the Floor: “Bridging Cultures & Campuses”
Dance Magazine, January 2010

“JUNTOS: From NYC to Mexico City”
Fordham University Observer: 29 April 2009

“Trabajan JUNTOS por la comunidad”
El Diario: 7 April 2009