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 is an international organization that uses dance to develop confidence, self-esteem, and collaboration. We use art to transcend barriers that divide, and most importantly, to educate, liberate, and build community.

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

Read a little more about the people behind the scenes that make up JUNTOS Collective.

Joanna Poz-Molesky

Creative & Executive Director

Amy McMurchie

Abroad & Local Programs Director

Catherine Keller

JUNTOSAmbassador Program Director

Ariane Michaud

Communications Director

Christian Barrios

International Relations

Sussan Hrozek

International Relations

Board Members

Read full bios here –>

Joanna Poz-Molesky, Creative & Executive Director

Rachel Higbee, Board Secretary

Michael McBride, Board Member

Sean O’Connell, Board Member

In the news

Dance Teacher Magazine, June 2017

“In Training: Beyond the Footlights”
Dance Magazine, March 2015
Read the full article here

“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