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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, the organization continues New York and San Francisco community outreach as well as numerous annual international trips, constantly expanding its program to other communities lacking performing arts. JUNTOS continues growing each year: outreach trips, artists involved, collaborators, and workshops among many more aspects.

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Timeline

2008————————————————

  • JUNTOS Collective is established by Ailey/Fordham BFA sophomore Joanna Poz-Molesky

 

2009————————————————

  • New York Community outreach program founded to offer workshops and performances in Manhattan elementary schools and retirement homes.
  • 12 dancers from The Ailey School/Fordham University, The Juilliard School, and SUNY Purchase engage in a successful tour to central Mexico for two weeks of performance and intercultural exchange


2010————————————————

  • JUNTOS: Guatemala is established. For the first time, JUNTOS travels to the Guatemalan highlands to teach, perform, and share dance in schools, orphanages, retirement homes, and other communities that seldom encounter modern dance.
  • JUNTOS expands to California to work with students from the LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University.
  • Northern California outreach program founded to offer workshops and performances with various communities


2011————————————————

  • Atrezzo Marketing, a marketing firm in Guatemala, teams with JUNTOS to organize all future outreach trips in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua


2012————————————————

  • JUNTOS decides to offer two trips to Guatemala: one in January and one in March. Michael McBride, dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, participates in the first JUNTOS Guatemala trip in January. Michael was to participate in the first JUNTOS trip to Mexico in 2009 until he was offered a contract with AAADT.
  • The Collective is funded $9500 from KickStarter and through it, the Costa Rica and Nicaragua outreach trip is established
  • JUNTOS expands to work with BFA dance students from Boston Conservatory


2013————————————————

  • After 2 years of hard work, JUNTOS is granted its 501(c)3 non-profit status
  • JUNTOS conducts its first flash mob in Guatemala! This is also the very first flash mob to be conducted in Xela’s parque central (the second largest city in Guatemala)


2014————————————————

  • Director Joanna Poz-Molesky and JUNTOS Collective are granted honors of Distinguished Visitor to the City of Xela – an honor similar to receiving the key to the city
  • JUNTOS invite two new members to join the Board of Directors
  • The various JUNTOS programs are distinguished and new program directors are established: Rachel Higbee takes on Program Director for JUNTOSAbroad and Catherine Keller is invited to be Program Director of JUNTOSAmbassador