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day one: familia

Un día llena de ensayos y viaje!

JUNTOS U.S. students arrived in Guatemala City yesterday! Today, we are hopping on the shuttle bus with Don Lucas, our trusted driver for the past four years, and driving four hours to the beloved Xela (where we are Distinguished Visitors to the city). Today is a day of preparation for the adventures ahead!

“Family” from Ariane Michaud, dancer from Boston Conservatory

It is the beauty of sitting in a car with people that I may have just met, and singing; Dancing with someone who does not speak the same language, and understanding; sharing a meal, and getting to know a stranger; seeing friends from the past and remembering the moments that we shared.

As we embark on this trip to Guatemala, returning to this country and seeing friends that I have only had the privilege to communicate with through the internet, has made me feel very nostalgic and yet excited. I think back to the numerous hours I have spent with JUNTOS dancers in the past, rehearsing, talking, sharing, I am reminded of the beauty of human connection through movement, and the communication that evolves from this alone. JUNTOS brings us together in ways I can never truly grasp, friendships are formed so quickly and I am reminded of how vital sharing these experiences are to being happy and to understanding why we do what we do.

No matter what trip I am on, where I am or who I am with, JUNTOS feels like nothing less than family. There is a comfort in knowing that this family extends to numerous countries, schools, hospitals, and people who all understand the same idea. JUNTOS is human connection, sharing, giving, learning, loving. So here is to another week of working hard, making friends, eating well, creating memories and dancing with family.

“Familia” de Nestor Rodriguez, bailarina en Quetzaltenango y director de Bakanos Dance Studio

JUNTOS Collective es un proyecto de danza el cual es muy especial ya que tiene como objetivo crear una comunidad de danza, dicha comunidad es mas que eso puesto que con cada visita a diferentes partes del mundo el lazo que se crea es más el de una familia y no solo de una comunidad de personas que bailan.

Todo esto es posible al grado de humildad que tienen los bailarines que conforman JUNTOS collective junto con el carisma de cada uno hace que sea imposible no desarrollar en tan poco tiempo un gran cariño. En visitas de tan poco tiempo como tres o cuatro dias las experiencias son inolvidables y eso hace que con cada visita crezca este  afecto.

La idea de JUNTOS Collective es ayudar a personas por medio de la danza, compartir con las personas el arte y la magia que ellos poseen de una forma en la cual ellos no reciben mas que aplausos en agradecimiento es lo que hace admirable el grado de humildad y a la vez son un ejemplo a seguir. De tal forma el trabajo de JUNTOS Collective es lo que hace que a los lugares donde vallan siempre crearan y harán mas fuerte el lazo de familia.