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day two: colaboración

Un día llena de ensayos, talleres, y intercambios!

A full day of activities! We are thrilled to begin our adventures with old friends. We begin with rehearsals, then break up into small groups to teach modern dance workshops with these old friends: dancers from Xela. Following teaching, we (U.S. students and Xela dancers together) get to take a bachata dance workshop with Nestor Rodriguez, director of Bakanos Dance Studio! To finish off the evening, we will dine at Café R.E.D. and Cultural Center, a fusion of art and social change to improve and empower individuals and community.

“Collaboration” from Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada, dancer from LINES/Dominican

It has been an overwhelming and incredible two days. This is my second trip, and I feel that JUNTOS has taught me so much, and has so much left to teach me. A part of this experience that feels so incredibly powerful is the ability to facilitate collaboration and cultural exchange.

Teaching workshops always makes me very nervous at first, but as we taught today I remembered the incredible joy that comes with sharing dance. I remembered that teaching is not a solitary act, it is completely collaborative in nature. Taking the workshop was an amazing reminder of this as well. Being immersed in a different culture reminds me that humanity is so much more than my single perspective. This knowledge of my smallness within the big picture makes me feel both more connected to the people around me, and to myself. I am reminded that collaboration is not only helpful; it is actually necessary to us as artists and human beings.

“Colaboración” de Tiko Skates, breakdancer en Quetzaltenango 

JUNTOS Collective es una compañía llena de vida! La visión del grupo es poder ejercer a nivel mundial la virtud de poder bailar algo que nazca con el corazón. Las bailarias son importante para crecer en fundamentos artísticos lo cual nos ayuda en estilo mejorar técnica y presentación y la forma de aprender es como el nombre: JUNTOS.

Estoy muy contento de compartir experiencias llenas de alegría y momentos inexplicables. La ventura con JUNTOS es algo inexplicable. JUNTOS nos ha ayudado a trabajar en familia esforzarnos y poner a todos en un buen ambiente. JUNTOS ha venido a quebrantar distancias entre academias y aunirnos como familia seguiremos siendo parte de JUNTOS porque estamos en sintonía. Somos arte, somos danza, somos cultura, y lo más importante: Somos familia. I love JUNTOS!