JUNTOS was founded in 2008 by Ailey/Fordham student Joanna Poz-Molesky (FCLC ’10). Originally intended for a one-time international trip to Mexico in 2009, JUNTOS quickly expanded to an organization bridging performance, community outreach, and intercultural exposure. JUNTOS established their New York community outreach program in January 2009, teaching and performing in Manhattan elementary schools and retirement homes. In August 2009, twelve dancers from The Ailey School/Fordham University, The Juilliard School, and SUNY Purchase engaged in a successful tour to central Mexico for two weeks of performance and intercultural exchange. Shortly following this event in March 2010, JUNTOS traveled to the Guatemalan highlands for nine days to teach, perform, and share dance in schools, orphanages, retirement homes, and other communities that seldom encounter modern dance.
JUNTOS continues with its New York community outreach, expanding its program to other communities lacking performing arts. The company additionally has repeated each trip annually. JUNTOS continues growing each year: outreach trips, artists involved, staff, and workshops among many more aspects.