Our Programs

JUNTOS engages professional and pre-professional dance volunteers in community-building projects in the U.S. and Latin America. We conduct free dance workshops and performances in orphanages, migrant safe houses, centers for HIV+ children, hospitals, grade schools, retirement homes, dance groups with lack of funding, and more.

JUNTOSAbroad

A two-week intercultural exchange program for pre-professional college dance volunteers.

JUNTOSAmbassador

A one-year leadership program culminating in a 4-12 week project abroad teaching with a community alliance.

JUNTOSImmersion

A nine-day immersive trip designed for international and U.S. pre-professional dance volunteers to collectively develop outreach programs in their local communities.

JUNTOSLocal

Outreach in Boston, New York and Northern California.

 

JUNTOSPro

A ten-day trip for professional dance volunteers to create a dance piece with a Mexican arts organization and perform in vulnerable communities.

JUNTOSYouth

A nine-day trip for advanced teen dancer volunteers that incorporates dance, community outreach, & cultural exchange.

JUNTOSAbroad

A two-week intercultural exchange program for college students in professional dance programs structured to enhance artistic and personal development through dance service work.

College-aged dance volunteers travel to Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico or Nicaragua to teach modern dance workshops, take world dance classes conducted by our international community alliances, and participate in public performances that include student choreography. Dance volunteers will conduct dance workshops and performances in orphanages, migrant safe homes, centers for HIV+ children, hospitals, grade schools, retirement homes, and dance groups with lack of funding. Through these experiences, dance volunteers are encouraged to dig deeper into their relationship with dance.

Colombia

August
This program engages artists in community-building workshops in Colombia, with a heavy focus of working within rural, public schools.

Guatemala

June
This program focuses on what art can offer in a third-world country. Dance volunteers travel for nine days through the Guatemalan highlands, engaging in community outreach in Mayan villages and urban centers.

Mexico

January
This program focuses on collaboration with women, children and indigenous cultures in southern Mexico. Dance volunteers engage in intercultural exchange through performance and workshops throughout Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Nicaragua

This program engages with our lowest income community alliances. Dance volunteers focus on smaller, rural areas.

JUNTOSAbroad will not be traveling to Nicaragua in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There it was… Humans from different parts of the globe, TOGETHER (JUNTOS) in every way that they could be, experiencing something, telling their story together, fearlessly, and letting me witness the beauty that we all are. And when nothing else in the world makes sense, I will know that life can be this beautiful, and that is enough for me.”

Holly WilderBoston Conservatory '14

The great thing about JUNTOS is that it takes this idea [that the understanding of different cultures is what will bring peace to the world] and connects it to concrete actions.

Marisa MartinAiley/Fordham '11

“I feel like I have reached a level where it’s not just me out there. No more me against the world. Instead it is me dancing WITH the world, FOR the world and everything in between.”

Alicia DelgadilloAiley/Fordham '12

JUNTOSAmbassador

A one-year leadership program where individuals create a strong foundation for future endeavors by developing skills such as writing proposals, creating budgets, and successful fundraising. This program culminates in a 4-12 week project abroad.

JUNTOSAmbassador invests in passionate individuals by providing mentorship within a one-year volunteer contract. Ambassadors will support the JUNTOS mission and build leadership skills through a variety of opportunities, that include training in time management, project proposals, budget writing, and successful fundraising. Ambassadors will put this knowledge to use in a final capstone project, where they will organize a larger scale project, spending 4-12 weeks abroad immersed with one of the JUNTOS partner organizations and their community.

Over the course of one year, ambassadors will:

  • Partake in bi-monthly online learning sessions (includes webinars, reading materials and teamwork).
  • Be paired with a mentor to help accomplish goals (after the 60 day trial period)
  • Conduct outreach activities as applicable as part of JUNTOSLocal programming
  • Attend networking opportunities.
  • Organize and partake in a 6-12 week capstone project.

All past JUNTOSAbroad participants are eligible to be Ambassadors (alumni and current students). Visit the application page for more information regarding the application process. View past Ambassador Capstone projects here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNTOSImmersion

JUNTOSImmersion is a nine-day immersive trip designed for international and U.S. pre-professional dancer volunteers to collectively develop outreach programs in their local communities. The goal of the immersion trip is to create sustainable arts programming internationally that remains and develops beyond the initial JUNTOS engagement.

Similar to JUNTOSAbroad, JUNTOSImmersion works with college-aged dance volunteers to teach dance and perform with our international community alliances. While JUNTOSAbroad is focused on integrating dance volunteers with community alliances, JUNTOSImmersion takes this one step further and works side by side with an international dance group to teach dance workshops and performances together in local commuinities and surrounding areas. The goal of each immersion trip is to create sustainable international programming.

Mexico

January
This is a nine-day trip to Oaxaca, Mexico designed for Mexican and U.S. pre-professional dancers. JUNTOS brings together U.S. dance volunteers and Oaxacan artists to collectively develop dance outreach programs in local communities that would otherwise have low or no access to arts education and arts programming.

Nicaragua

July
This is a nine-day trip to Managua, Nicaragua and surrounding areas designed for Nicaraguan and U.S. pre-professional dancers. JUNTOS brings together U.S. dance volunteers and Nicaraguan artists to collectively develop dance outreach programs in local communities that would otherwise have low or no access to arts education and arts programming.

JUNTOSLocal

JUNTOSLocal includes outreach carried out by select JUNTOS representatives in Boston, New York, and Northern California. These JUNTOS dance volunteers work in communities that are not granted much art exposure such as public schools, after-school programs, retirement homes, hospitals, amongst others.

Year-long outreach

Throughout the year, JUNTOS partners with select community alliances to conduct dance performances and workshops. Through these workshops and performances, JUNTOS inspires confidence and self esteem amongst a diverse community.

San Francisco Week

April, 2020: A week-long program for dance volunteers to develop a network of creative and globally-aware leaders. SF Week includes outreach, exchange, and performance, and is currently by invitation only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNTOSPro

A ten-day trip for professional dance volunteers to create a dance piece with a Mexican arts organization and perform in underserved communities.

JUNTOSPro is for professional dancers (ages 24+); these dance volunteers work with a Mexican arts organization to create a dance piece. This curated piece will be performed in underserved communities. In addition, volunteers: teach dance workshops; take world dance classes such as salsa or bachata; and learn about the culture of Oaxaca through activities like Mezcal tastings, meeting local artists, and field trips. 

Artistic growth includes:

  • Deepened performance and pedagogy skills. 
  • Connections to other dance professionals in the United States and Mexico.
  • An Increased understanding of dance’s place in the world (and maybe your own place in the world as well!).

Sample Itinerary

2020 trip dates: Friday, March 27th – April 5th.

Day 1: Arrival + Orientation 
Day 2: Visit Monte Alban ruins; class + rehearsal for collaborative piece; salsa dance lesson 
Day 3: Rehearsal for collaborative piece; dance outreach
Day 4: Rehearsal for collaborative piece; dance outreach

Day 5: Trip to Mezcal distillery (Palenque) to perform 
Day 6: Rehearsal for collaborative piece; dance outreach; free time
Day 7: Rehearsal for collaborative piece; dance outreach; salsa dance class
Day 8: : Rehearsal for collaborative piece; dance outreach; public performance
Day 9: Dance outreach; public performance in town center
Day 10: Salida (Goodbyes and departures) 

JUNTOSYouth

A 9-day trip for advanced teen dancers incorporating dance, community outreach, and cultural exchange.

JUNTOSYouth is designed for advanced youth dance companies or groups (with students ages 14-18) to perform in underserved communities while immersing themselves in Oaxacan Mexican culture. At this time application is by invitation only to entire youth dance companies.

Experience + opportunities includes:

  • Performances in underserved communities such as foster homes, hospitals, retirement communities & more
  • Dance classes in Mexican ballet folklórico dance
  • Cultural classes such as cooking & ceramics
  • Workshops with contemporary Oaxacan dancers
  • Day trips to places such as the ancient ruins of Monte Alban and artist workshops
  • Outdoor performance in the center of Oaxaca
  • Make new dance friends from the United States + Mexico!

Artistic growth includes

  • Increased understanding of personal performance skills
  • An idea of how art might be able to better the lives of others
  • How dance can be a universal language
  • A larger toolbox of dance vocabulary
  • Deeper knowledge + understanding of Mexican culture
  • Spanish language skills