FAQ

What does JUNTOS mean

JUNTOS is the word for together in spanish. JUNTOS Collective is committed to intercultural exchange by bringing people together through dance.

JUNTOSLocal

Who is eligible to work with JUNTOSLocal?

Dancers currently enrolled in conservatory programs, dancers who have been placed in a JUNTOSAbroad trip, JUNTOS Alumni, as well as any dancer with significant training can work with JUNTOSLocal.

What kinds of communities does JUNTOSLocal work with?

Some of our current partners include:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Covenant House
  • Raphael House
  • The Janet Pomeroy Center
  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
  • True Care NY
  • National Dance Institute

Expect to work with anyone from local retirement communities, orphanages, shelters, immigrant communities, art spaces, and professional companies.

Can I participate one time, or does JUNTOSLocal require a longer term commitment?

Those traveling abroad are encouraged to participate in at least one JUNTOSLocal event prior to their trip. However, there is no long-term commitment required.

How do I sign-up?

Email JUNTOSLocal Director Alicia Delgadillo-  alicia@juntoscollective.org

JUNTOSAbroad

Who is eligible to travel on a JUNTOSAbroad trip?

Students from the following institutions are eligible to apply :

 

  • Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA and BA programs
  • The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Dance and Musical Theater Divisions)
  • Lines Ballet Program at Dominican University
  • The Juilliard School Dance Division
  • Marymount Manhattan University Dance Division
  • Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY

There are always exceptions, so if you relate to the JUNTOS mission and want to get involved, contact us at admin@juntoscollective.org

Do I need to know any Spanish to go on a JUNTOSAbroad trip?

Speaking spanish is NOT a requirement to travel abroad with us, however, knowing a few words before you leave is always helpful.  JUNTOS  provides you with a list of important words and phrases in our teaching packet so that you feel more comfortable upon arrival.

Is travelling to Central America with JUNTOS safe?

Absolutely! JUNTOS Collective works with trusted collaborators abroad to ensure that every JUNTOSAbroad trip is safe and well-planned.

What if my family needs to contact me while I am abroad?

Before leaving on your trip to Central America or Mexico, we will give you the contact numbers for each hotel or hostel where we will be staying, as well as a contact number for one of the collaborators traveling with you at all times. Remember that there will be wifi almost everywhere we travel: you will easily be able to communicate via email, Facebook or iMessage during your trip.

Recommended apps to stay connected:

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging application that allows iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia smartphone users to exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free.

Viber gives people all over the world the ability to connect through one-on-one messaging or group chats, voice or video calls. Viber can be used on iPhone®, iPad®, Apple Watch®,  Android™ phones and tablets, Windows Phone 8, Windows 10®, Mac, and Linux devices over data or Wi-Fi connections.

Skype allows these registered users to communicate through both instant messaging and voice chat. Voice chat allows telephone calls between pairs of users and conference calling. If you pay a little, you can call phones/landlines, access WiFi or send texts.

How much performing will I be doing? How much teaching?

Anticipate two activities per day, one workshop and one outreach performance. Each workshop rotates between three teachers, so if you’re not teaching you will be helping. Each performance can include up to four pieces performed per student.

Take a look at a sample itinerary here. [LINK]

What kinds of classes will we be teaching?

JUNTOS provides each student with our teaching packet [LINK] which is reviewed as a group prior to travel.

JUNTOS has the opportunity to teach in a variety of different communities, including different age groups (from 3 yrs to elders), cultures, and dance levels, so we like to be prepared for anything!

How long are the workshops/performances typically?

Workshops are between 1.5-4 hours. Performances often last between 30 min- 1 hour.

Do I need to provide the music when I am teaching? What kind of music should I bring?

Yes, as a JUNTOS dancer you will be responsible for providing music when you are teaching. Make sure to bring an ipod, cellphone or ipad with a few playlists ready to go. For more information, take a look at our teaching packet [LINK].

How do I learn the choreography that we will be performing?

Before travelling abroad, you will be sent all repertory via video with casting information. It is your responsibility to learn each dance prior to travel.

We will have minimal rehearsal time so  it is mandatory you show up knowing the choreography first.

Watch some of our rep from past trips here [LINK]

How much should I pack?

You are responsible for your suitcase the entire time you are traveling. JUNTOS will provide a list of recommended packing items based on your trip, the time of year and expected weather.

What kind of food will I be eating in Central America?

Expect to eat a lot of rice, beans and eggs  while traveling abroad!

Don’t worry, there will be some variety, however JUNTOS recommends that you stay away from all food that has been washed in the local water, all street food, and any fruit that does not have a peel.

If you have any questions about food while traveling, make sure to ask a collaborator before consuming. Please note that dietary restrictions may minimize options – we recommend all dancers bring plenty of snacks.

I am not quite ready to go abroad, but I like your mission. How can I get involved?

Take a look at our JUNTOSLocal Program! [LINK] With JUNTOSLocal, you will have the opportunity to participate in single day workshops and performances in either Boston, New York or San Francisco Bay Area.

JUNTOSAmbassador

Who is eligible to be a JUNTOSAmbassador?

Any current or former JUNTOS participant is eligible to apply for the JUNTOSAmbassador program. You must have participated in at least one JUNTOSAbroad trip.

What do you do in the JUNTOSAmbassador program?

The JUNTOSAmbassador program follows a syllabus for each of the four quarters. All Ambassadors and the Program Director meet once every two weeks to discuss a variety of leadership topics and receive guidance on their work. Ambassadors lead workshops and outreach performances in their local communities and are seen as a JUNTOS resource on their school campus for any interested participants with questions. The program ends with the summer capstone project.

What is included in the syllabi for the JUNTOSAmbassador program?

The first quarter is focused on an introduction to the program and learning how to lead JUNTOS workshops. The second quarter is focused on your leadership styles and how to write a project proposal, including a budget. The third quarter is focused on fundraising. The fourth quarter consists of the capstone residency/internship project.

Can I still participate in JUNTOSAbroad as a JUNTOSAmbassador?

Absolutely, however its funding and programming is separate.

Are Ambassadors compensated for their work?

The position of JUNTOSAmbassador is a volunteer position that includes training in fundraising for their Capstone Project.

What is the Capstone Project?

The Capstone project occurs during the summer when Ambassadors conduct a residency or internship with a partner organization in the U.S. or abroad.  This project is fully envisioned, designed, and funded by the Ambassador with the help of guidance and mentorship.