New York and San Francisco
JUNTOS: New York is comprised of professional student performing artists who wish to integrate performing art and community outreach. The collective teaches and performs in various locations, focusing on communities that are not granted much art exposure. Artists engage and dialogue with new audiences while sharing their gifts with others.
This project offers a select group of dancers the opportunity to travel and tour for two weeks to central Mexico for an international and intercultural exchange through dance. Artists perform in cities and present their choreography beyond New York’s boundaries. Members explore both traditional and contemporary dance cultures: they train and learn repertoire with groups and choreographers like Jaime Camarena’s company Apoc Apoc, a professional modern dance company in Mexico City. Participants engage in exchanges with ballet folklorico groups (Monserrat Guitierrez’s Mexican youth baile folklorico company Ollin Yoliztlin) as well as perform at international dance festivals. JUNTOS dancers are encouraged to initiate leadership particularly while teaching movement in orphanages and to the local community. Through JUNTOS: Mexico, artists combine their professional dance world outreach in local communities, orphanages, and retirement homes.
JUNTOS: Guatemala focuses on what art can offer in a third-world country. Dancers travel for nine days through the Guatemalan highlands, engaging in community outreach in Mayan villages and urban centers. JUNTOS participants teach dance workshops in public and private elementary schools and perform for communities unfamiliar with contemporary performing arts. In addition, dancers exchange with other artists in Quetzaltenango, exploring various traditional and contemporary expressions. JUNTOS: Guatemala offers dancers venues to perform for large public audiences.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua
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