This summer, JUNTOS conducts various workshops geared towards serving our communities as well as offering opportunities for supporters to learn more through a virtual experience. Learn about JUNTOS movement workshops, engage with Community Alliances, and watch virtual performances by current and past Dance Volunteers.

When + Where

Summer Series #1: Thursday, July 16-Saturday, July 18

Summer Series #2: Wednesday, August 12-Saturday, August 15

Summer Series #1

July 16-18, 2020

JUNTOSVirtual Summer Series #1 is a virtual series of workshops for our community alliance members taught by JUNTOSAlumni and Dance Volunteers. 

Take part of any of the following to participate and support:

  • Watch one of ten live workshops for select international Community Alliances.
  • Attend the Performance Viewing Party on Saturday, July 18th, 4:00PM PST.
  • Sponsor a Community Alliance dance class for $60. The JUNTOSVirtual Sponsorship package will help JUNTOS provide our Community Alliances with dance classes as well as financial support for the work they do in their specific communities.

Summer Series #2

August 12-15, 2020

JUNTOSVirtual Summer Series #2 will be a virtual workshop and webinar series highlighting the community development work our Community Alliances do in their towns and cities. Additionally, we are offering dance and movement classes to JUNTOS Familia, supporters, Dance Volunteers, Alumni and Community Alliances.

Take part of any of the following to participate and support:

  • Take a movement class or join a webinar!
  • Donate to JUNTOS or the community alliances we are featuring. 
Ticket details coming soon! Follow us on Instagram & Facebook (@juntoscollective) for real time updates!

Summer Series #2 Schedule

JUNTOS is offering movement classes taught by staff and alumni + webinars taught by community alliance members. All classes will be sliding scale $8-15. (Details subject to change)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

9-10 AM PST

JUNTOS Movement Workshop with Nicaphoto

This is a private dance/movement class for a JUNTOS Community Alliance. 

Rebecca Light

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

9-10 AM PST

JUNTOS Movement Workshop with Nicaphoto

This is a private dance/movement class for a JUNTOS Community Alliance. 

Devika Chandnani 

11-11:50 AM PST

Pilates

This pilates class is an open level class focused on core work, stabilizing the pelvis and lengthening the body. Bring a pilates/yoga mat, no other props necessary.

Michaela Ellingson

12:30-1:30 PM PST

Webinar: Growing Healthy with Nicaphoto

Learn about the sustainable practices non-profit, Nicaphoto is taking to ensure their students grow up to be strong, intelligent thinkers of tomorrow.

1-2 PM PST

JUNTOS Movement Workshop with Nicaphoto

This is a private dance/movement class for a JUNTOS Community Alliance. 

Devika Chandnani + Katarina Smith

3-4 PM PST

Webinar: School For All 

Learn about Margarita Tejada, a school for children and adults with Down Syndrome.

Faculty of Margarita Tejada

Friday, August 14th, 2020

10-10:50 AM PST

Yoga

Beginner/open level yoga. All levels welcome!

Tasha Hess-Neustadt

11-12 PM PST

Webinar: Women in Guatemala

Learn about the history of violence against women in Guatemala, what Refugio De La Niñez does to support victims of abuse and how art and education gives strength to the women and children they serve.

3-3:50 PM PST

Self Massage Techniques

Been needing a massage while stuck in your home? Taking from an array of practices like Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, Tui Na, Thai, and Shiatsu, this self-massage class can be done sitting. We will start with breath work and stretches before focusing on the head, neck, and upper limbs with care, and with the intention of creating space in the body through awareness.

Chelsea Hect

Hailing from Minnesota and based in New York City, Chelsea earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Minor in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase. Since graduating she has freelanced with artists including A-Y Dancers, GREYZONE, MeenMoves, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Megan Williams Dance Projects, and Ellis Wood. She has choreographed and performed work collaboratively at Chen Dance Center’s NewSteps and the West End Theatre’s Soaking WET Presents. Chelsea is also a licensed massage therapist and recent graduate from Pacific College of Health and Sciences.

4-4:50 PM PST

Latin Fusion

Join me for an energetic class based in latin dance: we’ll learn basic salsa steps and steps from other steps you can share at any party. Get ready to move and sweat for the entire class!

Coriselle Martinez

Coriselle Martinez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has trained with Mauro Youth Ballet Company, Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico, School of Fine Arts in Carolina, and School for the Performing Arts. Cori has worked in Guatemala, Mexico, and Colombia with JUNTOS Collective, which brings contemporary dance to underserved communities locally and abroad. Inspired by Alvin Ailey’s belief that “dance came from the people and should be delivered back to the people”, Coriselle has been driven to pursue a degree as a Dance Major and Theater minor in the Ailey /Fordham BFA Program and will graduate in May 2020. She hopes to expand her horizons across borders and around the world to spread dance to the people.

5-5:50 PM PST

Bachata

The perfect introduction to Bachata, a social latin dance. Throughout this class, we will learn the basic steps of bachata and finish with a combination of the steps. The content of the songs is taken into account for the whole family to enjoy!

Nestor Antonio Cifuentes Rodríguez

Nestor Antonio Cifuentes Rodríguez has been dancing since before he could walk, and specializes in Latin Ballroom dance. Nestor is the founder of Bakanos Dance Studio in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and co-founder Iniciativa Corazon y Arte, a collaborative performance company that offers free performances in low-income communities. Nestor travels all over the world to teach his master classes: El Salvador, Germany, Holland, Honduras, and Nicaragua; and throughout Guatemala.

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

9-9:50 AM PST

Yoga

This class will be a moderately paced vinyasa flow incorporating some elements of yin yoga. We will join together to unite our breath and movement in order to cultivate a sense of unity between one another and within ourselves.

Elise Gumbiner

Elise is a JUNTOS alumni, certified yoga instructor and recent graduate from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She believes in the power that community can have on the individual and is passionate about exploring how we can support one another on our own personal journey toward embodiment and healing.

10-11 AM PST

Seated Movement

If you have a body, you can dance! Seated movement is a class based off Dance for Parkinson’s Disease®, where participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. All you need for class is a chair and your body.

Georgia Lipari

More Information

Impact

Through JUNTOSVirtual we are able to continue to connect and create an impact from a distance. JUNTOS understands the real need for arts programming to provide mental-health relief and exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic in Latin America. We strive to strengthen relationships with these hard working organizations so we don’t miss a beat when we can get back to traveling. We miss our Community Alliance members and are looking forward to connecting! 

Some organizations we will work with include: 

  • La Alianza (Guatemala City): A center for women and children who are victims of abuse. 
  • Refugio Del Niñez (Guatemala City): A center for women and children who are victims of abuse. 
  • Nicaphoto (Nicaragua): A tutoring and afterschool program for children in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Nicaragua.
  • DIF (Mexico): A government run foster and safe home for youth.

Why Virtual?

Health and safety are top priority for our community and beyond, and while we will miss seeing your faces we want to offer another way of participating with us. Regardless of the situation, JUNTOS’s mission has always been driven by creating community through dance to overcome and embrace adversity. Our work often brings us to physically small spaces where people have endured tremendous hardships. We view this time as an important opportunity to get a little extra creative and continue moving together – juntos.