After a successful collaboration with Compañia Estatal on Wednesday, today we returned to their school for day 2 of our working together. This time, JUNTOS Dance Volunteers led a dynamic cardio warmup for the company, as well as exercises in Horton technique. Then JUNTOS was treated to a full modern class in the Cunningham technique, graciously led by Maestro Manuel. To conclude our time together, Dance Volunteer Mia taught the company her “Community Combo”, to be performed in our final show along with other groups who had learned the combination! It was a beautiful day of exchanging through dance, and a very special opportunity for JUNTOS students to work with professional dancers in the same class setting.
After lunch and some time to rest, we traveled outside of Oaxaca city to a town called Etla, where JUNTOS led a workshop for a local dance studio called VaganovaETECO. They had combined several levels into one group, and created an amazing outdoor space that was big enough for us to hold class. Following this class, Brooke, Mia, and Rhapsody performed Sydney’s choreographic work “Bailar Conmigo” for the students. Upon finishing, the teachers and parents had prepared two amazing surprised for us: First, a master class with a guest teacher in pre-Hispanic dance! And second, a homemade meal of tortas and tostadas, with agua fresca to drink. We spent another hour eating together, playing games, taking photos, learning about each other’s favorite things, and making friendships to last a lifetime!