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In 2011, CONTRA-TIEMPO launched Futuro. For its first three years, Futuro existed only as an intensive two-week dance program, held in the summer for high school and college-age youth from across the country. The program has grown over the years to include professional artists, activists and educators. During the Summer Dance Intensive, participants become grounded in our Urban Latin Dance Theater technique. This technique is rooted in Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican traditional and social dance forms, as well as urban and contemporary forms,  and it epitomizes art as social action, incorporating leadership development, community-building strategies, and social theater techniques such as Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed.

The Futuro experience includes rigorous dance and movement workshops, discussions about socio-political history and current events, theatre play, and self-exploration exercises. The participants come away with a greater sense of their power as artists and leaders. For those pre-professional dancers hoping to join CONTRA-TIEMPO or another professional company, the Summer Dance Intensive is a perfect training ground

Futuro is grooming the futuro, or future, of CONTRA-TIEMPO, thus ensuring the artistic sustainability of our senior company (epitomized by the fact that half of our current senior company matriculated through the Futuro program). And more importantly, Futuro is grooming the leaders of the presente. The NOW.

2019 Summer Dance Intensive

Our 2019 Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) will be July 29- August 9 at the Loyola Marymount University. Tuition is $995, and includes the $35 non-refundable application fee, all tuition expenses, and a CONTRA-TIEMPO t-shirt. A limited number of half scholarships are available to qualified students. *** We are having technical difficulties, thank you for your patience.


Early Bird Tuition: $795

Full Tuition: $995

Application Fee: $35


  • March 20, 2019: Financial Aid Applications due, with $35 application fee : If you are applying to the program and need financial assistance, this is your deadline!! You will need to fill out the general application, as well as the financial aid application (both below). All financial aid is for 50% reduced tuition. (Please note: Your application will NOT be considered complete and will not be screened without payment of the application fee.)

  • April 1, 2019: Early Bird Deadline: Entire program is $200 off if application is paid in full by the deadline. (Total Due: $795)

  • April 22, 2019: All Applications Due, with $35 application fee : If you are not applying for financial aid, this is your deadline. (Please note: Your application will NOT be considered complete and will not be screened without payment of the application fee.)

  • May 1, 2019 - First tuition deposit due

  • July 1, 2019 - All fees must be paid in full (Please Note: All fees must be paid in full in order to participate)


  • General Futuro Application: To download click here!

  • Financial Aid application (Please note: you will have to also submit the first two pages of your/your family's 2018 IRS 1040, as well as a recommendation letter.): To download click here!

Financial Assistance: (To help support the cost of the Futuro SDI, you may consider applying for these individual student/artist grants)

  • The Flourish Foundation offers tuition support for "exceptional high school or college-aged students pursuing a path in the arts who are in need of financial assistance for their academics. Specifically, we provide scholarship funds to support Los Angeles youth who are interested in training, studying or working in the performing arts through participation in performing arts education, training programs, and/or intensives. All programs must take place in the Los Angeles area and be within an academic institution." Click on the link that says "Tuition Grant Application".

  • The Center for Cultural Innovation's Quick Grant Program provides artists up to $600 of support for professional development. Please contact Laura for more information before applying.

Snapshot of the 2016 Summer Dance Intensive 

The 2016 Futuro Summer Dance Intensive was held June12-June 23 at the Loyola Marymount University Dance Program's campus. Our theme was Joy as a Form of Resistance. We explored social dances of the US and Afro-Latin Diaspora: hip-hop, samba de roda and samba reggae, LA-style Salsa, Salsa Rueda, Rumba, Comparsa, Festejo, and modern. In our Art-as-Social-Action workshops, we looked at critical race theory, intersectionality, alternate models of wealth and capital, and the power of practicing gratitude.  

Our 2016 participants:

  • Were 24% male | 72% female | 4% two-spirit

  • Hailed from Oakland, CA, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Miami, FL, Umeå, Sweden, London, England, and Los Angeles, CA

  • Had studied dance for less than a year or for more than 3 years

  • Were 19% African-American| 14% mixed-ethnicity| 60% Latino| 7% other ethnicities | 66% Spanish-Speaking

  • Were 100% POWERFUL :-)

 Testimony from 2016 SDI participants:

Because of Futuro... I am REBORN!!...I've learned what my "powers" are...I can embrace my voice and the voice that is created through my movement...I am more of an unapologetic dancer...

I was angry a lot before realizing how powerful dance could be in the movement for change. It has been a blessing to find peace through Futuro.

Before Futuro I'd lost hope in action-oriented community-building. But I have seen what community healing is capable of.

I am now more trusting of myself, confident in who I have become as a dancer, scholar, artist, activist, and lover to all.

We are grateful for and honored to be in partnership with Loyola Marymount University's Dance Program, as the host of our 2019 Summer Dance Intensive. 





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CONTRA-TIEMPO has partnered with Community Coalition's

SCYEA program to bring you a summer experience catered

specifically to young leaders ages 13-18. At the completion of

this program students will be awarded a $50 stipend and tools

to better serve and advocate for their community.


Learn. Grow. Create. Move.

Community Coalition's youth program, South Central Youth Empowered thru Action

(SCYEA) trains and develops African-American/Black and LatinX high school students

in South LA to push for reforms that disrupt the school to prison pipeline. SCYEA builds

leadership capacity for students to organize themselves and their peers and lead

campaigns that combat systems of oppression, and demand equity and resources for

both their school systems and the South Los Angeles community. Students will maximize

their full potential, become agents of change, and prepare for college and success in

the 21st century economy.


CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company creating

physically intense and politically astute performance work that moves audiences to

imagine what is possible. CONTRA-TIEMPO believes that art and action are two sides

of the same coin, as they both require the ability to create what does not yet exist. By

engaging communities as participants and witnesses of arts experiences tied to their

beautiful humanity, we endeavor to simultaneously awaken their sense of themselves as

artists and as social change agents.

Click here to download the application!

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CONTRA-TIEMPO is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. One of the most effective and powerful ways we do this is through our dynamic work with youth. We have partnered with over 40 schools, colleges, and universities, and we continue to share our dance-as-social-action pedagogy work for thousands of young people across the nation each year. We are dedicated to the growth and development of more self reflective and engaged young artists.

Though we tailor our performance and residency work for each group we work with, we primarily use Salsa to express the complexity of resistance and struggle for Latinos and communities of color in the U.S. Part of our mission is creating dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power. 

We are proud to have developed long-standing partnerships with East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy, Foshay Learning Center, UCLA Lab School, the Cal State dance program, and Loyola Marymount University. 




CONTRA-TIEMPO's Teacher Professional Development

CONTRA-TIEMPO has led scores of professional development workshops for educators across the country. Founding Artisitic Director, Ana Maria Alvarez, has significant classroom teaching experience, from elementary through graduate school levels, including having devised the UCLA Lab School's dance curriculum. All company dancers also receive formal training in effective teaching strategies and are seasoned teaching artists. Each workshop that we offer is tailored to the needs of the audience. Some of the sessions that we have led include:

  • The pedagogy and practice of socially-transformative dance for democracy

  • Social dance as a tool for building literacy in English language learners

  • Movement and literacy across the disciplines 

  • Art as social action

Resources for teachers, from our workshops

If you participated in a CONTRA-TIEMPO teacher professional development workshop, feel free to download the corresponding resource guide or presentation materials below: 

Malpaso Dance Company "24 Hours and a Dog", The Music Center: Los Angeles, CA: December 1, 2017

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Los Angeles, CA: April 5, 2017

Dance for Schools, Birmingham, AL: January 20, 2017

Catalyst Conference, Los Feliz Charter School, Los Angeles, CA: April 2016





Futuro's impact is far greater than solely being a space for young dancers to learn choreography. It is about developing the whole person--an artist comfortable in the ways her body moves, a thinker confident in sharing his ideas and asking questions, an individual who believes that she is connected to a greater whole and who has genuine compassion for humanity. Futuro builds dancer leaders who move through the world creating what they know to be right and good. More than half of our professional Senior Company matriculated through either the Futuro Summer Dance Intensive or the Junior Company. Beyond that, though, Futuro is inspiring beautiful change. 

Hear these testimonials of current Futuro members, describing how being part of the CONTRA-TIEMPO familia is shaping their social, creative, and intellectual development. Consider supporting their continued growth, by contributing to our $10,000 Futuro Fundraising Campaign to support Scholarships & the program.

Futuro member, Jose Richard Aviles, describes how his 10-year relationship with CONTRA-TIEMPO has helped shaped his chosen career path, using creative social work with LGBT youth.

Futuro member, "East Los" Liz, discusses how significant it is that CONTRA-TIEMPO's work addresses stories that aren't heard in mainstream media.

Futuro member, Sandra Parra, describes how she found "meaningful movement" through CONTRA-TIEMPO.