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. During this 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 intensive dance and movement workshops, discussions about socio-political history and current events, theatre play, and self-exploration exercises lead young people to come away with a greater sense of their power as dancers and as 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.
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:
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 2016 Summer Dance Intensive.
In 2014, we recognized that it was critical to build a continuum of dance leadership development, as there are few spaces where youth of color and low-income youth can access that honor and teach their cultures, that encourage and cultivate their critical minds, and that nurture their development as whole, healthy, visionary leaders.
Our Junior Company is a year-round pre-professional program for high school youth that:
Junior Company members do not need prior formal dance training. They just have to have a passion for dance, a passion for developing into the leaders they know they can be, and a passion for helping transform the world.
The Junior Company meets and rehearses twice per week in master classes led by CONTRA-TIEMPO's professional company and by the Futuro Program Director. Participants form a close bond through team-building work, organized outings to cultural and social events, and stretching themselves and supporting each other to be vulnerable, genuine artists.
All rehearsals for the Futuro Junior Company take place at the Loyola Marymount University Dance Program's beautiful, professional dance studios.
The Futuro Junior Company does not charge for participation, but in order to help support the costs of the program, we ask all participants to become "Gotitas", through our monthly membership program, G.O.T.A.
(You can download and bring the completed application with you to the January 25th audition, or you can complete it at the audition. We recommend that you complete it beforehand, so you can spend more time on it!):
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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.
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 ambitious $30,000 fundraising campaign to support the Futuro program.