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.


  • Early Bird Tuition: $795

  • Full Tuition: $995

  • Application Fee: $35


  • March 20, 2019: Financial aid applications due with $35 application fee.

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

  • April 22, 2019: All Applications due,with $35 application fee.

  • May 1, 2019 - First tuition deposit due

  • July 1, 2019 - All fees must be paid in full

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.