Youth and community outreach are a vital part of Javier’s vision as an artist, teacher and creator. Javier and his company use performance, post-performance discussion and workshops to provide people of all ages from diverse backgrounds with unique tools to confront their future with creativity, responsibility, confidence, strength and positivity.
Javier and his performers have brought the artistry and vocabulary of Dzul Dance to others through professional workshops and youth/ community outreach programs in the Virgin Islands, Mexico, South America, Europe, Canada and the United States.
Dzul Dance and Mexico The Campeche Youth Initiative is a project of Dzul Dance in collaboration with the Government of the State of Campeche, Mexican Cultural institute of New York and the Campeche Tourism Board. These organizations are committed to providing youth with opportunities to experience artistic creation, the creative process and performance in order to enhance their individual development and stimulate their artistic potential. This program has enabled young dancers from Mexico to travel, perform and study in New York and has created opportunities for them as professional dancers in Mexico. In October 2008 the Campeche Youth Initiative project was accepted to be part of the Performing the World Conference in NYC, an event that brings together artists, activists, community organizers, researchers, youth workers, psychologists and educators from 27 different countries. The annual conference is sponsored by the All Stars Project and the Eastside Institute for Psychotherapy. The conference offers numerous performances, lectures, films, workshops and networking opportunities. Thirteen young adults from Campeche traveled to New York City to perform alongside Dzul Dancers for two weeks. None had traveled outside of Mexico before.
Because of the success of the Campeche Youth Initiative Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) of Mexico and the Government of Campeche awarded Javier Dzul full funding to create La Compania de Danza Contemporanea del Estado de Campeche. The dance and aerial company has been performing and touring in festivals throughout Mexico since Javier founded the company in 2009. Since 2009 Dzul Dance and other sponsors have secured funding and visas for members of La Compania de Danza to study with and perform with Dzul Dance for two months in NYC every year.
Dzul Dance and the All Stars Project
Dzul has been involved with the All Stars project since 2008. The All Stars is an organization dedicated to the development of poor and minority youth through a performance based model. In the past three years Javier Dzul and his company have been involved with several of the organization’s leading programs including Youth Onstage, All Stars Talent Show Network, Castillo Theater, Development School for Youth and Dr. Lenora Fulani’s UX Program for community development.
In 2011 Javier Dzul received the All Stars’ PHAT Friend Award; an award given by young people to NYC’s unsung heroes. The award recognizes those adults who serve as community role models and leaders, supporting the growth and development of today’s youth.
Other outreach programs include:
Harlem Stage International Programming Series for NY Public Schools
Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, USVI
Cancun International American School, Mexico
Global Impact Group, Mexico
CUNY Graduate Center (sponsored by Center for Latin American Studies)
New Canaan Dance Academy, CT
Mano a Mano’s Indigenous Language Project
Boys & Girls Harbor Dance Conservatory of Harlem
The Hurley School, Boston MA
Orchard Gardens, Boston MA
American Indian Community House
Xcaret Outreach Initiative in Playa del Carmen
Lakota Youth Center
Professional Workshops & Classes
Within Dzul Dance resides a unique vocabulary and precise technique. Javier's company and his classes are a remarkable balance of strength, flexibility, athleticism and grace. Javier has taught professional classes & workshops in the US and abroad. In New York he teaches a company class at the NY Conservatory of Dance and is the aerial instructor at Chelsea Piers.
Professional workshops include:
'Mexico Espectaculo' principal performers Xcaret
Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
Colegio Nacional de Danza, Mexico
Universidad de Veracruz, Mexico
Cisne Negro at Emproart, Brazil
Festival Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico
Arena Ballet School, Switzerland
Millbrook School, New York
South Carolina Dance Company
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance