Jose Mateo!

Posted: June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are all SO excited to be performing at Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Festival! We will be showcasing works-in-progress from our past week in the BCA that we feel strongly connected to and we hope that our work will resonate with you as well. Here is some more information on the FREE Festival, which also offers FREE dance classes, FREE performances, and lots of other (FREE) wonderful activities for you dance lovers out there!

…Oh and by the way, the whole event is FREE so there really is no excuse not to come. Perfect addition to any Boston Pride celebrations!!!

Below is more information about Jose Mateo and the entire festival. Enjoy!

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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Presents

“Fourth Annual Dance for World Community Festival

in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Saturday, June 9, 2012


From Ballet to Hip Hop, Square Dance to Modern,

over 15,000 people expected at this FREE all-day, indoor-outdoor celebration showcasing dance as a positive force for social change

 Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre proudly presents the “Fourth Annual Dance for World Community Festival”, free and open to the public, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Harvard Square,Cambridge, in and around the Old Cambridge Baptist Church (traffic closed to Harvard St. from Ware to Quincy Streets).  The dance-based Festival showcases dance as a powerful force in bringing people together to work and celebrate for a better world.

 “The Dance for World Community Festival, the first dance festival of its kind in this area or any where, was created to respond to a number of needs within and beyond the dance community,” says Artistic Director Jose Mateo.  “The response from the participants and community at large has been phenomenal over the past three years.  Amid the fun, entertainment and provocative performances, people are getting the point: that dance can play a larger role in engaging and shaping community.  This year we will be enhancing each of the components; more performers, more classes and more surprises, all to raise more awareness about the critical social and environmental issues to which we should all be paying attention.”

In collaboration with the City of Cambridge, other arts, civic and social advocacy groups, and with support from the local business community, the Festival will present an array of dance performances, classes, and an interactive dance celebration:

12:00 pm-7:00 pm: varied dance performances by over 50 New England dance companies and youth troupes and introductory classes for adults and children in ethnic, classical and contemporary dance forms

7:00 pm-10:00 pm:  “Dancing in the Street,” a come-one, come-all block party with live music and entertainment into the night. 

 Over 15,000 people are expected at the Festival to experience the powerful works by the area’s most accomplished dance companies including Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, BoSoma Dance Company,Contrapose Dance, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Sokolow Now! and inspiring youth troupes such as Boston Arts Academy, OrigiNation, Inc. and Triveni Ensemble.

Thirty of Greater Boston’s social advocacy groups will participate in the Festival with informational booths and representatives available to engage the public in their critical work.  The Festival uses the power of dance to connect people to the important work being accomplished by social service agencies, environmental organizations, social justice activists and more.

The Festival offers a follow-up event on Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm with, “TALK ABOUT DANCE!”, a series of discussions and workshops which focus on expanding the role of dance in communities through partnership, leadership, education, and outreach.  The event will bring together diverse members of the dance community and other sectors to discuss the underutilized potential of dance — in all its forms — as a powerful force in creating social change.

Festival partners to-date include the City of Cambridge, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the BostonDance Alliance, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Harvard Square Business Association. 

 For more information, call (617) 354-7467 or visit us at

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