Creating Art & Serving Community: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Inc.

Arts and Culture

Our story

“Calpulli” is a word from the Nahuatl language that means clan, big house, and family.  The name was chosen for Calpulli Mexican Dance Company because it represents our connection to community and to the vision that celebrates that community with the performing arts.  We humbly request your support to create artistic works that celebrate our immigrant community and the outreach programs that serve individuals of all ages to learn and explore.

Hailed as a “terrific company” by the New York Times, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will create new productions in 2018 that tell stories of the Mexican and Mexican-American experience with dance and music. Acclaimed productions “Dia de los Muertos” and “Boda Mexicana,” have captured wonderful facets of our rich cultural legacy, and many more stories are left to tell.  It’s important for our own community to tell these stories. For this, we need your support to pay artists (dancers, musicians, choreographers, wardrobe designers, photographers, and more), rehearsal space, administrative & management staff, and to bring the performances to stages across the USA and beyond. Your donations will help Calpulli tell our stories with the universal languages of dance and song.

Calpulli believes in a cyclic relationship between art and community. For this, in 2006, Calpulli Community began as a program of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.  Beginning with 6 students in a small studio in Queens, NY, the program now serves over 200 students every week at Spaceworks & East Elmhurst Community School in Queens, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New Rochelle Public Library, and the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank (NJ). Students of all ages learn dance fundamentals including of course Mexican folk dance and can also learn music through guitar and button accordion classes. Not only do students learn skills in the performing arts, they connect to a culture and community that needs appreciation of its people more than ever before. Calpulli Community is based entirely on donations for youth to assure access and to remove all financial barriers. Your donations will support the development of the next generation of artists.

Thank you for learning about Calpulli Mexican Dance Company and our mission. Please share our message with others in any way. On social media, you can write “I supported my Calpulli! #calpullidance #calpullimexicandance”

And, of course, thank you for your support and donations.



Anais Zafra

In honor of Calpulli dance students Billy and Laura Bonilla!


Crystal Deosaran, Cielito Baby LLC

I believe in Calpulli's mission and I am grateful for the organization having such an impact for me and my family.



Gracias por promover nuestra cultura!


Charles Batista

In honor of my abuelita, Pilar Espejo, who originated from Ticul, Yucatan, and came to NYC in the 1920's.


Count Basie Theatre

We are so grateful to have you as our partners and look forward to continuing to grow the great work and community in Red Bank


Linda Maxwell

Go Calpulii! Love you all and miss you!


To my Calpulli family with love!


Lisa Labrado


Yvonne L. Scudiery



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