By Juan Carlos Pinto



Coopdanza, Inc is an interdisciplinary art, media and educational organization that produces dance and multimedia experiences inspired by the wisdom of Indigenous American Cultures. We engage in local and international collaborations to create ARTivism, performances, community projects and public education programs that generate environmental awareness and social connectivity.


We exposed environmental conflicts and the implications for all peoples while reinforcing Indigenous knowledge and heritage. Since 2006 our productions had a strong live artist presence on stage supported by spoken word, video installations and live music.

Between 2006 and 2019 we created arts and education programs in Public Schools funded by LMCC in 2004 and  2005; produced Amerindians: the return, 2008; The return of the Condor, 2011 (funded by NMAI/Ford Foundation); Moving into the Fifth Age, 2012-13 (funded by Dance USA); Oil Spill at Indian Land, 2014 (funded by Puffin Foundation); B'alm Ajpu (funded by Queens Council of the Arts 2016) for the Indigenous Festival E.C.S.P  in partnership with the Anthropology Department at John Jay College, CUNY; Tatanka vs the Black Snake (funded again by QCA 2017 and in partnership with the Queens Public Library).


In 2017 we received our first grant from DCA/CDF of the City of New York to outreach underserved populations with our Educational Programming and to support the inception of a new environmental children friendly piece: Quetzalcoatl vs the Black Snake.

In 2018 we created Kiwe/Uaque a site-specific piece at the Queens Museum of Art in October 2018, funded by QCA/NYSCA, Communities Arts Program and by DCA/CDF.


In 2019 we created our sister organization Coopdanza, Inc/Colombia seeking to re-connect and exchange efforts of communities North/South. We want to exchange and create a network or a sisterhood of tribes and communities, rural and urban, especially women and children supporting each other.

Coopdanza, Inc/Colombia in an Artistic Residency at the Universidad de Antioquia and its Facultad de Artes, were funded by The Ministry of Culture of Colombia a grant to domestic touring of the reposition of the first part of Kiwe/Uaque en el SuR to participate with Teatro La Guagua in Pasto, Colombia, during the Carnaval de Negros y Blancos. The Complete piece premiered in March 14th at the Teatro Universitario Camilo Torres.

In 2020, Coopdanza, Inc/USA with the support of public funds from the National Endowment of the Arts, NEA and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, administrated by LMCC, will produce Pikajiraa Suma 2020, a virtual  International Indigenous Cultural Festival in October/November 2020. 

Our public attendance event was postponed for March 2021, due to the Covid-19 health crisis and was additionally supported by the Dance NYC's Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund.

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Nasa and Yanacona dancers in "The Return of the Condor" in Popayan, Cauca, Colombia. 2011