Community Classes

Community classes in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s Teaching Artists and hosted at professional dance studios in Queens, Staten Island, Red Bank (NJ), and New Rochelle. The program, for both children and adults are focused on folkloric dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, teamwork, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The program is by voluntary donation for youth and low cost for adults. Everyone is invited to this unique arts experience made up of fun, movement, music, and learning. Follow Calpulli Community on Facebook for updates, and learn more about youth and adult classes below!

Las clases comunitarias de danza y música son dirigidas por los artistas de enseñanza de Calpulli y toman lugar en los estudios profesionales de baile en Queens, Staten Island, Red Bank, y New Rochelle. El programa, tanto para niños como para adultos, se centra en la danza folclórica y las tradiciones musicales de México. El entrenamiento incorpora lecciones de historia, fundamentos en danza y música, trabajo en equipo, y apoya un estilo de vida saludable y activo. El programa es por donación voluntaria para jóvenes y bajo costo para adultos. Todos están invitados a esta experiencia artística única compuesta de diversión, movimiento, música y aprendizaje. ¡Sigue a la Comunidad Calpulli en Facebook para obtener actualizaciones y aprende más sobre las clases de jóvenes y adultos a continuación!


Instructions For New Students

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins to register the new student.

To prepare, please arrive with:

  • a white T-shirt
  • leggings or shorts
  • hair swept up in a tight bun

Youth Dance & Music Programs

Click on a location to show schedule and address:

Spaceworks (Queens)


33-02 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

Entrance on 34th Street


Regular Schedule

Sundays beginning September 9th, 2018
Please see note about December 2, 9, and 16 below

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Students 5-8 years old, Studio B
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Students 9-12 years old, Studio A

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Students 13 years +, Studio A
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Adult beginner, Studio B

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Beginner Guitar (minimum age 8 years old), Music studio
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Beginner Guitar Class (minimum age 8 years old), Music studio
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Intermediate Guitar class (minimum age 8 years old), Music studio
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Beginner Accordion class (minimum age 10 years old), Music studio

Special Schedule For December 2, 9, and 16 Only

10:00am – 11:30am: Students 9-12 years old, Studio A
10:00am – 11:30am: Student 5-8 years old, Studio B

11:30am – 1:00pm: Students 13+ years old, Studio A
11:30am – 1:00pm: Adult Beginner, Studio B

10:00am – 11:00am: Beginner Guitar Class (2 classes combined), Studio D
11:00am – 12:00pm: Intermediate Guitar Class, Studio D
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Beginner Accordion Class, Studio D


Fridays, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Calpulli Fridays is a class for dedicated, self-motivated students of all ages who want an additional day of classes. Classes focus on expanded training in Mexican folk dance along with extended training in ballet, movement fundamentals, and choreography. Interested students must approach Teaching Artists to be considered for the the additional class. Thank you to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for his support and making this additional resource possible.

Calpulli Fridays es una clase para estudiantes dedicados y auto-motivados quien buscan entrenamiento adicional. Las clases se enfocan un entrenamiento extendido en folklorico y ademas entrenamiento en ballet, fundamentales de movimiento, y coreografia. Estudiantes interesados en esto deben acercarse a los Profesores de Calpulli. Gracias al Concejal Jimmy Van Bramer por su apoyo en hacer esta clases posible.

New Rochelle Public Library

1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801

SUMMER session 2018:


Week 1
Monday, August 6
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8 NO CLASS
Thursday, August 9
Friday, August 10

Week 2
Monday, August 13
Tuesday, August 14
Wednesday, August 15 NO CLASS
Thursday, August 16
Friday, August 17


2 PM – 4:30 PM

Final Performance/Presentacion final:

Saturday, August 18, 1 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island)
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Saturdays beginning September 8th, 2018

9:00am – 10:00am: Students 5-8 years old
10:00am – 11:00pm: Students 9-12 years old
11:00am – 12:00pm: Students 13+ years old

The Count Basie Center for the Arts (Red Bank)
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701

September 15th, 2018 – December 8th, 2018


1:30pm – 2:45pm: 7 -12 years old

2:45pm – 4:00pm: 13 years + including Adults

East Elmhurst Community (Queens)
2625 97th St., East Elmhurst, NY 11369

July 9th – August 9th

Mondays and Wednesdays

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Calpulli Community at the East Elmhurst Community School is open to matriculated students at the school and their families. Please contact us at if you feel you meet these requirements or speak directly with school administration.

***Class July 18th is canceled/La clase del 18 de julio esta cancelada en East Elmhurst Community School***

***Class on July 24th will have an additional hour from 11am to 1pm/La clase del 24 de julio tendra una hora adicional de 11am a 1pm.***

Classes for Adults in Queens

Dance Classes

The primary goal of the class is to provide adults of any age access to high quality dance training with a Teaching Artist, to progress in this training, and to yield the benefits of dance in one’s life, including joy, conditioning, overcoming challenges, and many more.

Display current location and schedule
Spaceworks, 33-02 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Sundays beginning January 28th, 2018

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Adult beginner, Fee for Adults: $15/ class

Music Classes

Calpulli Music is a program by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company that aims to provide access to high quality musical training on instrumentation related to Mexican music. The donation-based to low cost classes are open to all and target the Mexican and Mexican-American community. The goals of the music classes include enriching people’s lives with the joy of music, training and education on an instrument within the context of Mexican culture, and sharing the experience through performance.

Display current location and schedule
Spaceworks, 33-02 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Sundays beginning January 28th, 2018

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Beginner Guitar class, Fee for Adults: $10/class – Begins March 25th

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Beginner Guitar class, Fee for Adults: $10/class

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Intermedia Guitar class, Fee for Adults: $10/class

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Beginner Accordion class, Fee for Adults: $10/class

Parent Testimonials

Pre-Teen Student with Calpulli Community

"Sweat beading down my face. Smiling at the hundreds of people in the audience. Four months ago I never thought I would be dancing on the stage of the famous Alvin Ailey Studios in Manhattan with my fellow classmates. All I hear when the dance ends is cheering and applauding as my family embraces me with joy."

Brooklyn Public Library, Programs & Exhibitions Department

"We received a great response and appreciation from the audience (both kids and adults) after the program. We love the unique and energy filled programing you continually bring."

Brooklyn Public Library

My daughter’s Headstart teacher noticed she had a special talent for dance, and urged me to find a dance program for her. But when I began to look around for programs, all them were unaffordable for me as a single mother who had recently lost my husband. I felt so sad thinking that I couldn’t develop her gift because of our economic situation. Then, by chance, I found Calpulli. Even during weeks when we were struggling to pay for food and rent, I knew we would be able to go to class. The program provided a constant for my daughter every week. I feel like Calpulli has been an angel for our family.

I could not be happier to have my daughter enrolled in Calpulli. In a nurturing environment, she learns about her parents’ culture and gets to know other kids like her. Now my daughter realizes she’s Mexican, and when she hears a song, she says, hey that’s our song! It’s also a great experience for the parents. I’m always running around working, so I don’t even have time to sit down and breathe. At Calpulli, while our kids are in the class, the parents have time to connect. I met so many strong mothers, and I honestly feel that their support got me through some hard times in my life.