Alvin Mayes’ research involves making dance for diverse communities. In summer 2012 he was invited to Manta, Ecuador to work with contemporary dance company Compañía Ceibadanza. Los Ojos Sobre Manabí, which he created there, was accepted into XI Festival Internacional “Fragmentos de Junio” 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In summer 2013 he received a grant from the Greenbaum Charitable Foundation to return to Ecuador to create a new work for the youth of Manta, Escenas del Oeste, and a collaborative work with Compañía Ceibadanza: Momentos en Tiempo (por fotografías de nos famílias) and Desdamona.

Mayes works regularly with Montgomery College in Rockville and the Community College of Baltimore County CCBC at Essex.

He has made new works regularly for Montgomery College each spring since 1985. Some recent works there are: Lullaby to Morning Song 2015, From the Stoop 2014 with a score created by Jeffrey Dorfman and  Shadow of the Shades 2013 collaborating with composer Bernard Meiterman to create an original score A Fond Good-by.

In January 2016 he created As Quiet As … with the dancers of CCBC.  He has also created Dream Catchers 2103 and Early Fall 2011, which was choreographed as a 10 year remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy. Performed for the Baltimore city-wide memorial concert at Dundalk Community Center.

He worked collaboratively with Theatre Professor Scot Reese for: The Me Nobody Knows, In the Red and Brown Water, The Colored Museum, Sophisticated Ladies, and Free to Sing for the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore, Rockville, Maryland.