Alvin Mayes’ research involves making dance for diverse communities and creating music for theatre and dance. In summers 2012 and 2013, he was invited to work with Compañía Ceibadanza in Manta, Ecuador. The residency included community engagement, master classes for the youth dancers and using dance to promote the industry of Manta. His dance, LOS OJOS SOBRE MANABÍ, was accepted in the adjudicated XI Festival Internacional “Fragmentos de Junio” 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. His return in summer 2013 was supported by a grant from the Greenbaum Charitable Foundation to specifically create a new work ESCENAS DEL OESTE for the youth of Manta.  He received another grant Spring 2021 from Greenbaum Charitable Foundation to create CHASING THE MOON/CROSSING JORDAN, a short dance film for dance alumnus Atlas Hill.