Mina Valle Fajardo, “Mina” has received extensive training in flamenco, Escuela bolero, jazz, tap and ballet. She has taught in the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts in Santa Fe, the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, the Spanish Institute of Dance in Houston, Texas, and the Fazil Dance Studio in New York City. Fajardo has performed in Japan, New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Houston, Maryland and Albuquerque and has made several appearances on television in Manhattan, New Mexico and Japan. In Santa Fe, She has performed at the Santa Fe Opera and in the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival at the Lensic Theatre. She currently performs with Chuscales and Juan Siddi at Local Tablao in Santa Fe.
Sonya Gonzales has been teaching youth drama classes for 15+ years. She has a degree in theatre, has acted in more than ten full productions, and has directed twice as many shows. Sonya is an enthusiastic child-at-heart with specialty experience in fantasy, make-believe, and helping dreams come true. Sonya's drama classroom is a great place to learn real life lessons such as empathy, respect, and creative problem solving. In her classes, students are encouraged to be themselves and ask questions. They explore the who, what, when, where and why of everyday life, then use their imagination to turn it inside out and upside down to create their own worlds. Theatre games help students discover more about themselves and others through physical and mental challenges- developing concentration, public speaking, leadership, and team building skills while still maintaining the fun and giggles side of play.
Devon Hoffman grew up in Albuquerque, where he acted in his first stage play in the second grade. He graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a BA in English and Theater, then joined the Peace Corps soon thereafter. Assigned to serve with a small island community in the Philippines, he taught English and Theater at the community high school. Also as part of his service, he worked with a national theater company to conduct theater workshops in his community. Then he returned to the States in September 2015 and discovered Moving Arts, where he soon became involved with several projects—including a community-dialogue theater workshop in collaboration with Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center. Recently relocated to the region, Devon looks forward to deepening his work with the vibrant and dynamic community that surrounds and supports Moving Arts.
Learn more about Devon and his writing projects on his website, https://www.devonjameshoffman.com/
Whitney is a classically trained dancer in the Cecchetti method, and has continued her training in various modalities for over 25 years. She’s a former apprentice with NDI-NM and former Teaching Artist with VSA-NM/North Fourth Art Center, where she also served as the artistic director for the professional mixed-ability dance company Buen Viaje Dance from 2016 - 2017. Whitney currently works as a arts writer and performs in several collaborations in Santa Fe, including with the Center for Contemporary Art, Meow Wolf, AHA and others.
Christopher Molla is a culture worker who devotes the majority of his creative energies to music, sound art, poetry, music education, and research in these areas. He composes for instrumental ensembles, makes electro-acoustic pieces, writes songs, and does sound design for theater and teaches guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, recording studio, and pre-K music classes for MAE. He briefly tasted rock stardom as a founding member of the now venerable, though still notorious, Camper Van Beethoven. Christopher earned his BFA in music from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MA in Music Education from Mills College and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. He performs with the group Small Birds of Sound.
Katherine received her BFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Native American Studies and Cultural Psychology. She attended California Institute of Arts for her MFA in Experimental Film/Video, studying abroad avant-garde film and Curatorial Studies in Paris, France. Based in abstraction, Katherine's work includes 16mm film, video, sculpture, collage, performance and installation. Katherine completed a performance art residency in Olympia, WA, and her solo and collaborative works have exhibited nationally in galleries, theaters and public spaces. Besides art-making, Katherine has farmed across the rural U.S and has created sustainable urban community gardens in Minneapolis, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Her art-work reflects her love of the ephemeral in nature, often utilizing natural and found object materials. Katherine is particularity interested in creating a bridge between art and farming, growing food and creativity within urban public spaces. Katherine is thrilled to get creative with students at Moving Arts!
Diana Orozco-Garrett has been teaching dance to children of New Mexico for over 15 years. She is the choreographer for Pandemonium Productions and teaches dance for the after school programs and summer camps at Rio Grande School in Santa Fe,NM. Additionally, Diana teaches Creative Movement, Tap and Zumba at Casablanca Dance Studios. She worked as a choreographer and teacher at NDI New Mexico for 14 years. She trained in Dallas, Texas at the Lucy Philen Dance Studio and at Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse. Diana has been teaching creative ballet and pre-ballet classes at Moving Arts since January 2017.
Circus Arts classes at MAE are led by artists from the Peñasco Theater Collective, "founded in 2000 to provide creative opportunities for the diverse residents of the rural, marginalized Peñasco region fifty miles north of Santa Fe, NM. The PTC operates out of the 75 year-old Peñasco Theatre and coordinates year round, high quality arts programs rooted in mutual respect, self determination, and community building." Participating teaching artists from the collective include Alessandra Ogren, Serena Rascon, Kayo Muller, and Freyr.
Sal was born the eighth child in a family of nine siblings in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1966. He began dancing Mexican Folklorico in elementary school and continued training through high school. He danced with a number of companies from 1985-89 in Guadalajara. Since 2008, Ruiz has worked as a teaching artist at Moving Arts Española and through the Española Public Schools, teaching dance and visual arts to hundreds of K-6 children. In 2008, he co-founded Moving Arts Española with Roger Montoya, and is currently the Executive / School Director.