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.
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 an arts writer and performs in several collaborations in Santa Fe, including with the Center for Contemporary Art, Meow Wolf, AHA and others.
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.
Cristian Madrid 19, has been with Moving Arts since he was 7 years old. Has been teaching gymnastics both as a mentor and as a coach for 6 years now.
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.
Gina Trujilllo is a writer, artist, stage actor, and all-around geek. Her specialty is sequential art, cartoon portraits and anime-inspired styles, and she uses both digital and traditional mediums. Growing up, she was homeschooled and privately tutored, went on to get a degree in Fine Art at NNMC, and a certificate in comic book history from The Smithsonian Institute. Over the last 15+ years, she has acted and stage managed in a number of theatrical performances. As the co-founder of Bobble Kitty Comics, an online comic company, she writes and draws collaborative stories, and has joined in a number of comic anthologies outside of the Bobble Kitty brand. She is most excited when watching art students of all ages and styles explore their creativity.