Teaching Artists

mina valle fajardo

Flamenco

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Image by NNMC

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.

peñasco Theater Collective

circus arts

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Image by The Rio Grande Sun

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.

 

 


christopher molla

music

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Image by Motion Pix Entertainment

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.

salvador ruiz

folklorico

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Image by Paulo T Photography

Salvador 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 the School Director.

Diana Orozco-Garrett

Creative movement / preballet

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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.