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Supporting dance unique to the US-Mexico borderlands experience

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A series of dances embodying the oral traditions of Mexican American, Hispanic, and Chicano communities in the American Southwest. 

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Supporting  Arizona-based dance artists and performers while introducing their work to new audiences.


Building and creating a community between U.S.-based dance artists and dance artists from Latin America.


Stories from Home Audition annocement





Safos Dance Theatre is holding open auditions for highly skilled and experienced dancers with a strong technical background for paid company positions for the national tour of Stories from Home. Company and Apprentice positions are available. Position requires a two-year commitment. Contract runs from January 2025-December 2026.

Searching for dancers with strong technical background in modern or contemporary dance with integrity, strong artistry, and exceptional performance skills. Dancers must be open to performing on traditional concert dance stages as well as outside in the desert, in museums, in classrooms, in hotels, and in high school auditoriums. Looking for dancers who are easy going, flexible, kind, open, and authentic. Dancers must be willing to try new foods, meet new people, and devise work with community dancers. Looking for dancers who possess a love of travel (especially road trips). A willingness to be involved in the behind the scenes aspect of the tour is a must. 

Auditions will include learning phrases taught in person and learning from video. Rehearsal blocks and performance information will be provided in advance with rehearsals occurring in Phoenix, AZ.


  • Must be ages 18+

  • Must be willing and capable to travel domestically and internationally for performances

  • Must be available to travel to rehearsals in Phoenix and other locations throughout the Southwest

  • Must be eligible to work for a US-based employer and hold a valid passport

  • Must be able to learn from video

  • Must be self motivated 

  • Must be comfortable, respectful and positive while working in new communities 

  • Must be able to communicate clearly and in a timely manner and maintain an up-to-date dancer calendar for touring


  • Dancers with previous touring experience

  • Bilingual Spanish/English

  • Dancers available to travel for long periods of time 

  • Dancers willing to drive and hold a valid US license

For questions and more information, please contact:

About the project: Stories from Home  is a series of dances embodying the oral traditions of Nuevomexicano, Chicano, and Mexican American communities in the American Southwest. Choreographer Yvonne Montoya, a 23rd-generation Nuevomexicana, and an all-Mexican American cast of dancers draw upon personal histories and ancestral knowledge, including stories from Montoya’s great-grandmother, grandmother, great-aunts, and father. With palpable theatricality, moving spoken word, a movement aesthetic informed by vibrant ancestral and contemporary sources, and universal themes of love, family, and home, Stories from Home  brings largely underrepresented Southwest Latino American experiences and histories to the stage. Themes in Stories from Home include: The Bracero Program, 1940s Americanization programs, the creation of the Atomic Bomb in Northern New Mexico, family, love, and querencia.

About the company: Safos was founded in 2009 by Yvonne Montoya (Nuevomexicana/Xicana) and Michele Orduña (Tohono O’Odham) to provide a space for dance artists with the aim of moving towards racial, ethnic and geographic equality in dance. Safos’ mission is to create contemporary artistic forms that reflect the common experiences of our diverse community. Focusing predominantly on Latine dance artists, Safos focuses on encouraging innovative movements and embracing the use of aesthetics and art forms unique to the Southwest to represent the cultural diversity of the US/Mexico borderlands.

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Premiere footage of Stories from Home 

October 28th, 2023

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Washington D.C.


Artistic Director: Yvonne Montoya

Dancers: Ruby Morales, Esteban Rosales, Lauren Jimenez, Luz Zarina Mendoza-Orduño, David Bernal-Fuentes with Yvonne Montoya and Salvador Martínez-Montoya

Rehearsal Assistant: Delia Ibañez, Baylie MacRae

Lighting Designer: Clint Bryson

Music: Samuel Peña with a song by Salvador Martínez-Montoya Digital Animator: Wesley Creigh

Costumes: Kelsey Vidic, Mary Leopo + Team

Dance Films: Dominic AZ Bonuccelli

Sizzle Reel: Baylie MacRae



As featured on the National Performance Network Artist Blog.


Pajarito delves into the story of the Atomic Bomb’s creation in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Through the lens of choreographer and Nuevomexicana Yvonne Montoya, the production explores the tragic repercussions of the Atomic Age across four generations of her family, blending dance and spoken word.

As part of the larger series Stories from Home, which celebrates the oral traditions of Nuevomexicano, Chicano, and Mexican American communities in the American Southwest, Pajarito offers a poignant portrayal of love, family, and home. “I think the real remarkable part of this dance is that Yvonne is able to tell it from her vantage point and express the history that represents so many families from Northern New Mexico, specifically the Pojoaque Valley and the Española Valley,” says Dr. Myrriah Gómez, author of Nuclear Nuevo México. “And she just does it from a place of personal transformation.”

As the founder of Tucson, Arizona’s Safos Dance Theatre alongside Michele Orduña (Tohono O’Odham) and the creative force behind Stories from Home, Montoya draws inspiration from her great-grandmother, grandmother, great-aunts, and father’s oral histories to bring underrepresented stories to the stage.

Video Essay: Baylie MacRae
Choreography, Text & Performance: Yvonne Montoya
Dancers: Esteban Rosales, Ruby Morales, Luz Zarina Mendoza Orduño, David Bernal-Fuentes, Lauren Jiménez
Music: “Pajarito” by Samuel Peña
Costume: Mary Leopo and team
Animation: Wesley Creigh
Advisor: Dr. Myrriah Gómez
Commissioners: Su Teatro, GALA Hispanic Theatre

Safos Dance Theatre

is a small non-profit dance company founded in Tucson, AZ in 2009. We collaborate with other Latino serving and AZ-based organizations to offer programs that fulfill our mission. 

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