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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.




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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