Dance in the Desert: A Gathering of Latinx Dancemakers
Coming to Douglas, AZ/Agua Prieta, SON in May!

Latinx dancemakers from across Arizona will gathered in Tucson from May 15-19, 2019, for the second annual convening of Dance in the Desert, a unique opportunity for the Latinx dance community to come together, deepen relationships, and expand research for the field. Dance in the Desert 2019 engaged Arizona-based Latinx choreographers and dancers in a choreography retreat and professional development series that supported the development of new work. The gathering featured workshops by renown choreographers Liz Lerman and Ana Maria Alvarez.

Conceived and organized by Tucson-based choreographer and dancer Yvonne Montoya, the inaugural Dance in the Desert was a first of its kind convening for Latinx dance artists of the region. In its second year, Montoya hopes to deepen the conversation around the community’s unique assets and potential.


Conceived and organized by Tucson-based choreographer and dancer Yvonne Montoya, Dance in the Desert brought Latinx dancemakers together for three-day gathering Inaugural convening held in Phoenix, April 26-28, 2018.  Dance in the Desert included a choreographer’s jam, meetings among dancemakers and arts administrators, and research interviews. The three-day convening concluded  with a community share-out and public reception.  Dance in the Desert arrived at a critical point for Latinx dancemakers: a moment of aesthetic innovation grounded in the experiences of Latinx communities. Montoya envisions the gathering as a pilot for future Latinx dance initiatives. To realize her vision, Montoya engaged a diverse set of partners, including Safos Dance Theatre; AZ ArtWorker, an initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts funded by a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; Liz Lerman LLC; Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center; and Projecting All Voices, an initiative launched by ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and supported by ASU Gammage. This project received support from WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts. The inaugural Dance in the Desert occurred during Montoya's post-graduate fellowship at Arizona State University. For more information about this project click here, here, or here.

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Dance in the Desert 2019

Images courtesy of Yvonne Montoya & Dance in the Desert. Photos by Dominic AZ Bonuccelli