Moving Arts Española Performance Center Nearing Opening Day

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Moving Arts Española dancers perform. Courtesy image

Moving Arts Española New Performance Center Nearing Opening Day

ESPAÑOLA —  After months of work and a variety of different partners coming together to help, a new Moving Arts Performance Center is scheduled to opem its doors this Saturday, May 2, for the first ever performance in this new facility.

In March Moving Arts Española (MAE) and TSAY Corporation announce that they were working together on a joint effort through a five year lease, to reinvent/remodel the former Ohkay Owingeh ‘dome’ casino structure into a 6000 sq. ft. Moving Arts Performance Center. The circus-tent-like facility closed in 1999 and is located at 368 Eagle Dr. adjacent to the current Moving Arts Española classrooms.

MAE students can’t wait to be performing 
in their new theater! Courtesy image

Moving Arts Española has out-grown its current 7000 sq. ft. space, with more than 250 children and youth attending classes and events each week. The children come from the Española Public Schools, Taos, and surrounding rural villages to attend after-school classes in classical ballet, contemporary dance, gymnastics and tumbling, guitar, drama, visual arts, Spanish Flamenco, Mexican folk dance, vocal training, hip-hop and circus arts. MAE also provides integrated fine-arts classes during the school-day for students from the La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, and partners with the Ohkay Owingeh Boys and Girls Club. Classes include nutrition and traditional farming (acequia culture, heirloom seed science, traditional foods and culinary arts).

Innovative design of the stage and portable theater seating in the renovation process will allow the performance center to operate as a gymnastics and circus arts classroom when not in use for performances. The renovation project is made possible through a generous grant from the McCune Foundation, and will include a new music classroom and art gallery, in addition to the performance stage.

Innovative portable seating for adaptability.
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With over 400 hours of skilled community volunteerism, including the LANL Employees Community Gifting Partnership, the remodel has progressed at a fast pace since January, when the lease was finalized.

The 250 seat Moving Arts Performance Center will have a Grand Opening May 2, 2015 at 4 p.m.. and a second show Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.. The facility will provide affordable access to local nonprofit organizations to present community events, plays and concerts. A crowdfunding campaign on is ongoing to provide additional funds for the ambitious project.