Grant Recipient Details


Tucson, AZ

Project Title
Stories from Home
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Stories from Home is a series of dances embodying the oral traditions of Latinx communities in the Southwest. Choreographer Yvonne Montoya draws upon personal histories as well as ancestral knowledge, including stories from her great-grandmother, grandmother, great-aunts, and father. Montoya began to develop Stories from Home after her father’s passing in 2015; compelled to continue his storytelling tradition for her own child, she turned to dance. Stories from Home is a vessel for personal and specific tales, while also offering a broader look at various languages, geographies, histories and cultural traditions throughout the Southwest. The all-Latinx cast of Stories from Home originates from communities throughout Arizona and New Mexico, and includes Nuevomexicana, Mexican American, Xicana, and immigrant artists. 

Estimated Artist Fee: $15,000-$20,000/performance; $25,000-$30,000/week.

Presenter Partners

  • Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (Tempe, AZ)
  • Community Performance & Art Center (CPAC) (Green Valley, AZ)
  • Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Washington, DC)

Tour Coordinator

Michelle Marji
Tour Coordinator
Yvonne Montoya
Telephone: 520.265.2092

Work Sample


A woman and child somersault.
photo by Dominic AZ Bonuccelli
A woman holds her arms out in the desert. Mountains cascade in the background.
photo by Yvonne Montoya