“La Cancion de Las Acequias” was commissioned by the National Hispanic Cultural Center last spring for inclusion in the third annual From Field to Feast initiative with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in October 2010.

The lyrics and musical arrangement were written by Cipriano Vigil and David Garcia, and are based on a Spanish Colonial version dating back to the 1700’s. The choreography and staging were created by Roger Montoya and Rosalia Triana, and reflect the traditions, care and folklore associated with El Mayordomo, and his or her duties with the annual ditch cleaning, which sustains farmers and families along the Rio Grande in Nuevo Mexico.

The multicultural cast of 12 performers from the Española Valley includes children from the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Santa Clara, Mexicanos, Hispanos and Anglo children who range in age from 4 to 13.

Moving Arts Española (MAE) is an outreach program of Moving People Dance Santa Fe, a nonprofit contemporary dance company. MAE offers low cost dance instruction to at-risk youth in an after school program in one of the most underserved counties in New Mexico.

The program is the creation of Roger Montoya, a former professional dancer, gymnast, visual artist and community activist. Eleven professional instructors offer more than 40 hours of instruction weekly in music, drama, visual art, ballet, Mexican folk dance, flamenco, gymnastics, yoga, hip-hop, break-dance, circus trapeze and drama. Since 2008, over 600 children have enrolled. For more information, contact Montoya at 505.927.0108 or e-mail rogermontoya@valornet.com.