Flamenco on tap Friday for commuters

Posted at: 10/12/2012 10:15 AM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 10:19 AM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: National Institute of Flamenco
Photo: National Institute of Flamenco

Dancers from the Albuquerque’s National Institute of Flamenco will perform at the Alvarado Transportation Center on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The performance will take place in the fountain area in front of the Alvarado near the corner of 1st and Central SW.

The performance will feature entertainment from two segments of the Institute; the semi-professional ensemble of Alma Flamenca and the child-based ensemble Niños Flamencos. Alma Flamenca performs with bright, colorful costumes, castanets, rhythmic palmas (handclaps) and elaborate footwork.

They have trained at UNM’s Flamenco Emphasis Program under the direction of Marisol Encinias. They are considered the cream of the crop among flamenco dancers in the United States . Niños Flamencos are the Institute’s youngest, seasoned ensemble of dancers, 6 through 14 years of age.

Directed by Eva Encinias-Sandoval, they are considered among the finest young flamenco dancers in the United States. They, too dance with colorful costumes, castanets, diverse choreographies and live accompaniment.

The National Institute of Flamenco at 214 Gold Ave SW has enriched New Mexico with the art of flamenco for over 30 years.

During that time, this active and growing non-profit organization has been recognized nationally and internationally for its programming and commitment to serving a wide base of students and patrons through the seven arms of its organization.

The performance is free.