Pre-Performance Lecture Series
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Journal theatre June 17th, 7:15PM
Eva Encinias (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Eva Encinias Sandoval is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute of Flamenco, as well as founder and Professor of the Flamenco Dance Concentration Program at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance. As a key figure in enriching the New Mexican cultural landscape, Eva has been a catalyst in introducing international fame and recognition to the art of flamenco. She was introduced to flamenco through her mother Clarita Garcia de Aranda, an American flamenco icon who was known as an outstanding performer and teacher. Eva began training with her mother at a very early age and as a result, she was provided with a foundation that prepared her for her in the art form. By the age of 14, she was giving dance lessons in her mother’s studio, demonstrating an aptitude and enthusiasm for teaching. As her ability as an artist grew, Eva furthered her education studying with prominent teachers throughout the United States, Mexico, and Spain.
In 1973, Eva formed her first flamenco Dance Company, Ritmo Flamenco, performing regionally for 15 years. Through Ritmo Flamenco, Eva had the opportunity to explore choreographic development and develop her skills as a performer. In 1974, she enrolled at the University of New Mexico to embark upon a journey that would prove to have a dramatic effect on her as a dancer and as an educator. Eva’s experience at the University allowed her the opportunity to experience the universal world of dance and come to realize the dynamic position of flamenco in that world. Just two years after enrolling in classes at the University, Eva was asked to teach a course in the universities dance program. Since that time, she has dedicated her life to the preservation and propagation of the art form through the varied programs that she has nurtured through the University of New Mexico and the National Institute of Flamenco. Today, the University of New Mexico is the only accredited educational institution that offers a Flamenco dance concentration in both the undergraduate and graduate level anywhere in the world.
Since it’s inception in 1982, the National Institute of Flamenco, under the direction of Eva Encinias Sandoval, has created many varied flamenco programs, all of which have been created to realize the mission of the institute. These programs include:
Festival Flamenco Internacional, a world-class flamenco festival that is celebrating 28 years of exceptional programming and has been awarded distinction from Spain as one of the première flamenco festivals in the world.
The Conservatory of Flamenco Arts, a dance conservatory located in downtown Albuquerque that has a nationally and internationally recognized curriculum serving a variety of students from ages 3-70, beginner to professional.
The University of New Mexico Flamenco Ensemble, a group of dancers studying movement in the UNM Flamenco Program, learn new repertory works from flamenco Master Teachers around the world, and study a variety of other dance forms while obtaining a Bachelors or Masters degree in Dance.
Teeños Flamencos, a youth performance company designed for youth ages 10-14 years old. The children rehearse under the direction of Eva Encinias Sandoval and present refined dances featuring intermediate level choreographies while learning stage presence and developing personal flamenco styling.
Niños Flamencos, a youth performance company designed for youth ages 5-10 years old. The children rehearse under the direction of Eva Encinias Sandoval once a week and present an average of twenty-five free community performances for the public each year.
Alma Flamenca, a pre-professional performance company comprised of the most advanced students from the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts.
Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, a unique professional, touring Performance Company formatted similar to that of an American dance repertory company.