5th Annual South American Folk Festival

2 pm

The 5th Annual South American Folk Festival seeks to unite Albuquerque’s South American community in a day of cultural experience and connection through music, dance, and food. In addition to food vendors from participating countries, the festival will feature traditional dancers representing Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and/or Ecuador. A headlining salsa band or solo artist will also be featured, along with local musicians. Added attractions for the entire family include children’s art workshops and opportunities for souvenir photos featuring the festival banner.
$14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Ballet Folklórico Santa Fe, Raíces de Mi Tierra

2 pm & 7:30 pm

Raíces de Mi Tierra is a folkloric dance showcase featuring three New Mexico ensembles, including Santa Fe’s Ballet Folklórico de Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s Grupo Folklórico Desoluna, and Española’s Baile Ilusión, each with a large local following, accompanied by Mariachi Luna Azul from Albuquerque. The participating groups will focus on presenting traditional pieces that represent the beautiful, authentic dances and music of Mexico.
Saturday afternoon – $12 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members
Saturday evening – $17 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members

Thank you to our event sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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Casa Flamenca presents Flamenco Without Borders, with Juani de la Isla

8 pm

Internationally known Juani de la Isla is a master flamenco guitarist from the island of San Fernando near the port city of Cádiz, in southern Spain. He began his musical education studying with the great flamenco singer Rafael Romero, has been a student of the celebrated flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar, and has also been trained in the gypsy flamenco style of Morón—a small pueblo in the heart of Andalucia’s flamenco country.

During his career, he has accompanied some of the greatest flamenco artists of this century, including singers Jose Mercé, Chato de la Isla, Juan Villar, Rancapino, Pansequito and Aguilar de Vejer, and dancers Javier Barón, Sara Baras and Manuela Carrasco. He has composed music for the flamenco dance company of Cristina Hoyos and for over a decade has been musical director for the popular flamenco singer “El Barrio.” His recording career includes participation on more than 100 albums with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists, among them Jose Mercé, Joaquin Sabína, Paco Ortega, El Barrio and David de María. In 2015, he released his first solo CD, Libertad en Mis Manos. As a performer and teacher, Juani de la Isla has toured internationally.

His concert at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is an extension of Flamenco sin Fronteras, Casa Flamenca’s introductory series of workshops in the rhythms of flamenco for musicians working in all musical genres. Juani de la Isla’s residency at Casa Flamenca is co-sponsored by Instituto Andaluz de Flamenco, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, “All Flamenco,” Brilliant Sounds, La Isla Ciudad Flamenca, Venta de Vargas, and San Fernando, Cádiz. The 14 workshops offered will feature different flamenco rhythms, with participants exploring ways to integrate flamenco into genres with which they are more familiar, and extemporaneous performances encouraged. The culminating event of this genre-bending collaboration will include workshop participants and selected local artists performing with Juani de la Isla.
$20 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, & NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

National Institute of Flamenco and the NHCC Present Yjastros 34

8 pm

Yjastros 34 is an epic collaboration, the seasonal culmination of the company’s progress and evolution, including expanded programming and new works for Yjastros. It is also a new artistic journey with international award-winning Spanish guest artists Daniel Doña and Cristian Martín as well as the Orchestra of New Spain under Musical Director Grover Wilkins. The world premiere choreographic masterpieces to be presented, highlighting both tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco, were created for Yjastros by artists at the global forefront of the art form during their residencies in the University of New Mexico’s Dance Program. Yjastros 34 will be premiered in Dallas, TX, home of the Orchestra of New Spain, in February 2019. The Orchestra of New Spain, founded in 1989, is a professional period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in, but not limited to, the music of Spain and its sphere of New World influence. Daniel Doña, dancer and choreographer from Granada, has led his own company, Daniel Doña Compañía de Danza, since 2004, and is considered one of the top exponents of current Spanish dance.
$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Carnaval 2019: with PANdemonium and Odara Dance Ensemble

7:30 pm

The NHCC’s annual celebration of Carnaval is a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, featuring the band PANdemonium and the Odara Dance Ensemble and showcasing the Carnaval celebrations of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, including Latin American and Caribbean nations as well as parts of the United States, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Among the guidelines that the Performing Arts program has developed, refined, and utilized since 1999 to design its programming and curate its seasons is the provision of a variety of annual programming that is specific to seasons, holidays, and celebrations, as well as culture-specific. Carnaval was first celebrated at the NHCC in 2002, and has been part of the Center’s regular seasonal programming since 2006, with regular performances by presenting partners Frank Leto & PANdemonium and Pilar Leto & the Odara Dance Ensemble. This year’s Carnaval 2019 marks the 14th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts.
$17, $22, $27 w/ $2 off for students, seniors and NHCC members. Group rates available

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Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, choreographed by Patricia Dickinson Wells. The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish Victorian-era western costumes. Now in its 8th year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins. A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee. Purchase tickets early—last year’s performances sold out!
$14, $20, $29, $38, $47 w/ $2 off for seniors, children and NHCC Members. Group rates available

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Performers Ballet & Jazz Company Presents Christmas Joy (Rental)

1 pm & 5 pm—Saturday
2 pm—Sunday

Come…. Experience the Miracle! Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance, as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company presents the 34th season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically trained dancers will once again inspire audiences with a repertoire of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

A moving and uplifting production, Christmas Joy has become an Albuquerque holiday tradition. In 1999, members of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance conferred the Bravos Award for Dance Excellence on The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Additionally, in 2012, Christmas Joy was given the Albuquerque Community Live Art and Performance Service (Q-Claps) Applause Award for favorite performance.
$25, $33 with a $2 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Baila! Baila! and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico

2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
7 pm—Saturday

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. The production features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers.

Special guest performances include Mariachi Tapatio from El Paso, Texas, and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

Baila! Baila! Dance Academy was founded in 1990 with the mission of educating students solely in traditional Mexican folk dance. The school’s curriculum has expanded to additional dance genres including country western, salsa, hip hop, classical ballet, and Danza Azteca.
$22, $27, $32 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children, & NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

National Institute of Flamenco and the NHCC Present Yjastros 33

8 pm—Friday & Saturday
2 pm– Saturday
School performance at 10 am on Friday

Yjastros 33 is a flamenco epic, featuring world premiere choreographic masterpieces set on Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company by visiting Spanish artists during their residencies in the University of New Mexico’s Dance Program, with live accompaniment by a flamenco cantaor (singer), guitarrista (guitarist), and percusionista (percussionist).. It highlights both tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco, with work created by artists at the global forefront of the art form. The production exemplifies Yjastros’ identity as both a culturally authentic disseminator of Spanish/Andalusian flamenco and a uniquely American flamenco repertory company.
$20, $30, $40, $50 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors, & NHCC members

Thank you to our event sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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Latin Hip Hop Dance Class With Carlota Silva

7:15 pm

Super fun Latin hip-hop and body isolation dance class with Carlota Silva! No experience necessary and all ages welcome.

Carlota began dancing at the age of 2. She currently teaches jazz, hip-hop, tap, and contemporary dance at Fishback studio of dance. She coached the Viking Vikettes and is the director and choreographer for local dance company Off Broadway. She is excited to share her love of dance with our community!

$5 to $10 donation suggested. Please come and have a great time and invite your friends! Casino (Cuban partner dance) will still happen 6-7 pm. Come to that too!