Festival Ballet Albuquerque: Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2 pm Saturday and Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker 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, Mr. Coyote and Ms. Roadrunner and lavish western Victorian-era costumes.

In this 11th year, Zozobra is the newest character addition, with the production showcasing New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins. A live orchestra performs under the baton of David Felberg for 2022 in what has become an annual family holiday tradition.

$49, $39, $29, $20, $14 w/ $2 discount for seniors, kids 12 and younger and NHCC members

Arte Poquito: Música de Bebé

10:00 am

Infants 0-18 months and their caregivers explore music and rhyme with toddler musical instruments, Spanish rhymes, and even create an art activity with musical notes.

Arte Poquito is a free, monthly, 45-minute program for infants ages 0 to 18 months and caregivers that nurtures creativity and provides bilingual introductory arts experiences balanced with social interaction. Each program focuses on different aspects of Hispanic/Latine arts, including music, dance, and storytelling. NHCC instructors model the introduction of core arts concepts to infants and caregivers in a supportive environment.

This program is generously supported through a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant.

Free Community Event. Please register here or call the NHCC Welcome Center at 505-724-4771 for assistance.

 

Explorar Las Artes: Teatro Conmigo

10:00 am

Children 18 months to 4 years and their caregivers explore dramatic arts and even visit the NHCC Wells Fargo Auditorium. This multi-sensory program includes time for socializing and dramatic play.

Explorar Las Artes is a free, monthly, 45-minute program for children 18 months to 4 years and caregivers that nurtures creativity and provides bilingual introductory arts experiences balanced with social interaction. Each program focuses on different aspects of Hispanic/Latine arts, including music, dance, and storytelling. NHCC instructors model the introduction of core arts concepts to infants and caregivers in a supportive environment.

This program is generously supported through a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant.

Free Community Event. Please register here or call the NHCC Welcome Center at 505-724-4771 for assistance.

 

Baila! Baila!’s: Christmas in New Mexico

2:00 pm & 7:00 pm Saturday
2:00 pm Sunday

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 theatre-goers of all ages. In 2022, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating its 33rd year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico features a large, multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include live mariachi 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 expanded to additional dance genres including country western, salsa, hip hop, classical ballet, and Danza Azteca.

Tickets range from $22 to $32, with a $2 discount for students, seniors, and NHCC Members.