Dance Performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center 

National Hispanic Cultural Center

The NHCC regularly presents performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed local flamenco companies. The Center also brings in dance companies from elsewhere in the U.S. and the world, with performances in genres ranging from ballet to contemporary to folkloric.

Jesús Muñoz Dances Flamenco, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Flamenco
Jesús Muñoz Dances Flamenco, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Jesús Muñoz is nationally and internationally recognized for having created a unique original method and rhythm fusing his American roots with traditional Spanish influence.

Flamenco Dancer, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Like jazz, flamenco has its roots in raw, intimate improvisation upon standard structures; it improvises through interpretations of the structures of cante jondo, or deep song. This show, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco in Red Note, featured original music and works composed and performed by a cast of international dancers and musicians.

Jeús Muñoz Flamenco Dancer, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Jesús Muñoz Flamenco dancers in Red Note. This show explored dynamic, visionary movements in dance, music, and visual art inspired by cante flamenco.

Dancers in Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Ballet
Scene from Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment comes to life in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico, with many surprises including Spanish and flamenco dancers, dancing southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, hummingbirds, a lively fandango, and a storyteller doll with children.

Snake in Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Children in Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Flamenco Dancers in Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Dancers in Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment Ballet, Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells., From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Carnaval Mask Activity (Inspired by Brasil), National Hispanic Cultural Center, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Carnaval

The National Hispanic Cultural Center's annual celebration of Carnaval is a festive and colorful evening of music and dance featuring the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium. Pilar Leto, founder, choreographer and artistic director of the Odara Dance Ensemble, and Frank Leto, musical director and leader of PANdemonium, have created a dazzling spectacle of engaging music, vibrant dance, and beautiful costumes.

Carnaval Mask Activity (Inspired by Brasil), National Hispanic Cultural Center, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Indigenous cultures have been employing handmade fiber masks for unknown centuries to tell important cultural legends, like those of earth's creation and floods. In this activity, children can create their own masks.

Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Panquetzaliztli, an Aztec celebration of the season that draws upon Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs.

Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Panquetzaliztli
Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panquetzaliztli, Kalpulli Ehecatl/Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, 2016, From the collection of: National Hispanic Cultural Center

In addition to dance, the NHCC's Performing Arts Program brings international, national and local artists to perform everything from contemporary to traditional music and theatre on its three stages. Visit www.nhccnm.org for more information and for a listing of performances.

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