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.
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.
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.