Flamenco institute perseveres despite devastating fire | KOB 4

Flamenco institute perseveres despite devastating fire

Kassi Nelson
December 17, 2018 11:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For hundreds of people in Albuquerque, Flamenco isn’t just a dance, it’s a way of life. For Joaquin Encinias, it’s something that runs in his blood.


“My grandmother had a dance studio in Albuquerque before that and her brother had a studio in Albuquerque even before that,” Encinias said.

The family has been teaching the art form through the National Institute of Flamenco for 35 years. Tuesday marks five years since a devastating fire ripped through their downtown studio.

“We had 1,500 costumes in that building, we had tons of pictures, all sorts of signatures of artists who had come to our festivals over many many years,” Encinias said.

Since the fire, they’ve held classes at several temporary locations. But none felt quite right. Now, Encinias is heading into the New Year with a new move on his mind. In March the institute will find its permanent home in a mixed-use building in the Sawmill District.  

“This is something that I think we’ve dreamt about but never really believed would happen on some level,” he said.

The comeback is one Encinias didn’t anticipate. He said they’re bringing in more dancers than ever.

“We were able to stay alive and now we’re really flourishing,” he said.


Kassi Nelson

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