Marisol Encinias

  • Dance
  • Albuquerque, NM

Marisol Encinias is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico. She received her MFA at UNM and began formal study of dance and flamenco at age 5 with her grandmother Clarita Garcia de Aranda. Encinias is a teacher, performer, and choreographer. She is the Executive Director of the National Institute of Flamenco, a nonprofit arts organization founded by Eva Encinias, her mother, in 1982. She is the Artistic Director and Curator of Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, the oldest and largest flamenco festival outside of Spain. Her scholarly and creative productions center the art and cultural expression of Flamenco in national and international spaces. She has also presented at international venues her academic and performance work that uniquely situates Flamenco production in New Mexico. Marisol has taught Flamenco at various college campuses and public high schools. She helped found a charter school, Tierra Adentro, that offers a model of culturally relevant and academic success in New Mexico. Her new work, titled MESTIZX (Feb 2024), is a work of flamenco dance theatre and is performed by her company Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company. Encinias seeks to create opportunities and make a difference in the lives of people in her New Mexico community through flamenco.

“I hope this experience will help learn more about Latino arts and its intersection with government. I am excited by the empowerment I and my community can gain from through this experience. My community is New Mexico and Flamenco. New Mexico is a special place and our experience as Latinos is particular. I consider myself Indo Hispana/Chicana who has been a life long practice of Flamenco. My career has been built this practice and how this practice can empower and unite community.”