Four years after a devastating fire wiped out the studio and headquarters of the National Institute of Flamenco in downtown Albuquerque, the organization has announced plans to build a new modern location in the city’s developing Sawmill District.
One of the most respected programs of its kind in the world, the Flamenco Institute was founded in 1982 and has had a long association with the University of New Mexico through both undergraduate and graduate dance and flamenco programs.
Through its founder, Eva Encinias Sandoval, it has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, a week-long annual event that celebrates the centuries-old Spanish dance tradition.
The new facility, which is being developed by the Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCap, is slated to go up on a currently vacant site at 18th Street and Bellamah Street, and will include a separate structure for the Tierra Adentro Charter School.
The three-story building for the National Institute of Flamenco will measure 21,000 square feet and cost $4 million to build; the structure for the charter school, at 40,000 square feet, will cost $6 million.
Work is expected to be completed on the Flamenco Institute building by next fall, with the charter school building open and ready for students two years after that.
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