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Stomp Your Feet, Clap Your Hands

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Channel your inner ole! at the annual Festival Flamenco in New Mexico.

Adella Campallo is one of the many performers at the festival.
Adella Campallo is one of the many performers at the festival.

New Mexico is known as the epicenter for flamenco dancing in the United States thanks to the annual Festival Flamenco International de Albuquerque. The flamenco festival, which kicks off June 7, is the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in North America and only second in the world, after the annual festival held in Madrid, Spain. The Albuquerque-based event includes workshops, lectures and instruction and brings together more than 5,500 students, patrons and world-class flamenco dancers.

“It is an honor to have the world’s greatest flamenco dancers gather in New Mexico to showcase their talent and art,” says Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham, of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “This festival allows us to celebrate the Spanish culture that is an integral part of our state’s arts, cultural and culinary scenes.”

If you go: The festival runs June 7-13 in Albuquerque. It kicks off at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 7, with an opening day celebration at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Plaza Mayor that includes live flamenco performances and music, family-friendly activities, food trucks and the live concert Flamencos en la Sombra by flamenco singer Montse Cortés y Compañía.

For more information and ticket information, click here.

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