ARTIST: Marisol Encinias, dancer PALO: Tangos VENUE: El F arol
Tangos are in 4/4 time, while most flamenco is in 12s. It’s got a swing to it that’s very specific. To dance it well is harder. It’s about love; it’s sensual in a cool way. Women dance with their hips and shoulders. It’s circular, influenced by Afro-Cuban dance.
“The letras are about love, but love between teenagers, like a courtship. The songs deal with romance, flirtation: ‘When am I going to see you?’
“I’ve been dancing my whole life. My grandmother and mother were performers. My earliest memories are of being with my family while they were rehearsing and performing. I performed with my family. Now I’m in my forties. I’m mature as a dancer. I’ve grown up around flamenco and identify with it. It’s an art form that deserves so much respect. I enjoy being in it.”
In addition to performing at El Farol, Encinias is a professor of dance at UNM, and teaches at the Institute for Flamenco Arts, which was founded by her mother, Eva.