ARTIST: Marisol Encinias, dancer PALO: Tan­gos VENUE: El F arol

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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.

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