ARTIST: Miquela Wiegel, dancer, Entreflamenco, Flamenco’s Next Generation PALO: Alegrías VENUE: The Lodge at Santa Fe
legrías are happy, upbeat. It’s fun to work with the crowd, to be flirtatious. Flamenco can be so intense, but alegrías give you a chance to breathe and smile, to get away from the intensity.” Miquela Wiegel is twenty-one, currently studying chemistry and biology as a pre-med student at UNM. She is hoping to continue her flamenco career as she goes into the health-care field. Last year she lived in Spain and focused on her Spanish-language skills as well as her flamenco, on a UNM semesterabroad program.
“I went to a María Benítez performance when I was four. Her intensity drew me in. I remember she was wearing a white dress and wore her long black hair down her back. I thought she was the most elegant, beautiful woman I had ever seen. I wish now that I could see her perform again, knowing what I know now.
“I auditioned for Next Gen when I was ten. Being in the company instilled great discipline. We practiced every Saturday for a minimum of four hours. It was unthinkable to miss a rehearsal. She opened up the world of flamenco and placed it at our feet. We’re all little reflections of María.”