ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — ¡Viva La Mujer! This year’s Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival pays homage to women. The musical talent, dance instructors and presenters will predominantly be women for the ninth annual event, from Thursday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 25, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
“What I really tried to do was bring instructors, mostly women, who have really paved the way and really come through in ways of inspiration and motivation and courage through their dancing careers,” said Jessica Montoya, director of programming for the dancers. “Several have made their way to movies and films. Some have started their own businesses in countries abroad. Really, I wanted to find women who our community can identify with and also really appreciate and be inspired by their courage and their talent and their perseverance.”
A lecture by Ana Alonso-Minutti at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, will focus on La Reina de la Salsa, Celia Cruz.
Alonso-Minutti is an associate professor of music at the University of New Mexico’s Latin American and Iberian Institute and a research associate at UNM’s Southwest Hispanic Research Institute.
A panel will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.
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