Flamenco Festival Rises From The Ashes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (June 9, 2014) Albuquerque, N.M.-based National Institute of Flamenco is hosting its annual international flamenco festival just six months after a fire destroyed its studios.

The Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque began Sunday.

It features dancers from around the world thanks to donations and schools that allowed organizers to use their space to prepare.

In December 2013 fire destroyed the world-renowned institute, taking with it the group's irreplaceable costumes and archives, but dancers say the fire didn't finish off their desire to keep dancing and host the event that attracts some of the world's best flamenco dancers.

Flamenco is a form of Spanish dance and folk music that developed from Romani music and dance more than two centuries ago.

The festival features performances, workshops and classes for children through Saturday.

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