photo credit to Bobbie Goodrich
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flamenco has deeply rooted history in New Mexico.
And it’s dancers like Emmy Grimm who are helping keep the art form’s legacy alive.
With her company EmiArte Flamenco, Grimm has been performing monthly shows at Skylight in Santa Fe for more than a year.
“A lot of people see the venue and immediately think it’s a club,” she says. “It’s more than that. It’s becoming a hub of culture where all ages can come and see performances.”
Grimm has worked with Joe Ray Sandoval at Skylight in helping cultivate a space for dance.
“Joe Ray has created this cultural art center,” she says. “It’s amazing to see how much work he’s putting into it. Every time we do a show, they have upgraded something else – the sound system and lights. It’s basically become a black box theater.”
When starting her company over a year ago, Grimm always wanted to host seasonal performances.
The upcoming four-night stint will bring in Madrid dancer Nino de los Reyes.
He will be performing with his wife Triana Maciel as well as Grimm, Elena Osuna, Joaquin Gallegos and Vicente Griego.
Flamenco guitarist Joaquin Gallegos performs with EmiArte Flamenco. (Courtesy Of George Ancona)
“I’ve always wanted to bring in some international talent,” Grimm says. “I met him when I was in Madrid and through (my godfather) Vicente Griego, we were able to get him for the show.”