The Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Film and Lecture Series, made possible in part by the New Mexico Humanities
Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, takes you on a journey through the Americas and beyond.
Navigate the landscapes of Cuban salsa, Dominican bachata and go behind the scenes with multimedia
presentations, panel discussions and Q & A’s with scholars and filmmakers to interpret Latin music and dance from
multiple angles—the stage, dance halls, from the streets of Havana and D.R., through a lens trained on the action
across time of the islanders’ cultural exploits and global export.
ABQ LDF Presents Latin Music & Dance Film & Lecture Series. Look For Our Most Up-to-Date Schedule & Showtimes Below…
Salsa music and dance have been born out of a fascinating
mix of cultures and reflect the history of the Americas. Our
festival programmers believe in teaching our dance commu-
nity about the roots of these music and dance forms—where
did they come from? Who created these? What did these
dance and music forms mean to their creators when they
were created? How are these forms evolving? Audience
members who participate in viewing these films and
and/or these interactive presentations express how learning about the cultures and evolving history of these dance and music forms deeply affects their experience as dancers and musicians. As an independent festival held in a city that, not unlike Latin music and dance, is a synergy of a variety of cultures, the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival strives to acknowledge the cultural and historical aspects of Latin music and dance–not focus solely on commercial aspects of these deep traditions. We also encourage future expression and evolution of these dance and music forms.
“La Salsa Cubana” New Mexico Film Premiere
Sat Aug 20, 7 pm Bank of America Theatre, NHCC
Q&A Session with Directors/Producers Eric Johnson and Sarita Streng.
This unique documentary takes us into the world of contemporary Cuban salsa dancing known as “casino.” Shot on location in Havana, Cuba and partially produced and directed by New Mexican film-maker Sarita Streng.
“Casino Rueda: Cuban Dance Captures the World”
8 minute short film by Director/Producer Barbara Bernstein.
Films free to public!
After-Party to Follow with Performances by Sarita Streng’s Albuquerque Rueda de Casino Dance Group and Carlos Mora’s Santa Rueda Dance Group! Suggested $5 donation for party. Cash Bar.
“La Epoca: The Palladium Era”
Thurs Aug 25, 7 pm Bank of America Theatre, NHCC
This feature-length documentary film by Josue Joseph focuses on Latin music, rhytms, and dance"during the hey-day of the Palladium Ballroom in New York City from 1950 to 1972 when mambo was at its peak.
This film features a spectacular line-up of old-school mambo dancers and musicians.
8 minute short film “Casino Rueda:Cuban Dance Captures the World” by Barbara Bernstein
Films free to the public.
“La Bachata; Santo Domingo to the World”
Saturday Aug 27, 12:15 to 1:30 Bank Of America Theatre, NHCC
Video and Lecture Presentation by Adam Taub
Taub’s presentation will include videos and discuss styles of Bachateros dancing in their native Dominican Republic and show how bachata styles have changed as they have traveled the world. Taub is the director/producer of the bachata film “El Duque de la Bachata” and teaches bachata dance around the country.
Presentation is free to the public
“Listening and Dancing to Salsa Music”
Sat Aug 27, PNM A 1:30 to 2:30
Musicality Workshop with Cesar Bauvallet
Assisted by Darrin Visarraga
“La Salsa Cubana”
and “Casino Rueda: Cuban Dance Captures the World”
Sunday Aug 28, 11:15 to 1 Bank of America Theatre, NHCC
Free to the public.
Sarita Streng, Film & Lecture Project Director