Middle Schoolers Take the Stage in La Estrella

Several Bobcats will perform in the National Institute of Flamenco's winter production, La Estrella: A Flamenco Story of the Kings’ Quest,  on Dec. 14, 15, & 16 at UNM’s Rodey Theatre. 

La Estrella, is a new winter production of the Institute, and is based on an anonymously authored medieval Spanish work titled El Auto de Los Reyes Magos. The work is the oldest known play in Spanish! This magical thematic production dramatizes the journey of the Three Kings and the search for the Star of Bethlehem. It features flamenco and related regional dance forms!

Bosque middle schoolers Carmen ’25, Isabella ’25, Rosemary ’25, Amalia ’24, and Eliot ’24 will perform in the show.

More about the performers (pictured in the following order):

Carmen has been a student of the National Institute of Flamenco since she was three- years-old.  Now in her eighth year, she is a member of the youth dance company, Ninos Flamencos, which performs year-round at community events such as Balloon Fiesta and Mother's Day in Old Town.  

Carmen says: “I’m excited about and happy to be included in this year's winter production of La Estrella and can't wait to share it with family and friends!”

Isabella has been dancing at the National Institute of Flamenco for the past eight years, since the age of three.  This fall she entered the Adult Beginning Training Program after completing all the courses in the Youth Training Program. Her love of flamenco has grown stronger with each passing year she dances.

Isabella says: "From intense rehearsals, this beautiful choreography will be the first production of a brand new show. I'm so excited!"

Rosemary has been dancing flamenco at the National Institute of Flamenco for nine years. She is a member of the Ninos performance group for preteens at the Institute. This year she is performing the role of Maria (Mary) in the Posadas (Nativity) section of the performance, as well as dancing in other sections.

Rosemary says: “I have a lot of emotions about it. It’s stressful for a while because we have practices every day which is hard with homework, but during the performances it’s a lot of fun, and when it’s over, it’s a little sad.”

Eliot has been dancing since she was four years old. The flamenco community has had a profound impact on her life and changed her as a person. For about three years, she’s also been involved in theater, performing in several musicals and plays.

Eliot says: “La Estrella is an especially exciting show because we’ve collaborated with an African dance program, which will be really cool to see. We’ve been working hard since October, so we hope you enjoy it!”

Amalia has been dancing flamenco at the National Institute of Flamenco since she was three years old and over the years has performed in a number of recitals and shows. She was encouraged to join by her parents; her brother was also dancing at the time she joined.

Amalia says: We’ve had back-to-back rehearsals and it’s been a lot, especially now as the semester comes to an end. But the whole production is going to come together and look really nice, and I’m excited about it!”

Good luck, Bobcats!

La Estrella: A Flamenco Story of the King’s Quest
Fri., Dec. 14 @ 7 pm
Sat., Dec. 15 @ 7 pm
Sun., Dec. 16 @ 2 pm

Rodey Theatre on UNM Main Campus

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For more information on the National Institute of Flamenco click HERE