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Burglar Breaks Down Dance Studio’s Door

Burglar Breaks Down Dance Studio’s Door

Thief Caused Around $2,000 in Loss and Damages

A burglar shattered The National Institute of Flamenco’s front door and stole a flat-screen TV between the hours of midnight and 9 a.m. on Feb. 5.

The studio’s flat-screen TV was ripped from the wall, leaving two large holes in its place. The TV, which NIF used for announcements and to show performance videos, was $500. Associate Director Marisol Encinias said it will cost $1,500 to replace the door, and they have already spent a few hundred dollars for a temporary repair.

Luckily, Encinias said, nothing else was taken.

“They grabbed what they could and took off. We’re glad they didn’t take as much as they could have,” Encinias said.

Dancers returned to the studio at 1620 Central Ave. from performing in Santa Fe at 11 p.m. on Feb. 4. The door was undamaged, and the TV still hung on the wall. Dancers noticed a man shouting near the Central Avenue entrance of the studio, and left the area to avoid him.

At 9 the following morning, a construction worker remodeling The Church of Christ at 1701 Gold Ave. noticed the broken door at the Institute’s Pine Street entrance and called the police. Police were unable to get fingerprints.

The police have been called to the studio many times in the two years NIF has been in the area, Encinias said. People use drugs nearby, leaving behind needles. Prostitutes hang around the area, and they found a man sleeping on their roof.

“Every once and awhile there’s a disturbance. We’re hoping to get a new camera system and flood lights to deter people from hanging around the studio,” she said.

Encinias said she likes the location because it’s close to NIF’s partners, the University of New Mexico and Tierra Adentro Charter School, but wants police to monitor the area to discourage crime.

NIF Directors signed the lease for the current space in 2014, a year after their downtown studio burned down.

Encinias’ mother, Eva Encinias, founded NIF to support her dance company, Ritmo Flamenco, in 1982. Along with the University of New Mexico, and Tierra Adentro Charter School, the non-profit dance organization partners with The National Hispanic Cultural Center and Heritage Hotels. The company trains dancers of all ages, and gives out 60 scholarships a year.

NIF directors are not raising funds for damages, but raising money for their 30th annual Festival Flamenco.

The NIF’s next event will be held on Feb. 12 at Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque (300 Rio Grande Blvd.) to announce the guest artists coming for Festival Flamenco 2017. It begins at 3 p.m.


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Sara MacNeil is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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