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The UNM Dance Program is the only program in the United States to offer a fully developed curriculum in Flamenco Dance. Students may focus, through departmental advisement, on the art of Flamenco while fulfilling BA degree requirements. Students who choose the Flamenco Focus will be advised to participate for two summers in the annual Flamenco Festival.
How does the Flamenco Focus work?
Dance majors at the University of New Mexico are required to take 57 credit hours in courses outside the major requirements for Dance. Students who wish to declare a Flamenco Focus may fulfill many of these outside requirements by enrolling in courses in Spanish and related disciplines which are of specific relevance to the art and culture of Flamenco.
How may I declare a Flamenco Focus?
Each semester, Dance majors must receive advising from the Dance Program Advisor. During this meeting the student's program of study for the following semester is planned, and the student's progress toward his or her degree is checked.
To declare a Flamenco Focus, students simply inform the Dance Advisor that they would like to do so. The Advisor has a list of courses that have been approved for the Flamenco Focus, and will help students choose from among those courses.
When may I declare a Flamenco Focus?
Although Dance majors are not formally accepted into the Program until the end of their Sophomore year, the Dance Program treats students who intend to be Dance majors as if they were majors from their first day on campus. This means that if you are a Freshman or Sophomore who intends to be a Dance major, all you need to do is identify yourself to the Dance Advisor as soon as you arrive, and you may declare a Flamenco Focus at your first advising appointment.