Welcome to the María Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts


In 1974, Cecilio and Maria Benitez established the Institute for Spanish Arts as a nonprofit educational and cultural organization to present artistic programs of the highest quality.  The Institute's mission is to preserve, strengthen and disseminate the rich and diverse artistic Hispanic heritage as expressed through music, dance, and other art forms.



Classes and workshops

The Institute for Spanish Arts offers classes for children and adults, from beginner level to advanced instruction. ISA also partners with the New Mexico Department of Health to offer the Explore the Spanish Arts Summer Youth Workshop.  

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Flamenco's Next Generation

ISA’s dynamic youth company of local dancers and guitarists was formed in 2002 by focused, disciplined, and committed students. The company strives to perform at the highest possible level and to give back to their community with the same passion. 

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