CNM Flamenco Instructor Honored by ‘Dance Teacher’ Magazine

July 18, 2017 -- CNM flamenco instructor Bridgit Lujan has been selected for the 2017 Higher Education Dance Teacher Award, a national teaching award from “Dance Teacher” magazine that recognizes four dance educators from the U.S. every year. She and the other recipients in different dance categories will be honored at an awards ceremony in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 5.
CNM Flamenco Instructor Honored by ‘Dance Teacher’ Magazine

Jul 18, 2017

“The award came out of the blue,” Lujan said. “I was not expecting it.”

Lujan, now 40, has been dancing since she was two-years-old, always taking classes – flamenco, jazz, ballet, whatever was available. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business at the University of New Mexico and after graduation, traveled to Spain where she trained in flamenco. She returned to Albuquerque to obtain a master’s in dance from UNM.

Lujan toured nationally for 10-years while also teaching flamenco throughout New Mexico and at Santa Fe Community College.

In spring 2015, she approached the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences about starting a flamenco dance class at CNM. The CNM flamenco class debuted in fall, 2016.

Lujan is currently translating a book, Un Paseo Amable Por El Mundo del Flamenco, written by Spanish scholar Jose Andres Anguita Peragon, for use in her classroom.

“The class took off right away and was full immediately with a waiting list,” Lujan said. “The students are a diverse group – some are just out of high school and learning to dance for the first time. Others are long-time dancers who come to the class just because they like to dance.”

Her first flamenco class at CNM was held in a Theatre Department portable. The class is now in the Coal Avenue Theatre (CAT), which has an excellent floor for dancing. That is where her class also has performances.

Her one class is a Level 1 course, but her students are clamoring for more.

“My next step is to design more classes and eventually establish an associate degree program,” Lujan said.