Trisha Martinez is an MA student who is currently working on her thesis. Her research examines the connection of Albuquerque flamenco to Eva Encinias-Sandoval and the dance traditions of Nuevomexicanos. She identifies the history and social impact of this rich and distinct New Mexico flamenco tradition by tracing the development of Encinias-Sandoval’s career and the establishment of her now world-class flamenco arts program, offered through the University of New Mexico’s Dance and Theatre Department and the National Institute of Flamenco. Her research also situates Encinias-Sandoval and her innovative work within the larger repertoire of expressive culture at the height of Chicana/Chicano Movement.
As the proud mother of two young boys (Giovonta and Orlando) and a daughter soon to be born, Trisha looks confidently at her future. She intends to begin her Ph.D program in the fall of 2014, setting the stepping stones for her children to one day follow.