Santa Fe – The International Museum of Dance (IMOD) is launching its activities in Santa Fe for its first three-week festival.

The festival celebrates the rich cultures of dance in the Southwestern United States.

Inaugural year of the Moving Southwest Festival will showcase the diversity and traditions of dances from the titular American region. The festival will run from June 27 to July 17, 2022. Locations include the New Mexico School for the Arts, Jean Cocteau Theater, Violet Crown Theater, SITE Santa Fe and Railyard Park.

In the warm climate of New Mexico, several traditions come together, reflecting the diverse terrain of the Southwestern United States. Dance thrives as traditional and innovative techniques are sharedl. From Flamenco to African and Indigenous dances, the rich cultures of dance can now be enjoyed all in one place with IMOD’s Moving Southwest Festival.

Attendees of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of events offered during the festival’s inaugural year.

Events feature 40 dance classes, 10 special performances, two lectures, eight workshops, eight dance cinema screenings, and three + dance parties and community builders. Attendees can enjoy movement and education in a variety of styles such as Flamenco, Body Percussion, Contemporary, Improvisation, Ballet, African Dance and Drumming, Native Land Dance, and Hoop Dance.

IMOD will showcase artists and communities such as Emi Arts Flamenco, Jesus Munoz Flamenco, MOLODI, Patrizia Herminjard, William Miglino, Soriba and Shelley Fofana, Dancing Earth, Babatunji Johnson, Charmaine Butcher, Shandien Larance, and Earthseed Black Arts Alliance. IMOD is also honored to work with film partners San Souci, San Francisco Film Festival, and Cinedans.