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Welcome to Baila! Baila! Dance Academy! Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we specialize in the art of Traditional Mexican Folk Dance. Baila! Baila! was founded in January of 1990 and has been spreading our love for our culture through music and dance for over 24 years. In addition to offering dance lessons in New Mexico for children as young as 2 years old, Baila! Baila! has entertained countless guests at various events ranging from Church Fiestas (one of our personal favorites) to events as prestigious as the “Autumn Dance Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Baila! Baila! also made an appearance as entertainment around the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. We have just returned from our 2014 Summer Tour to Washington D.C. and New York City where we performed in front of the beautiful Lincoln Memorial and the Lovely Governor’s Island.

Email or Call us Today if you or your child are interested in taking dance classes and participating in our studio’s love for our Folklorico Culture.

To inquire about having us perform at your next event call us at (505)880-1488 or send an email to – We look forward to hearing from you!

If you are interested in trying out one of our classes for you or your child, check out our class schedule and come try your first CLASS for  FREE!

The Academy Provides:

Dance Lessons in Ballet Folklorico – Traditional Mexican Folk Dance

Salsa Dance Lessons

Salsaerobics™ (Excercise to Latin Music)

Entertainment for your Public or Private Event

Dance Residencies for Public or Private Schools

Studio Rental

Costume Rental

Dance Lessons in Albuquerque, New Mexico call us today – (505) 880-1488

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Baila! Baila! Dance Academy is Located at: 2801 Girard Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107. Baila! Baila! performs and teaches dance lessons all over the State of New Mexico including: Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Belen, Bernalillo, Wagon Mount, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Grants, Gallup, Carlsbad, Roswell and Tucumcari. We teach children’s dance classes and adult dance classes and have private dance lessons available upon request. Come to Baila! Baila! Dance Academy and take one of our Salsaerobics™ classes, Salsa Dance Lessons or one of our specialty dance lessons in Ballet Folklorico.


Our Vision:

Baila! Baila! Dance Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico is committed to teaching children and adults respect for culture and tradition to overcome all forms of inequality through the arts.  Baila! Baila! aspires to continue the growth of education and performance locally as well as nationally and internationally.  Baila! Baila! would eventually like to extend their services to include the creation and performance of theatrical productions worldwide.

Our Mission:

Baila! Baila! Dance Academy has become a name synonymous with professionalism and performance excellence, but only through the hard work and dedication of countless dancers and committed teachers throughout the years.  The company shares their knowledge of cultural diversity with all audiences in New Mexico and around the world resulting in education and appreciation for various cultures and traditions.  Baila! Baila! strives to offer enrichment for all communities in which it operates.  In turn, family and community support have been essential factors in the growth of the company.  The company has seen students become professionals in all fields – and some have even returned with their own toddlers for us to teach!  Many of the dancers have formed relationships that have lasted over twenty years and made acquaintances with a myriad of others.  The shared interactions between all employees, customers and shareholders have provided valuable life lessons and enrichment to all parties.


Baila! Baila! Dance Academy was founded in January of 1990 in Albuquerque, New Mexico by sisters Felissa M. Garcia and Israela M. Garcia.  Originally educating students solely in traditional Mexican Folk Dance, the school curriculum quickly expanded from Ballet Folklorico (Traditional Mexican Folk Dance) to include Country Western Dance, Latin/Salsa Dancing, Hip Hop, Classical Ballet, Danza Azteca and Voice Lessons and Singing Lessons.  In addition to classes offered at the academy, Baila! Baila! offers classes, including SalsaerobicsTM, through the University Of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education.  Baila! Baila! is active in the community granting many shows as benefit performances for fundraisers and community programs.  Baila! Baila! Dance Academy also works closely with the City of Albuquerque’s Public Housing and Drug Elimination Program (PHDEP) to offer children an alternative to drugs.  Baila! Baila! works to educate children in regards to respect for culture through history and dance.

Baila! Baila’s! reputation among the community has created a positive impact through word of mouth.  Because of this word of mouth, Baila! Baila! is now instructing generations of dancers and is continuously invited to entertain and compete throughout the United States and the World.  Director Israela M. Garcia believes that Baila! Baila’s! success is the product of commitment and dedicated leadership.  Baila! Baila! is currently the largest academy for instruction of Ballet Folklorico and dance entertainment in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

costume rentals

Baila! Baila! has a warehouse with thousands of unique and original cosutmes for you to rent.  Whether you are playing dress up for Cinco de Mayo or have a talent show or feast day we have a huge variety for you to choose from.   We provide costume rentals for Men, Women, Boys and Girls and have all the accessories you need to look authentic and unique.  Bulk costume rentals are also available for fiestas, classes and plays etc.  The majority of our costumes are hand made and designed right here at Baila! Baila!  Call or email us today to set up an individual or group fitting.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Costume Rental – (505) 880-1488

dance lessons

The Professional Dance Team and Instructors at Baila! Baila! have hundreds of years of combined experience in the art of Ballet Folklorico.  Led by Israela M. Garcia, our dancers and instructors have trained and performed at events all around the world.  Baila! Baila! is also one of the only studios in the world that has traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico to train with the Dance Masters at La Universidad de Guadalajara.  At Baila! Baila! we teach kids and adults at our studio located in Albuquerque as well as throughout the entire State of New Mexico through workshops and school programs.  We offer children’s dance lessons for children as young as 2 years of age.  In addition to learning the Traditional Dances from the various States in Mexico, your child will have the opportunity learn respect for the culture and some of the language and Geography. Check out our Class Schedule and come try your first class for FREE!  If you like your first class and want to register it is only $50.00 per month with a One-Time Registration fee of $30.00.  Family Discounts available!  Costumes are provided for all performances. Call us or Email us to find out more about classes.

Children’s Dance Classes – Albuquerque, NM – (505)880-1488


Baila! Baila! has performed at countless events and competitions not only throughout the entire State of New Mexico, but all around the United States and World as well.  Our resume includes thousands of prestigious private events and conferences as well as public performances and in-house Productions to include Baila! Baila’s! Annual Christmas in New Mexico.

One of our most popular shows is our 30 Minute Tour of Mexico where you will experience approximately 10 dances and 3-4 different styles and areas of Mexico.  Our second most popular show is our One Hour Tour of Mexico where you will experience about 20 dances and 6-7 different styles and areas of Mexico.

We can tailor a show to fit any need you have whether it be a 15 minute Meet and Greet or an All Day Grand Opening.  We offer exciting and unique entertainment for any event including Weddings, Birthday Parties, Office Gatherings, Quinceaneras Etc.  Call or Email us today for a quote on coming out to your next event!

New Mexico Dance Entertainment and Event Entertainment – (505) 880-1488


Baila! Baila! has been contracted to teach dance at several schools in Albuquerque and throughout the entire State of New Mexico.  Since the 1990’s Baila! Baila! dance instructors have been traveling across the State to Cities such as Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Gallup, Grants, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Edgewood, Tucumcari, Belen, Bernalillo and Santa Fe to teach Ballet Folklorico and Salsa Dance lessons to Public and Private Schools.  Our experience and professionalism when dealing with our youth are second to none when it comes to our love and respect for our culture through teaching our dances and their backgrounds to children of all ages and abilities.

Call or email us today to find out more about what we can do for the kids in your school or program!

NM Dance Lessons – Public and Private School Residencies – (505) 880-1488

salsa dance lessons

Baila! Baila! currently offers Salsa Dance Classes as private dance sessions.  Both Individual and Group sessions are available.  Instructors are available to teach group classes on site for your personal or business event.  Custom choreography and routines can be created to give your next event a unique and heartfelt flare.  Call or email us today to set up your personal training session or to inquire about a custom routine.

New Mexico Salsa Lessons and group Salsa Dance Classes – (505) 880-1488

Salsaerobics TM

Israela M. Garcia created Salsaerobics™ over 25 years ago in a little apartment on top of The Crepe Michel in Old Town Albuquerque and has been perfecting it ever since.  Salsaerobics™ is basically excercise to Latin Music.  In this class you will learn how to do basic and complex Salsa dance steps while burning calories and having a blast dancing to popular Salsa Dance Songs.  The first class is FREE and it’s only $6.00 per class after that.  Cards of 10 classes are also available for a discounted rate of $45.00 (don’t worry these cards don’t expire and there are no limitations on which classes you can attend).  Call or Email us today or check out our Class Schedule and come in and try your first class for free.  You don’t need to make an appointment just show up and be ready to have some fun!

Latin Dance Excercise in Albuquerque – (505) 880-1488

schedule of classes


All of our Children’s Dance Classes meet once per week for one hour.  Class availability is subject to change.  Please call or email us with any questions regarding the class schedule.


Monday – Thursday…..5:30 – 6:30 PM

Saturday………………….9:00 AM

Ballet Folklorico Classes (Traditional Mexican Folk Dance)

Dance Lessons for Children – Ballet Folklorico

Ages 2 – 4


Saturday………….11:00 AM……….Anna………..Open

Saturday………….12:00 PM……….Anna………..Closed

Ages 5 – 6

Monday…………….5:30 PM……….TBD………Coming Soon

Tuesday…………….5:30 PM……….Anna……….Open

Wednesday………..5:30 PM……….Deidre……..Closed

Saturday………….10:00 AM……….Anna…….Open

Ages 7 – 12

Monday……………….6:30 PM……….Anna….Closed

Tuesday……………….6:30 PM……….Anna………Closed

Wednesday…………..6:30 PM……….Anna……….Open

Wednesday…………..6:30 PM……….Deidre…….Closed

Saturday………………9:00 AM……….Anna……….Open

Saturday………………9:00 AM……….Deidre…….Closed

Ages 10 – 13

Wednesday……….6:30 PM……….Israela……….Closed

Thursday………….6:30 PM……….Israela………..Closed

Dance Lessons for Teens and Adults – Ballet Folklorico

Beginning…………Tuesday…..5:30 – 6:30 PM…..Israela…..Open

Intermediate…………Tuesday…..6:30 – 7:30 PM…..Israela…..Open

Advanced………….Tuesday…….7:30 – 9:00 PM…..Israela…..Open*

                                 Thursday….7:30 – 9:00 PM…..Israela…..Open*


*Admission to the Advanced Adult Dance Class and Advanced Mid Dance Class is approved by Israela M. Garcia

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studio rentals

At Baila! Baila! we have 3 large Studios that we rent out by the hour.  Each Studio is equipped with hardwood flooring, stereo equipment and wall to wall mirrors.  Call or Email us today to reserve one or more of our rooms for your next party, event or class.  Rooms are rented on a first come first serve basis and are subject to availability.  Baila! Baila! assumes no responsibility for activity or liability resulting from injury or loss/damage to personal items while renting the premisis.

Albuquerque Studio Rental – Practice space – (505) 880-1488.  ><