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Santa Fe students to perform ‘Sweet Sounds of Motown’

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By Special to the Monitor

National Dance Institute New Mexico celebrates the accomplishments of its students in its annual extravaganza at the end of the school year. 

Performers include more than 1,000 Santa Fe Public School students; firefighters and police officers; a live professional band featuring local soul sister Hillary Smith; and Gov. Susana Martinez. 

Each hour-long performance features 500 Santa Fe Public School children dancing together and some retro costumes. Performances are expected to attract at least 5,000 audience members.

“Reach out! The Sweet Sounds of Motown,” salutes the heart and soul of Motown. 

Through song and dance, student performers will chronicle the music and performers whose sound infused the airwaves, dominated the Billboard charts and crossed social barriers when the nation was on the brink of social change.  

Students from Acequia Madre, Agua Fria, Aspen Community Magnet School, The Dance Barns, Tesuque, Turquoise Trail and SWAT/Celebration teams will perform at 6 p.m. today; 5 and 7 p.m. Friday; and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. 

There will also be a gala performance and dinner dance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Performances will be at The Dance Barns, 1140 Alto St., Santa Fe. For tickets at $10 and $15 general admission, call 983-7661.

 For gala information, call 983-7646 ext. 121.