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Dance Classes Offered March 15, 16 at Keshet Studios

March 14, 2011

As part of a community awareness campaign against bullying, the Keshet Dance Company is offering dance lessons March 15 and 16 at its studios at 214 Coal Ave. SW, so that students and other community members can participate in “flash mob” dance events.

“We are planning these flash mobs, which are spontaneous dance events, as a way to give young people a way to express their opposition to bullying,” said May Sagbakken, who coordinates the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant in Albuquerque.

She added that the Albuquerque Public Schools Health and Wellness Department, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Dept., the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center, along with Keshet came up with the idea as a way to get people moving against bullying.

The dance is choreographed to the group Ozomatli’s “Como Ves.”  Dance classes also will be offered at Bernalillo Parks and Recreation Community Centers. Instructional dance videos are posted on the web at www.facebook.com/dontjuststandthere and www.abqsafeschools.org so that anyone interested can learn the dance and participate in events or post their own videos.

The flash mob events are part of an awareness campaign that will include ads on Albuquerque city buses that read “Don’t Just Stand There: Stop Bullying Now” and “Be kind and respectful; Help those that are bullied; Include those that are left out.” The bus panels will be in place during March and April.

Some of the events will be filmed by Edithouse Productions and used on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students website at www.abqsafeschools.org.

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative brings together schools, mental health agencies, local law enforcement groups and community organizations in Bernalillo County to promote school safety and address youth violence issues.

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