Thursday, July 14, 2016

Desert Barn Dancin’

BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS Founded in 1982, the High Desert Dancers have performed Southwestern-style dances for over 30 years. Dancers kick, stomp, holler, glide and reel through Southwestern, Hispanic-American folk and Western dance traditions. The group’s diverse repertoire includes: the polka, country-western two-step, waltz, Western swing, Schottische (slow, partnered country polka), cotton-eyed Joe, jitterbug and traditional folk dances. Taoseño Americana trio The Rifters are the band in demand at this year’s barn dance. Members Rod Taylor, Don Richmond and Jim Bradley have been playing to and pleasing dance crowds for years. Formed in 2002, this beloved threesome has three studio albums and a live release, recorded at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, under their melodic belt. Admission to this all-ages dance extravaganza is $20, and that includes light refreshments and snacks. Purchase your tickets in advance, as this dance tends to sell out. Get tickets online at 14th Annual Barn Dance with The Rifters July 24, 6-9 p.m., $20 Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4909 Hawkins NE 345-9797,

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