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Shake and Bake Dance Festival Highlights Middle Eastern Culture

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans can experience traditions of the Middle East through dance, music and food at the International Shake and Bake Dance Festival July 29-Aug. 4, at the Wyndham Hotel in Albuquerque.

The week-long festival will feature performances, classes, Santa Fe tours, the Maria Benitez Flamenco Show and Santo Domingo Feast Day, said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

REDTT, which is part of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

"Dancers, dance instructors, musicians and vendors from the far corners of the earth will come together to celebrate for the fifth year," he said.

Activities will include Turkish, Egyptian and other dance classes; an Arabian Nights concert, featuring a costume contest; and Middle Eastern Night at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza. A Cat's Meow Adopt-a-Thon also will be held to benefit the Albuquerque Humane Society.

"People who attend the festival also can visit Santo Domingo Pueblo for the corn dance," Cook said.

Costs vary for different activities during the festival. For more information, call (505) 260-1186.