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FARMINGTON – When Bloomfield High School special education teacher Sara Evans-Zepeda decided to organize a dance for people with disabilities a few years ago, she was generally pleased with the outcome, but still saw room for improvement.

So, last year, she moved the event to a larger venue — Crash Music at the Aztec Theater — and, more important, opened it to the community as a whole.

“It was fantastic,” she said of that new approach that drew approximately 300 people. “It was an outstanding response. And we got such (rave reviews) afterward.”

Evans-Zepeda will attempt to duplicate that vibe this weekend when the second annual Bash at Crash community dance takes place with live music, dancing, food and drink, and raffle and door prizes.

The list of performers includes Evans-Zepeda’s band, Sara Z and the Eclectics, the drum group Ashay and several Bloomfield High School students from the school’s Sing, Strum and Drum intervention and enrichment class. Soft drinks, snacks and bottled water will be available for purchase, as will be wine and beer from the St. Clair Winery & Bistro.

Evans-Zepeda emphasized that the free dance is not a fundraiser, although donations are appreciated.

“It’s just a fun event,” she said, explaining that the goal is to stage an event where people with disabilities and other members of the community can interact in a relaxed atmosphere.

Several local businesses and individuals donated items last year that were used as door prizes that were given away, including gift cards, jewelry, paintings and electronics items.

Even though there is no admission charge, organizers must cover their expenses for staging the event, including facility rental and sound. Evans-Zepeda said the San Juan Center for Independence already has agreed to underwrite the cost of renting Crash Music, which is the single largest expense involved in staging the dance, and she hopes other businesses, organizations or individuals come forward this week, just as they have in the past.

“Last year, we came out ahead,” she said, explaining that monetary donations were so high she was able to pay some of the musicians who performed. But the most important thing is simply to cover expenses, she said.

“We’re not trying to make money, we just want to have a great time for everybody,” she said.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.

 

If you go

What: The second annual Bash at Crash community dance

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20

Where: Crash Music at the Aztec Theater, 104 N. Main Ave. in Aztec

Admission: Free, but donations will be accepted

For more information: Call 505-710-7198

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