The Rio Grande Theater will host the Branigan Cultural Center's 7th Annual International Day of Dance on Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 1pm.

"This year we have a program that's completely packed with performances by at least 15 groups and individuals," said Andy Albertson, the Cultural Center's Curator of Education. "Day of Dance offers a veritable trip around the globe with dance styles from five continents represented on one stage, all within just three hours."

This year's program will feature a performance by the Branigan's resident Ballet Folklorico group as well as demonstrations of the following dance styles: Hellenic Greek, Flamenco, Tap, Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Peruvian, Indian, Appalachian, Belly, Jazz, Irish Jig, Country Line and Native American.

The Branigan Cultural Center began sponsoring Day of Dance in 2006 to present culturally diverse dance forms found in the Las Cruces region. In addition to its health benefits, dance is an affordable, culturally diverse activity.

International Day of Dance was initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Council, under the auspices of UNESCO, as a forum for bringing together international, national and local organizations with a passion for dance.

Day of Dance is free and open to the public. Attendees are free to view the entire program or drop in any time between 10am and 1pm. Doors to the theater will open at 9:30am.

The Rio Grande Theater is located at 211 N. Main Street, in downtown Las Cruces. While Main Street is closed on Saturdays for the Farmers' Market, parking is available in several municipal and private lots downtown, as well as on the residential side streets near the theater.

For more information on Day of Dance, please telephone the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center's website at www.las-cruces.org/museums.