In case you haven't heard, Feb. 14 is V-Day--not just Valentine's Day, but also the 15th anniversary of the day dedicated to ending violence against women. SFR had the privilege of dropping in on a flashmob dance practice for next week's event in Santa Fe.

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This year's V-Day is particularly special. It's the 15th anniversary of a day Eve Ensler—the author of the Vagina Monologues—created as what organizers call "a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls."

But the theme, "One Billion Rising," is unique, and particularly relevant to New Mexico.

From the Rising website:

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.

In Santa Fe, local organizers are planning testimonials and a large-scale flashmob at the Roundhouse, followed by a day of activities (and more dancing!) in the Railyard. Anyone can join (trust me, it's fun), and rehearsals for the flashmob dance will continue this week and next.

Click here for more info on events in Santa Fe. Here's an updated practice schedule:

Sat, Feb 9: 3:00pm Together Strong, 3312 Richards Lane, near Home Depot (Free)

Sat, Feb 9: 3:45pm practice session, BODY (Free)

Sat, Feb 9: 4:30pm Nia Jam at StudioNia benefiting Solace Crisis Treatment Center (Donation)

Below is a short clip from Saturday's practice at Together Strong Fitness. Leading the dance is Santa Fe local and V-Girl (she's one of just 15 around the world) Audri Roybal, who also stars in this instructional video if you'd prefer to learn the dance at home.

One Billion Rising

Thursday, Feb. 14

Events at the Roundhouse and Railyard all day; visit obrsantafe.org for more info.