August 2017


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Flamenco Community Outreach Program —  Dancer Linda Gallegos will teach youth and adults the world of flamenco with basic steps, palmas, rhythm, palos 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 1-12; and 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 13 to adult Mondays, Aug. 7 and 14, at El Paso Community College’s Transmountain Campus Gym, 9570 Gateway North. Admission is free; call for registration: 755-1414.

‘EDA from Ballet to Broadway’ — The eclectic show of two aspiring dancers who come to New York to fulfill their dream of being on Broadway is 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The dancers visit different theatre groups, preparing to debut their respective musicals. Featured musicals include “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Grease,” “Lion King,” “Wicked,” and “Les Miserables.” Admission is free. Information: 727-3168.

‘A Night in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 16-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Shundo Ballroom, 120 N. Paragon. BOYB; food and snacks allowed. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, or on Facebook at PDNbigband.

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by the Little Table Contraband of Las Cruces, and caller Lonnie Ludeman. The dance begins with beginners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m.; no partner needed. Cost: $6 ($4 youth; $15 family). Information: (575) 522-1691 or
  The dances are usually done in long facing lines with some moves similar to square dancing up and down and forward and back with progressions. The dance form originated in the 17th century.

Zumbathon — Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth, hosts its 5th Zumbathon 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19, hosted by four volunteer instructors of the three-hour time. Zumba is a collection of world music Such as: Bollywood, salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton, bhangra and more Cost: $6 ($4 YMCA members) in advance; $7 ($5 members) day of events. Raffle tickets $1 each. Cost of entrance goes towards Strong Kids Campaign ( to helps lower income families participate in the YMCA). Information: 755-9622 or

Champion Studio — The studio presents its annual “Folklórico Summer Fiesta” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial, with music and dances from old Mexico performed by students from Champion Studio. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

‘Danzón’ — El Paso Ballet Theatre presents a mix of classical and contemporary ballet, with music ranging from the elegant score of Ludwig Minkus to the seductive Bizet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S San Marcial. The program consists of ballet pieces celebrating Latin themes and culture including variations from “Don Quixote,” “Paquita,” and “Carmen.”  Admission: $12. Information: 760-6062 or
  The performance will also feature a new contemporary piece by guest choreographer Christina Mitchell. Performers include El Paso Ballet Theatre dancers, soloists, and guest artists.
  El Paso Ballet Theatre, 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H, will hold auditions 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, for dancers who wish to join the company during the 2017-2018 season. Audition cost: $20. Information: 760-6062 or
  Open registration for the school is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 1-5. Pre-Ballet & Beginning ballet classes begin Saturday Aug. 5. Levels 1-5 will begin August 7.

Argentine Tango Saturday Night Milonga — Paso Del Norte Tango Club hosts lessons 8 to 9 p.m. every Saturday, at Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, followed by a practice milonga. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Cost: $10 (includes free lesson). Information: 227-8953, 422-3338 or

Big Band Dance Club — The club sponsors dances 8 to 10 p.m. selected Thursdays or Fridays, at the Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court, in Las Cruces. Cost: $8 members, $10 others, $5 students. Dance lessons at 7 p.m. Information: (575) 526-6504.

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