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‘Night of Contemporary Dance’ — Olga’s Russian Ballet School presents an evening of dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 ($10 seniors, students) (Ticketmaster). Information: 408-3405 or balletelpaso.com.
Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by Little Table Contraband of Las Cruces and caller Lonnie Ludeman. The dance begins with beginners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m.; no partner or experience needed. Cost: $6 ($4 youth; $15 family). Information: (575) 522-1691 or snmmds.org.
Pavo Real Thanksgiving Dance — Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda, hosts its monthly dance 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, with live music by Galaxy Band. Admission: $5. Information: 860-9131 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
‘Ritmos Nortenos’ — Ballet Paso del Norte presents the folklorico production at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial, celebrating the music and dance of northern Mexico and the southern United States. Some of the styles featured include polka, redova, shotties, cumbia, danzon, corridas, huapango, and fox trot. Admission: $5. Information: 588-5743.
‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 8th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $15 to $25, available through Ticketmaster or the UTEP Ticket Office, 747-5234. Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.
Afternoon Ballroom dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane. Cost (check or cash only): $23 ($20 students and military, free for members). Social hour is 2 to 3 p.m. with dancing 3 to 6 p.m. Music provided by Jack Welch. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks provided; BYOB. Information: Georgena, 328-0527, or Raquel, 345-6432.
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 25th anniversary performances of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and noon Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $28 (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
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 pasodelnortetangoclub.com.
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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