February 2018


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Noche de Flamenco — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, host a night of flamenco at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, with a seated, Spanish-style dinner with flamenco guitar, vocal and dance performances. Ticket information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
  Special guests include dancer Carlos Montufar; vocalist Vicente “El Cartucho” Griego; and guitarist Jake Mossman. Student dancers from New Mexico State University will also perform.

USA Dance Super Sunday dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts its first dance event of the year on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, at Mesilla Community Center. Dancing is 2 to 5 p.m. featuring music for music for 2-step, waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle and more. Admission: $10 ($5 USA Dance members). Annual USA Dance member fee is $35. Information: Ellen Davis, (575) 522-1438 or edavis4455@yahoo.com.

‘Iconic Pop’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents its faculty dance program Feb. 9-17, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre (2nd floor). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The program presents a celebration of pop music legends and those breaking new ground in the genre, choreographed by the dance faculty. Special guest artists are Mountain Movement Company.
  Myron Howard Nadel pays homage to music greats like Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. Lisa Smith’s “Psychdelia” is a tribute to the music and culture of the late 1960s. “Heartstrings,” choreographed by Leanne Rinelli, explores the ideas of love, lust and heartache through the music of Latino pop icons such as Julieta Venegas, Natalia Lafourcade, Mana, and Juan Gabriel.

See Saws & Star Dusters Square Dance Night — The casual dance nights are 7 to 9:30 p.m. second and fourth Friday of the month (Feb. 9 and 23), at Crosspointe Church, 11995 Montwood, with Cowboy Caller Ted Clements. All dancers welcome; no alcohol allowed. Admission; $5 for nonmembers; first time guests dance free. Information: 346 5209 or seesawstardusters.com
  Sweetheart Dance featuring caller Joey Solis from Truth or Consequences is Feb. 9.

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with a Mardi Gras theme. Music by Bayou Seco from Silver City, who received a 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Caller is 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.

‘The Scarab Thief’ — Mesilla Valley Dance Collective presents the family-friendly show about friendship, adventure, and sacrifice at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors 65 and over). Reservations: (575) 523-1223. Information:

UTEP Children’s Dance program — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance hosts dance programs for 2018. Cost per session is $105 ($90 early bird) per student. Discounts and financial assistance available. Information: 747-5146 or utep.edu/liberalarts/theatre-dance/.
  Session II inclusive class for ages 6 and older is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, March 31-May 19. Early bird registration is March 1-23.

Argentine Tango classes — Paso del Norte Tango Club hosts Argentine tango classes 8 to 9 p.m. Saturdays in December, at El Paso Dance Works! 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 310, followed by a Milonga. All levels welcome; no partner needed. Lessons are free; milonga admission $10. Information: 422-3338 or elpasodanceworks.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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