October 2017


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Ballet Folklórico Churuhui — The annual gala is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, with music and dances from various states and regions in Mexico such as Jalisco, Veracruz, Chiapas and Chihuahua. Admission: $5. Reservations: 588-5743.

‘Forever Tango’ — Luis Bravo’s internationally celebrated Broadway musical is 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $45-$75 (Ticketmaster).
  “Forever Tango” celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina, with six world-class Argentine Tango couples, a 1930s-style vocalist, and a ten-piece orchestra featuring the instrument of tango, the bandoneon, a 19th century accordion. The production opened on Broadway in 1990 and has since been seen my more than 7 million people world wide.

Moscow Ballet auditions — El Paso area ballet students age 6 to 18 may audition for Moscow Ballet’s Romana Dumanska at at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Host Studios Las Cruces School of Dance, 1390 North Main in Las Cruces and Music and Alamogordo Academy of Ballet, as part of the ballet’s “Dance-with-Us” program giving students the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the pros. The audition is open to students with a minimum one year of ballet training. Sign up at nutcracker.com/auditions. Information: Sally Michael Keyes, sally@nutcracker.com or (413) 499-1733 x21; or Julie Balter, julie@nutcracker.com or (413) 499-1733 x14.
  Selected youth will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at noon Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre.

Look Who’s Dancing — The annual dance event is 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Las Cruces community leaders and local personalities and their DanceSport partners compete against each other in a friendly contest. NMSU DanceSport Company (DSC) students choreograph the dances, instruct, and perform with the local celebrities. Audience members cast votes for the People’s Choice award. Tickets: $14 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-2070.
  Proceeds help DSC students represent NMSU at national competitions, produce shows regionally and share dance locally.

‘A Night in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 16-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing anfd music, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Shundo Ballroom, 120 N. Paragon. BOYB; food and snacks allowed. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, music@pdnbigband.com 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, Oct. 20, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by West Texas band The Muletones, 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.
  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.

‘The Cat’s Meow’ — The Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer present the dinner theater featuring Na Imah of Las Cruces and Senee’ Barraza of El Paso at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Country Inn Suites, 900 Sunland Park. Tickets: $37. Information, registration: 691-1938, snakecharmerthebellydancer@yahoo.com or snakecharmerandthebellydancer.com.
  The Cat’s Meow dinner theater is a collection of eclectic vintage fusions of Belly Dance as interpreted by regional dancers and performers, characterizing and bringing to life some of the most important women of history. Audiences are invited to come dressed as a favorite vintage character or Shady Lady of the past.
  Workshops that day at Snake Charmer Studio II in Central El Paso. Cost: $40 per workshop.
• “Ashra Baladi: Recognizing and Interpreting the Egyptian Baladi Progression” is 11:15 a.m. with Na Imah.
• “Memoirs of The Mata Hari” is 9 to 11 a.m. with Senee’ Barraza.

‘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.

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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