May 2018


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International Day of Dance — Branigan Cultural Center’s 10th annual celebration of dance is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, featuring multi-cultural performances for all ages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or Facebook (Branigan Cultural Center).

USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts an afternoon dance 3:15 to 6 p .m. Sunday, May 6, at NMSU’s Rentfrow Hall, 3161 Williams (at Stewart) in Las Cruces, with 2-step, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle, cumbia and more. Free dance lesson 2:15 to 3 p.m. Admission: $10 ($5 members). Information: Ellen (575) 522-1438 or; or Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or

Aerial artist Lydia Lara — Project in Motion, 430 North Compress in Las Cruces, hosts performer Lydia Lara in “You Can Cut All The Flowers, but Spring will Still Come/Podrán Cortar Todas Las Flores, Pero No Podrán Detener La Primavera” at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 11-13, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors and veterans, $5 children under five accompanied by an adult) Information: (575) 208-4413, or on Facebook.
  Lara will also host various workshops starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 13. Cost per workshop: $35; call for schedule.
  Lara is on the faculty at Womack and Bowman, and the Aerial House in L.A. where she also performs regularly with Aerial Experience Productions.

British Ballet Academy - The academy's annual recital is Saturday, May 12, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring a variety of dance styles. For time and cost: 591-4472, 433-3620 or

Senior Prom — EPCC Senior Adult Program, Care 1st and WellMed host the prom for senior adults 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the EPCC Administrative Service Center Auditorium Bldg. A, 9050 Viscount. The event has a 1970s theme with DJs, raffle prizes “prom pictures” and refreshments. Passes are free; may be acquired through 831-7801 or

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. Music by the Little Table Contraband of Las Cruces. 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) 636-5509 or

‘Center Stage’ — Olga’s Russian Ballet School presents its annual performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Professional guest dancers will perform together with students of the school. Tickets: $12, $14 and $16. Information: 408-3405 or
  The program includes ballet suites from “Don Quixote,” “The Fairy Doll,” “Paquita,” and ”Dying Swan,” as well as new contemporary choreographies.

Pavo Real Mother’s Day Dance — Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda, hosts its monthly dance 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, celebrating Mother’s Day with variety music by Triangulo Band. Cost: $5. Information: 860-9131 or on Facebook at Pavoreal.

Dance Extravaganza — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s annual performance is 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 527-1893 or

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

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.

Dancing with Parkinson’s — The dance classes for people with Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders El Paso are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at New Hope Lutheran Church, 4801 Sun Valley. Professional caregivers and family (age 16 and older) are welcome. No dance partner necessary. Walker and wheelchair friendly. Classes are modeled after the Mark Morris Dance Group/ Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group/Dance for PD program. Beginning classes integrate all styles of music and movement. Cost: $5 for dancer/patient (first class is free). Information: 345-1438.

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