December 2019


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USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts a dance 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Belton Bridge Center, 1214 E. Madrid in Las Cruces, with 2-step waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle, cumbia and more. Free West Coast Swing lesson is 2 to 2:45 p.m. with Lorry Arellano of Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio. Admission: $10 ($5 members); free for age 12 and younger. Information: Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or, or Facebook at USADanceLasCruces.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Gift of Christmas Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $29-$99(Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information:
  Moscow Ballet’s latest tour features such “gifts of Christmas” such as a life-sized Kissy Doll, red-eyed Rat King; Russian Troika Sleigh bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony populated with 10-foot-tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds and dancing couples.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 11th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $20-$35 (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-6002 or

Munson Center Saturday Night Dance — Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite, Las Cruces, hosts its monthly senior dance 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (Dec. 7, Jan. 4). Tickets: $3; can be purchased the week of the dance. Information: (575) 541-3000.

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s holiday contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. Live music by West Texas band The Muletones, and caller is Lonnie Ludeman. Attire is holiday dressy. The dance begins with beginners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m.; no partner or experience needed. Cost: $6 ($4 youth). Information: (575) 522-1691 or

Christmas Dinner Dance — USA Dance Chapter 5017, hosts its Christmas dance 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon, with dancing to fox trot, country western 2 Step, waltz, salsa and more. Dinner is 5 to 6 p.m. BYOB and snacks; soft drinks and ice provided. Tickets (for dinner and dance): $25 ($20 members, or active or retired military with ID). Dance only tickets available at the door for $17 ($15 members). RSVP by Dec. 8: 345-6432 or 253-7876 to obtain tickets.

Dancin’ Holiday Magic — Academy of Music & Dance in Las Cruces hosts its recital featuring children of all ages at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission: $10-$14; available at (575) 525-2909 or

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 36th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, and Michelle’s Dance Academy’s “Chaos at Christmas,” is Dec. 20-22 at the NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and Espina. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. All seats reserved. Tickets: $22. Information: (575) 527-1893 or

Tea Dances — Free tea dances to Big Band and Golden Oldies hits spun by DJ Larry are 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday, plus Fridays except the last two Fridays of the month, at Memorial Park Senior Center, 1800 Byron (behind El Paso Rose Garden on Copia). Information: 212-2115 or
  Dances are also at the Wellington Chew Center, 4430 Maxwell, the third Friday of the month.

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