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‘The Nutcracker’— 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.
Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s holiday contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by Rus Bradburd and Dennis Daily 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). Information: (575) 522-1691 or snmmds.org.
‘Evening of Fiesta’ — K’AAY Ballet Folklorico celebrates the culture of Mexico through traditional song and dance in a vibrant performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $5. Information: 727-7406.
‘Nocturnal’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents the show by the contemporary dance group Tumbleweed Collective at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
The group’s program of new choreography is inspired by the night, exploring themes of hope, dreams, celebration, isolation, romance, heartache, refuge and home.
Afternoon Ballroom dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 2 to 7 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 starting at 3 p.m. Music provided by Jack Welch. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks provided; BYOB. Dress is semi-formal. Information: Georgena, 328-0527, Raquel, 345-6432, or usadance.org.
‘The Nutcracker’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 34th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, and Holiday Spectacular is Dec. 15-17 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. Information: (575) 646-1420. Tickets: $21 (Ticketmaster).
‘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.
This year marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America.
The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The “Great Russian Nutcracker” tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony.
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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