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‘Danzón’ — El Paso Ballet Theatre presents a mix of classical and contemporary ballet, with music ranging from the elegant score of Ludwig Minkus to the seductive Bizet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The program consists of ballet pieces celebrating Latin themes and culture including variations from “Don Quixote,” “Paquita,” and “Carmen.” Admission: $10 general admission; $5 seniors, children under 10 and military. Information: 760-6062 or elpasoballettheatre.com.
The performance will also feature a new contemporary piece by guest choreographer Christina Mitchell. Performers include El Paso Ballet Theatre dancers, soloists, and guest artists.
‘Nutcracker’ auditions — El Paso Ballet Theatre will host auditions for its 2017 production of “The Nutcracker” 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1060 Doniphan Park Circle, Suite H. Information, requirements: Director Marta Katz, 760-6062; available online at elpasoballetheatre.com.
Advanced dancers (12 and up may audition for Principal and Corps de Ballet roles 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Auditions for children’s roles: ages 6 to 7 are 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; ages 8 to 10 are 12:45 to 1:30; beginner to Intermediate dancers ages 11-13 are 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes before each audition class. Proper ballet attire required. Intermediate and advanced female dancers must have pointe shoes.
Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 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; $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.
‘A Night in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 16-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Shundo Ballroom, 120 N. Paragon. BOYB; food and snacks allowed. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, email@example.com or on Facebook at PDNbigband.
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.
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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