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Brazilian Carnaval — Sol Studio, 4106 Montana, hosts a celebration of Carnaval and Brazilian culture 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 2, with free Samba dance lessons, Capoeira, live music by Samba Alma de Fogo, costume contest, food, kids activities, vendors and more. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: 996-1814, solstudioep.com or on Facebook.
Munson Center Saturday Night Dance — Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite, Las Cruces, hosts its monthly senior adults 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (March 2). Tickets: $3; can be purchased the week of the dance. Information: (575) 541-3000.
USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts an afternoon dance 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Belton Bridge Center, 1214 E. Madrid in Las Cruces, with 2-step, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle, cumbia and more. Free samba lesson by Mando Rodriguez is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission: $10 ($5 members); free for age 12 and younger. Information: Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook at USADanceLasCruces.
Dance for Dreams — Dance for Dreams hosts a dancing fundraising event beginning at 7:3 p.m. Friday March 8, at Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane, Suite 201, with live music dancing to salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, cha-cha, kizomba and more. Live music by Azucar, with DJ music from Fernie Aveytia. Dance performances and raffles also offered. The public is welcome. Admission: $15. Information: Deliris Montanez, (704) 293-4307, dancefordreamsfoundation.org or on Facebook at dancefordreamsfoundation.
“Dance for Dreams” is a nonprofit organization that supports amateur athletics.
‘A Night In the ’40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 17-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, 120 N. Paragon, Suite 201. All ages welcome; BYOB, food and snacks. Door prizes and raffle offered; participants are encouraged to wear 1940s theme attire. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, email@example.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, March 15, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. This month features music by the Big Ditch Crickets of Silver City. Caller is Lonnie Ludeman. Participants are invited to wear their green. 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.
‘Gitanerias’ — Linda Gallegos Flamenco, one of the Southwest's premiere flamenco companies, will debut a flamenco music and dance performance 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the El Paso Main Library Auditorium 501 N. Oregon, showcasing flamenco footwork, guitar, and castanets. Gallegos will perform as well as soloist Jessica Rae “Rayito” Warner, and on guitar will be Arturo Garibay. Guest performers also include student company Las Gitanas Flamencas. Sponsored by MCAD. Admission is free. Information: 755-1414 or lindaflamenco.com.
Terry Crane Rope Performance Workshop — Project In Motion hosts a workshop with Terry Crane, veteran of the big top and the stage, April 14-20. Crane has performed with Teatro Zinzanni, les 7 Doigts de la Main, and Circus Monti. Information: (575) 208-4413, projectinmotion.com or on Facebook.
Dancing with Parkinson’s — The dance classes for people with Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders El Paso are 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Fridays at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm. 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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