January 2018


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Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by West Texas band The Muletones 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 Grid’ — Human Nature Contemporary Ballet presents a new work that explores the visceral reality of the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s through dance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19-21, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10 Information: 213-8410.

Flamenco Community Outreach Program — Dancer Linda Gallegos will teach youth and adults the world of flamenco with basic steps, palmas, rhythm, palos 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 7-12; and 11 a.m. to noon for ages 13 to adult Saturday, Jan. 20 and 27, at El Paso Community College’s Transmountain Campus Gym, 9570 Gateway North. Admission is free; advance registration required: 755-1414.

UTEP Children’s Dance program — UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance hosts dance programs for 2018. Cost per session is $105 ($90 early bird) per student. Discounts and financial assistance available. Information: 747-5146 or utep.edu/liberalarts/theatre-dance/.
  Session I classes are 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 20-March 10, with Tiny Toes dance for age 3-6, and Young Dancers, age 7-11. Early bird registration is Dec. 18-Jan. 12.
  Session II inclusive class for ages 6 and older is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, March 31-May 19. Early bird registration is March 1-23.

‘Iconic Pop’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents its Faculty Dance concert Feb. 9-17, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre (2nd floor). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets: $14; $12 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, Alumni with card, non-UTEP Students; $9 UTEP students and children. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The UTEP Dance Program presents a celebration of pop music legends and those breaking new ground in the genre, choreographed by the dance faculty. Special guest artists are Mountain Movement Company.

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.

Zumbini Instructor Training — Sol Studio, 4106 Montana, hosts the 2-day training 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, Registration: $400 (includes all materials and resources); Information: (305) 330-1512 or zumbini.com/trainings/142  
  From the minds of Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini was created as a way to engage and develop bonds between parents and caretakers and children ages 0-4 years through physical activity and music. Participants will learn the skills needed and be provided with resources to teach Zumbini classes on their own.

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