May 2019


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International Day of Dance — Branigan Cultural Center’s 11th annual celebration of dance is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, featuring multicultural performances for all ages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2154 or Facebook (Branigan Cultural Center).

Easter Tardeada — St Pius X Parish Colonia Ministry hosts the dance 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at St. Pius, Geronimo at Clark. Dance to Latin, country, and the oldies with music by the El Paso Starliners. BYOB and snacks. Sodas provided. Cost: $10. Tickets available at the office at 1055 Clark until April 26 and at the door on April 28. Information: 772-3226.

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 (May 4, June 1). Tickets: $3; can be purchased the week of the dance. Information: (575) 541-3000.

‘Gala Mexicana’ — Compañía de Ballet Clásico de Maru Becerra presents the Cinco de Mayo celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, Main, in San Elizario, with music by El Mariachi Alegre. Admission: $5. Information: 976-7077, or on Facebook.

USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts an afternoon dance 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Belton Bridge Center, 1214 E. Madrid in Las Cruces. Free hustle lesson from Lorry Arellano of Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission: $10 ($5 members); free for age 12 and younger. Information: Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or, or Facebook at USADanceLasCruces.

‘Unity’ — El Paso Community College Dance presents its annual spring concert 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at EPCC’s Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, featuring contemporary and hip hop performances with faculty, student, and guest artist choreography. The show will also feature “Conscience,” a guest company from New Mexico. Admission: $10 ($5 students, seniors, veterans, and kids; free for children under 5). Information: 831-3237 or on Instagram.

Mother’s Day Dance - Shundo Ballroom & Dance Studio, 109 Paragon, hosts the dance 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 11, featuring music by Jack Welch. Reservations: 532-2043.

‘Melusine’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series season concludes with an all-new show by Snake Charmer and the Belly Dancer at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or
  The mother-daughter duo of Seneé Barrazas and Sonia Flores, who produces the annual “Arabesque” and “Cat’s Meow,” will be joined by dancers from the region in performance of belly dance styles, including tribal fusion, American cabaret and classical Egyptian. Doug Adamz and Light Rain will provide live music.

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. This month features music by Little Table Contraband of Las Cruces. Caller is 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

Afternoon Tea Dance — USA Dance Chapter 5017 hosts a tea dance 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Shundo Ballroom & Dance Studio, 120 Paragon. Dance to rhythms like country/western two Step, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, swing, hustle, cumbia and more. A Nightclub 2 Step dance lesson by Juan Manuel is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission: 11; $7 members and military, $5 students; BYOB and snacks. Information: Raquel, 345-6432 or Veronica, 253-7876.

British Ballet Academy - The academy's annual recital is Saturday, June 1, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring a variety of dance styles. For time and cost: 591-4472,, 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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