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‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 9th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 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.
Seniors’ Saturday Night Dance — Las Cruces Senior Programs host monthly dances 5 to 7 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (Dec. 1, Jan. 5) at the Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite. Admission: $3; tickets available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Munson Center the week before the dance. Information: (575) 528-3000 or las-cruces.org/departments/quality-of-life/senior-programs.
‘Passages’ — El Paso Community College Dance presents its annual fall concert 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at EPCC’s Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North, featuring original choreography from faculty and students. Admission: $10 ($5 students, seniors, veterans, and kids; free for children under 5). Information: 831-3237 or on Facebook.
K’AAY Ballet Folklorico — The ballet celebrates the culture of Mexico through traditional song and dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission: $10. Information: 727-7406 or kaayballetfolklorico.com.
Christmas Dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a dance 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane, with live music of all genres for dancing. No partner needed. Admission: $15 ($12 members); RSVP by Dec. 2 to Rachel, 345-6432 or Georgena, 328-0527.
Christmas dinner and performance — Olga’s Russian Ballet Schools hosts a performance of the Grand Divertissement from “The Nutcracker” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Summit Ballroom and Conference Center, 120 N. Festival, with Mediterranean food, live music and a cash call bar. Tickets: $55 (maximum 8 people per table). Information: 408-3405 or balletelpaso.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. 14, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. Music by Little Table Contraband. 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 snmmds.org.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 35th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, and Holiday Spectacular featuring Oñate High School Choral Department is Dec. 14-16 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: $22 at michelesdanceacademy.regfox.com.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Ballet Company of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez presents the holiday classic at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at Adobe Horseshoe Theatre, 1500 Main in San Elizario. Saturday’s showing is a dinner show with seating at 5:15 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. with cash beer and wine bar available. Doors open for Sunday’s non-dinner show at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $45.95 Saturday dinner show; $24.95 non-dinner matinee Sunday. Parking lot is private. Tickets on sale online beginning Nov. 1. Information: 976-7077, AdobeHorseshoe.com or on Facebook.
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
Russian folk legends Father Christmas and Snow Maiden, hand-painted backdrops by Russian masters and a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan are part of the annual touring spectacular.
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