February 2019


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USA Dance — USA Dance Las Cruces NM Chapter #5058, hosts an afternoon dance 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 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 milonga lesson by Hilario and Cynthia Gamez 2 to 2:45 p.m. by Leonard Thurman. Admission: $10 ($5 members); free for age 12 and younger. Memberships are $25 annually. Information: Jerry, (575) 639-3993 or geraldcarolcarson@gmail.com, or Facebook at USADanceLasCruces.
  Hilario and Cynthia will demonstrate the Milonga, which originated in Buenos Aires, at 4:35 p.m.

Valentine Dance - USA Desert Dancers Chapter 5017 hosts a “Dancing from the Heart” dance 2:15 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Shundo Dance Studio, 120 Paragon Lane, with live music of all genres for dancing. Rumba lessons from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. No partner needed. Admission: $11 ($7 members and military; $5 students). Information: Rachel, 345-6432; Georgena, 328-0527; Gladys, 203-2257; Veronica, 253-7876, Rene, 540-2335 or usadance.org.

World Dance Alliance Americas — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance hosts the World Dance Alliance Americas General Assembly, “Moving Interactions: Dancing through In-Between Borders” as national and international guests artists gather to present their work Feb. 14-16, at UTEP’s Wise Family Theatre, with original works from UTEP faculty members, nationally renowned guest artists Jose Zamora and Shannon Mockli, and UTEP alumni-collective Fawnz Dance Company. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday. Tickets: $10. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The conference provides an opportunity for dance to take center stage within the campus and the city of El Paso at large, through performances, site-specific choreographies, panel presentations, dance for the camera screenings and more.

Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces. This month is a Mardi Gras theme with music by Bayou Seco of Silver City, recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. 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.

‘A Western Ode’ — Mesilla Valley Dance Eclectic presents its original family-friendly show inspired by story elements of the epic poem, “The Odyssey” 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23-24, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: tktassistant.com. Information: mesillavalleydance.com.
  Follow the adventures of a girl who left home to move out west for a better life, is forced to navigate through a long series of wanderings and hardships to make her way back home. Original choreography by the members of Mesilla Valley Dance Collective tell a story through genres of dance ranging from classical ballet to modern dance.

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 (Feb. 2, March 2). Tickets: $3; can be purchased the week of the dance. Information: (575) 541-3000.

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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