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‘We are One, Dance One Drum’ — The 11th annual student dance and drumming showcase is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, highlighting the talent of regional dance troupes celebrating the variety of philosophies and styles in belly dance. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 639-1616 or email@example.com.
Contra Dance — The Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society’s monthly contra dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, (St. Patrick’s Day theme) at Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago in Las Cruces, with music by the ten-member band Big Ditch Crickets from Silver City, and caller Lonnie Ludeman. The dance begins with beginners’ lessons at 7:30 p.m.; no partner needed. Cost: $6 ($4 youth; $15 family). Information: (575) 522-1691 or snmmds.org.
The dances are usually done in long facing lines with some moves similar to square dancing up and down and forward and back with progressions. The dance form originated in the 17th century.
‘A Night in the 40s’ — Paso Del Norte Big Band, a 16-piece group, hosts 1940s style dancing and music, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Shundo Ballroom, 120 N. Paragon. The band will be playing hits from the big band era including Glenn Miller, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Perez Prado, Gene Krupa and more. BOYB; food and snacks allowed. Admission: $15. Information: 532-2043, 203-7292, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at PDNbigband.
‘Tierra Flamenca’ — Linda Gallegos Flamenco, one of the Southwest’s leading flamenco troupes, performs the art form of the gypsy dance, guitar and song at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Presented by MCAD and Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. Information: 755-1414.
The show brings percussive footwork, swirling skirts and the castanets that are synonymous with the passionate and fiery gypsy art form. Sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum of Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Swing into Spring — Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory Lane in Sunland Park, hosts swing dancing lessons 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, with rock and roll, music from the 40’s and more. No partner necessary; wear comfortable shoes. Drop in cost: $10.85 (discount with class card). Information: 227-8953, 422-3338 or sunlandballroom.com.
Love Tango Workshop — The workshop featuring ATUSA 2014 Champions Nicholas Tapia and Stephanie Berg is 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, at Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory Lane. Cost: $97 early bird rage; $125 at the door; $30 individual workshops. Online registration at Sunlandballroom.com. Information: 422-3338, pasodelnortetangoclub.com.
Workshops include connections, grounding your caminada, enhancing ochos for both leader and king combinations, gios and floorcraft. Learn how to partner dance and move together on the dance floor smoothly and with confidence.
Project in Motion — Las Cruces-based aerial dance performance company hosts its spring classes for kids teens and adults through May 31, at 430 N. Compress. Punch cards are available for $70 for eight sessions; $35 for four classes (cards from previous sessions honored) Single drop-in classes: $15. Information: (575) 208-4413. Schedule: projectinmotion.com.
Argentine Tango Saturday Night Milonga — Paso Del Norte Tango Club hosts lessons 8 to 9 p.m. every Saturday, at Sunland Dance Studio, 1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, followed by a practice milonga. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Cost: $10 (includes free lesson). Information: 227-8953, 422-3338 or pasodelnortetangoclub.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.
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