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Desert Dancer
Chapter #5017 of
USA Dance , Inc.
El Paso - Las Cruces - West TX - Southern NM
August 2014
USA Dance Mission Statement:
"Improving the quantity and quality of ballroom dancing in the United States"  
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Email Or call the editor, Barbara Aley @ Phone 915-585-1936.
DESERT DANCER  USA Dance, Inc.   Chapter # 5017
Your Ballroom Dance Newsletter                                                August 2014       Vol. 18, #8
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Shundo Dance Studio
120 Paragon Lane, El Paso, TX
SHOWCASE August 10th at the studio.
Get your tickets!

A Sunday in the 40's: Dance to the Exciting Sound of the Big Band Era
by the Paso del Norte Big Band
August 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another Memory Ballroom
9828 Montana Avenue
Tickets:  $12.50 in advance/$15 at the door
Contact:  (915) 203-7292 or (915) 433-1407

The Media Luna Tango Project
Patio Dining, Tango Show, Dance, Silent Auction
Two showings
Saturday, August 30 at 6:30 and
Sunday, August 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Sunland Dance Studio and the Sunland Winery
1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, NM  88063
Contact (915) 422-3338 or to purchase online.

September Dance - "Putting on the Ritz"
@ 1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, NM (at the Sunland Winery)
2:00 - 5:00 pm   $7.00 Members, $10.00 Adult Nonmembers

October 26, 2014 - "Autumn Dance"
at the Mesilla Community Center - Las Cruces, NM
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm    Tickets at the door $7 members, $10 non-members

December 6, 2014 - Holiday Party Dinner/Dance
Biggs Centenniel Club - WITH AZUCAR!!!


Shundo Dance Studio
120 Paragon Lane, El Paso, TX
Mando Rodriguez, Christen Davis, Samantha Walker
Adriana Castillo, Gabriela Moreno, Lorry Arellano, GianCarlo Greco, Joel Aguilar,
Jules Maldonado, Oliver Dominguez,

MONDAYS:  Social 101 at 7:00pm  Bachata at 8:00pm
TUESDAYS: Argentine Tango at 7:00 pm
WEDNESDAYS: Social 101 at 7:00 pm  Salsa at 8:00 pm
THURSDAYS:  Rumba at 7:00 pm
FRIDAYS:  Social Party at 7:00 pm
Group Classes are progressive and require pre-registration. Call to reserve your spot! 915-532-2043


El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy

Group Classes M-F - SCHEDULE
Private Classes: Joannie Garcia, Tommy Nations, Luisa ALvarez, Jessica Duarte, Julio Guzman

Mondays: Group Argentine Tango 8:00-9:00 pm $5pp,  
Tuesdays: Group Salsa 1 & Salsa 2 8:00-9:00pm $10pp, Dance Practice 9:00-10:00 pm
Wednesdays: Group Ballroom classes 8:00-9:00 pm $5pp
Group Bachata 9:00 - 10:00 pm  $5pp
Thursdays: Group Technique 101 7:00-8:00 pm $10pp

Fridays: July 4th-Salsa Social with Kizomba @9 Social @10:00 TEAM HAVANA $10pp
July 11th - Argentine Tango 7-8pm Practice 8-9pm
July 18th - WCSwing 7-8pm Practice 8:00-9:00
July 25th - Milonga 8:00-11:00pm $10pp

DANCE PARTY Saturday,                           , 8:00-11:00pm $10pp

Dance Littles Group Class - Wednesday 5p.m. – 6pm
Teen Group Class - Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. - $20/month or  $7/class

Tommy Nations teaches Argentine Tango Workshop on July 11th 7:00-9:00pm
Information Tommy Nations, 915-585-0090.

Yoga Classes Taught by certified yoga instructor  Christopher Mendez - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.
NEW SATURDAY CLASS 9:00-10:00am $10 per class Hatha Yoga suitable for all levels Please bring your own mat

7220 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79912, 915-585-0090,



Sunland Ballroom, 1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, NM
Heather Zubkova - Cynthia Gamez - Ubaldo Armenta
Samantha Walker and Christen Davis

The Sunland Dance Studio is now open, a pleasant, friendly dance studio where you can learn Smooth and Latin Ballroom dances,
Classical Ballet, and Argentine Tango with qualified instructors. The studio has an ample sprung maple floor, ideal for dancing.  We
invite you to come and dance with us this May and this summer too!
Also starting a Gentle Yoga for Dance class this summer with Lety Hernandez. Danzas Espanolas and Studio Metropolis under the
direction of Nina Gomes will be performing Flamenco on Saturday, July 19.

August 2014

The Media Luna Tango Project, which is our tango show, is scheduled for August 30 and Sunday, August 31.  Original choreography
to Astor Piazolla's Oblivion and more from Tango El Paso, Tango Argentino de Cd. Juarez, and the El Paso Youth Ballet. It promises
to be a really spectacular show! Get your tickets now at:

Contact-Tango Workshop September 27th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Sunland Dance Studio.  Explore dance elements from contact
improvisation and Argentine tango. This will help you deepen the connection between you and your partner and enhance your
dance. Given by Sandra Paola López Ramírez BFA,

Sunland Dance Studio to Participate in Dancing for Kids Sake! to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of El Paso
November 15, 2014 at The Plaza Theater

Mondays  & Wednesdays
·         Teddy Bear Ballroom - 4:00 p.m.*
·         Teen Ballroom - 6:00 p.m.*
·         Peformance Tango at 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Ubaldo Armenta and Cynthia Gamez
·         Tango 101 at 7:00 p.m. Instructor: Cynthia Gamez (Next Session starts June 19)*
·         Tango Practica 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Hostess: Cynthia Gamez  ($5/person)
·         Teddy Bear Ballroom - 4:00 p.m.*
·         Teen Ballroom - 6:00 p.m.*
·         Beginner Salsa at 7:00 p.m. Instructor:  Ubaldo Armenta
·         Ballroom Featured Dance: Waltz at 7:00 p.m.
·         Instructors:  Samantha Walker
·         Followed by a Ballroom Social (Included with class)
·         Performance Tango at 6:30 p.m.
·         Swing at 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Ubaldo Armenta
·         Children's Ballroom - 12:00 a.m. Instructor: Heather Zubkova*
·         Performance Tango - 5:30 p.m. Instructor:  Ubaldo Armenta
·         Bachata 7:00 p.m. Instructors:  DJ Lemon and Alejandra Mansour
·         Country Western 8:00 p.m.  Instructors: DJ Lemon and Alejandra Mansour

Winery Thursday Nights!  Live Music by- Lalo Ledezma ~ TEAM HAVANA, Starting at 8:00 PM, with
Free Dance Classes ~ given by "Juan"

EVERY FRIDAY 7:30 TO 11:30 PM, and SUNDAY 2:00 TO 6:00 PM at  

As well as
Jack Welch and Shadow, PERFORMING LIVE AT THE WINERY, Every Saturday ~ starting at 7

Studio Phone Number: 575-589-0130, or Rebecca @  915-544-4203
Please see our website at and visit our facebook at for
more information.  

The Paso del Norte Tango Club
Dancer's Studio located at 111 Rio Flor off of Mesa Street across from Bella Napoli Restaurant.  
If you have any questions, you can call Larry at (915) 490-4956 or Cynthia at (915) 422-3338.  Thank you!

Every Saturday Night Argentine Tango Class (8:00-9:00) and Milonga until 11:00 p.m.

Great News for our
Bella Napoli Tango Night!  We will be having tango night on Thursdays from now on
starting this week Thursday, May 29. Live music with Tango Noir Ensemble will start will start promptly at 7:00 p.m and will continue
until 8:00 p.m.  As many of you know, our Tango Noir Ensmble is scheduled to play this July 26 for Dancing in the City and we are
hoping to have them play a ton of our milongas sometime soon!  Hope you can join us Thursday Night at Bella Napoli for dinner and
dancing to live music.  
Bella Napoli, 6331 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79912, (915) 584-3321

Tango Happenings: Saturdays: The Paso del Norte Tango Club will be hosting a  Beginner's Tango Lesson (8:00)and Milonga at 9:00

For your information:
Pasodelnortetangoclub at and facebook at
Tango Connexion ( )
Milonga Volver (
Don't forget!  - Private and group lessons are available from Ubaldo and Cynthia. We will also work help you plan your tango event
or party. Call (915) 422-3338 to schedule or contact us at!
Tango Noir Ensemble (Steve Jones, Rene Castaneda, Martha Vera, and Hilario Gamez) are also booking this year for special events.  
Please support our very own Tango Ensemble!


Learn to Dance Ballroom, Latin & Swing!
Join NMSU DanceSport every Tuesday Nights - Restarting SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
7:00 pm  Level One - FREE
8:15 pm Level Two - $5
NMSU @ Rentfro Gymnasium (corner of Stewart & Williams
Lessons are taught by NMSU Sance Sporet Company members and act as a practicum for professional development.
No experience necessary. No partner required.

For a detailed list of  Dancing opportunities that Southern New Mexico has to offer check out the local dance scene at:

NMSU DanceSport will resume the FREE Tuesday night dance lessons on Tuesday, September 2.

Now is a great time to learn to Latin dance – or – to just perfect your skills.  Take advantage of DANC 122 to be
offered in the second Summer session at NMSU.  Description:  DANC 122 offers an exciting introduction to five of the
American Style Rhythm dances. You will explore beginning technique for cuban motion, connection, frame, and having
fun in partner dancing while learning the Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Merengue, and Salsa.  Instructors, Ariel
Freilich and Brandon Romero have recently been nationally certified to teach the Rhythm syllabus and can not wait to
share their knowledge with the community. All levels of dancers are welcome and a partner is not necessary.

We are pleased to announce that for the first time in NMSU DanceSport history, Comcast Channel 98 – the Las Cruces
Channel - will air our 2014 Spring performance Rhythm NIghts: The Gift.  Whether you unfortunately missed the live
performance or you just want to see it again – now is your chance.  Tell your friends!



Salsa Rueda
A social dance based off of Salsa, an internationally popular Latin partner dance.
You grab a partner and join all the other partners in a great big circle and dance together all 4 or 100 of you.

The class will be held on Saturdays at Mesilla Valley Dance by Leonard Thurman III.
Here is the website for the Studio :
If you have any questions just ask Leonard at  Space is limited.


Tuesday - Las Cruces Tango Club
"Social Dancers of Las Cruces, Ltd."
a non-profit organization is sponsoring dances generally the first Saturday of each month.
The Argentine Tango de Las Cruces Tango Club is a dance club promoting Tango in the Las Cruces area.
We have a weekly lesson every Tuesday night from 6:30 - 7:00 PM with dancing immediately following until 9:30 PM.
We meet every Tuesday at the Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla New Mexico (Google Maps). Admission is $5.


Rentfrow Gymnasium (corner of Stewart and WIliams, Las Cruces, NMSU Campus
No partner necessary - NMSU DanceSport - Call 575-646-2070 for more info


Las Cruces Swing
Swing and social dance in southern New Mexico and the Mesilla valley.

Big Band Dance Club - LAS CRUCES, NM


For you dance a holics .
Every Tuesday, the Las Cruces Tango Club meets. They will be meeting this coming Tuesday, at the Mesilla Community center at 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla NM. The lesson will be
from 6:30 – 7:15 and dancing will be from 7:15– 9:00. Contact: Terri Coffman, 526-9197.
Every Monday, Beginning Argentine Tango is taught by Tommy Nations at El Paso Ballroom, 7220 N Mesa, El Paso, Tx, 8-9PM, 915-585-0090.
April 5, Sat, Social Dancers, CYC, Genie & Starliners, 7-9PM

*Dale Ellis teaches Western group lessons on Wednesdays, Grahams Central Station, 7-8:30PM,

USA DANCE CHAPTER 5047  -   First and Third Sunday Parties
Our chapter 5047  dance parties are on the first and third Sundays of the month. They are held at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center
at 4915 Hawkins Street NE in Albuquerque. Admission is $8 per person, $5 for USA Dance members, $2 college students & adults
over 80, FREE admission for ages 18 and under. Dancing begins at 6 PM and continues until 9:30 PM. Each first Sunday dance
party features a mini-lesson from 6:30-7:10; the third Sunday dance offers a dance demonstration by outstanding amateur or
professional dancers at 7:30.
USA Dance members - $5
USA Dance member college student and members over 80 yrs. old - $2
Non-USA Dance member - $8
Non USA Dance member college student and non-member over 80 yrs. old - $5
18 yrs. and under – free – must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
From I-25 take the Ellison/San Antonio exit, west on Ellison a short distance, then right on Hawkins.


Maker House - Each Tuesday in Tucson, there is a lesson in blues held at Maker House, followed by a social dance.
Desert Moon Blues - Every third Saturday in Tucson, the Tucson Blues Dancers hold a blues dance at the DanceLoft.

Don’t Forget…
Our next board meeting will be Thursday, August   , 2014  at 6:00 pm.,
Call for location (915-585-1936) or email (
We will have refreshments and discussion. All are welcome to join.
18 years old...and getting stronger!