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Desert Dancer
Chapter #5017 of
USA Dance , Inc.
El Paso - Las Cruces - West TX - Southern NM
February 2015
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"Improving the quantity and quality of ballroom dancing in the United States"  
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DESERT DANCER  USA Dance, Inc.   Chapter # 5017
Your Ballroom Dance Newsletter                                                February 2015       Vol. 19, #2
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Shundo Dance Studio
120 Paragon Lane, El Paso, TX

Introductory Special: 2 Private Lesson for $120
MONDAYS:  Social 101 at 7:00pm  Bachata at 8:00pm
TUESDAYS: Argentine Tango at 7:00 pm              CW 2-step at 8:00
WEDNESDAYS: Social 101 at 7:00 pm  Salsa at 8:00 pm
THURSDAYS:  Cha-Cha Lesson at 7 pm. Cumbia Lesson at 8 pm
FRIDAYS:  Social Party at 8:00 pm
Group Classes are progressive and require pre-registration. Call to reserve your spot! 915-532-2043

Instructors: Mando Rodriguez,Adriana Castillo, Gabriela Moreno, Lorry Arellano, GianCarlo Greco, Joel Aguilar,
Jules Maldonado, Oliver Dominguez,


El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy

Mondays: Group Bachata (beginners) 8:00-9:00 pm , Kizpmba 9:00-10:00
Tuesdays: Group Salsa 1 & Salsa 2 8:00-9:00pm/Dance Practice 9:00-10:00
Wednesdays: Group: Various Ballroom classes 8:00-9:00 and 9:00-10:00 pm
Thursdays: Group Country Western 2-Step/Swing 8:00-9:00

DANCE PARTY Saturday,    , 2015 , 8:00-11:00pm $10pp

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

KIZOMBA - Beautiful, sensual, musical and a partner dancde that you will fall in love with.

Yoga Classes Taught by certified yoga instructor  Christopher Mendez -SATURDAY CLASS 9:00-10:00am $10 per clas.
Please bring your own mat

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



Studio Schedule
4:00 – 5:00 Kids in Motion (Heather Zubkova)  6:00 – 7:00 Latin Workout (George Torres)  7:00 – 8:00 Performance Tango (Ubaldo Armenta)
4:00 – 5:00 Kids in Motion (Heather Zubkova)    
6:00 – 7:00 Tango Technique Class (Armando Aguilar) for men and women, all levels, no partner required. This class will help you become
stronger, develop balance, and will help you with the body mechanics needed for tango.
7:00 – 8:00 Introduction to Tango and Tango Fundamentals -We offer a beginner’s introduction to Argentine Tango Class and we offer
progressive Argentine Tango Classes for those who want to learn to dance socially or who would like to become part of the performance troupe.
Introduction to Tango (Drop –In) this is an absolute beginner introduction to tango. You will learn about connection, the embrace, walking, and
some basic steps.Since it is a drop –in class, the class will be tailored to the needs of the students.  Students will learn essential elements needed
to dance Argentine Tango.All levels will be taught at the same time, but each level will have its own instructor. As students gain mastery of tango
elements they will progress to more advanced levels and will have the opportunity to practice with other students during the practica.      
Level 1
Connecting and walking with your partner, Ochos, La Cruzada (the cross), Basic Tango Step,Navigating the dance floor.      
Level 2 –Salidas,
Walkingthe line of dance using basic tango walk and basic tango step, Learning to use the ochos fluidly, Ocho cortado, Rocking to left and right   
Level 3 – Variations on the walk – parallel and cross system, Variations on ochos, Variations on ocho cortados, Change of direction Musicality –
learning to hear and respect the beat   
Level 4 – and above starts in March.       8:00 – 9:30 Practica
4:00 – 5:00 Kids in Motion (Heather Zubkova)        6:30 - 7:30 Salsa/Bachata 1 (for beginners) 8-week course starting January 7th ending on Feb
25th (Paola Lopez)    7:30-8:30 Women’s Jazz (all levels welcome) 8-week drop in course starting January 7th ending on Feb 25th (Paola Lopez)
6:00 – 7:00 Ballet Class for Tango (Barre only)Cynthia Gamez     6:00-7:00 Contact-Tango (all levels welcome) 8-week drop in course starting
January 8th ending on Feb 26th Paola Lopez    7:00 – 8:00 Milonga (Hilario Gamez)    8:00 – 9:30 Practica
6:30 – 7:30 Performance Tango (Ubaldo Armenta)    7:30 – 8:30 Country-Western/Mix (Christen Davis)   8:30 – 9:30 Swing (Ubaldo Armenta)
12:00 – 1:00 Kids in Motion (Heather Zubkova)          5:30 – 6:30 Performance Tango (Ubaldo Armenta)

Keep Dancing!
Sunland Dance Studio  1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park NM 88063
(915)422-3338  Studio Phone Number: 575-589-0130
Please see our website at and visit our facebook at for information.  
Salsa Saturday! @ Amaro Winery
Amaro Winery - 402 S. Melendres St., Las Cruces , NM (map)
Free Salsa Social Dance. Free introductory lesson at 7:30 PM. Dance starts at 8 PM until 10 PM. Everybody is welcome come
and join us for an awesome Saturday Night! LEARN MORE
Hosted by: Leonard T. (Organizer)

The Paso del Norte Tango Club
Dancer's Studio located at 111 Rio Flor off of Mesa Street across from Bella Napoli Restaurant.  
More Info:  (915) 422-3338 (English) or (915) 227-8953 (Spanish).

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

Saturday Night lesson starts at 8:00 p.m. followed by our weekly Milonga at 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 10!
This week, Alberto Catala who will be giving a tango workshop this weekend at Pilates Copelia Studio will be our special guest courtesy of Patricia
and Hugo!  See his work here:,_nyc

Monday Nights we are creating a new choreography to Francsisco Canaro's La Ultima Copa de Dolor to be presented at our Valentine's Party. This
choreography is for the advanced beginner/intermediate level.  We need two leaders and one more follower.  You will learn how to link together the
many individual steps that you have learned over the years and will become a more fluid dancer.  Hope you can come.  Class is at the  Sunland
Dance Studio (1769 Victory Lane,Sunland Park NM at 7:00  pm. $8 a class.

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!
NMSU DanceSport is back and we have tons of great dancing opportunities for all.  

Let's Celebrate!  At the NMSU DanceSport Spring Fling!
Sunday, March 8th,  2-5 pm
Join NMSU DanceSport for our annual Spring Fling Dance Party.  Enjoy a free dance lesson, complementary coffee, tea and
snacks, dance exhibitions and lots of great social dancing.  Not to mention the great surprises that the NMSU DanceSport
Club have in store for all of us.
2 pm  Beginning & Intermediate Cha Cha dance lessons
2:45 pm  Dance Party!
Where:  Rentfrow Gymnasium (southeast corner of Stewart and Williams on the NMSU campus.)
ONLY!  $5 Students*  $12 Adults   $8 USA Dance or BBDC members*
Tell your friends!  Life is better when our friends dance too!

Contact or call 575-646-5704 for more information or just show up!  We look forward to dancing with
Come every week and learn 13 different dances.  No Partner Necessary!  Everyone Welcome! Fun - Easy - Social - Great Exercise!
You don't need to RSVP, just show up and bring your friends.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

AND join us at our upcoming events:
February 28 - CARE Lavender Ball - Social Dancing & Performance - Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces NM
March 8 - NMSU DanceSport Spring Tea Dance - Social Dance - Rentfrow Gymnasium, Las Cruces, NM
March 21 - Team Zane Celebrity Waiter March of Dimes Fundraiser - Las Cruces Convention Center, Las Cruces, NM
March 27-29 - USA Dance National DanceSport Championship - Competition - Baltimore, MD
April 17-19 - NMSU DanceSport presents Rhythm Nights - Our Spring Show - Rentfrow Gymnasium, Las Cruces, NM
April 22 - NMSU DanceSport Auditions - Rentfrow Gymnasium

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


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.
Contact: Terri Coffman, 526-9197. .

Mar7, Sat, Desparados, Social Dancers, Alma de Artes School, 402 W Court, 7-9PM
Apr 4, Sat, Desparados, Social Dancers, Alma de Artes School, 402 W. Court, 7-9PM
May 2, Sat. Mark Coker, Social Dancers, Alma de Artes school, 402 Court St, 7-9PM, finger food


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

Big Band Dance Club - LAS CRUCES, NM
BBDC CALENDAR, ALL DANCES ONMake a New Year resolution to dance more in 2015. Dancing is good for you. Not only is it exercise, it reduces stress and fulfills an emotional need to
be near another human being. Dancing is GOOD for YOU. Dancing helps your heart, brain, bones, muscles, and reflexes. JOIN and become one of us. As of today, we have 26 paid
members. Remember, we need each and everyone of you to rejoin. BBDC needs you to rejoin at the highest level that you feel comfortable with. The amount of monies collected in
dues determines how many LIVE BANDS that we can dance to during the coming year. I know some of you prefer CD's, I'm thankful for you. I like both. I just like to dance. Our dance
floor is the best in Las Cruces. Our dance bands are the best available, and each has its own style. Do decide to DANCE with us during 2015. Join and then participate at every
opportunity. It is both the gate and membership dues which keeps our club strong.
Basic Dues $25.        Bronze level  $50.        Silver $100.      Gold  $150.       Platinum   $200. up
BBDC accepts any amount of $25. or more for dues. Come dance with us, Thursday, Jan 8. Jim Helder's Septet will furnish the music. John Guisto will be teaching the rhumba.


Feb 26, Thursday, LIVE MISIC, Jim Helder's Septet, 8-10PM

Some of the dance instructions in the local area.
*John Guisto teaches private lesson in dance, and he has group lessons on Mondays a the Activity Center, NMSU—Basic Swing at 7-8PM and Silver Waltz at 8-9. Contact him at one of
our dances.
*Majorie Sidman, Dance Enchantment, 575-382-5255, teaches privat4 lessons in Ballroom, Latin, & Western

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.

18 years old...and getting stronger!
Please consider nominating or self-nominating for the
Desert Dancer Board.
All positions are open