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Desert Dancer
Chapter #5017 of
USA Dance , Inc.
El Paso - Las Cruces - West TX - Southern NM
October 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                                                October 2014       Vol. 18, #10
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dance community.  Anyone is welcome to submit info
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December 6, 2014 - Holiday Party Dinner/Dance
Dinner at 6:00, Open Dancing 7:00 - 10:00pm
Biggs Centenniel Club - WITH AZUCAR!!!
Tickets: $45.00 See a member, or use PayPal.


Shundo Dance Studio
120 Paragon Lane, El Paso, TX
Mando Rodriguez,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

Friday Salsa Social                                    
Friday, November 7 at 9:00pm                      
El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy in El Paso, Texas                                                            
Free Lesson Live Performance Social Dancing                                           

Group Classes M-F - SCHEDULE                                                         
Private Classes: Joannie Garcia, Tommy Nations, 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 Country Western 2-Step

DANCE PARTY Saturday, , 2014 , 8:00-11:00pm $10pp

Dance Littles Group Class - Wednesday 5p.m. – 6pm
Teen Group Class - Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

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,


Dia de Los Muertos Student Showcase
Dancing, Dinner (Enchiladas), and our Student Showcase
Sunday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $25 includes Dinner
$10 Show only (at door)
To purchase in advance go to our website:
or you can purchase at door.
Call (915) 549-6101 for more information

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

Tango!  Learn to Dance Argentine Tango with Daniela Arcuri !!!
One Day only!  Daniela will be in El Paso giving a very special group workshop in Argentine Tango.  This is your opportunity to learn
to dance tango from a professional Master Teacher and Choreographer.
Saturday 3-5 p.m  Tango Salon.
Basic technique, the Tango embrace. Walks, ochos, ½ turns, syncopation, floorcraft, music.
Saturday 5-7 p.m. Tango Technique. Posture & mechanics, exercises. Footwork & technique for legs. The close embrace. “Tango
club” (syncopations and turns for crowded floors).
Cost:  $50 per person. If you can only do one workshop, the cost is $30. Please register early!  Feel free to share the attached flyers
with your friends or anyone who may be interested!
Register at:

November Schedule ( you can check out our daily calendar at:

Wednesday Nights!

Spice up your Wednesday Nights with Latin Jazz Class and Social Ballroom 101!
Women's Jazz Class - 8 week course. Increase strength, flexibility, and balance and learn new choreography!  Starts Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. $75 at door/$70 Pre-Enroll ( see flyer -
Social Ballroom 101- This is your chance to learn ballroom dancing, specifically designed for social dancers. Learn the basic moves of Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Swing. Starts Nov. 5.  7:
00 - 8:15 p.m.  Register now! $75 at door/$70 Pre-Enroll ( see flyer - attached)
Contact Tango - Gives you the opportunity to explore elements from contact improvisation and Argentine Tango. Starts Nov. 1. $75 at door/$70 Pre-Enroll ( see flyer - attached)
Fun Fridays!

MiX IT uP FriDaYs!
Learn a New Dance Every Friday with Christen Davis!
Dances to be covered include a little Country, a little Latin, a little Ballroom!
Friday Nights at 7:30 p.m.
$60 / Class November 7 – December 19th (No class Friday after Thanksgiving!)

Swing Class!  Learn to dance this very fun dance with Ubaldo Armenta. Fridays at 8:30 p.m $8 / Class Drop-in

Tango All Week!
Tango Fundamentals on Tuesday with Cynthia Gamez. Must have some knowledge of tango to join.  Focus will be on improving the quality of your dancing along with technique.
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. 5-class required enrollment. $50.

Introduction to Tango with Ubaldo Armenta.
Learn the basics of tango including the 8-count basic, forward and back ochos, and lead and follow techniques. Ideal for the beginner! Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. 5-class required
enrollment. $50.

Exploring Milonga – In this class, facilitated by Hilario Gamez you will delve into the basic movements in Milonga, including an exploration of the Milonga rhythm and timing, basic
exercises, and simple leading and following. November 6-20. Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. $30.
New Performance Tango Session starting November 10.  Classes meet every Monday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. No partner needed. If you like to perform and
learn new steps, this is the class for you! We will work choreography based on those who are attending consistently. Students will present their work at the Paso del Norte Tango Club
and have multiple performance opportunities! $8 / class.  

Practicas Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. $5.00 per person. Free if you are a Sunland Dance Studio Student!
Contact Tango - Gives you the opportunity to explore elements from contact improvisation and Argentine Tango. Saturdays, Starting Nov. 1. $75 at door/$70 Pre-Enroll  
See our calendar for daily classes at:

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
more information.  

The Paso del Norte Tango Club

Come Celebrate With Us
10th Anniversary Dance and Reunion
Saturday, November 8th -  7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m
Buffet Dinner starts at 7:15 p.m.
It will be an evening of Tango, Latin and Ballroom dance.
Dance Show starts at 8:30 p.m. - Followed by Milonga
$25 per person

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.

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
NMSU DanceSport is back and we have tons of great dancing opportunities for all.  
For starters, here are three incredible opportunities to dance with NMSU DanceSport:
Workshops with World Exhibition Champion, Tom Slater on Saturday, September 6th
FREE Tuesday Night Dance Lessons – Every Tuesday Night! - At Rentfrow Gymnasium
Phil's Big Phat Dance Party (a Look Who's Dancing Fundraiser) - Friday, September 12th



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

*Sept 18, Thursday, PRESIDENT's BALL, live music, Ron Theilman's HIGH SOCIETY ORCHESTRA, formal attire, 8-10PM. finger food, decorations

*Sept 25, Thursday, CD's , Mike D'Arcy as DJ, 8-10PM
*Oct 2, Thursday, LIVE MUSIC, Jim Helder's Septet, 8-10PM
*Oct 9, Thursday, CD's, 8-10PM
*Oct 16, Thursday, LIVE MUSIC, 8-10PM
*Oct 23, Thursday, CD's, Mike D'Arcy as DJ, 8-10PM
*Oct 30, Thursday, LIVE MUSIC, Steppin Up, Halloween Party, Costumes encouraged, decorations and treats, 8-10PM
For you dance a cholics .
Sept 20, Saturday, Munson's Swinging Seniors, Alms de Artes, Sangria Band, 7-9PM
Sept 21, Sunday, Desert Dancers celebrate Nat'l Ballroom Week, Sunland Ballroom, 1769 Victory Lane, Sunland Park, NM, (Sunland Winery), 2-5PM.
Oct 4, Saturday, Desparados, Social Dancers, Alma de Artes, 7-9PM
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, 526-9717
Some of the dance instructions in the local area.

Sep 20, Sat, Dance Party, El Paso Ballroom (Dance Palace), 7220 N Mesa, El Paso Tx, 8-11PM
*Hannah Cole, NMSU, Rentfrow Gym, teaches private & group lessons in Ballroom,Western,&Latin.
*When school is in session, the Dance Sport Team teaches lessons on various dance types to the public on Tuesdays, 7PM , Rentfrow Gym, NMSU campus. 3 opportunities in September
Workshops with World Exhibition Champion, Tom Slater on Saturday, September 6th
FREE Tuesday Night Dance Lessons – Every Tuesday Night! - At Rentfrow Gymnasium, 7PM
Sept 12,, Phil's Big Phat Dance Party, special guest, Steppin Up, a fund raiser for LOOK Who's Dancing at Beverly Hills Ballroom.

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, October 15, 2014  at 6:30 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!
Please consider nominating or self-nominating for the
new Desert Dancer Board
starting January 2015.
All positions are open