USA Dance (North-Central NM) Chapter #5047

Greetings, New Mexico ballroom and Latin dancers!

Whether you love to glide across the ballroom floor to a lyrical waltz, or shake your hips to a cha cha groove, you'll find a home at USA Dance of North Central New Mexico.

Founded as a nonprofit organization in 2006, we are celebrating our second decade of bringing New Mexicans together for the pleasures of social dancing. At our monthly dances, our members and visitors range from college students to Super Seniors, and from beginners to dancesport competitors.

We are the local chapter of USA Dance, a national organization dedicated to ballroom dancing.

Please join us on January 19th - first party of the new year!

Our dances

We host dances once a month on 3rd Sundays of the month at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins Street NE in Albuquerque — home of one of New Mexico's biggest and best wooden dance floors. Take I-25 to the Ellison/San Antonio exit, head west on Ellison a short distance, then turn right on Hawkins. Plenty of parking is available. Click here for a map to the center.

2020 vision. Please note, the new year brings a new schedule for USA Dance parties. Starting in January, we will go from two dances a month to one, on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We are discontinuing the 1st Sunday dances.

The next dance on Jan. 19 will be at the previous 6 – 9 p.m. time. the dance lesson will be Waltz taught by Cristel Pike from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. 

In February we will shift to Sunday afternoons from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. We believe the new schedule will be more convenient for more dancers, many of whom have to go to work on Monday morning or prefer not to drive at night.

Our DJs put together a wide-ranging blend of music that typically includes the following styles at every dance:

Our focus is on the dancing, but just about every dance also features something special:

Our dances include a 45 minute lesson, taught by local professional dance instructors and geared toward beginning and intermediate dancers.

Occasionally we also feature performances or demonstrations by professional dancers, our own amateur couples and competitors, formation teams and others. Performances typically start about midway through the party and are well worth seeing!

We also offer free "beginner beginner" lessons at the beginning of the party, taught by chapter volunteers. We teach a different dance every month. As the name suggests, these are for anyone who is brand new to dancing. All are welcome, and visitors can practice what they learned at the main dance immediately afterwards.

We also host occasional live music, fun contests, banquets and other special events.

We average around 80 people at every dance, so you are sure to find partners of every ability level. We always include at least one "mixer dance" where you get to change partners and dance with many different people.

Stay in touch

As you can see, we have a lot going on. Here's how you can stay informed:

See you on the dance floor!

Admission fees

Become a USA Dance member

USA Dance of North Central New Mexico is a chapter of USA Dance, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quantity and quality of ballroom dancing in the United States.

Becoming a USA Dance member is a real bargain! For a $35 annual membership fee as a social dancer, you receive more than $100 in estimated savings, plus special discounts, plus a whole year of discounted dancing fun!* Please note that you will be joining a NATIONAL organization. Our local chapter does not charge dues.

Local Benefits

Here are some of the benefits our members receive:

Discounted admission prices for our regular social dances. We also offer complimentary admission for your first party after you join or renew your membership.

Discounts from local dance studios and instructors for classes, lessons, and parties. Most area studios and instructors offer these discounts. Be sure to ask when you sign up for these events.

Discounts on dancewear and dance shoes from these local stores, with your current USA Dance membership card:

National Benefits

Your membership also entitles you to:

Go here for details of the USA Dance Membership Benefits Program and start saving!

*The fine print: Discounts are subject to change without notice. Values are estimates.