The dance department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is bringing several East Coast companies to Las Vegas for special performances throughout their regular spring season.

Jeanne Ruddy Dance, a company of professional dancers exploring the realm of contemporary and modern dance and improvisation, will be performing at the studio theater on campus on Feb. 25 and 26. The work performed at UNLV will include pieces by Jeanne Ruddy, Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, Janet Lilly, Peter Sparling and Ziv Gotheiner. Each of these performances will be followed by “Dancescapes,” a 50-minute concert comprised of work that UNLV students will be presenting at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

For those of you that want to get your current events knowledge going on, take note of Artichoke Dance Company and the concerts happening on March 31 and April 1 and 2. The dancers, under artistic direction of Lynn Neuman, will be performing “Plastic People of the Universe” as a way of investigating how single-use plastics affect the environment and the bodies of carbon-based, bipedal life-forms (that’s us, in case you were wondering.) The interconnected plastic rings that hold six-packs of cans serve as the basis for costumes and the set, proving that these nifty little do-dads can do more than ensnare the noses of dolphins.

Both of these concerts are in addition to the dance department’s regular season. “A Movable Feast,” with work by guest artists and UNLV faculty, will be performed by dance department students on March 25 and 26. “Spring Blend,” with pieces created exclusively by UNLV students, will be presented on April 28, 29 and 30.

Ticket prices vary by event and venue. Find details and information at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling (702) 895-2787. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office on campus.

Got all that? Here’s a recap just in case:

Jeanne Ruddy Dance:

Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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“Plastic People of the Universe,” by Artichoke Dance Company

March 31 at 8 p.m., April 1 at 8 p.m. and Aril 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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“A Movable Feast,” by UNLV guest artists and faculty

March 25 at 8 p.m and March 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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“Spring Blend,” by UNLV students

April 28 at 8 p.m., April 29 at 8 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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