Category: Bulletin board: event previews and notices

Professional dancers from Broadway and the Strip will be collaborating in a performance at the Stage dance studio in Henderson on Friday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. If you’d like more information about the venue, the Facebook event is available here. Don’t let the lack of details make you dubious: shows at this venue tend to be a hotbed of cool new choreography and some nice experimentation. Tomorrow night’s show will also feature numbers from the students at The Stage.

Be sure to get your ticket in advance, as the seating is limited and shows at The Stage tend to sell out quickly. Tickets are $20 for the first row, $15 for the second, and $10 for the first and floor seating. The Stage is located at 2510 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 150, in Henderson. More information about the studio is available here.


Melena Rounis, a Cirque du Soleil dancer currently in “The Beatles LOVE,” will be groovin’ into the Rock Center for Dance on Jan. 24 for a one-time hip-hop master class. Rounis has organized the Step Up and Dance fundraisers for several years running, is the co-founder of Drive Dance Centre in Vancouver and is an excellent source for old-school funk — and lots of energy — in Las Vegas. (Find out more about Melena at her website here.)

The class is $15 and runs from 2-3:30 on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Be there and get your groove on!

Nutcrackers are creaking to life all over the city, trailed by sugarplum fairies and tragicomedy clowns alike. Nevada Ballet Theatre’s classic production is holding down the fort for the ballet purists while Insurgo Theater continues its tradition of a postmodern stage show at the Plaza.

NBT’s expansive, pointe shoe-clad cast will be debuting at Paris Las Vegas on Dec. 17 for an extended 10-show run. This year’s production is choreographed by Ballet Idaho’s artistic director Peter Anastos, hailed for his light-hearted choreography and whimsy. The show features more than 100 roles for children and the full pantheon of Nutcracker royalty from the sugar-coated Land of Sweets. (For a review of last year’s “Nutcracker,” follow the link here.)

Update, Dec. 20: Click here to read Julia Osborne’s review of NBT’s “Nutcracker” on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website.

Ticket prices range from around $38 to about $131 and matinee and evening performances are available. For more information and to reserve tickets, click here or call 702-946-4567.

Insurgo is turning tradition on its head in typical indie-theater style. “The Insurgo Nutcracker,” now in its third year, will run from Dec. 19 through Jan. 7 on the third floor of the Plaza Hotel and Casino downtown. This year’s iteration will incorporate new characters with a cast of the tried and true. The performance will feature dancer and actor Michelle Meyer and actress and vocalist Melanie Ash, with actor Brandon Oliver Jones as the titular Nutcracker.

Running time for the Insurgo show is about 40 minutes and it’s suitable for adults and offspring alike. Tickets are $15 plus taxes and fees and sponsored tickets for families in need are available. For more details about tickets and venue, visit the show’s event page here. (A review of last year’s show is available here.)

Happy holidays from the Las Vegas Dance Insider! May your heads be filled with visions of sugarplums, or dumpster-diving Samuel Beckett-style traicomedy clowns, or whatever. Cheers!

By the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers, a kind of rhythm has been established regarding Sept. 11, 2001 and how our country remembers it. Radio stations and news outlets run series on how people are coping one year, five years and a decade after the attacks. First responders speak about persistent health problems and politicians pontificate about what it means to be American.

Dance has its place in this rhythm as well. An article from the Washington Post featured Sarah Skaggs, a choreographer who has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts half a dozen times. Her commemorative project will be performed in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New York today.

The Joyce Theater Foundation presented a concert of modern works in New York this weekend, featuring pieces by the Limon Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jessica Lang and Alvin Ailey’s Matthew Rushing, accompanied by various groups of musicians.

Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglis and artist Rosella Vasta employed 100 dancers for a meditative piece performed at the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center from 8:20 to 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center.

Las Vegas is part of this, too. “God Lives in Glass” is a commemorative concert that was performed yesterday; the closing performance is today at 1:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre. The show features performers from “The Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Beatle’s LOVE,” “Phantom,” “Menopause: The Musical” and UNLV’s music and theater departments. Ticket proceeds will benefit Family Promise and Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Admission is $25 for the general public and $20 for students, disabled patrons and seniors. Visit the UNLV Performing Arts Center site here or call (702) 895-2787 to reserve tickets.

For dancers, emotion is a universal trait and movement is our way of expressing it. However motivating sadness and fear might be, though, artists have been creating in the name of joy with equally powerful results.

Autumn can be a difficult thing to spot in Las Vegas. It tends to be stealthy, tiptoeing in with crisp breezes and a midday temperature that doesn’t make human skin boil. It’s a slow-mover, with those lovely fall colors not gracing the limbs of trees here until most places are getting their winter vibes on.

Academic schedules remain unaffected by our late-arriving season. Kindergardeners, graduate students and all learners in between donned backpacks this past week and headed back to school, stoically sweltering in the name of scholastic success.

Like a school holiday or Christmas break, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Vegas dance groups large and small are pulling together for some fall performances that might just be the happy hour that your long week needs. A few of them are listed below. If you know of something that isn’t mentioned here, shoot me an email or leave a comment below. Cheers!

“The Spade of Hearts Presents: The Variety Show”: Saturday, Sept. 3, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Boomers Bar. Burlesque and comedy will be well-represented, with performances by Dave Johnson, Roxy Rock-It, JP Nomi Malone and more! Arrive early for free jello shots (9 – 10 p.m. or while supplies last) and enjoy drink specials throughout the night. Tickets are $15 for one or $20 for two at the door.

“Grindhouse Burlesque Presents: The Daily Grind!”: Sunday, Sept. 4, 9 p.m. – midnight at The Bikini Bar. Caramel D’lite will be emceeing the show, which will feature numbers by Roxy Rock-It, Rosalita Nikita, Porcelain Vanity and Lacey Moon. There’s no cover for the performance, but you have to be 21 or older (sorry, youngins). Check out the Grindhouse Burlesque website here for more.

“Waiting for Godot”: Thursday, Sept. 8 – Oct. 1, 8 p.m., at The Insurgo Theater at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. This round of performances kicks off the first casino-based resident space for a theater troupe in Las Vegas, so you can enjoy that fact alongside the spectacular work of Insurgo Theater and Samuel Beckett. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office until 15 minutes before the show. Call (702) 883-5500 to reserve them over the phone.

“Nuthouse by Michael O’Neal”: Fridays, Sept. 9 and 23, and Saturdays, Sept. 10 – 24, midnight, the Onyx Theatre. Lose your mind alongside the cast with this nutty, thoroughly inappropriate show that will take you on a tour of the mind of your average psychopath. Tickets are $10 and cocktails are available free of charge, although donations are accepted. The house opens at 11:30 p.m.

“1230 Clown Show: Rat Pack”: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16, at, that’s right, half-past midnight. This jam-packed variety show is worth turning out for; there will likely be members of the audience who go to both performances, so don’t be shy about coming back. Find a previous review of the show here and be sure to get there early: seats fill fast. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 11:45 p.m.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on July 12 that the Smith Center, the city’s soon-to-open performing arts venue, will be selling tickets for its first season beginning July 26. Play-goers will be able to purchase tickets for a set of four Broadway plays making pit-stops in Las Vegas, and tickets to individual shows will be available later in the fall. Prices will range from $99 to $309 for the four-show packages and individual show tickets are expected to be in the $24 to $89 ballpark.

Performances schedule for the spring of 2012 include “The Color Purple” (April 3-8), “Mary Poppins” (May 22-27), “Million Dollar Quartet” (June12-17) and “Memphis” (July 18-22). “Wicked” will be playing in late August through early October 2012, but a ticket sale price and date has yet to be announced.

The 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall will be playing host to the guests and will be the permanent venue for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Other performing spaces, including a black box theater and a cabaret space, comprise the $502 million Smith Center, which is expected to open on March 10, 2012.

Find the Review-Journal’s full story here and, for more information about the Smith Center, check out the link at the top of this post. For coverage of a public lecture from Smith Center designers, click here.

Update 7/22: 

“KA” artists took a brief hiatus from their Las Vegas stage and took up the mantle on the side of a building in San Diego instead. The performance of the show’s final fight scene, adapted for comic-enthusiasts from around the world, was part of the opening festivities for the 2011 Comic-Con and fit in well with the audience of fantasy-lovers.

The scene may be a familiar one to Vegas locals, but the adaptations made by the artists were impressive. After all, there is a world of difference between an elaborate and expensive stage designed specifically for the show and a wall of PETCO Park. For footage of the performance kindly generated by Comic-Con goers in the audience, check out the video below. (More and different videos are available on YouTube, naturally.)

Original post 7/6:

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Artists and technicians from Cirque du Soleil’s show “KA” will be reproducing the final battle scene from the show for Comic-Con attendees in San Diego from July 21 – 24. For cosplay fans, this could be an acrobatic dream come true, but the circumstances present a few challenges for the performers and the tech team.

In “KA,” the battle atmosphere is projected onto an angled surface suspended above the audience, giving onlookers the perspective of watching the combat from above. Replicating this arrangement in San Diego is impossible, as the wall of the building where the scene will be performed is entirely vertical, which isn’t the case in the show.

If you want to see the show in person, you’re out of luck: badges for the convention are already sold out online. But to find out how performers are adjusting, what technicians are doing to compensate for on-site differences and for interviews with “KA” artists and technicians, follow the link here for the original video on

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