Nevada Ballet Theatre will launch its 39th season on October 15 with its Fall Series tribute to the late Robert Joffrey. This unprecedented performance will feature the combined dance powers of four of the nation's leading companies: Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. NBT dancers will kick off the evening with fluid, impressionistic movements that passionately recall the beauty of Degas paintings without subjecting the audience to overly talkative art historians with turpentine breath. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will take the stage to perform the pas de deux from Gnawa, followed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's rendition of Jorma Elo's Red Sweet, a hyperkinetic blend of robotics and pirouettes. Danceophiles can also wiggle their feet fingers in anticipation of a special preview performance of Jiri Kylian's joyous Sinfonietta, danced by Ballet West.
Teaching the art of movement to students as young as 20 months, the instructors at Soulfire Studios welcome pupils of all ages to embrace the expressive, aerobic and fun aspects of dance. Their signature program, StoryDance, is designed to get kids aged up to 7 moving in one of four dance styles while exercising their imaginations with fairy-tale scenarios and pantomime opportunities. Adults choose between beginner, intermediate, and professional classes. Students ages 8-18 choose from a number of multi-level ballet classes, including one that uses a curriculum created by the specialists at the American Ballet Theatre. To get their hearts pumping, students also sign up for Jazz dance and high-octane Zumba sessions.
According to Boyd Gaming, bowling centers make the perfect complement to casinos. Each different facility boasts automatic scoring, bumpers for kids, and full-service pro shops so bowlers can upgrade to the more modern, self-aware bowling balls. Here's a closer look at their four bowling centers:
The Orleans Bowling Center
The Orleans Bowling Center, ensconced inside the Orleans Hotel & Casino, tests ball-heaving stamina with 24 hours of daily bowl time across 70 lanes. The Orleans Bowling Center also features a cocktail lounge and a video arcade to keep entertainment at a high between frames.
Sams Town Bowling Center
The 56 lanes at Sams Town Bowling Center never shut down. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week this bowling mecca sings with a chorus of strikes and spares. While younger bowlers head to the snack bar, adults can sip drinks inside the cocktail lounge. Special event: The Xtreme Bowling Experience, which takes place Friday and Saturday evenings and incorporates disco-style lights.
Gold Coast Center
Gold Coast Center boasts some impressive numbers, including 70 lanes and 1,000 lockers for frequent bowlers. Other areas include an arcade, a bar, and a lounge.
Video slots and cocktails fill Suncoast Bowling's second-floor lounge, which overlooks 64 lanes through glass windows. For additional entertainment, large drop-down screens show music videos, and visitors can spend time in the video arcade and game room.
Occupying 13,000 square feet, Desert Gymcats is just plain gigantic. The high-end gymnastics and dance training facility for children under 18 years old offers a full-size, in-ground trampoline, Olympic specification gymnastics equipment, such as the vault, uneven bars, and balance beams, and an in-ground landing pit filled with cotton candy. Additionally, a spacious onsite dance studio offers a mirror-lined space where students can take tap, jazz, and ballet to improve their coordination and posture. This massive amount of resources makes Desert Gymcats an ideal place for kids to train, work out, and build strength as they also gain flexibility and increase their confidence.
Led by Stacy Carrero, who has a masters in education and has owned Gymcats since 1976, the staff are all safety-certified USA gymnastics instructors, and teach everything from preschool-age tumbling classes to advanced cheer sessions.. And in addition to recreational classes, Desert Gymcats offers competitive team training as well to help students take their gymnastics skills to the next level.
Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy is the topmost ranked dance academy in the entire state of Nevada, and places comfortably in the top 25 nationally, according to the Federation of Dance Competition. The school is dedicated to dance styles of all types and across many age levels, focusing on the flexibility and coordination necessary to take on a life of dance. Creative Movement classes inside the expansive studio space put parents and their toddlers together to help in their development, while the academy’s competition team, Innovation Dance Company, gives dancers with a keen eye something to shoot for. A dance store is located next door to the academy, which carries the latest styles and brands dedicated to all things dance. An added bonus is the monitor in the waiting area, which allows parents to view their child rehearsing without making them nervous.
Lea Archer once sang and danced professionally on the Las Vegas Strip, but, during that time she noticed the community was missing something: a center for performing-arts practice. She opened Xelement Music and Dance in order to combine music and dance lessons under a single roof, gathering a team of instructors to lead individual and group lessons in such disciplines as electric piano, music business, DJing, lyrical hip-hop, musical theater dance, and cheer. Archer's favorite part about her job is watching her students collaborate: oftentimes, music students will create tunes to which her dancers choreograph performances.