Nevada Ballet Theater


Student Opportunities


Academy Scholarships

About the Nancy Houssels Scholarship

Nevada Ballet Theatre awards its own special scholarship to one deserving student a year. The Nancy Houssels Scholarship, named after Nevada Ballet Theatre Co-Founder and Board Co-Chair, Nancy Houssels, affords an Academy student the opportunity to further develop his or her talent and love of dance by covering a full season’s tuition. Selection will occur in May and funds will be applied for the following season.

Scholarship Requirements

• Only students of the Pre-Professional Program in levels A3 – C2 who are nominated by their instructor will be considered. The scholarship recipient is then chosen by the principal and the faculty.

• Scholarship criteria include dedication, personality, leadership, attendance, talent and merit.

• Students must attend the minimum of required classes for their level in order to be eligible.

• Scholarship recipients must keep good attendance for all required classes during the school year. More than three unexcused absences per semester will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.

• Scholarship recipients must remain exclusive to Nevada Ballet Theatre and may
not take dance classes or perform with any other organization or school.

For more information, please contact the Academy at (702) 243-2623.

Camille Simmons

2017-18 Nancy Houssels Scholarship recipient Camille Simmons. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.

Paola Retamozo

2016-17 Nancy Houssels Scholarship recipient Paola Retamozo. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.


Academy Auditions

Class Placement Auditions

To be eligible to enroll in Pre-Professional level classes, new students must attend a placement class to receive approval to join the program and determine their placement level. Please call the front desk to schedule a placement class at (702) 243-2623.

Performance Opportunities


Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker


Every September, ballet students are encouraged to audition for Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. A longstanding holiday tradition in Las Vegas, The Nutcracker has been a part of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s repertoire for over thirty years.

Performing in Nevada Ballet Theatre’s professional company production of The Nutcracker allows students the opportunity to improve their performance skills, enhance their knowledge of the classical repertoire and receive the opportunity to share the stage with professional dancers.

• There is a fee for each student who performs in The Nutcracker which is due by the first day of rehearsal. The fee is non-refundable.

• All rehearsals are mandatory, and cast members must commit to attending every rehearsal.

• Rehearsals are held at Nevada Ballet Theatre’s studio (1651 Inner Circle) until they move to the theater during Tech Week.

• Permission slips will be given to students in the event that they have to miss school to attend a dress rehearsal or performance.

• Student cast members are provided professional costumes, but they may be required to purchase additional shoes or tights.

• Casting is at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress.  

Photo by Shannon Cangey

Annual Spring Concert

At the end of every school year, Academy students perform in the Academy’s annual Spring Concert. There are three performances to accommodate all Academy classes.


Spring Concert 2017, Paquita, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.


Spring Concert 2017, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.


Spring Concert 2017, A Night on Broadway, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.

Snow White

Spring Concert 2017, Snow White, at Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center. Photo by Alicia Lee.


Spring Ensemble

In the Spring, Academy Ballet and Dance Majors are eligible to enroll in Ensembles which rehearse and perform an additional number in the Spring Concert. This experience gives students an opportunity to improve their dance skills, gain additional training and experience, develop their knowledge of the classical and contemporary repertoire and polish their performance ability.

Advanced Ensemble students perform the Maypole Dance in La Fille Mal Gardee.
Photo by Virginia Trudeau.



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