Engaging Students in Innovative Ways

NBT Artistic Director Roy Kaiser chats with Academy Instructor Dodie Askegard about the innovative new ways classes are being conducted this year, both in person and virtually. Dodie shares insight into her new teaching strategies as well as the endless enthusiasm ANBT students have shown in their continued pursuit of excellence.

Insights: Dracula

Marcus Bugler, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre instructor and Dracula cast member talks about the significance of the myth and folklore behind the Dracula story across centuries, continents and cultures. In addition, he shares what it’s like to take on a role in this balletic version created by the legendary choreographer Ben Stevenson.

Behind The Scenes: Dracula

Dracula Répétiteur Dominic Walsh takes us behind the scenes with NBT’s Professional Company Artists during their rehearsals for Dracula in 2018. Mr. Walsh, along with NBT Company Artist Steven Goforth, discuss the storytelling opportunities created by marrying Ben Stevenson’s splendid choreography with hauntingly iconic characters.

Photo Album: Dracula

Over Halloween weekend of 2018 NBT’s production of Ben Stevenson’s Dracula filled The Smith Center stage with eerie gothic grandness, from its costumes and sets, to the glorious love triangle at the center of its iconic tale. Set to the music of Franz Liszt, this world of sweeping movement, ingenious stage effects, and dark, rich coloring enveloped audiences in its haunting world of evil temptation and transfixed them from first bite. Enjoy this look back into the night courtesy of photographer Alicia Lee.

40 Going On 50

In 2012, NBT celebrated our 40th Anniversary with our inaugural season The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. NBT was about to take a huge next step in its history. To celebrate, we created a dynamic video interweaving our dancers with our city’s most iconic locales. What will our 50th Anniversary bring?

10 Years of Creativity

What began as an idea to foster creative development across two iconic organizations – NBT and Cirque du Soleil – quickly grew into one of the most talked about annual events in Las Vegas. In 2017 we celebrated 10 years of A Choreographers’ Showcase and all the variety and craziness a decade can encompass.

The State of the Arts

NBT’s Artistic Director Roy Kaiser recently joined other local arts leaders on KNPR’s State of Nevada public affairs program, hosted by Rachel Christiansen, to discuss the current state of the arts community. The segment features the dean of UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Nancy Uscher, Nevada School of the Arts CEO Patrick Duffy, noted jazz trumpeter and founder of the Jazz Outreach Initiative Kenny Rampton, and NBT’s own Roy Kaiser, discussing the role of innovation and collaboration in today’s new world. Despite the unique challenges facing each organization and the arts community as a whole, the panel is in agreement that the enduring resilience of artists and arts organizations will be the key to a bright future beyond the pandemic.

Listen to the KNPR Segment

Behind The Scenes: The Current

Krista Baker, Choreographer and NBT Company Artist, celebrated the World Premiere of her latest work, The Current, this past February at The Smith Center. Krista’s fresh, dynamic vocabulary and brilliant ensemble work is a joy to be swept up in. Enjoy this look inside the studio at the creative process behind The Current.

Behind The Scenes: Makeup Magic

In 2014 NBT staged a delightful production of Coppelia, the comedic story of a mysterious doll maker and his mischievous creations. The broadly comedic characters required broadly comedic expressions. In this behind the scenes segment NBT Wardrobe Manager and Makeup Artist Christopher Larson shows us the secrets behind transforming performer Gene Lubas into the eccentric Dr. Coppelius.

Students Energize The Smith Center Stage

One of our favorite highlights each year is when our GO-MOVE-DANCE!!! students perform on stage at The Smith Center in the Future Dance Spring Concert. They absolutely fill the building with their energy, enthusiasm and love of dance. Here’s a look back at the 2015 concert, because we can never get enough of these smiling faces.

NBT’s GO-MOVE-DANCE!!! program is a residency program that coincides with the school year offering students 28 weeks of free, in-school dance instruction to 16 underserved Clark County schools. Students learn a variety of dance disciplines, from ballet to jazz to hip-hop. Classes are taught by qualified Future Dance Teaching Artists, who follow a detailed curriculum.