The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays

For the 2020 Holiday Season Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Review-Journal partnered to bring the spirit of The Nutcracker directly into the homes of Valley residents. NBT’s The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays is a delightful, family-friendly three part television series that takes viewers inside the world of The Nutcracker. From its creation to the herculean efforts required to bring the story alive on stage, to the artistry of NBT’s professional company of dancers and the unbridled energy of its Academy student performers, this behind-the-scenes look at The Nutcracker delights viewers of all ages. Hosted by renowned broadcast personalities Dayna Roselli and Sean McAllister, the series features new commentary, never before seen footage and excerpts of some of NBT’s memorable past performances.

Episode 1: Creating A Holiday Tradition

Episode 2: Only In Vegas

Episode 3: A Kid’s Eye View

The Nutcracker Extravaganza at DCM

As part of NBT’s 2020 Holiday Season activations, NBT partnered with DISCOVERY Children’s Museum to bring Las Vegas a one-of-a-kind Nutcracker exhibit. Enjoy the photos below as well as the delightful story segments from our friends at CBS 8 News Now as they share a few highlights from NBT’s The Nutcracker Extravaganza: Behind The Scenes.

Insights: Swan Lake

Enjoy this Insights program on Swan Lake as NBT Artistic Director Roy Kaiser explores what it takes to perform the roles of Odette and Odile with NBT Company Artist Mirella Costa Neto.

NBT’s Insights programs are educational pre-performance discussions offering patrons an opportunity to further engage with the ballet they are about to see. These informative discussions are hosted by special guests with unique points of view on the upcoming performance and are augmented with multi-media presentations, Q&A sessions and more.


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?