If you are interested in a career in dance, the department of dance is among "the Best in the West" and exists in the center of fabulous Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing cultural centers in the United States. Entertainment industry employment and artistic opportunities abound in Las Vegas. Advanced-level dancers are working professionally while completing their dance degrees.
The College of Fine Arts houses the Department of Dance. Eight full-time professional dance faculty, a rotating guest artist-in-residence dance position, and several part-time dance specialists compose the dance faculty. The department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in performance/choreography or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in dance production as well as a minor in dance, a minor in Pilates, and certificate in Pilates.
A unique feature of the program allows students to train with equal emphasis in ballet, modern and jazz dance technique, as well as other areas of dance. A wide variety of courses in Pilates, improvisation, composition, choreography, music theory, production, history and aesthetics, kinesiology, and injury prevention are required offerings for serious study of dance.
Yearly Concert Series
Numerous opportunities for student performances are provided with a yearly concert series. Faculty concerts, artist-in-residence concerts, student choreographer showcase, and the annual spring concert make up this concert calendar. In addition, the dance company provides a professional performance environment for student performers. Students in this company perform choreography by internationally known guest artists and dance faculty. All dance students are invited to audition for all performance companies.
Current dance facilities include five dance studios with a student experimental dance theatre and performances scheduled in two concert theaters. A 4,500 square-foot dance studio/theatre with the finest dance floor available is in the dance wing, with eight faculty offices, an administrative complex, dance costume storage and production studio, and a 2,000 square-foot rehearsal studio. Dance arts also has an electronic music studio. Live music is used to accompany ballet.