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Department of Dance News

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.

Current Dance News

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

Arts and Culture | February 6, 2020

The concert features choreography by UNLV award-winning faculty and modern dance pioneer Erick Hawkins.

Dolly Kelepecz-Momot watches dancers in class.
People | February 3, 2020

Told she was too tall to be a dancer, Dolly Kelepecz-Momot ignored naysayers and went on to a successful dance career, including 37 years (so far) teaching hundreds of UNLV students.

two ballet dancers
Arts and Culture | January 21, 2020

Start 2020 with Prokofiev's music, the Russian National Ballet, and the heartwarming story of Cinderella and the Prince, complete with her ugly step-family!

drawings of people dancing
Arts and Culture | October 15, 2019

The concert is the fourth collaboration with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra.

Arts and Culture | October 8, 2019

Join the School of Music and departments of dance and theatre at the Barrick Museum of Art on Oct. 14 for a multi-disciplinary event recognizing Research Week.

Dance In The News

Dance Spirit
November 15, 2019

Your first semester as a college dance student can be hectic. But being busy is no reason to put your mental health on hold. In fact, the times when you feel totally overwhelmed by tasks and to-do lists are actually when your mental health is most important.

Dance Spirit
October 9, 2019

Dance has always been a huge part of your life. But now that you're about to head to college, you might be wondering: In order to feel fulfilled and successful, do you need to major in dance? The answer, of course, depends on the person. But for some, a dance minor is the best option. We asked a group of experts to answer all your questions about minoring in dance.

KNPR News
September 1, 2019

When Tyreek Jarman, aka Chop808, released his single “Nobody’s Safe” in May, it came with an unusual label: the word “EXPLICIT.” But something else was different, too. The wholesome and upbeat Jarman, known for hamming it up and dancing with fans at shows, was gone. Here was a menacing beast firing machine-gun bars over a bass-heavy trap beat. You don’t wanna go to war with me, I grew up with apes, he warns on the track.

Las Vegas Weekly
July 1, 2019

Performer April Kidwell is an expert at portraying a frenetic female anti-hero. Her first major role was as Cleopatra at Caesars Palace. Kidwell’s dazzling smile, bedazzled bra and feathered headdress may have said “Vegas showgirl” more than “fierce queen,” but it paid her way through a theater and dance degree at UNLV. And more importantly, it set the stage for a career to come.

College Magazine
January 17, 2019

If you can do a split mid-air and pirouette so fast you make other people dizzy, do the world a favor and become a professional dancer. A degree in dance means so much more than hitting the studio every day for the next four years.

NPR
October 16, 2018

Las Vegas and Seoul, South Korea, might be a 13-hour plane flight apart, but for the last dozen years dance has brought them closer together.

Recent Dance Accomplishments

February 19, 2020
Avery Boddie (Libraries) has been selected as an Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow for 2020-21. The yearlong program prepares mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large. Boddie is the...
October 29, 2019
Michael Jarett (Dance) received the Richmond Theater Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design - Musical for his design of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, produced by TheatreLAB in Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year. This was the second time Jarett has received the award, although he has been nominated...
August 22, 2019
Beth Mehocic (Dance) has the honor of having two compositions selected by Parma Recordings to be considered for the 62nd annual Grammy awards in four categories. Her work, Left of Winter for Orchestra has been selected to be considered for Best Orchestral Performance of 2019, performed the the Janecek Philharmonic, and her string quartet,...
April 8, 2019
Vikki Baltimore-Dale (Dance) was invited to deliver a TEDx talk and present choreography in Carson City. Her talk was two-fold. The first segment was a historical summary of the civil rights movement in the late '60s, early '70s with the focus placed on civil rights icon Angela Davis, the inspiration for Dale's choreographic work. The second...
October 16, 2018
Michael Jarett ( Dance) received the Richmond Theater Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for his design of Moth produced by TheatreLAB in Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year. This was the first time he has received the award. He was nominated six times previously, including two nominations this past season. He...
July 9, 2018
Beth Mehocic (Dance) had her Concerto for Piano and Orchestra recorded for Parma Recordings by the renown Croation Chamber Orchestra and members of the Zagreb Philharmonic under the direction of acclaimed conductor Miran Vaupotic and the award-winning Maltese pianist, Charlene Farrugia. The concerto is slated to be released on a compilation CD of...