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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

Arts and Culture | October 14, 2020

This dance department season opener will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Arts and Culture | October 5, 2020

UNLV Dance presents two outdoor, socially distanced performances at 11:20 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 on the UNLV mall, near the Lee Pascal Rose Garden and stairs to the Performing Arts Center.

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Arts and Culture | September 25, 2020

New season explores movement, motion, progress, and action for a world in which all people count and belong equally.

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Arts and Culture | April 15, 2020

Each weekly episode focuses on a different art theme.

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.

Dance In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 14, 2020

UNLV students were able to enjoy two social-distanced performances today at a pop-up event put on by its dance department.

KNPR News
May 12, 2020

Arts are an expression of creativity.

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.

Recent Dance Accomplishments

June 19, 2020
Bob Tracy (Art) and Louis Kavouras (Dance) created a performance art piece and video that is now posted on the Art in Society Conference website. This project was accepted to be performed live in Galway, Ireland, this month but the COVID-19 pandemic upended those plans. What you will see is a work in progress, with more layers to come.
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...