Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival July 28-29! @ Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, Las Vegas [from 28 to 29 July]

Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival July 28-29!

28 - 29
19:00 - 22:00

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Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center
1771 Inner Circle Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
Email: [email protected]


Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival celebrates year 19 at Summerlin!

Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center
Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
July 29 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89134
Admission: FREE

After fourteen years at the College of Southern Nevada, and some uncertainty about the future, the Las Vegas Clark County Library District reached out in 2013 to provide a new beginning for city’s premiere dance gathering. As a result, seasons 15 through 18 scored resounding successes, surpassing all previous attendance records! This year’s 19th annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival happily returns to the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center. Festival director, Kelly Roth, conveyed excitement and no small amount of appreciation concerning the venue: “We are thrilled to once more be partnering with the Library District! Summerlin is a wonderful location with an ideal stage for experiencing dance as an art form. We couldn’t ask for a more supportive staff with which to collaborate!”

Year Nineteen continues Festival’s creative tradition.

From its inception the Festival has been dedicated to the promulgation of modern concert dance as a viable 21st century art form. Upholding that mission, the Festival presents contemporary concert dance, performed by local, regional, national, and international artists in three distinct programs.
This year’s kinetic cavalcade includes:

Visiting COMPANIES & Associated Artists

Arizona: Elevate DanceWorks/Diane McNeal Hunt;
Scott A. Bodily;
Scorpius Dance Theatre/Nicole L. Olson;
Chaos Dance Theory/Billbob Brown;
Desert Dance Theatre/Renee Davis;
Jordan Kriston/Claire Renaud;
Danielle McNeal Johnson.

California: Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre;
Palm Dance Collective/Carisa Carroll;
Multiplex/Candy Jimenez, Chad Michael Hall.

New York: C DuFault Dance Repertory/Cynthia DuFault.

Korea: An ByoungJu Chum-ium Dance Company


Concert Dance Company/Daniel Mendoza, Kelly Roth;
Chaslina Cress Dance Project;
CSN Dance Ensemble/Kelly Roth;
Dannii Moone; Kiss Is 4Kidz/Leslie Kremer Roth;
Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre 2/ M J Tabet;
Tyrell Rolle;
Kelly Roth & Dancers.

Festival Origins

The Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival was founded in 1999 when commercial choreographer Kyla Quintero approached College of Southern Nevada Dance Program director, Kelly Roth, seeking an outlet for dancers and dance makers from the Strip to express the more “artistic” side of their aspirations. Coincidently, Roth had been looking for projects to keep his students active during the long summer break and together the two hatched the festival idea. Nineteen years and hundreds of dances later, the annual event’s prospects are looking bright. Said Roth, “The Festival grew to adolescence in the nurturing environment of the college. However, leaving the nest is always necessary for growth. We’re overjoyed the Library District is with us to share the experience.” Roth believes the accessibility of the Summerlin location combined with free admission continues to allow many more dance enthusiasts to attend the Festival.


Even with the Library District’s generous support the Festival has found fundraising an ever-present necessity. With this in mind Roth and dancer/choreographer Cynthia DuFault established the New Dance Foundation for the Arts, Inc., a non-profit 501©(3) organization designed to support dance, related arts, and activities such as the Festival, through grant writing and appeals to corporations and individual fans.
The Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts have already issued a matching grant. The Festival now must raise an equal amount from other sources to claim the funds. “We’re just getting our feet wet in the funding arena,’ explains the Festival director, ‘but with the help of the NAC, NEA, corporate donors, private philanthropists, and starving artists raiding their piggy banks, we’re getting closer to connecting the dots.”

The Press
is already connecting the critical dots:

Happily, The Festival Has Become A…

«summertime tradition, that strives to maintain integrity and highlight diversity.»
Carin Fox – Las Vegas City Life.

Writing for Call Back, Hal de Becker observed, «One thing is certain, dance lovers who miss the annual Festival, as directed by Kelly Roth, do themselves a disservice because it always offers innovative, exciting performances in varied dance styles and disciplines.»

Katie Anania adds, the Festival «promises to be highly accessible and more than a little fun.»
— Las Vegas City Life.

Dave Surratt agrees, «It’s like CineVegas for the arms and legs. Chicken soup for the soles.»
— Las Vegas City Life.

Anthony De Valle admits, “I’m not an expert in modern dance, but I know what I like and I sure liked the recent Dance in the Desert Festival…What I saw was exciting enough to make me want to understand it better.”
— Las Vegas Review Journal

«With free admission and an intimate, comfortable venue, this dance festival is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered by arts-lovers in Las Vegas. If you want a taste of New York-style modern dance, here it is. Las Vegas is very lucky to have Dance in the Desert.»
Rating: A+

The Right Price

With 19 different dance groups performing over forty separate works in three unique programs, Festival patrons are encouraged to arrive early to insure admission to the FREE concerts and attend all three!

Back by popular demand, the Festival is pleased to present a series of free master classes open to the public (teen through adult) as well as participating performers. These classes will be offered by two of the visiting Artistic Directors. The first will be taught by Californian Carisa Carroll of Palm Dance Collective on Friday July 28 from — 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

2017 Nevada Artist’s Fellowship recipient, Cynthia DuFault, recently transplanted to New York, teaches the second master class on Saturday July 29, in the 10:30 – 12:00 pm time slot.

Classes will be held in the Summerlin Library Theatre,
1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89134.
Admission for Master Classes FREE!

More Info

A clearinghouse of information and imagery, provides news regarding Dance in the Desert, Festival participants, and other organization activities, as well as making it easy to donate to the cause.

For further information and/or interviews, photos, etc., please contact Kelly Roth, Festival Director, (702) 504-4578
Email: [email protected]

Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival

Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival

Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival (above: choreographer Daniel Mendoza) photo by Joanne Hsu

Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival: Cynthia DuFault, 2017 Nevada Artist Fellow
photo by Joanne Hsu
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