21st Annual Dance in the Desert Festival


Gather with us in the beautiful Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center for a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary dance! The 21st annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival showcases some of the finest choreographers and dance companies from around the valley, the nation, and the world!

Friday July 26, 2019: 7:00 pm Saturday July 27, 2019: 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center 1771 Inner Circle Dr.

Free and open to the public! For more information call (702) 507-3863

Festival Director and Co-Founder: Kelly Roth Associate Director: Johanna jody Caley Co-Founder: Kyla Quintero

Presenting their latest and most innovative works in three contrasting programs, this year’s Festival hosts over 2 dozen companies and artists with a large Arizona contingent including Ann Ludwig/Beth Lessard; Nicole L. Olson; Cat + Fish Dance; Amber Robbins; Danielle McNeal Johnson; Diane McNeal Hunt: ELEVATE Dance Works; Ellisa Reed; Scott Bodily; SM2Dance; Turiya Chavez; Canyon Movement Company; and Wight Noise. From California returns Robert Salas: Movement Theatre CoLab; and Jana Taylor;. Ana Cuellar, a multi-year participant from Florida, again revisits the Festival with her dancers. Traveling from Utah are returning artists Alicia Trump/Carrie Miles; and first timer Natalie Gotter.

Las Vegas generated contemporary dance emerges from Eric Bean; Candy Jimenez; Leslie Kremer Roth with Kiss is 4Kidz; Kelly Roth & Dancers; College of Southern Nevada Dance Ensemble; Concert Dance Company; Mary LaCroix/Pamela Lappen: Las Vegas Dance Ensemble; and Danny Mendoza.*

In addition to the three different concerts taking place on Friday, July 26, at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, July 27 (National Dance Day,) at 2:00 & 7:00 pm, will be modern dance master classes taught by guest artists both days from 10:30-noon onstage. All Festival events are FREE and open to the public.

Don’t miss out on 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

A co-production of the Las Vegas Clark County Library District and the New Dance Foundation for the Arts, Inc. with support from the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and donors like you.

For additional info call or text Kelly Roth: 702-504-4578

* Artist roster subject to change.



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