From Grace to Goss

Nevada Ballet Theatre celebrates 40 years by christening its new Smith Center home with an array of special guests

Dance, perchance?

Absolutely—and historically, too, as Nevada Ballet Theatre pirouettes into its first performance May 5 at its permanent new home, in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

You can treat yourself to those nimble feet in a show that will double as a celebration of NBT’s 40 years as Vegas’ premier ballet troupe, with a complement of guest artists that range from graceful to Goss.

We refer, of course, to smooth crooner Matt Goss, headliner at Caesars Palace’s Gossy Room, who will perform with his band as NBT dancers execute moves choreographed by artistic director James Canfield. Elsewhere on the balletic bill, the company will stage George Balanchine’s 1934 classic Serenade, the first ballet the Russian dance master created in America, and set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, performed by members of NBT’s Reynolds Hall roommate, the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Additional guests include four dancers from Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet performing “White Swan Pas de Deux” from Swan Lake, and choreographer Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels, featuring electric violin accompaniment by Mary Rowell, concertmaster at Radio City Music Hall.

Marking four decades in Vegas at its Smith Center debut seems especially appropriate. New home. New life chapter. What is it they say? Life begins at 40?

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