Scene Stealers

Six local artists bridge the arts of fashion and dance, sharing how body, movement and form have influenced their personal style—captured through the lens of renowned British photographer Matilda Temperley

Styling Claire Wigglesworth | Hair & Makeup Zee | Shot on location at SON Studios

Givenchy knit tops. Neiman Marcus.

Givenchy knit tops. Neiman Marcus.

Bolormaa

Water Bowl, Zumanity

A contortionist since age 11, Bolormaa has been with Zumanity since it debuted in 2003. She says she is currently getting back to show-ready shape after having her third baby, but you would never guess she wasn’t there already. “Fashion is really fun for me, [but] I’m not a tall fashion model,” she says. “Because I’m a contortionist, we can’t really be so tall. Luckily I have the talent to do other sorts of fashion [modeling],” like performing onstage for the 2012 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Bolormaa describes her personal style as “funky, cool and classic,” and although she is personally interested in makeup and skin care, she equally loves purses. “I am obsessed with Prada bags.”

Ulziibayar

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Ulziibayar started contortion when she was 5 years old, joined the Mongolian state circus at 7, then Cirque du Soleil at 9, and has been with the company for 20 years. Ulziibayar says growing up in the circus and watching other performers take pride in their looks influenced her sexy, chic style. “As a performer, fashion has always been a big part of our lives. Most of the performers around the world are glamorous looking. In [real] life, they want to be like that, too.” For fall, Ulziibayar loves knee-high boots. Shoes are her particular favorite—she has more than 100 pairs.

Givenchy poncho. Neiman Marcus.

Givenchy poncho. Neiman Marcus.

Betsy Lucas

Company Artist, Nevada Ballet Theatre

Originally from Oregon, Lucas joined the Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2010. For her it’s all about developing a critical eye for detail, a skill she’s honed from spending eight hours a day in front of the mirror, making each subtle physical movement perfect. “As an artist, we have to be a little judgmental of ourselves and make sure we really like what we see, especially when we are dancing. There is a lot of self-coaching.” She thinks this attention to detail is why dancers are oftentimes so fashionable. For fall, her favorite accessory is riding boots, but she says pearls truly embody her personality.

➜ See Lucas on the Mystère stage in TI for the NBT Choreographers’ Showcase blending Cirque du Soleil and ballet on Oct. 11 and 18, or at The Smith Center for A Balanchine Celebration, Nov. 7-8.

Topshop hat. Topshop Fashion Show.

Topshop hat. Topshop Fashion Show.

Lea Hinz

Aerial Hoop, Absinthe

Lea Hinz celebrated her one-year anniversary with Spiegelworld’s show Absinthe in July. Being a performer has allowed her to be more outgoing when it comes to her personal style. “If I feel like I need to wear green with yellow stars and blue dots, I will probably do that,” she says. “Back in the day when I was young, I was probably too shy.” Her favorite thing about dressing for fall? Jeans, which she wears on and offstage. The character she developed for Absinthe, The Girl in Jeans, is meant to represent an everyday person you would meet on the street. “I do love jeans in private [too]—ripped jeans, a little bit washed out, high-wasted, low-waisted—I don’t care. They are all awesome.”

Salvatore Ferragamo bag. DVF maxi dress. Neiman Marcus. Model’s own trousers and glasses.

Salvatore Ferragamo bag. DVF maxi dress. Neiman Marcus. Model’s own trousers and glasses.

Bernard H. Gaddis

Founder/Artistic Director of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Principal Dancer in Mystère

With more than 32 years of dance experience, Bernard H. Gaddis puts as much detail into his personal style as his choreography and costume design for LVCDT, and his lines are equally beautiful in both dance and wardrobe. “I always believe that a well-tailored piece of clothing will last you a lifetime and will never go out of style.” He has pieces that he’s owned since he was 17 because they still fit. “I find that my clothes that I keep, they’ve gone back in style two or three times.”

➜ See Gaddis in Mystère and the upcoming LVCDT performance Simply Ella, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, which includes Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature, at The Smith Center on Nov. 13.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket. Neiman Marcus.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket. Neiman Marcus.

Maria F. McGovern-Vicuna

Company Artist, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

McGovern-Vicuna is originally from Mexico and joined the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater in 2012. The soulful dancer says it is the artist’s job to meld and take on many styles of dance. “It’s like having a painting with many colors instead of just black and white.” Though her favorite color to wear is, in fact, black. Her style is “elegant and sensual,” but she thinks the most important accessory is how a woman carries herself. “When I go out, I do my makeup and put things together and change [many] times as if I were [getting] ready for a performance,” she says. “You are not just a dancer in the studio.”

➜ McGovern-Vicuna will be dancing with LVCDT in Simply Ella at The Smith Center on Nov. 13.

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On Bolormaa Cushnie Et Ochs blouse On Ulziibayar Victoria Beckham

Bolormaa Cushnie Et Ochs blouse. Ulziibayar Victoria Beckham.

Balormaa

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Ulziibayar

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Bolormaa: “For fall, I just mostly wear a lot of leggings, tight leggings and something loose on top and a nice bag. And hats, too!”

Balenciaga mini bags

Balenciaga mini bags.

Balormaa

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Ulziibayar

Water Bowl, Zumanity

On Bolormaa Cushnie Et Ochs blouse and Dior sunglasses On Ulziibayar Givenchy Jacket and Tom Ford sunglasses   Bags both Balenciaga mini.

Bolormaa Cushnie Et Ochs blouse and Dior sunglasses. Ulziibayar Givenchy Jacket and Tom Ford sunglasses. Bags both Balenciaga mini.

Balormaa

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Ulziibayar

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Bolormaa Dior sunglasses Ulziibayar Tom Ford sunglasses /

Bolormaa Dior sunglasses. Ulziibayar Tom Ford sunglasses.

Balormaa

Water Bowl, Zumanity

Ulziibayar

Water Bowl, Zumanity

On Maria DVF maxi dress

DVF Maxi dress.

Maria F. McGovern-Vicuna

Company Artist, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

Tom Ford bag.

Tom Ford bag.

Bernard H. Gaddis

Founder/Artistic Director of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Principal Dancer in Mystère

“I have to wear a specific type of shoe. I can’t wear an Italian shoe because it’s too narrow so I have to find shoes that are maybe a little wider on the side and then goes to a point as opposed to a square, but that’s because of my feet and the way I use my feet. I do so many things on them.”

Gucci sunglasses.

Gucci sunglasses.

Bernard H. Gaddis

Founder/Artistic Director of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Principal Dancer in Mystère

On Maria Dolce & Gabbana jacket.

Maria Dolce & Gabbana jacket.

Maria F. McGovern-Vicuna

Company Artist, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

Bernard H. Gaddis

Founder/Artistic Director of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Principal Dancer in Mystère

Dolce & Gabbana jacket and Givenchy bag.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket and Givenchy bag.

Maria F. McGovern-Vicuna

Company Artist, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

Rebecca Taylor maxi dress.

Rebecca Taylor maxi dress.

Lea Hinz

Aerial Hoop, Absinthe

Topshop hat.

Topshop hat.

Lea Hinz

Aerial Hoop, Absinthe

Topshop hat.

Topshop hat.

Lea Hinz

Aerial Hoop, Absinthe

Givenchy T-shirt.

Givenchy T-shirt.

Lea Hinz

Aerial Hoop, Absinthe

Alexander McQueen T-shirt and Valentino bag

Alexander McQueen T-shirt and Valentino bag.

Betsy Lucas

Company Artist, Nevada Ballet Theatre

“I have a lot of friends that do this profession. I think something we all have in common is comfort, the comfort level [and] the way things fit. Especially ballet dancers, we wear pointe shoes. We never force ourselves to wear anything uncomfortable if it’s not for work.”

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