CSN’s Dance Program presents The SPRING FESTIVAL OF DANCE 2024, in celebration of Spring and new works by faculty, guest artists and alumnae. To give our students the full experience of what it takes to become a working artist, choreographer and performer, our students have had the opportunity to experience working alongside professional choreographers and companies. We are excited to present, share and build connections within the Las Vegas Dance community.

Within the 60 minute performance, audience members will experience a range of diverse works ranging from Folklorico, West African, Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary, all choreographed by our esteemed faculty, students and guest artists, , Alison Kravenko, Pendu Malik, Carrie Miles, Danny Mendoza, Liezel Marie Guzman, Denise Darnell, Jacquelyn Guzman.

The dance program is excited to present the overall winner of the Standing on the Edge Youth Choreography Festival under the artistic direction of Frit and Frat Fuller. Based in Los Angeles, Frit and Frat graciously have brought their Standing On The Edge [SOTE]  to Las Vegas to be held at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, March 1st and 2nd, 2024. The SOTE Festival is a competition platform for Youth to share and express their choreography skills, creativity and storytelling through movement. The winners of this competition are presented today for your enjoyment.

Trinity Dance Conservatory of the Performing Arts are the guests this semester. Under the direction of Monica Armstrong, Trinity Dance is based locally, in North Las Vegas. Monica states: “Trinity Conservatory is not just another studio, it provides mentoring, ministry, leadership, and professional training starting at the age of two. This non-profit has been a great life work that I will continue to pour my heart and soul into to see the dreams and goals of youth realized in our local and global communities.” The piece performed by Trinity Dance Concservatory was choreographed by Kimberly Fedele-Kaye, instructor at CSN. The program happy to make another bridge in connecting with with young dancers and artists.

This year they added a West African Fusion Dance course with Pendu Malik who will be showcasing her students and bringing in live drummers and dancers to accompany them. Kishema “Pendu” Malik is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor and educator with over 25 years in the entertainment industry. Pendu has trained in many styles in her career but her choreography and teaching heavily displays her love for Modern fusion with Dunham, Contemporary, Jazz, West African and Afro Fusion. She has many credits in the US and abroad as a performer, choreographor and educator with companies such as Cirque Du Soleil, Dance Theatre of Harlem, NIKE, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Debbie Gibson and many more. Pendu loves sharing her love of dance and culture wherever she goes and has taught in more than 30 countries.

The Silver State Ballet will present a new work under the direction of Alison Kravenko (CSN Dance Faculty). Silver State Ballet is a neoclassical company serving Las Vegas as a company and school of ballet. Alison Kravenko, a native of Las Vegas, is a third-generation dancer and ballet teacher. Alison began at the Robert Gilbert School of Ballet, followed by mentorship of Garold Gardner (ABT), Jacqueline Douguet (Paris Opera Ballet), legendary coach Joanna Kneeland and master teacher David Howard. In 2002 and in 2022 Alison was an Artist-In-Residence for the UNLV Dance Department. In 2003, she was nominated five times by her colleagues for the Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Arts and between 2005-2008 held a position as Adjunct Professor at UNLV teaching Dance Theory.

In addition, the program is thrilled to announce their invitation to perform “Arrival” choreographed by Carrie Miles in the upcoming UNLV concert. “Arrival” was set on the Intermediate Modern Dance Class. Carrie Miles Carrie’s signature dance style is based in ebb and flow in addition to relatable content that one can insert themselves into.  Sweeping, fall and recover with sustaining moments all inside the anguish of the storyline. She perceives her movement as a way to escape into something bigger than herself to develop a world that needs to be viewed and experienced by the onlooker. She is greatly inspired and influenced by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Pina Bausch and Akram Kahn.

The concert takes place on Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus.

General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors.  To purchase tickets online, please visit: www.csn.edu/pac. For more information, feel free to call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

CSN’s Performing Arts Center, provides quality artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for the college and the community. It is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

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Int Modern “Arrival” – Carrie Miles/MENTION UNLV February 23rd and 24th.

Beg Modern -Danny Mendoza

Jazz- Danny Mendoza

Hip Hop – Liezel Marie Guzman

African Fusion/West African – Pendu Malik

Folklorico/ 2 Pieces – Jacquelyn Guzman

Dance Project – Marley Reynoso


Silver State Ballet – New Works

Trinity Dance Conservatory – Kimberly Fedele/Monica Armstrong.

Standing on the Edge Youth Choreography Festival. – Frit and Frat Fuller.

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