The College of Southern Nevada Dance Program presents The Spring Dance Formal 2024. In celebration of Spring we will debut new works with The CSN Concert Company in collaboration with the CSN Theatre, Videography and Music Programs. We have created a Site-Specific Dance, and Dance for Film project entitled “Desert in Motion.” The original score, “Three Scenes From the Desert,” was composed by Australian-born, Dr. Alex Stopa. Dr. Stopa, a resident of Las Vegas, is in high demand as a drummer, percussionist, marimba soloist, and composer. ​Praised for his “wonderfully creative musical instincts, dazzling technique and high-octane stage presence,” (Scott Stevens, New York Metropolitan Opera) he has performed extensively in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, France, Belgium, Japan, and Hong Kong. We are proud and honored to be able to realize his piece live today, with this groundbreaking inter-departmental collaboration.

This project is being filmed by our CSN Videography Program with 4 students under the guidance of Professor Sean Collett, at the Red Rock Canyon National Park, which will then be edited as Dance for Camera to be a part of our live performance.

The score will be performed in real time by students of the Music Program as well as part time instructors, all under the guidance of Professor Robert Bonora, Chair/Department of Fine Arts and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at CSN.

Costumes are designed by CSN Theatre Student in Costume Design and Construction, Kennedy Moseley, under the guidance of Professor Dustin Shaffer.

Chorepgraphy is set in three sections by Interim Director of Dance, Denise Darnell along with Carrie Miles and Aubrey Pascoe, and is performed by the Concert Dance Company of the College of Southern Nevada.

The concert will close with “Vegas Meets Broadway.” A musical revue directed and choreographed by guests Frit and Frat Fuller. The musical revue presents musical and dance scenes from West Side Story, Hamilton, Funny Girl and The Greatest Showman. The ensemble will include student actors, dancers and singers from CSN’s Theatre and Music Programs.

Frit and Frat are the Associate choreographers under legendary Broadway and film choreographer, Julie Arenal. (Notably, she choreographed for “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles and “Timmy The Great” at the Theater of the New City in New York City). Frit and Frat have also choreographed for several dance companies and theme parks, and have been guest artists at various schools, colleges and universities around the world, including National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan and Pineapple Dance Studios in London. The brothers recently created, directed, and choreographed the jukebox stage musical, “Down Around Brown Town” celebrating the music of Mr. James Brown performed in Los Angeles and New York City. Along with being featured in Dance Mogul Magazine, Frit and Frat received the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director of a Musical/Local Division for “Down Around Brown Town.”

The concert takes place on Friday, April 26th, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. and 7 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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