Kremer Dance Collective
IN THE DESERT
22nd Annual Festival
Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center
Las Vegas, NV
July 31, 2020, 7pm
August 1, 2020, 2pm & 7pm
July 31, 2020, 10:30am
August 1, 2020, 10:30am
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Established in 1999 by choreographers Kyla Quintero and Kelly Roth, the annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival strives to unite the dance community by offering local, regional, national and international companies and choreographers a forum in which to showcase their work, network with each other, collaborate, and build a community based audience.
Held for fourteen years at the College of Southern Nevada, in 2013 the Festival relocated to the beautiful Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center with the generous support of Las Vegas Clark County Library District.
In addition to performances, master classes will be offered to Festival performers and the public alike.
New Dance Foundation for the Arts, Inc, was established to take over administration and funding of the Festival in addition to supporting a dance company, facilitating collaborative projects between complimentary arts practitioners, and promoting international exchanges of artists. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District in the presentation of our 21st annual presentation!
Always full of innovation and surprises, the Festival honored and hosted dance legend Murray Louis in 2006, presenting him with an award recognizing a lifetime of service to dance as an art form. In 2010 Alwin Nikolais was celebrated posthumously with former colleagues and company members remembering him on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
In 2016 we again celebrated the life and inspiration of dancer/choreographer/theorist/pedagogue Murray Louis, who passed away on February 1 of that year at the age of 89. Murray's legacy continues to live on in the lives and works of all of us who were blessed to fall under his matchless influence.
The 22nd Annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival is co-sponsored through the generosity and vision of the Las Vegas Clark County Library District.
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(CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR)
(Artistic Director of Kelly Roth & Dancers; College of Southern Nevada Dance Program Head; Founder/Director of New Dance Foundation for the Arts) was born in Carmel, California. As an adolescent, lessons in karate followed by ballet studies at the Arizona Academy of Dancing, under the direction of Mary Moe Adams, a Royal Academy of Dance examiner, led to a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet where at eighteen he was asked to join the company. In 1976 Mr. Roth moved to New York City, commencing an intensive artistic apprenticeship under modern dance legends Murray Louis, Alwin Nikolais, and Hanya Holm, at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre Lab. Since then he has choreographed and performed globally in a variety of settings with dance companies including those of Murray Louis, Robert Small, and his own company, Kelly Roth & Dancers in New York City, as well as Danse Theatre Susan Buirge in Paris, City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, and Danse Partout in Quebec. Mr. Roth has also taught at Coker College, Texas Woman’s University, Mesa Community College, The University of Wisconsin, and Arizona State University where he received his MFA in dance and was honored as the Outstanding Graduate of the Graduate College. In 1995, Mr. Roth was invited to relocate to Las Vegas in order to build a dance program for the College of Southern Nevada. In addition to his duties as Head of the CSN Dance Program, he continues to choreograph for such organizations as the Las Vegas Ballet Company and Desert Dance Theatre, and appears as guest artist with various companies including Nevada Ballet Theatre, The Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre and A Ludwig Dance Theatre.
With co-founder Kyla Quintero, Roth created the Dance in the Desert Festival in 1999. Heralding the event, which attracts participants from across the nation, CALLBACK 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.”
In his ongoing role as Artistic Director of Kelly Roth & Dancers and Concert Dance Company, he has taken his mixed choreographic bag of literal and abstract narratives to the Avignon Festival in France, to the International Choreographic Festival in Mexico City, the
Prague Festival in the Czech Republic and to frequent engagements in California, Arizona, and Utah. In June 2003 Kelly Roth and company received first prizes for Choreography and Best Contemporary Dance Presentation at the Dance Grand Prix Italia in Cesena, Italy. In Spain, the company gleaned the silver cup for dance theatre at the Barcelona Dance Awards, 2006. Described in Dance Spirit Magazine as “one of the most exciting modern dancers and choreographers on today’s dance scene,” Mr. Roth was also cited by the Nevada Arts Council for “high artistic achievement,” and awarded a prestigious Nevada Artist’s Fellowship for 2005. City Life magazine’s recent Best of the Valley 2008 issue anointed Roth as Las Vegas’ “best local choreographer.” Evaluating Mr. Roth’s impact on the cultural climate of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas dance critic, Hal de Becker, stated, “CSN and the community at large are fortunate to possess a creative artist of his caliber.”
KYLA A. QUINTERO
A gifted choreographer, director, and dancer whose work has been enjoyed by audiences around the world, includes among her many credits: "John Gabriel Magic Re-defined" at the Majestic Theater in Branson, "Steve Wyrick, Magician of the Year" at the Sahara, and Redken's International Hair Shows at the Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand. She was also the Associate Choreographer for "Passion 2000" at Harvey's Resort & Casino in Lake Tahoe and "Las Vegas Magic Express" at the Sheraton Walker Hill in Seoul, Korea. In addition, Kyla was the Associate Choreographer for "Carnival of Wonders" at the Flamingo Hilton in Reno, "Nightbeat" at the Reno Hilton, "The Strip," a television pilot for Warner Brothers, "Glamour" for the maiden voyage of the world's largest cruise ship, The Grand Princess, the critically acclaimed show "Aireus" at the Reno Hilton, and "Country Fever" at the Golden Nugget--all directed by Emmy Award Winner, Michael Darrin. Kyla was the Founder and Artistic Director of Solstice Dance Theater, a modern jazz company based in Las Vegas. In addition to co-producing Dance in the Desert, Solstice Dance Theater performed at Dance Mosaic, a festival in Palo Alto, CA, and at the Gateway Arts and Music Festival in Las Vegas. In July of 1997 Kyla was commissioned to set a concert entitled "Snippets of Life" for Opus Dance Ensemble in Las Vegas. Kyla was the Producer/Director/Choreographer of the Voices of Hope 1996 World AIDS Day benefit at
the MGM Grand Theater starring Susan Anton, with a cast of 40 dancers, singers and musicians. She directed and choreographed numbers for the "Golden Rainbow" show at the Tropicana in 1995 and 1996.
Kyla is a native of New York City. After graduating from New York University with a degree in Spanish Language and Translation, she performed in many shows around the world, including Japan, Aruba and the Philippines. She also appeared in shows in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. After moving to Las Vegas in 1991, she danced in "EFX" starring Michael Crawford, "Legends in Concert," "Country Fever," and was the principal dancer in "Wild Things" at the Dunes. An accomplished teacher, Kyla was on the faculty of Backstage Dance Studio in Las Vegas, a guest teacher for Dance Olympus and Dance Masters of America, traveled nationwide to teach workshops and master classes, and taught creative movement for people living with AIDS and other chronic and terminal illnesses.
LESLIE KREMER ROTH
(ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, emeritus)
(Artistic Director – Kremer Dance Collective) is currently on the Dance Faculty at the College of Southern Nevada, and teaches children’s classes for Clark County Parks & Recreation. Having received her MA in Humanities/Dance from Arizona State University, and her BA in Dance from the State University of New York College at Brockport, she was subsequently invited to be on the faculty at ASU. Ms. Roth has also taught and choreographed at Mesa Community College, Texas Woman’s University, Coker College in South Carolina and has been a guest teacher at numerous dance workshops around the country. As a performer, Ms. Roth has toured nationally and internationally with the award winning Kelly Roth & Dancers, as well as with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Kei Takei, Laura Dean, Richard Bull, and Erroll Simpson and Dancers. In addition, she has been a guest choreographer with Las Vegas Civic Ballet. Ms. Roth also performs, teaches and assists Denise Lahav with Flash Mob Las Vegas and is Director of Dance for Lifelong Dreams, a group dedicated to enriching the lives of special needs and at-risk children and adults through the arts, directed by Tshelene Henreid.