Las Vegas

22nd Annual Festival    
Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center
Las Vegas, NV


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Cynthia DuFault (BFA/MFA in dance with emphasis in choreography/performance, Arizona State University) has amassed a number of credentials as dancer, choreographer, and educator expanding in a range of mediums including concert dance, theatrical production, commercial dance, and film. Ms. DuFault is participating in this festival as a Nevada Art Council/National Endowment for the Arts 2017 Artist Fellowship recipient. As the Director of C. DuFault Dance Repertory, she has choreographed works for and taught at universities and conservatories throughout the country and in Mexico. Her prominent teaching credentials include New World School of the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, University of Northern Colorado, Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, and the College of Southern Nevada. Ms. DuFault currently resides in New York and is Assistant Professor in dance at the State University of New York, Potsdam.




Chaos Theory Dance, a "quick-come-pick-me-up" company directed by Billbob Brown, takes its name from the science of complexity, which finds meaningful patterns in apparently unpredictable systems, such as weather, clouds, traffic, populations, and relationships.  Through improvisation and set choreography, interactions with musicians, video technology, cartoons, or dialogue, and with a lot of zaniness, CTD makes work that is fun and emotionally accessible, letting audiences “ooh” and “ahh” while being intellectually challenged.  The company has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, and in colleges, theaters, and festivals across the country, including Harvard, Roger Williams University, and MIT.  Recent projects have been with Kristen Miller, cellist, who was named 2004 Female Artist of the Year by Jam Magazine; DuoJalal; Stephen Katz, and other musicians.  Previously based in Massachusetts, the company is newly re-established in Tucson, Arizona. 



Chaslina Cress is a Las Vegas dancer and choreographer. She started training in technical dance class at the age of 18 at college of Southern Nevada with Kelly Roth. Then moved over to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to get her bachelors of fine arts in dance. Through out her time in college she was the volunteer movement choreographer and coach for the Chaparral High school color guard. She aspires to continue her education to get her master's in choreography. 



Artistic Director & CSN Program Director, Kelly Roth - CSN Dance Ensemble was created as a training ground for students participating in dance program classes. The ensemble is unique in that it provides an opportunity for all levels of dancers, from the complete novice to the seasoned professional, to co-mingle onstage in choreographic material tailored to the skill levels of individual members. 



Artistic Director & CSN Program Head, Kelly Roth - CSN Concert Dance Company is the semi-professional performance group of the Community College of Southern Nevada. Designed to give the student experience in a professionally oriented dance environment, the company mentors its members through the assimilation of new choreography and repertory in anticipation of opportunities for formal performances, educational outreach programs, and possible touring. The company is intended to refine the more experienced dancer and is open to those serious students who qualify through audition. CDC placed first in Choreography and Contemporary Dance at the Dance Grand Prix Italia 2003 in Bologna, Italy. 



Danielle McNeal Johnson B.A. Dance (Freelance Choreographer/Dancer) draws from a diverse training in modern, classical/contemporary jazz, ballet, and African dance, to create eclectic works that tell stories, entertain and explore movement.

Born and raised in Queens, NY Danielle began her formal dance training at the age of 12. She went on to pursue dance as a professional career and received scholarships to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Dunham Technique) and Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater (African Dance and Jazz). While in New York, Danielle had the honor to train for two years under Jazz dance master Luigi. Danielle received a scholarship to study dance at ASU and received a Bachelor’s in dance. Upon graduation, Danielle remained in Arizona and became a core dancer for modern dance company Desert Dance Theatre.  Danielle has had the opportunity to work with choreographers from all over the country and in various genres of dance.  Danielle will be performing in the production of Sister Moses in the Southern Vermont festival this Summer.



Moone Goddess Dance Collective is a newly formed dance group based in Las Vegas, which was founded by choreographer, Dannii Moone. This pickup company is open and experimental, working to use dancer’s natural body movements to construct the most dynamic and organic choreography. The Dance in the Desert Festival will be MGDC’s premiere performance.


Dannii Moone is a dancer and choreographer based in Las Vegas. As a child, she began as a competitive cheerleader, then moved to training in the classical disciplines of dance. Through her younger years she trained in Portland, OR, dancing in her studio’s Pre-Professional company, then chose to put her focus on her high school dance team. Her pursuit of a BFA in Dance started at the University of Oregon where she trained with Rita Honka, and Brad Gardner in the art of modern dance, getting her first taste for the magic that modern dance brings to the body. For her remaining years at university, UNLV and Las Vegas became her home and she earned her BFA in Performance and Choreography in May 2017. Currently, Moone has formed her first pickup company, Moone Goddess Dance Collective, and is working toward her career as a performer in Las Vegas. 



Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance theatre company that was founded in Arizona in 1979. The company has an eclectic variety of dances in the current repertory, ranging from classical, comical, abstract and theatrical. The company is comprised of experienced performers, choreographers and enthusiastic educators who strive to bring openness, spontaneity and diversity of dance to the public. The company offers a variety of quality programs to schools and communities that are inspiring, entertaining and educational, including: master classes, lecture demonstrations and performances. Desert Dance Theatre also specializes in theme-related programs that focuses on cultural diversity and about the lives of prominent people who have fought for freedom in America. For information: or 480-962-4584.

ELEVATE DanceWorks


Innovative, creative, collaborative, technically strong and expressive Contemporary Dance! ELEVATE DanceWorks is dedicated to upholding the top level of artistry.  

Diane McNeal Hunt, (Founding Artistic Director / Choreographer), presents an eclectic palette of choreography, showcasing her dancers who deftly express the concept and intent behind her work.  Ms. Hunt coaches her dancers to find an authentic and honest way of integrating movement in their bodies, resulting in an articulate, dynamic and captivating performance. Choreographic inspiration for Ms. Hunt comes through creating with her powerful core of dancers who share a common passion and vision.  ELEVATE’s repertoire includes mesmerizing choreography by Ms. Hunt that features original masks by acclaimed artist, Zarco Guerrero. Hunt and Guerrero have enjoyed vital collaborations for over 30 years. 


Annually, ELEVATE celebrates Arizona's rich Latino culture, with performances in the Dia de los Muertos Festivals and the El Puente Festival.  Ms. Hunt is honored to have her works selected to showcase nationally at:  Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, ODC/San Francisco,  MixMatch Dance Festival (L.A./Santa Monica), danceXchange (Temecula, CA), Dance in the Desert Festival (Las Vegas), Breaking Ground Dance Festival/Tiny Dances (Phoenix), BETA Dance Festival (Phoenix).  Also, Assistant Artistic Director / Outreach Education Director for Center Dance Ensemble, Ms. Hunt’s choreography is featured at the The Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix as the Resident Modern Dance Company.  Her works are commissioned by other Arizona companies and college programs.  At the HEART of Ms. Hunt’s work exists a career-long devotion to Arts Education.  



An independent artist who grew up in Phoenix, AZ, Jordan Kriston received a BFA in Dance Performance from Arizona State University in 2006. During that time, she performed with Movement Source Dance Company. In New York, she worked with H.T Chen and Dian Dong, Douglas Dunn and Karl Anderson. Kriston then moved to Connecticut to join Pilobolus Dance Theater, touring the world for 7 years in the main company and helping create over a dozen new works. Kriston is interested in movement as a unifying language across all barriers. She likes to choreograph in the moment, utilizing the artists she is working with, the environment and time, as well as her own ideas to capture what wants to be said. As a teacher and choreographer, Jordan creates an environment where movement is the vehicle to be creative, challenged, inspired, provoked, and felt. Her work often highlights the many different ways humans relate to each other and to themselves. She is interested in the psychological influence behind movement and likes to use natural pedestrian impetus either from herself or others as seeds for her choreographic works.


Claire Renaud grew up in France where she received a dance certificate in ballet and modern from the Conservatoire National de Région de Caen. She worked with Michèle Latini, Claude Béatrix, Jacky Auvray, and other local choreographers in France. In the United States, she has worked as a dancer and choreographer with the Windfall Dancers, Movement Source Dance Company, and Dulce Dance Company.




Kelly Roth & Dancers was founded in New York City in 1978, giving its debut performance in January of the following year at Lincoln Square. Since Mr. Roth's departure from the city in 1985 the company has followed him to various locations across the United States, including Arizona, Wisconsin, and for the past several years in Nevada. As a now western-based organization, Mr. Roth & company have appeared at the Avignon Festival in France, the International Choreographic Festival in Mexico City, the Prague Dance and Theatre Festival, the Dance Grand Prix Italia, the Barcelona Dance Awards, and to frequent engagements around the western United States. 



LVCDT 2 is and extension of the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater organization and conservatory under the direction of Matthew Palfeiner and Avree Walker. Founded by Bernard H. Gaddis, it is designed to shape young budding dancers within the community, providing an opportunity to perform works by both acclaimed and developing choreographers and excel at a professional level within the arts. 



MULTIPLEX DANCE, founded in 2013 is Los Angeles-based meta-modern dance company integrating athletic and acrobatic movement vocabulary with digital media and electronic music. Dancing at the crossroads of visceral and virtual landscapes, the creative work of MXD is a roller coaster ride of tumbling, rolling, sliding, pivoting, inverting, rebounding, launching and flying through worlds inspired by super heroes, video games, and cyberpunk science fiction.  MXD is dedicated to making innovative, accessible dance works and programs that engage audiences in creative and powerful ways through performances, residencies, professional intensives, master classes and community workshops. 



Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, has partnered with the Long Beach Opera for the past 4 years choreographing 5 operas, as well as continuing their community outreach in the city of Long Beach, CA.  The company has performed for over 300,000 people within the US and internationally.  Nannette has produced many invitational concerts in California and the So-Cal Dance Invitational for Orange County is in its sixth year.  The L.A. So-Cal Dance Invitational made its debut at the Ford Amphitheater in August 2013 and returned with a successful LA So-Cal Dance Invitational in June of 2014.  NBDT recently completed a long-term residency for the city of Ojai and participated in the Front & Main Dance Festival in Temecula in 2016 and 2017. They are pleased to announce that Stephanie Maxim’s choreography for NBDT called “Strength in Sorrow” won first place in the festival.  NBDT was awarded a full production at the Old Town Temecula Theater for February 3, 2018.   The company is working on their Veterans Expressions Project as part of their California Arts Council grant, collaborating with veteran artists and service organizations.  This evening’s performance of “Report to Base at 06:00” is a vivid duet from that project.  Next year, NBDT celebrates 30 years of dancing!



Nicole started her training in ballet and classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of WI- Stevens Point, she continued performing for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee), and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). 

Nicole has performed in Arizona with the Phoenix Opera, Liliana Gomez, Candy Jimenez, Diane McNeal Hunt, Dulce Dance, and Center Dance Ensemble. Currently, she is the Associate Director/Principal Dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre, and performs nationally and internationally with the company. 

Ms. Olson has presented her choreography in such venues as the Kennedy Center (DC), TBA Festival/Ten Tiny Dances (Portland, OR) , MixMatch Festival (Los Angeles), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (Chicago), Dance in the Desert Festival (Las Vegas), Sling Dance Project (Austin), Breaking Ground Dance and Film Festival (Tempe), Tiny Works|Tiny Dances (Phoenix), Herberger Theater and Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix).  Nicole has choreographed for “Evita” (Phoenix Theatre), “Heathers” (Stray Cat Theatre), and “Hair” (Desert Stages Theatre).  She was awarded an Arizoni Award in Choreography for Nearly Naked Theatre’s production of “The Who’s Tommy” in 2006.

In the last few years, Nicole has been presenting more work in alternative performance spaces; creating and performing dance for Phoenix Art Museum and {9} The Gallery in Downtown Phoenix.  She has been invited to perform with Liliana Gomez in the “Focusing on Frida” Exhibit (Heard Museum), “Spanish Colonial First Friday Exhibit”(Phoenix Art Museum), “Rio Salado Project”(ASU Borderlands), and “Dia de los Muertos Celebration” (Desert Botanical Gardens). 

This past season, Nicole was awarded the 2016 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance (Cliff Keuter Award), and was selected as Phoenix New Times’ “Best Dancer, 2016” for their annual “Best Of Phoenix” and one of their “100 Creatives” for 2016/’17.

Nicole continues her choreography for children’s and professional venues throughout the Phoenix area. Along with her choreography and performance work, she is Director of Dance at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, and teaches intensives and workshops nationally. 



PDCLA is a collective dance company based in Los Angeles, CA. They strive to create works that let dancers not just be a dancer but have a space to share their creative voice within the process of creating dance works. By collaborating, all involved artists have the chance to see their ideas take shape within the pieces created. In their first year, Palm has already performed at the Orange County Dance Festival, Dance on the Edge, Los Angeles Dance Festival, Red Rock Dance Festival in Utah where they won judges choice.

Artistic Director, Carisa Carroll, a Santa Barbara, CA native, started her career with State Street Ballet. She performed in every work in the companies repertoire during the 2012-14 seasons, including their national tours. In January 2015 she was invited by Christopher Pilafian to perform with Santa Barbara Dance Theater where she performed and collaborated in the original performance of 'Common Ground' by Edgar Zendejas as well as performing 'Salt' by Joshua Beamish.  Carisa has performed in 2 films by Robin Bisio Films. Fall 2016 she helped re-stage Tracy Kofford's "Intersecting Fuge", which won second place at the McCallum choreography festival 2016. Carroll has also been in several music videos throughout LA.  Her choreographic work has been performed at Santa Barbara City College Dance Collective 2015 and 2016, The Brand Library, Nebula HH11 Dance Festival 2016/2017, Voices of LA by Brockus Project Studios 2016, OCDF 2017 & the Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017.



Scott Bodily has a very diverse background and is an established professional dancer, singer and performer.  He received a vocal scholarship to Utah State University and studied Opera, Musical Theater, Modern and Classical Ballet and received a BS in Psychology.  He has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University.  He has since performed several lead singing roles in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, The International Broadway Tour of “Saturday Night Fever” and eight years with Crystal Cruise Line as Production Captain while serving as Deputy Cruise Director.  Scott has performed lead roles with Houston Grand Opera, Omaha Opera and is a Founding Member of the Utah Festival Opera.  Scott has danced various leading roles in professional Ballet and Modern Companies including Dayton Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater and Dance Kaleidoscope.  He has been a company member/featured soloist for five years with Center Dance Ensemble the Resident Modern Dance Company at Herberger Theater in Phoenix. He has choreographed multiple works for CDE, teaches company class and is an Adjunct Faculty instructor at Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College and a member of Elevate DanceWorks.  Scott, Nicole and Amber have been friends for many years and have danced together in numerous projects, productions and festivals in Phoenix and around the country.  This is Scott’s fifth year to be selected to perform works at Dance in the Desert Festival and is excited to present this piece of true Fiends being Fancy and having Fun.

Director of The Rolle Project


Tyrell Rolle was born in Key West, Florida raised in Miami, Liberty City. He started his career by gaining a scholarship with The Ailey School in New York. Upon completion top in his class, he was fluid in all forms of dance and began touring with Ailey 2 Company. This enabled him to travel around the world to Europe, New York, and Los Angeles just to name a few. His Dance resume consists of jobs like Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Deeply Rooted Chicago, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco Dance Company, Blue13 Bollywood Dance Company, Opus Dance Theatre, Dance NOW Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Brazz Dance Theater and also worked on broadway. The experience combined with the traveling fueled a very talented Tyrell Rolle, and he knew he had a passion for the arts and could do anything he puts his mind too.
He then segued to choreography working with stars such as J-Lo, Chrisette Michele, Sean Garrett, Royce Reed, Janice Dickinson, Wisin Y Yandel, Pit Bull, Brianna Perry, Trina, Frank Gatson, Sonya Tayeh, Adam Parson,Andre Fuentes, Christopher Huggins, Danny Ezralow, Anthony Burrell, Christian Andrew, Arthur Mitchell, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Hinton Battle, and many others.
Tyrell Rolle shot to the radar with appearance onscreen for competing on, “So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 (2010)”. Even though he did not succeed to finals the show was very influential in his many opportunities to follow. Tyrell was offered a job in Las Vegas as a guest teacher for Cirque Du Soleil, and also performed with Beatles Love as a character and Ensemble Dancer and also performed at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Disney The Lion King. Hard work this young man is used too, then he was invited to appear as guest judge on the reality show, “Dance Moms” late 2016.
Tyrell has been mentored by some of the most influential dancers of our times one being Judith Jamison. She gave him the confidence he needed to move on to the next levels of his career. Growing up Tyrell had a hard childhood. From living in an under-served community, and being labeled as a slow learner in school. He loved to dance and had an undeniable artistic side that was inevitable. This played a role in his new mission of giving that chance to other kids that mirror some of his struggles. Tyrell founded and recently launched, “The Rolle Project” housed in his “Studio 305”.  He has long-term goals of being able to open a Studio 305 across the world with the mission of the organization. 

An ByounJu Chum-ium Dance Company


An ByongJu Chum-ium Dance Company is passing on the art of Kim Paik-bong, the founder of Fan Dance of Korea, and is pursuing the preservation of Choi Seung-hee's work.

The company has been striving to improve the quality of dance and restore popularity.

Notable accomplishments for the company include the following:

  • 2010, Participated in the 2010 Prague Dance Festival & Competition(Czech Republic Prague)

  • 2009, SBS Summer Fest "Korea WEEK 2009 in Shizuoka(JAPAN)

  • 2006, Utah University Organized by Kyunghee University - Featuring dancers from the Utah Ballet and performing dance company

  • 2006, Prague International dance festival Prague broadway theater

  • 2006, Flushing N.Y west point U.S Washington spuare

  • 2005, BESETO opera <Chunhyangjeon>

  • 2005, invitation to the Korean Association of Flushing in New York

  • 2002, Chestnut Opera 'Chunhyangjeon' performance choreographed by Korean and Chinese collaborators at the Kyungbori Theater in China

  • 2001, Besseto opera hosted by the Korea-Japan joint venture 'Opera' Chunhyangjeon 'at the Tokyo Cultural Center in Japan

  • 2001, Invitation of Kim Paik-bong Dance Company, New Cultural Festival Performances(San Diego)

  • 1997, Tottori prefecture held in Japan '97 Expo invitation performance ‘

  • 1993, Hawaii Immigrant 90th Anniversary Kim Paik-bong Dance Performance

  • 1989, Canadian Folk Art Festival 'Folkorama' and Vancouver Chamber of Commerce invitation performance choreography


Performance Dates
July 31, 2020, 7pm
August 1, 2020, 2pm & 7pm
Master Classes
July 31 2020, 10:30am 
August 1, 2020, 10:30am

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.



Supporting the Quest for Artistic Excellence Within the Nevada Arts Community.


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