Teachers

Gabrielle Angle

Gabrielle has been dancing since the age of three, training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and tap.  She has performed the roles of Clara, Dewdrop, Hot Chocolate, Lead Flower, and Snowflake in The Nutcracker, Big Swan and Mazurka Soloist in Swan Lake, and the Lilac Fairy variation from Sleeping Beauty.  She danced pre-professionally as an Apprentice with the Loudoun Ballet Company, and toured Austria in 2001 as a part of the Tanzsommer Stars of Tomorrow International program, performing in several cities over two weeks.  She was also a member of Loudoun Taps and Loudoun Jazz & Co, receiving the Malone Foundation Award for Dance in 1999, and performing in the National Tap Dance Day celebration in Washington, D.C. twice, including with honored guests Gregory Hines, Peg Leg Bates, and Mya Harrison.  She received her B.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, before graduating from the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV in 2010. In 2011, she created and directed the ballet program at Winchester Cultural Center, under the Star Catchers Dance program, growing the ballet classes from three to five, and enrollment from 20 to 75 over the span of six years.  As dance is always her balance from the legal analytical world, she is beyond excited to return to teaching and choreographing!

Gabby will be teaching Adv Ballet on Saturdays as well as running Ensemble rehearsals.

Karen McDermott

Karen began ballet at age three, and by age 7 knew dancing was all she wanted to do.  She trained under the instruction of Stanley Herbert. Later she became a member of the St Louis Civic Ballet. A hip injury ended her dream of becoming a professional dancer, but the love and passion did not end with the injury.  At age 50, a Ballet teacher with the Alaska Dance Theater convinced her to return to her true love. She was classically trained, but expanded her dance experience to Jazz, Contemporary, Contemporary Ballet, Modern and Tap. In March of 2018 Karen became a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She continued her education in PBT by completing assessments at Levels 2 and 3. Karen continues to attend workshops and teacher seminars to increase her dance knowledge and continuously update her training.  Karen's passion is to provide future dancers with the knowledge to prevent injuries, to develop proper muscle memory and to enjoy the art of dance.

Karen is teaching PBT on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30, Thursdays 11:45-12:30, and Saturdays 12-1:30.

She also will be teaching Ballet 1 on Saturdays and Adv Ballet on Thursdays

Caroline Macdonald

Bio Coming soon!

 

Marlina Bugler

Marlina Bugler began dancing at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City and upon moving to Vega continued her training at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. She has learned many different styles of dance including Character dance, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. During her training she performed with the Academy in Spring concerts and three different versions of NBT's The Nutcracker, the last one opening the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas in 2012. She graduated from the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts as a dance major. After graduation she joined the competition team at The Base Dance Center and helped the team bring in many medals in Regional and National competitions. She performed with them during the halftime show for the Harlem Globetrotters at the new TMobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. Professionally, she’s performed with AfroSexy at the Baobob Theatre, with The Collective for the opening of Moderno Dance Center, Tuesday Blend Spring of ‘18, as well as performing for Las Vegas Dance Ensemble at the Starbright Theater, Ballet Nights at Tivoli Village, and Dance in the Desert at the Summerlin Library. Marlina also follows in her father’s footsteps as a dance instructor. She has taught for The Base Dance Center, Sole Intensity Dance Academy, Moderno Dance Center, and Kingman Dance Factory among other studios in Las Vegas. She is also an instructor NBT’s Go! Move! Dance! program, and teaches grades 3rd through 5th at two elementary schools. She also teaches Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop for LVDA. She is proficient in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary as well as Character and other dance styles.

Marlina will be teaching Monday Ballet 1, Thursday Beginning Hip Hop, Int Jazz, Int Ballet on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Friday's Beginning Jazz and Ballet 2.

LJay  Luevanos

Lucinda (L.Jay) Luevanos has been dancing since she was four, and started her training with the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico  Company.  She is trained in the techniques of hip hop, contemporary, ballet,  jazz, lyrical, improv, ballet folklórico, and modern.  She has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as graduated with UNLV Department of Dance's "Outstanding Performer Award". She has experience training, teaching, choreographing, and performing all throughout Las Vegas, as well as performing as a backup dancer at the T-Mobile Arena for the Calibash Music Festival. She has performed in Arizona, Indianapolis, New York, Sacramento, and South Korea.  Her choreographic works have not only been premiered in four UNLV Dance Concerts, but also in concerts for dance studios and companies throughout Las Vegas. Her love for videography is shown through the visual choreographic art projects that she has choreographed, released, and has also been featured in. Her choreography draws inspiration from mixing the genres of contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. 

 

Jermaine Turnbow

Jermaine started dancing at the age of 17, where he first started in Ballroom. Shortly after, he furthered his dance training in the styles of Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater under the direction of Anthony Smith and Tony Award Winner Marilyn McCormick. After graduating high school, Jermaine attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he continued his studies in dance. While earning his B.F.A in Dance, Jermaine has studied from world-renown choreographers and teachers such as: Liz Imperio, Desmond Richardson, Allison Holker, Ebony Williams, Molly Misgalla and Roni Koresh. Jermaine has traveled to countries like Mexico and France, where he has taught and studied the language of dance from different cultures.

Jermaine teaches Open Contemporary Tuesdays 7:30-8:30.

Kristal Daniels

Kristal is originally from Aurora, Colorado. She began her dance career at the age of 4 studying Ballet, Jazz and Tap. By the age of 8, she was competing in dance competitions and conventions around the nation. Recognized for her tap ability, she received scholarships to tap programs such as, Tap City New York, MADD Rhythms in Chicago and the St. Louis Tap Festival. She was accepted into the Denver School of the Arts dance department under the guidance of Alicia Karczewski, Michael O’Banion and Cleo Parker Robinson where she attended from middle through high school. Kristal received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia studying under artists Sidra Bell, Roni Koresh, Molly Misgalla and Douglas Becker.

Kristal teaches Int/Adv Tap Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 and Int/Adv Jazz Tuesdays 6:30-7:30.

Marcus Bugler

Having a dance knowledge covering  a wide range of techniques, Marcus Bugler teaches master classes, gives workshops, adjudicates and choreographs in dance schools, camps, and conventions across the country. Marcus has been a dancer with the Muny Opera in St. Louis, the Harkness Youth Dancers (performing at the White House), the Harkness Ballet (with whom he toured Europe), Joffrey II, the Eglevsky Ballet, and the New York Metropolitan Opera where he was Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant, and finally Repetiteur in 2001. In 2003 he joined artistic management team of Cirque du Soleil, opening the production of Zumanity. He has been invited to choreograph multiple times for the Japanese Ongaku-Juku production of the opera Dia Fledermaus, and for the Saito-Kinen Matsumoto production of Queen of Spades; all conducted by the brilliant Seiji Ozawa. He was also brought in as a guest artist with the Chicago Lyric Opera. Home in Las Vegas, Marcus created dance movement in the Insurgo Theatre production of Lysistrada and Opera Las Vegas’ Don Giovanni. Marcus teaches privately and internationally. In addition to his teaching he also performs in the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s productions. We are so blessed to have Marcus on our faculty!

Marcus teaches Candlelight Barre Wednesdays 6:30-7:30

Donna Frias

Donna Frias began her dancing career as a young child. As a teenager she performed with the California ballet and opera association.  She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. There she was hand picked to be in Bella Lewitzky’s company. This led to tours all over the world such as a two-year contract dancing at the Jupiter’s hotel and casino in Australia, 2-year tour of the United States performing with Los Gauchos Latinos with Ringling Brothers and then on to a two-year tour of Europe with The Flavio Tony show. She performed the Gaucho Act at Madison Square Garden in New York and at The Calgary Stampede in Calgary. She performed as a dancer with The Civic Light Opera in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Donna also performed in several television specials such as Good Morning America and The Nell Carter Christmas Special. In more recent years she owned her own dance studio, The Pointe Dance Center/Desert Shores Dance Academy for twenty-four years. She has been judging dance competitions for Inferno Dance for three years and absolutely loves sharing her knowledge to the young upcoming dancers.

Donna is teaching Beginning Tap and Pre Ballet on Wednesdays, Mommy and Me, and Princess Ballet on Thursdays

Tygeria Slater

Tygeria loves the performing arts. She began dancing and acting at an early age. Her ballet training was in RAD (Royal Academy of Ballet) and Vaganova methods. She began teaching at the  young age of 13, she loves teaching young students. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and stretch classes. She has taught for North Stars Dance Academy, Silver Mesa, and Molasky dance programs. She graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts majoring in theater. She loves working with children and is so grateful to be a part of the Las Vegas Dance Academy family!

Tygeria teaches Princess Ballet and Pre Ballet on Saturdays

Vivian Larsen

Vivian has trained with the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, the Winchester Cultural Center, and most recently the Las Vegas Dance Academy. She is currently a senior at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and a member of the Las Vegas Dance Academy Youth Ensemble. She has performed in NBT’s Nutcracker as well as the Academy of NBT’s La Bayadere and Don Quixote. Vivian was an assistant choreographer and dance instructor for Winchester Headliner’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She has been a volunteer instructor for Innovation Private School for the past three years. Vivian is also currently a student tutor at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.

Vivian teaches Ballet Level 1 on Saturdays

 

Thank you to our photographers Alicia Lee Photography and Elizabeth Comstock

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