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.
LJay teaches Monday Advanced Contemporary
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
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 2 on Saturdays
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 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
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 Thursday Beginning Hip Hop, Int Jazz, and Friday's Beginning Jazz and Ballet 2.