Nevada Ballet Theater


Student Opportunities


Academy Scholarships

About the Nancy Houssels Scholarship

Nevada Ballet Theatre awards its own special scholarship to one deserving student a year. The Nancy Houssels Scholarship, named after Nevada Ballet Theatre Co-Founder and Board Co-Chair, Nancy Houssels, affords an Academy student the opportunity to further develop his or her talent and love of dance by covering a full season’s tuition. Selection will occur in May and funds will be applied for the following season.

Scholarship Requirements

• Only students of the Pre-Professional Program in levels 3 – 8 who are nominated by their instructor will be considered. The scholarship recipient is then chosen by the principal and the faculty.

• Scholarship criteria include dedication, personality, leadership, attendance, talent and merit.

• Students must attend the minimum of required classes for their level in order to be eligible.

• Scholarship recipients must keep good attendance for all required classes during the school year. More than three unexcused absences per semester will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.

• Scholarship recipients must remain exclusive to Nevada Ballet Theatre and may
not take dance classes or perform with any other organization or school.

For more information, please contact the Academy at (702) 243-2623.

Lauren Chitren

2015-16 Nancy Houssels Scholarship recipient Chandler Ornstein. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.

Lauren Chitren

2014-15 Nancy Houssels Scholarship recipient Lauren Chitren. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.


Academy Auditions

The Nutcracker Auditions

Every September, ballet students are encouraged to audition for Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. A longstanding holiday tradition in Las Vegas, The Nutcracker has been a part of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s repertoire for over thirty years.

Performing in Nevada Ballet Theatre’s professional company production of The Nutcracker allows students the opportunity to improve their performance skills, enhance their knowledge of the classical repertoire and receive the opportunity to share the stage with professional dancers.

• There is a fee for each student who performs in The Nutcracker which is due by the first day of rehearsal. The fee is non-refundable.

• All rehearsals are mandatory, and cast members must commit to attending every rehearsal.

• Rehearsals are held at Nevada Ballet Theatre’s studio (1651 Inner Circle) until they move to the theater during Tech Week.

• Permission slips will be given to students in the event that they have to miss school to attend a dress rehearsal or performance.

• Student cast members are provided professional costumes, but they may be required to purchase additional shoes or tights.

• Casting is at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress.  

Photo by Shannon Cangey

Class Placement Auditions

To be eligible to enroll in Pre-Professional level classes, new students must attend a placement class to receive approval to join the program and determine their placement level. Please call the front desk to schedule a placement class at (702) 243-2623.

Performance Opportunities


Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker


Annual Spring Concert

At the end of every school year, Academy students perform in the Academy’s annual Spring Concert normally held the first weekend in June. There are three performances to accommodate all Academy classes: the Contemporary, Character, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre classes perform together in the Dance Program’s Spring Concert; First Steps, Music & Movement, and Pre-Ballet 1-3 classes perform together in an original children’s story ballet, and the Pre-Professional ballet classes stage a full-length production of a classical ballet.


2014 Children's Program Spring Concert Cinderella. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.

Don Quixote

2013 Pre-Professional Program Spring Concert, Don Quixote. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.


Spring Ensemble

In the Spring, Academy Ballet Majors are eligible to enroll in Ensembles which rehearse and perform an additional number in the Spring Concert. This experience gives students an opportunity to improve their dance skills, gain additional training and experience, develop their knowledge of the classical and contemporary repertoire and polish their performance ability.

Advanced Ensemble students perform the Maypole Dance from La Fille Mal Gardee.
Photo by Virginia Trudeau.



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