Backstage Dance Studio    
                                                              SINCE 1973                                                               3425 BACKSTAGE BLVD.
                                                                                                                                                                                         LAS VEGAS, NV. 89121

702- 547-1040    CHILDREN               702-324-3731   RENTALS                  702-457-7310  

History, Schedule, Rates

Advanced Jazz with legendary choreographer Ron Lewis -1995


SINCE 1973 BACKSTAGE DANCE STUDIO has been one of the most highly respected studio for adult professional training in the southwest and January 2013 will mark our 40th year in business. Our staff are adult working or retired dancers and/or local, national, and international choreographers. This brings a wealth of solid training varying from nationally recognized ballet and modern companies, theatre, movies, and television, to Las Vegas style variety shows.

 Guest teachers have included Emmy winners Michael Darrin & Michael Peters ,  Tony winners Ron Lewis & Chet Walker,  "So you think you can Dance" choreographers Napoleon &  Tabitha,  dancer/choreographer Nick Navarro from Academy Award winning movies "West Side Story" & "My Fair Lady", Star Search Grand Champions John Crutchman & Allan Sherfield, & choreographers to Liza Minelli, Michael Jackson, Cher, Debbie Reynolds, Joel Grey, Juliet Prowse, Paula Abdul, and  Gladys Knight.

 Our instructors varied training has included The Royal Ballet School, Italia Conti Stage School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Their credits have include dancing backup for Celine Dion, Destinys Child, The Cheetah Girls, Mariah Carey, Juliet Prowse, Christine W, Ann Margaret, MC Hammer, James Brown, Brandy, Frank Sinatra, New Kids on the Block, Donna Summer, Kenny G, Spyro Gyro , and Toni Braxton. There's also past line captains for Siegfried and Roy and a top 16 placer on the first season of "So You Think You Can Dance" , as well as choreographers for  Cirque du Soleil, Disney,  IBM, Nike,  and Las Vegas' annual M.A.G.I.C. Conventions.


        JOAN PALETHORPE was initially trained at The Royal Ballet School in London. She performed in the West End of London and also on television and film. She came to the United States to dance for the legendary choreographer  Ron Lewis .  In 1979 Joan began choreographing shows at major resorts in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, New York, Miami Beach and Carnival Cruise Lines. In 1992 she had the privilege of choreographing several numbers for the incomparable Liza Minelli. Joan also was the first female in 50 years to choreograph the "Lido" in Paris. She continues to work for Carnival and is in her 12th year choreographing the Palm Springs Follies.

        STEVE BECKER his first audition brought him from his training in L.A. to Las Vegas to perform in the renowned "Casino de Paris". In 1979, Steve became assistant choreographer to Joan Palethorpe, learning many aspects of cabaret theatre. He worked as company manager for two Las Vegas style revues and became a co-owner and director of "Backstage" in 1984.


Manager, teacher, friend,  1925-2007, will be remembered as the heart and soul of Backstage


Missy Cochran -Choreographer of special events, industrials, conventions, and dance numbers for Las Vegas shows 

Angelo Moio - Choreographer and master teacher and judge on  national convention circuits.   Former line captain "Siegfried and Roy".

Heather Victorson - From the Royal Ballet and former Las Vegas principal dancer

Alex Ferdinand - A former captain and choreographer of the NCAA Champion UNLV Dance Team

                                                                                      BUSINESS HOURS                                                                                       

Monday 3:30-7:30
Tuesday 10:45-11:15, 3:30- 7:00
Wednesday 3:30-6:30
Thursday 10:45-12:45, 3:30- 7:00
Friday 4:00-7:30
Saturday 10:30-1:30
Sunday 1:00-1:30 ( this is only during a class sign in)


                                                           7:00 pm                                    Jazz Funk                                                             Missy Cochran
(taken w/High School students)   5:30 pm                                    Int.- Adv. Pointe                                                Heather Victorson

                                                          11:00 am                                    Beg.- Int.  Jazz                                                    Angelo  Moio
                                                            6:30 pm                                    Int. Ballet                                                            Heather Victorson
(taken w/High School students)    5:30 pm                                    Int.-Adv. Tap                                                      Alex Ferdinand
(taken w/High School students)    6:30 pm                                    Int. Contemporary/Lyrical                               Alex Ferdinand

                                                            6:00 pm                                    Beg.-Int. Jazz                                                      Angelo Moio

                                                           11:00 am                                   Beg.- Int.  Jazz                                                    Angelo Moio
                                                           12:30 pm                                   Int.  Ballet                                                           Heather Victorson
(taken w/High School students)    5:30 pm                                   Int.-Adv.  Hip Hop                                              Alex Ferdinand

                                                            1:30 pm                                    Beg. - Int. Ballet                                                 Heather Victorson

                                                            1:30 pm                                   Beg.- Int.  Jazz                                                     Angelo Moio


                                                                                            Beg. = Beginning        Int. = Intermediate        Adv. = Advanced 


Single Class                                                               $13.00    cash/check       $13.50     credit/debit  
Warm up/ Ballet Barre                                               $10.00    cash/check       $10.50     credit/debit

8 Class Coupons ( $12.50 per class )                     $100.00  cash/check/credit/debit  
12 Class Coupons ( = 1 FREE class )                     $143.00  cash/check/credit/debit  
20 Class Coupons ( = 2 FREE classes )                       $234.00   cash/check/credit/debit  

                                                                     Coupons have NO Expiration 

Bounced Check Fee                                                 $15.00









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