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Cover Story
Dance Etc...
by Anna Lawson
photos by Andy Cattoir

Dance Etc… was founded in 1979 by “Miss Amy” Arnaz. The little pink studio was created for the children of Boulder City, so they would have a chance to experience the magical performing art of Dance. Miss Amy created a staff that was professional, caring, knowledgeable, and passionate. With the support of her husband, Desi Arnaz Jr., they created a theatrical home hosting many lasting memories and beautiful performances for the citizens of Boulder City over the last 30 years. A big curtsey to you Miss Amy and Mr. Desi!

In the summer of 2006, Miss Amy decided to focus on her non-profit ballet company, the Boulder City Ballet Company, and wanted to hand over the dance studio to one of her trusted staff members. I had expressed a great love to Miss Amy for all she had created at the studio, and my intentions to carry on the discipline and traditions she had instilled in our dancers. After I expressed my decision to retire from dancing professionally and focus strictly on educating children, Miss Amy agreed that I would be the woman to direct Dance Etc… for future generations. I am ever so thankful, and this being my third season as the Director of Dance Etc… I can only smile and say, “Thank You” to all of our supportive parents and dancers. I love every minute of every day I spend working with you.

As many of you know, the pink studio is still “pink”, and has many of the same sweet decorations and mementoes from the years it was owned by Miss Amy. Miss Danielle and Miss Lesley are still there to greet you with a smile at the front desk, and our adult exercise program is still a vital part of the community. Miss Lesley instructs her Step, Stretch & Sculpt Class Monday mornings at 8:45 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Miss Pati Kearns still uses Dance Etc… as her home for Yoga instruction Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., and of course, Miss Jill Lagan wakes up the studio at 6 a.m. for her daily exercise classes. I have also brought in a few new instructors to the Dance Etc… staff, and I have to boast they are wonderful.

Mr. Jim has been an important addition to Dance Etc… teaching all disciplines in Jazz, Tap, Irish, and Hip Hop. He has even started an adult Hip Hop Class, so ladies don’t be shy, and come on by Saturday afternoons from 2 – 3 p.m. I also have added Miss Katey as a ballet instructor. She is a wonderfully skilled dancer and teacher, and her energy is uplifting. All of her ballerinas just love her. I don’t want to forget our faithful instructors Miss Vickie, Miss Jessica, Miss Courtney, Miss Jeni, and Mr. Gregory, who have dedicated their time and energy to our students for many years. The improvements our talented staff collectively nurture with our dancers is evident in all our performances.

This 2009 Dance Season we will be performing “Cinderella” on April 23rd, 24th and 25th inside the Historic Boulder Theatre. It will be a very beautiful and romantic performance with a little humor and cuteness added to please. This show will include all of our ballerinas with our tiny tap dancers ages Preschool to 3rd grade. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, February 7th at 7 a.m.

Our second production, “Don’t Stop the Music,” will be held June 12th, 13th and 14th inside the Historic Boulder Theatre. This show encompasses music from many different genres. Performing this show will be our Jazz, Tap, Irish, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Hip Hop dancers grades 4th - 12th as well as our adult Tap class which meets every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for this show will be on sale beginning Saturday, March 7th at 7 a.m. Please go on our website at for more details on how to purchase tickets for both of these performances.

Our upcoming 2009-2010 Dance Season registration will begin in May of 2009.

Our 2009-2010 Dance Season classes will begin Monday, August 3rd, 2009. Please contact the studio at (702) 293-5001, or you are welcome to stop by the studio at 525 Hotel Plaza to pick up a registration packet. Packets are also available online at, just click on “Registration”. Our lovely website helps give you more insight on the classes we offer and our talented professional staff.

Hope to see you at our Spring performances. Visit

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