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

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




       In 1992,BACKSTAGE DANCE STUDIO II opened by popular request , offering the youth of Las Vegas the same caliber of instruction that adult professionals had been receiving  since 1973 at the original  "BACKSTAGE". Our instructors are  past working dancers and local, national, and international choreographers. This brings a wealth of solid training from distinguished ballet and modern companies, theatre, TV, film, and the fabulous Las Vegas stage.

INSTRUCTORS   are all adult professionals with advanced training, experience, creativity, and the strong practical knowledge gained from performance backgrounds.  Ballet credits have included: The Royal Ballet of London, Ballet Caracas, Ballet Russe Des Monte Carlo, The National Ballet of Cuba, and the schools and companies of Moscow.  Our contemporary staff have danced in MTV Videos, Films, on Vegas stages, and for such renowned troupes as Tap Dogs,  The  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the NCAA National Hip Hop Champion UNLV Rebel Girls.  Notables, teachers have danced with, range from New Kids on the Block,  TLC, and Bow Wow, to Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis.


BACKSTAGE II was designed and built for the art of dance. Our classrooms have "floating" and "sprung" dance floors. These are raised floors on staggered sleepers on rubber pads which allow the floor to flex and rebound and absorb impacts. This means students can dance longer with less stress and fatigue and have less risk of injury.

  • One-way viewing windows so parents can watch, and the students can concentrate on their classes.
  • Soundproofing walls, so students are not distracted by another class’ music.
  • Private parking lot and unlimited street parking
  • Comfortable lobby with sofa, tables, chairs, TV, vendors and microwave


 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, Atlantic City, Montreal, and for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 1992 she had the privilege of choreographing the stage show for the incomparable Liza Minelli. Joan also was the first female in 50 years to choreograph the "Lido" in Paris. She Choreographs the Finale each year for our end of season concert at the Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada.

 STEVEN BECKER 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. 


Our instructors are dedicated to giving support and encouragement to every student whether they plan on becoming a professional or just want to dance for health, self-esteem or fun. Each individual is evaluated for placement by technical level and age to ensure they progress to the best of their ability. 



                                                                        AGES 7-18

Technique & Foundation of Dance

Style, Attitude, Technique

Todays most current street to stage movements

Timing & Rhythm


Unique blend of Jazz and Ballet.
                                                                                 It is the primary dance form taught at the Las Vegas Academy
                                                                                 and at university's with  dance departments. 
Floor Tumbling

                                                                                                Using movement to express strong emotions

      AGES 4-6

COMBO age 4

One hour intro to dance
focusing on Ballet, Tap, & Acrobatics
in 20 minute segments

COMBO age 5-6

Now a little older, the students
can concentrate 30 minutes each on
Ballet & Tap, with a Acrobatics option



                                                                          BUSINESS HOURS                                                                               

Monday 3:30-7:30
Tuesday 10:45-11:15, 3:30- 8:00
Wednesday 3:30-7:30
10:45-11:15, 3:30- 7:30
Friday 3:30-7:30
Saturday 10:30-1:30
CLOSED Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas Break, Spring Break, Memorial Weekend, Summer Break. Labor Day. 

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