Ballet glitters under the stars in Summerlin

Nevada Ballet Theatre, the state’s only professional ballet troupe, recently drew hundreds to its annual production, “Ballet Under the Stars,” an outdoor evening of classical and modern ballet at The Hills Park in Summerlin.

Underwritten and presented by Summerlin, along with City National Bank, in cooperation with Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and G.C. Wallace Inc., the production helped launch the 2007-2008 season for the 34-member company.

According to Bruce Steivel, artistic director of Nevada Ballet Theatre, which is headquartered in Summerlin, the Sept. 15 production at The Hills Park was successful due to the support of the community and many businesses, especially The Howard Hughes Corp. and City National Bank.

“Best of all, community residents came out in droves,” Steivel said. “When we dance for a full audience, we dance with our whole heart.”

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 when the far western edge of the Las Vegas Valley was still mostly raw desert. A master-planned community spanning 22,500 acres, Summerlin kicked off the residential building boom that transformed the Las Vegas area.

The community is currently home to more than 95,000 residents. With about 7,500 acres still to develop, including its urban core, Summerlin Centre, Summerlin continues to unfold and attract new residents.

Summerlin is home to more than 100 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more than 100 actively selling floor plans.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the low $200,000s to more than $2 million. Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the high $800,000s.

For more information about the master-planned community, visit summerlin.com or call 888-898-5015.

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